Chris Rock Is Writing a Book on Race and Relationships

“My First Black Boyfriend,” an essay collection by the comedian and filmmaker, is coming out next year.

Chris Rock, the Emmy-winning comedian and two-time Oscars host, has been talking about race and relationships since he began doing standup in the 1980s. Those who haven’t seen him onstage will soon be able to read his thoughts on these perennially thorny issues in “My First Black Boyfriend,” a collection of his essays set for publication in fall 2020.

“A lot of celebrities write books, and they don’t always have something to say. I think Chris Rock has something to say,” said Deb Futter, the senior vice president and co-publisher of Celadon, which is publishing the book. The essays, she added, “point out things that maybe need to be pointed out in our crazy world.”

Celadon, a division of Macmillan, declined to make Rock available for an interview.

During his 2017 “Total Blackout Tour,” the comedian was candid about his recent divorce and the role he played in the breakdown of his marriage. “At times, Mr. Rock sounded like a man confessing his sins, turning vulnerability into his latest provocation,” Jason Zinoman wrote in his review of a performance in Durham, N.C.


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