It’s not hair, it’s heritage! Emma Dabiri’s Don’t Touch My Hair takes us from pre-colonial Africa through the Harlem Renaissance, Black Power and into today’s Natural Hair Movement, the Cultural Appropriation Wars and beyond. Touching on everything from women’s solidarity and friendship, to forgotten African scholars, to the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian’s braids, Don’t Touch My Hair proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation. Irish-Nigerian Emma Dabiri is a historian, sociologist, broadcaster and author, named by the Observer as a Rising Star of 2019.
Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London based, award winning author and journalist. She is the author of the Jhalak Prize winning, bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.