Yara and her mother/business partner Keri Shahidi are adapting Cole Brown’s debut book Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World into a series for ABC.
The book is a first-hand examination of what it means to navigate the in-between. The book’s synopsis read:
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.
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The mother-daughter duo are also executive producing the series via their 7th Sun Productions. When speaking on his book they praised it saying, “Every time we picked up Greyboy, Cole’s words have only become more resonant.
“His essays beautifully, and at times, painfully illuminate the much larger conversations around being ‘tokenized’ while navigating ever-changing white spaces. We are excited to partner with Cole and share the brilliance of Greyboy with a larger audience,” they continued.
Brown’s book was published in 2020. Since then, it has been lauded by Queen Latifah, Anthony Anderson, and Misty Copeland, among others. It was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author.
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Brown also will serve as an executive producer and spoke highly of working with Yara and Keri.
“From our first conversation, it was obvious that Yara, Keri, and the 7th Sun team understood this story intimately and had a vision for it that aligned with my own,” said Brown. “I’m thrilled to be working with them to bring Greyboy to life for TV.”
As of now there are no details on casting or production dates.