Oprah is Asking "Will You Be My Black Friend?" 


Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films has partnered with Lionsgate for a big screen adaptation of the November 2008 GQ Magazine article “Will You Be My Black Friend?”

The article, by senior correspondent Devin Friedman, a self-confessed white boy, details his attempt to make friends with African-Americans.

The story's preface says, "Sure, we may elect a black president this month. And yeah, Oprah has all kinds of white ladies in her audience. But in real life, it seems the older you get, the less chance you have of being friends with someone who is not in your racial demographic. Can a nice white boy make some black friends if he puts his mind to it? Devin Friedman posts an ad on Craigslist to find out."

Read Friedman's article by clicking here.

The film version is being set as a star vehicle for Chris Rock. I'm not quite sure what Rock is going to play, but I hope Harpo and company don't change the race of the main storyteller. The reason why “Will You Be My Black Friend?” worked is because of the racial differences between the characters, and how everyone found out that friendship knows no color.

[ 33 comments ] ( 1566 views )   |  permalink  |   ( 3 / 687 )

<<First <Back | 695 | 696 | 697 | 698 | 699 | 700 | 701 | 702 | 703 | 704 | Next> Last>>