Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World


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An honest and courageous examination of what it means to navigate the in-between
Cole has heard it all before—token, bougie, oreo, Blackish—the things we call the kids like him. Black kids who grow up in white spaces, living at an intersection of race and class that many doubt exists. He needed to get far away from the preppy site of his upbringing before he could make sense of it all. Through a series of personal anecdotes and interviews with his peers, Cole transports us to his adolescence and explores what it’s like to be young and in search of identity. He digs into the places where, in youth, a greyboy’s difference is most acutely felt: parenting, police brutality, Trumpism, depression, and dating, to name a few.
Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World asks an important question: What is Blackness? It also provides the answer: Much more than you thought, dammit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510761889
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cole Brown is a Philly kid; he matured in the city's predominately white private schools and neighborhoods. During his undergraduate years at Georgetown University, Cole began writing his first book, Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World. Today, Cole splits his time between Sydney, Australia, and New York.

Elaine Welteroth is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and judge on the new Project Runway. She is known for her groundbreaking work at the helm of Teen Vogue where in 2017 she was appointed the youngest Editor-in-Chief at a Condé Nast publication. Her debut book More Than Enough became an instant bestseller in 2019 and received an NAACP award in 2020.
Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times bestselling author and contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. Dyson has written or edited over twenty books on subjects such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Marvin Gaye, Barack Obama, Nas's debut album Illmatic, Bill Cosby, Tupac Shakur, Hurricane Katrina, and Jay-Z.


Table of Contents

Foreword Elaine Welteroth v

A Note xi

My Kind of People 1

Not Really Black 17

House Party 33

The Black Table 45

Bad, Bad, Not Good 71

Love, Mom 83

Parents Understand 97

To a Friend I Almost, Kind of, Once Had 123

The Great Ones 133

The Reveal 161

The Big Reveal 185

Clifton's Congregation 199

Closing 209

Afterword Michael Eric Dyson 217

Acknowledgments 225

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