The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person Audiobook, by Frederick Joseph Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Frederick Joseph Narrator: Miebaka Yohannes Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781713570936

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Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirs—creating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.

“We don’t see color.” “I didn’t know Black people liked Star Wars!” “What hood are you from?” For Frederick Joseph, life as a transfer student in a largely white high school was full of wince-worthy moments that he often simply let go. As he grew older, however, he saw these as missed opportunities not only to stand up for himself, but to spread awareness to those white people who didn’t see the negative impact they were having.

Speaking directly to the reader, The Black Friend calls up race-related anecdotes from the author’s past, weaving in his thoughts on why they were hurtful and how he might handle things differently now. Each chapter features the voice of at least one artist or activist, including Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give; April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite; Jemele Hill, sports journalist and podcast host; and eleven others. Touching on everything from cultural appropriation to power dynamics, “reverse racism” to white privilege, microaggressions to the tragic results of overt racism, this book serves as conversation starter, tool kit, and invaluable window into the life of a former “token Black kid” who now presents himself as the friend many readers need. Includes an encyclopedia of racism, providing details on relevant historical events, terminology, and more.

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  • “Narrator Miebaka Yohannes replicates the inviting conversational tone of Frederick Joseph’s audiobook…[and] builds a relationship with listeners…The balance of humor and sincerity creates a powerful audio for parents and teens to share. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “In a genial, assured tone, Joseph invites and encourages readers to reflect on their own behavior, move toward anti-racism, and implement change.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Joseph contextualizes the legacy of racism and white supremacy through the lens of personal experience…Recommended for all libraries.”

    - School Library Journal (starrred review)
  • “[Joseph] poses a sincere question…‘If I show people how they’re hurting others, will some of them be willing to change?’ Here’s to many readers digging in to find out.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Don’t skip the painful parts—read every word.”

    - Chelsea Clinton, author, advocate, and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation
  • “For every white person who ever wanted to do better, inside this book, Frederick Joseph offers you both the tools and the chance.”

    - Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner
  • “The Black Friend is THE book everyone needs to read right now…Read it, absorb it, and be changed because of it.”

    - Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of the Year

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About the Author

Frederick Joseph is an award-winning marketing professional, media representation advocate, and writer who was recently selected for the “Forbes 30 Under 30” list. He is the winner of the 2018 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, given by Comic-Con International/San Diego, and was selected for the 2018 “Root 100 List of Most Influential African Americans.”