Humor Essays | You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

When Barack Obama became president of the United States, many people hoped and pictured the fact as a sign of a post-racial era at last, but several years later many people disagree as well after difficult events generated the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the past recent years.

You Can't Touch My Hair

Nowadays, a well-known figure, Will Smith expresses optimism about racial relationships in the United States “…racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed”…“I do view it as a difficult time, but I think the problem is on the table, and I think there is an opportunity more than ever for a level of understanding that we’ve never had before.”

A voice on the rise is comedian Phoebe Robinson, and as she stated in her book You Can’t Touch My Hair  “Just three years ago, no one knew who the hell I was”. Her confidence has paid off and “Slowly, I’ve become fearless in conversation and social media and have realized that I could slip my real opinions in about certain things amongst the jokes.” Her real opinions in this book include racism and sexism through hair history, her story, jokes, and pop-culture references.

In You Can’t Touch My Hair, Phoebe Robinson explains “…about being a black lady in this day and age.” Topics as microaggressions, uppity and its racial connotation, jobs, stuff like a thighbrow, and being a fan of U2.

Book Content:

  • From Little Rock Nine to Nappy Hair, Don’t Care in Eighteen-and-a-Half-ish Years
  • A Brief History of Black Hair in Film, TV, Music, and Media
  • My Nine Favorite Guilty Pleasures
  • Welcome to Being Black
  • Dear Future Female President: My List of Demands
  • How to Avoid Being the Black Friend
  • Uppity
  • Casting Calls for People of Color That Were Not Written By People of Color
  • The Angry Black Woman Myth
  • People, Places, and Things That Need To Do Better
  • Letters to Olivia

For sure these days are better times than Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks had to go through, but reading Phoebe Robinson’s book denotes it’s plenty still to heal to get into a post-racial era in the United States. Moreover, add to the situation that Robinson is a woman and a comedian.

Nobody said it was going to be easy.


Available on: Amazon US | Apple Books | Powell’s Books | IndieBound

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Author Phoebe Robinson
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
Published by Plume (October 4, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0143129202

ARC via NetGalley

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