Finding Blackness in a White World
Cole Brown, Elaine Welteroth, Michael Eric Dyson
- 240 Pages
- September 15, 2020
- ISBN: 9781510761889
- Trim Size: 5.5in x 8.25in
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.
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.
—Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Entertainment Mogul, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
"In the pages of Greyboy, a world of access and angst is revealed with alarming honesty and insightfulness. If you have ever struggled with the anxiety of being the only or the isolation of living between two spaces, this book is a must read!"
—Queen Latifah, Rapper, Actress, Singer, Producer
"Penetrating and insightful! Greyboy opened my eyes to the world my son was raised in."
—Andre Harrell, Hip-Hop Pioneer, Founder, Uptown Records
"I absolutely felt Cole Brown’s words in my gut. His voice is unapologetic, introspective, powerful, and conscious, yet comforting. The way Cole addresses his understanding of 'privilege,' whether white or black, is grounded in transparency and wit. So vivid are the blurred lines of identity. And though he may feel gray, I felt very Black, and at one with Cole on his journey in navigating the world as an African American."
—Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre
"Greyboy captures the complexity of what it means to live 'between' in vivid detail with uncompromising honesty."
—Anthony Anderson, Actor, Black-ish
"Cole Brown speaks to issues of race and identity with honesty and depth. He challenges the reader...no forces the reader to reconsider their notions of what it means to live black in America."
—Doc Rivers, Head Coach, Los Angeles Clippers