Last night, naturalistas, hair care advocates and those who dibble and dabble in the creamy crack, headed to a private screening of “You Can Touch My Hair, a Short Film,” presented by un-ruly.com and Pantene Pro-V at the Tribeca Screening Room.
The short film documented an exhibition held in New York City this summer where black women with three different hair types — big and curly, dreadlocks and a long straight weave — held signs saying, “You Can Touch My Hair.” What happened as a result? Well people — black, white and others — came up and touched their hair.
Some touched it out of curiosity or simply because the sign prompted them to. Still, the participants and creator Antonia Opiah sparked an open dialogue about what it means to be curious about black women’s hair, who is curious and is that curiosity innocent or a sign of deep rooted oppression.
It was definitely an interesting conversation as some felt that the women in the exhibit were reminiscent on slaves on a block, allowing a potential bidder to investigate his prize before he buys. Still, another screening goer asked, “What’s the big deal with hair?”
Image activist Michaela Angela Davis pressed the audience to identify the pain that some women felt when addressing their hair. She also pressed us to further understand those protestors who showed up on the second day of the exhibit holding signs that said “No, You Can’t Touch My Hair. I Don’t Know Where Your Hands Have Been.” Still, she also reminded us of the “glory” that hair can bring the black woman, or women in general.
Peep the trailer: