Not a Genuine Black Man by Brian Copeland

Not a Genuine Black Man is a memoir by an African-American comedian that poignantly recalls his family’s move to San Leandro, CA, at a time when the city was almost completely white. He gets picked up by the police on the first day (he was 8 years old), cannot find a barber, and his family becomes the target of a landlord that wants them gone. The title refers to a letter sent to him once he became famous by a fellow African American who felt that, well, he was not black enough.

Beyond the description of a not-so-diverse Bay Area, it’s a touching story of how his mother and grandmother raised him and his siblings to be strong and proud.

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