You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

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Penguin, Oct 4, 2016 - Humor - 320 pages
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A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • “A must-read...Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you.”—Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad City

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson

Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend,” as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel (“isn’t that...white people music?”); she's been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page—and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it.

Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.

One of Glamour's “Top 10 Books of 2016”

 

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User Review  - BraveNewBks - LibraryThing

Really enjoyed this, and would recommend it even if I hadn't. It's important to read the thoughts and experiences of people who inhabit the same physical spaces as you, but from a different ... Read full review

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You Can't Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain I might have fallen in love with Robinson a little bit while listening to her read this amazing audiobook. I'm sure reading it for ... Read full review

Contents

From Little Rock Nine to Nappy Hair Dont Care
1
A Brief History of Black Hair in Film TV Music
27
My Nine Favorite NotSoGuilty Pleasures
53
Welcome to Being Black
78
My List of Demands
100
How to Avoid Being the Black Friend
119
Uppity
134
Casting Calls for People of Color That Were
159
The Angry Black Woman Myth
182
People Places and Things That Need to Do Better
205
Letters to Olivia
223
Acknowledgments
281
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Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, actress, and the New York Times bestselling author of Everything's Trash, But It's Okay and You Can't Touch My Hair. Most recently, she and Jessica Williams turned their hit WNYC Studios podcast, 2 Dope Queens, into four one-hour HBO specials. Robinson has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertLate Night with Seth MeyersConan, Broad CitySearch PartyThe Daily Show, and the Todayshow; she was also a staff writer on the final season of Portlandia. When not working in TV, she's the host of the critically acclaimed WNYC Studios interview podcast Sooo Many White Guys. She recently made her feature film debut in the Netflix comedy Ibiza.

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