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Black Friend: Essays


A collection of personal essays that grapples with Ziwe's (mis)understanding of identity, by comedy’s most iconic voice

Ziwe made a name for herself staring interviewees in the eye and asking, “How many Black friends do you have?” She is an expert at making people squirm by coming right out and asking the tough questions.

In Black Friend, she turns her incisive perspective on the culture at large. Throughout the book, Ziwe combines pop-culture commentary and her own personal stories. From a hilarious case of mistaken identity via a Jumbotron to a terrifying fight-or-flight encounter in the woods, Ziwe raises difficult questions for comedic relief.


Ziwe is a comedian, writer, and actor. She was the executive producer and star of the eponymous late-night variety show ZIWE on Showtime. She has also written for Desus & MeroDickinson, and Our Cartoon President. She lives in New York City.

[H]  Abrams Image  /  October 17, 2023

1.1" H x 8.4" L x 5.7" W (0.85 lbs) 192 pages