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In the Motown storybook of legends, Syreeta is not a name many know, but her talent helped to spawn a number of classics we love. She came into Motown as a receptionist in the 60’s and a few years later fell in love with Stevie Wonder. Their marriage would only last 18 months, but their friendship and musical connection would span two decades. She wrote lyrics for a number of them including “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and “Never Dreamed You’d Leave Me in Summer”. Stevie produced a number of her songs, including an album called “Stevie Wonder presents: Syreeta”. They both performed background vocals for each other’s records. Syreeta never became a music superstar, but her inspiration can be felt in the work of musicians like Common, Kanye West and Solange. Here is Syreeta with the song “Black Maybe”.
Don't Touch My Hair
I regularly rock a curly Afro, and people are always asking if they can touch my hair. Colleagues at work, acquaintances at events, even strangers on the street (sometimes without even asking for permission). It's been happening since I was a kid and for many Black people it's been happening for generations. Without fail it always leaves me feeling like a strange oddity from space, or a pet they want to pat or stroke. So when Solange released her song “Don’t Touch My Hair” I felt like crying with relief. It was like a PSA to the whole world. My hair is not your petting zoo! My curls do not exist to satisfy your curiosity! No matter how innocent your intent, stop and think before you reach. This is Solange featuring Sampha with “Don’t Touch My Hair".
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