Cole Brown

Greyboy is a collection of introspective essays that follows the journey of Black identity when subsumed in an environment of white privilege.

Cole 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 asks an important question: What is Blackness? It also provides the answer: Much more than you thought, dammit.

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Praise for Greyboy

  • "There are gripping anecdotes and keen observations, sometimes from his perspective and sometimes from those of others he interviews... Brown’s valuable perspective highlights the many grievances felt by those who are successful and Black in America."

    The New York Times

  • "The Black experience in America is complex and Greyboy shines a light on the unique challenges that come with us achieving success."

    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

  • "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 uncompromising 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, Philadelphia 76ers

  • "...a heartfelt and insightful debut memoir… Brown’s lyrical prose makes this coming-of-age story a pleasure to read."

    Publishers Weekly

    "The bible of the book business"

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