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Ben Philippe: Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend

Ben Philippe

Join us for a virtual evening with author Ben Philippe as he talks about his recent nonfiction book, Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend.

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, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other conversations you might want to have with your new BBFF.

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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This event will also be streamed live on Ottawa Public Library Facebook.