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You Can Touch My Hair

WATCH: 'You Can Touch My Hair' Short Film

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Black Voices

Remember that time a group of black women stood in the middle of New York City's Union Square holding signs inviting people to touch their hair? Yup, ...

You Can Touch My Hair: What Were We Thinking?!

Antonia Opiah | Posted 08.18.2013 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

You Can Touch My Hair was a way of telling those who have stolen a touch how it makes me feel -- like an object put on display. But I also wanted to use it as an opportunity to further understand why someone might think that act or solicitation is okay and why black hair is such a novelty.

A Social Experiment, NOT A Movement

Julee Wilson | Posted 08.10.2013 | Black Voices
Julee Wilson

She gently touched my hair and gleefully exclaimed "it's so soft." While that was a sweet sentiment, I was left feeling of awkward and violated -- even though I allowed the touching. However, I loved that fact that opening myself to this opportunity in turn invited a very real and honest conversation with the woman.

Julee Wilson

Why Are People So Fascinated With Black Hair?

HuffingtonPost.com | Julee Wilson | Posted 06.08.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- For most women of color, being asked "Can I touch your hair?" (or the sensation of an uninvited hand already in her tresses) is irritating...