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Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend: Notes From the Other Side of the Fist Bump
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a good white person of liberal leanings must be in want of a Black friend.

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.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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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.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a good white person of liberal leanings must be in want of a Black friend.

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.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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      • content: James Fouhey narrates this witty, perceptive collection of essays from writer and professor Ben Philippe, who was born in Haiti, was raised in Montreal, and currently resides in New York City. Phillipe's conversational memoir discusses his experiences in diverse cultures navigating cultural divides. Speaking to white audiences as their new Black friend--or boyfriend, student, son, or colleague--Fouhey and Philippe combine humor and honesty, addressing larger issues through the lens of individually lived experiences. In doing so, they confront listeners with painful truths and crucial conversations on race in America. While memoirs are frequently read by their authors, Fouhey's wry, direct tones are a perfect match for Philippe's style. His impassioned delivery adds to the power of this collection. K.S.B. � AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine
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        In a time when conversations surrounding race can feel tense, as though both parties are carefully working through highly sensitive feelings and concerns, writer and screenwriter Philippe has created a tongue-in-cheek, side-eye worthy contribution to documenting what it means to be a Black man in the U.S. This book is flat-out funny, and it is meant to be. Readers should feel free to laugh at all of it, even the sections in which it seems wrong to be amused, because Ben, your "Black friend," has given his permission. In this often-frank memoir-in-essays, Philippe chronicles his experiences growing up, learning, and working as the only Black person in predominantly white spaces. But he also uses his personal encounters to provide wisdom on subjects ranging from racial stereotypes to Beyonc� to the rise of the Karens. This is a great next-book for fans of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (2019) and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life (2017), but if a reader hasn't yet turned to either of those, Philippe's disarming, illuminating, and hilarious chronicle is a great place to start.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        August 1, 2021

        Philippe reflects on his role as "the Black friend" (the person white people turn to for insight into Black life), pop culture, and the immigrant experience.

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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