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You can't touch my hair and other things I still have to explain

by Robinson, Phoebe,

Format: Kindle Book 2016 2016
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Summary
"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 pageand 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." --Publisher's description.
Contents
Introduction
From Little Rock Nine to nappy hair, don't care in eighteen & half-ish years
A brief history of black hair in film, tv, music, & media
My nine favorite not-so-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, & things that need to do better
Letters to Olivia.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Robinson dates basic Chris Pine-looking dudes, goes to Billy Joel concerts, knows which member of U2 she would sleep with first (because she'd sleep with all of them), but don't think for a second she's anything but her authentic self, a blackity black black lady, with no diet version of me available. Known for podcasts 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Dudes, she writes, acts, and does stand-up, too, and has lots to say about doing these things while being black and female. Riffy and plumb full of pop-culture references, LOL-worthy invented shorthand, and hilariously long-winded similes and metaphors, Robinson's nimble essay collection starts with her hair: how it has defined her and other people of color for ages, and also how you seriously can't touch it (ever). Robinson pays homage to the women who taught her to embrace her uniqueness and goes deep on racism encountered in her career and in media and society at-large. Skewering and laugh-out-loud funny, this collection will, thankfully, bring Robinson's voice to an even larger audience.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Robinson, a stand-up comedian and host of the WNYC podcast 2 Dope Queens, brings a funny and original voice to her debut book of essays, combining personal experience with social commentary on race, gender, and pop culture. Moving, poignant, witty, and funny, Robinson takes on America's "tumultuous" relationship with African-American hair, providing a history of black hair on the stage and screen as well as her own relationship with her hair (she didn't go natural until after she finished high school). In other essays, she rants about the way the NFL treats women, discusses the demands she'd make on the first female U.S. president, and explains how to avoid being the token black friend. Robinson reveals how she uses her humor to survive the indignities that go along with being black in America, such as being followed around while shopping in stores or being called "uppity" for expressing her wishes to a white director. This is a promising debut by a talented, genuinely funny writer. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Robinson, Phoebe Humor
African American women comedians Biography
Television comedy writers United States Biography
Humor (Nonfiction)
Sociology
Nonfiction
Essays
Electronic books.
American wit and humor.
Publisher New York :Penguin Publishing Group2016
2016
Other Titles You can not touch my hair
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780143129219
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