He Talk Like a White Boy: Reflections of a Conservative Black Man on Faith, Family, Politics, and Authenticity

He Talk Like a White Boy: Reflections of a Conservative Black Man on Faith, Family, Politics, and Authenticity

by Joseph C. Phillips


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Actor and social commentator Joseph C. Phillips speaks powerfully about the topic of life as a conservative African-American actor, husband, father, and citizen. In today's political climate, with race such an issue, this collection of essays is not only timely, but thought provoking.

Like Democratic candidate for President Barack Obama, Phillips has had his authenticity as a black man questioned by members of his own race, for trivial reasons such as the way he speaks, his choices in music, politics, faith, and family. Also like Obama, Phillips has often been accused of not being “black enough,” while, as an actor, he has encountered even more pointing fingers for not being liberal enough. With a frank voice, this brilliant and outspoken author presents a series of witty and provocative essays that examine life as a conservative African-American, and the simple fact that authenticity is far more complicated than one's choice of words.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762435562
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joseph C. Phillips is an actor, writer, lecturer, and social commentator best known for his role on The Cosby Show as the character Denise's (Lisa Bonet) husband, Lt. Martin Kendall. As a social commentator, Joseph's writing has appeared in Newsweek, Los Angeles Daily News, Essence, Upscale, USA Today, and more. He writes a weekly syndicated column, “The Way I See It,” and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. Please visit him at www.josephcphillips.com.

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He Talk Like a White Boy: Reflections of a Conservative Black Man on Faith, Family, Politics, and Authenticity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
plaintalk2010 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Phillips bears his soul and delivers a complete analysis of what it is like being black and unique. when you hear Mr. Phillips talk, you know he is proud to be black. He is also proud to be an american and refuses to pick one over the other. Although I don't agree with many of his political views, and I also would have never walked that White Girl to the office. (Read the book to find out what I am talking about) I do agree with Mr. Phillips on a core number of issues, mainly the value of a good education and not being a victim. I think more Black people should value people like Mr. Phillips. He is intelligent and represents his family and race in a fine manner. I don't think White people should have the market cornered on proper speech and intelligence. I have to fight with my family members on not thinking with a small mind when it comes to education. Why should kids admire those who are pimping their race for money. Why not admire people like Mr. Phillips who is grounded in many positive attributes. You don't have to agree with a person to admire their qualities. Even though Mr. Phillips is a conservative, he has not adopted the attitude of many conservatives with respect to looking down on those less fortunate than himself. I enjoyed reading this book, because it gives me a fresh perspective and new ways of looking at things. Thanks for writing a riveting piece of literature!!