You Can’t Touch My Hair

Written by: Phoebe Robinson


In this hilarious and insightful essay collection, comedian and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson tackles the everyday absurdities and prejudices faced by Black women in America. Drawing from her personal experiences, Robinson explores a wide range of topics with her signature wit and pop-culture savvy.

From being pigeonholed as “the black friend” and the authority on all things racial to having her love of “white people music” questioned, Robinson has seen it all. She’s been called “uppity” for expressing opinions at work, followed by security guards in stores, and yes, even asked if strangers can touch her hair. In “You Can’t Touch My Hair,” Robinson is ready to bring these experiences to the page and make readers laugh while doing so.

With a conversational voice reminiscent of her hit podcast, 2 Dope Queens, Robinson navigates the complexities of being a Black woman in today’s society. She declares Lisa Bonet as “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” breaks down the terrible nature of casting calls, offers unconventional advice to the future female president, and demands that the NFL clean up its act. Robinson’s essays are a perfect blend of the personal and the political, showcasing her rising talent as a writer.

“You Can’t Touch My Hair” is a collection that examines our cultural climate and confronts our biases with humor and heart. Robinson’s essays not only entertain but also encourage readers to examine their own preconceptions and experiences. As she skewers societal norms and expectations, Robinson emerges as a fresh and vital voice in the cultural conversation.

This book is a must-read for fans of Robinson’s podcast and anyone seeking a funny, thought-provoking take on race, gender, and pop culture in America today. With her sharp observations and infectious humor, Phoebe Robinson proves that she is a force to be reckoned with in the literary world.


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