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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Brian Copeland's Not a Genuine Black Man Shows a Bay Area You'll Wish Never Existed

Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM

We've said before that it takes an act of Congress to get most San Franciscans to leave the confines of this great city. We'll upgrade that to an act of God (or god, or goddess, or Goddess) to make that happen on a weeknight. But if ever there was a reason to cross the bay on a Thursday, it's Brian Copeland's Not a Genuine Black Man at the Marsh in Berkeley.

Copeland is an actor, comedian, and talk-show host who grew up in San Leandro in the 1970s. An underlying theme of his performance is the ever-present conflict regarding African-Americans becoming "too white" and selling out their authenticity in order to fit in. Copeland is a skilled performer and brings this very serious issue to light in ways that get uproarious laughter. That's no surprise. But he also reveals facts showing that the whole United States -- including our liberal mecca Bay Area -- had big problems of its own regarding race relations and tolerance.

The video clip above is a story about Copeland from KPIX-TV. Some of the footage in it will astound you regarding how things were around here not too long ago. It will also probably get you to the Marsh on a Thursday. The theater is close to downtown Berkeley BART as well as a parking garage.

Not a Genuine Black Man continues every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. through May 5 at the Marsh in Berkeley (with no shows in April 21 or 28). Admission is $20-$50.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section.

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