In the biting, hilarious vein of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life comes Ben Philippe’s candid memoir-in-essays, chronicling a lifetime of being the Black friend (see also: foreign kid, boyfriend, coworker, student, teacher, roommate, enemy) in predominantly white spaces.
In an era in which “I have many black friends” is often a medal of Wokeness, Ben hilariously chronicles the experience of being on the receiving end of those fist bumps. He takes us through his immigrant childhood, from wanting nothing more than friends to sit with at lunch, to his awkward teenage years, to college in the age of Obama, and adulthood in the Trump administration—two sides of the same American coin.
Ben takes his role as your new black friend seriously, providing original and borrowed wisdom on stereotypes, slurs, the whole “swimming thing,” how much Beyoncé is too much Beyoncé, Black Girl Magic, the rise of the Karens, affirmative action, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other conversations you might want to have with your new BBFF.
Oscillating between the impulse to be "one of the good ones" and the occasional need to excuse himself to the restrooms, stuff his mouth with toilet paper, and scream, Ben navigates his own Blackness as an "Oreo" with too many opinions for his father’s liking, an encyclopedic knowledge of CW teen dramas, and a mouth he can't always control.
From cheating his way out of swim tests to discovering stray family members in unlikely places, he finds the punchline in the serious while acknowledging the blunt truths of existing as a Black man in today’s world.
Extremely timely, Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend is a conversational take on topics both light and heavy, universal and deeply personal, which reveals incisive truths about the need for connection in all of us.
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Table of Contents
1 Sure, I'll Be Your Black Tell-All Writer 1
2 Ten Things to Know Before Befriending Me, or "Which Black Guy Are You Getting?" 20
3 The First Gift 34
4 Sure, I'll Be Your Black Canadian 37
5 Sure, I'll Be Your Black Foreign Kid 46
6 Sure, I'll Be Your Anchor Baby 53
7 Sure, I'll Be Your Black Son 60
8 Sure, I'll Be Your Black Boyfriend 66
9 How to Go through Life without Drowning, Part I 76
10 Sure, I Guess I'll Be Your Classic Name-Brand Cookie 81
11 How to Go through Life without Drowning, Part II 86
12 Boomerangs Come Back 89
13 From Another Mother 98
14 I Was Promised Ballplayers and Rap Stars, Addicted to the Limelight 104
15 Sure, I'll Be Your Woke Black Friend 112
16 Sherman Klump v. Buddy Love 118
17 Ivory Skin, Eyes of Something Green 126
18 Sister, Sister 139
19 Sure, I'll Be Your Black Guy-Emphasis on Guy 151
20 How to Go through Life without Drowning, Part III 158
21 Song of the South 169
22 Sure, I'll Be Your Accessory to Larceny 181
23 Sure, I'll Be Your One That Got Away 186
24 Black Ghost Goes, "Boo!" 201
25 Sure, I'll Be Your Black Sidekick 210
26 Sure, I'll Be Your 2016 Shithole Rescapee 222
27 Smile Through It 231
28 How to Live Strictly on Common Grounds 236
29 Sure, I'll Be Your Bl- RACE WARS!!! 241
30 One of the Good Ones 256
31 Conclusion: How to Thrive in a Black Body at Any Age 262
Lexicon to a Black Experience Narrative 281