Chris Rock Wants to be Your Black Friend

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Oprah's Harpo Films announced yesterday that it would be partnering with Lionsgate to produce a film starring Rock entitled Will You Be My Black Friend? It is based on Devin Friedman's eponymous 2008 article in GQ. In it, Friedman chronicles his quest to infuse his lily-white social circle with cultural diversity by advertising for an African-American pal on Craigslist, with mixed results. His article comes to reflect upon the state of race relations in America in light of the promises of the then-speculative Obama presidency, with a dry wit that honestly depicts his perspective on the problems of race in today's America.