DON'T TOUCH MY HAIR - SOLANGE KNOWLES

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-I've been feeling Solange Knowles for a while now but today, I had the opportunity to listen to her whole album and I've decided she is my new favorite artists. From style, both musically and aesthetically, I'm drawn to her and I dig it. Even though I'm sure there is a machine behind her that helps her market to my particular demographic, (I can't help but to be a bit cynical, I'm told I'm a millennial so I can't help but to think its not an entirely an organic process with out the machine having its two sense)  but still I have nothing but great things to say about this artists. Solange Knowles seems to be comfortable in her own skin and provides great songs that I like to give a BiG THANK YOU, too. 

-You see I've had countless conversations about my hair and why its not OK to touch it or ask me questions, like is it real? I've even had conversations about my hair where people proceed to tell me the history of my hair and its culture in the African American Community.  

-I've had people both just run their hands through my hair and even ask me if was OK to do so when they had the urge. Some of my girlfriends don't mind people asking or touching, but I have to say even when someone ask me the dreaded question, I scream on the inside and have visions of shouting out, 'No you may not touch my hair!'; 'What are you crazy'? 'I'm not a museum piece. I'm a human being, you fool!'

But instead I smile politely and say NO....followed by what is an AWKWARD silence! 

MY HAIR IS NATURAL- and so therefore I do many different things to my hair, yes I weave it, crotchet braid it, corn roll it, twist it, wig it, braid it and well just wash and go curl and ECCO style gel it! But now that the rest of the world knows about this, it still in my opinion does not give you the right to have an uncomfortable often forced upon conversations about my HAIR. 

Partly I love Solange because she connects, in a very poetic way, why you may NEVER EVER ASK ME OR TALK to me about my HAIR!

For my beloved friends who are not African American or of African decent who've I've may have had these awkward encounters with, please note, its a very and deeply personal thing, my hair. Its more then something that sits on my head, there is a rooted history to African American women and our hair that is so complex even within our own communities that we are still unearthing. I ask of you all to be patient, with us but with yourselves as well as we embark on this discovery of both the exploration of "self" & of the "other". 

With that said:

-Below are the reasons why YOU MAY NEVER ask me about my HAIR again! 

Don't Touch My Hair"
(feat. Sampha)
 

Don't touch my hair
When it's the feelings I wear
Don't touch my soul
When it's the rhythm I know
Don't touch my crown
They say the vision I've found
Don't touch what's there
When it's the feelings I wear

They don't understand
What it means to me
Where we chose to go
Where we've been to know
They don't understand
What it means to me
Where we chose to go
Where we've been to know

You know this hair is my shit, 
rode the ride, I gave it time
But this here is mine
You know this hair is my shit, 
rode the ride, I gave it time
But this here is mine

[Solange & Sampha:]
What you say, oh
What you say to me [x8]

Don't touch my pride
They say the glory's all mine
Don't test my mouth
They say the truth is my sound

 

-Blessings 

Sacha E. 

 

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