“Not a Genuine Black Man”: A Compelling One-Man Play

Two hours is a long time to watch a one-man show, unless that one man is very, very good at what he's doing. And for the past decade, Brian Copeland has been honing “Not a Genuine Black Man,” his own story of growing up in 1970s San Leandro.

The evening gives us a sense of the area at that time: a 99 percent white city where property owners were sometimes barred from selling to African Americans. “Too black” for San Leandro and “too white” as a result of growing up there, Copeland wrote and stars in his play around the question: Is he black enough?

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