Skip to main content
Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Current price: $17.99
Publication Date: October 26th, 2021
Chop Suey Books
1 on hand, as of Feb 8 9:12pm
On Our Shelves Now


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.

About the Author

Cole Brown is a Philly kid; he matured in the city's predominately white private schools and neighborhoods. During his undergraduate years at Georgetown University, Cole began writing his first book, Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World. Today, Cole splits his time between Sydney, Australia, and New York.

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.


Praise for Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

"Cole Brown’s Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World is a lens into a world that few have written about—a world at the intersection of race and class that my children wake up in every day. Brown presents an honest and sometimes uncomfortable view into the reality of growing up Black in white spaces. 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

"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 forces the reader to reconsider their notions of what it means to live black in America."
—Doc Rivers, Head Coach, Los Angeles Clippers

"Brown's valuable perspective highlights the many grievances felt by those who are successful and Black in America."
—The New York Times Book Review