Shade from the African sun

Solange gave us all black women a seat at the table with her mindbending and incredibly powerful album, A Seat At The Table 

One of the first singles she released was Don’t Touch My Hair, an anthem for black women who are often pestered by intrusive white fingers taking the liberty to run through the tight curls. Well, as a hijabi I have a similar experience in everyone and they mama  talking smack about my hijaab and infantilizing Muslim women by implying that you’d have to be seriously brainwashed to don the hijab. Another middle finger goes to non-black Muslims who marginalize the plight of AfroMuslims or outright deny the existence of racism (and colourism) within the global Muslim communities. So, with a slight adaptation, here’s the ode to black Muslim and their crowns.



 

Don’t touch my hijaab

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 hijaab is my shit,

rode the ride, I gave it time 

But this here is mine

Don’t touch my pride 

They say the glory’s all mine 

Don’t test my mouth

They say the truth is my sound 

They don’t understand 

What it means to me

Where we chose to go

Where we’ve been to know

You know this hijaab is my shit,

rode the ride, I gave it time

But this here is mine

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