A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming 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 audio - 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.
©2016 Phoebe Robinson (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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"A little much"
Although she definitely makes some great points, especially on race and gender, Phoebe tries way too hard and often comes off as petty and trite through a lot of the book. That said, definitely a strong story for the most part with important messages and perspective.
"I'm too old for this book"
I definitely struggled to listen to this book. I tried, believe me, I tried. But I'm part of that last group of boomers, born 13 years after the end WWII. I could understand the "don't touch my hair" part because I went through that A LOT of that in the early 70s, when I was wearing a 'fro. White girls would help themselves to touching my hair, until I trained them to stop doing that But that's pretty much where the similarities end. I have two Millennial daughters. Maybe they would enjoy this.
"Listen @ 1.1x speed !!!"
Firstly, I loved the contents. As a Mexican immigrant catching up with American culture, with fair skin and a diverse friend group, I found this very informative. As a fan of 2DQ and SMWG, this book did not disappoint.
With regards to the performance, it felt painfully slow and almost gave up and switched it for the print copy. I am a big fan of both if Phoebe's podcasts so I am used to listening to her speech (which I love) but the cadence on the audiobook felt off. I sped it up to 1.1x and voilá!
"Nonstop laughs and all the feeeeels"
Phoebe most beautifully and hilariously describes ways in which we all need to lady up and address societal and individual issues such as racial inequities, gender stereotyping, and self care. It's incredible to hear someone openly and positively talking about these crucial issues, and I cannot explain how much I appreciate hearing them from another young woman's perspective. (Oh yeah, phoebe explains the importance of this. Because she's the best.) This book is absolutely necessary for every woman and POC wanting to see their experience reflected back, and should be listened to by everyone to gain perspective but also because it's so freakin' funny! I listened to this book straight through, totally absorbed as if in the best kind of convo with my best friend. Thanks phoebs!! <3
"Michelle Obama should read this book!"
This book was everything I was hoping for and also way more. As a disabled black woman I found it fun and entertaining; and I loved how Phoebe Robinson was able to verbalize do many things that I try to explain to people everyday.
A must have for any SJW 😊
"Phoebe Robinson is Queen. Bae. Jesus."
An extremely enjoyable way to learn about microaggreasions. Didn't think that was possible? it is.
"I friggin loved this book!"
I enjoyed the pace of the author. I am in my mid-50's and African American, and I was able to relate to many portions of this book, not only for my self but for my mother and my daughter. I also enjoyed just how real Phoebe kept the material. I know that she wrote from her heart. That made all the difference.
I have not read another book like this that i could compare this too. This book is in an amazing class by itself.
Phoebe was funny and earthy. She speaks from her heart in this book. I could feel the blood sweat and tears in this book.
Just so we are clear...
Great book. I am purchasing this for my family for Christmas. Cannot wait to hear what they think about this book!
"Honest and honestly funny"
As a fan of Two Dope Queens this was partially what I expected in that it matched the voice I listen to regularly on the podcast. What I didn't expect were some very honest and touching details about her life in unexpected ways. If it weren't for how honestly and rawly Robinson tells the stories, it would be saccharine to hear what a TV show moment "meant" to someone. Since this is humor, though, and the details are rich and the significance of them was so surprising to me, what could have been trite becomes touchingly funny. I honestly feel like I understand more about the world after listening to this.
Even though I love her humor, she can be occasionally too raunchy beyond what he raunch could add in humor. Save for that and a few other times she overwrote the story, this was a really great book that was well performed in her own voice.
Funny af. I wish Phoebe Robinson was my #foreverhomie. I recommend this for anyone, even if you're white...especially if you're white. She takes time to explain things to white folks, which most black folks ain't got time or the energy for. So Phoebe is actually doing ya'll a favor. Enjoy!
"I was annoyed regardless of how much I should have been able to relate."
This book hands down is the most annoying book I have ever listened to on audible. Really thankful I didn't pay for this. Her voice, her story telling ability, her attempted comic relief overkill... it was just too much. Really cute how her work wife opened up for her.. reminds me of when someone swears a story is hilarious before they tell it but it NEVER IS. She just seems very knowledgeable yet out of touch at the same. I'm 8 chapters in and I am going to try my best to finish. My ears are like literally cringing. I feel like I'm getting nothing out of this.. no aha, exactly, you feel me, I couldn't have said it better myself moments.
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