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Frederick Joseph biography: 13 things about ‘The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person’ author


Frederick T. Joseph is an African-American author and marketing strategist. He attended Saunders High School in Yonkers, New York, United States and earned his bachelor’s degrees in political science and English creative writing from Hunter College in New York City, New York.

Joseph and his fiancée Porsche Landon live in New York City. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. From 2009 to 2012, he worked for Hunter College as an external affairs manager. (a)
  2. From September 2011 to March 2014, he worked for in New York as a director of marketing. (a)
  3. From 2012 to 2013, he worked for Magna Legal Services in New York as a marketing manager. (a)
  4. From 2013 to 2014, he worked for ThomasNet in New York as a digital marketing project manager. From 2013 to 2016, he attended New York University in New York City where he earned his master’s degree in business administration major in marketing. (a)
  5. From February 2014 to January 2016, he worked for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York as an associate director of marketing. (a)
  6. In February 2015, he launched Frederick Joseph Consulting Inc. in New York. (a)
  7. From February 2016 to January 2018, he worked for Classroom, Inc. in New York as a director of marketing. (a)
  8. In 2018, he was honored as the Comic-Con Humanitarian of the Year award and included in the Root 100’s list of most influential African Americans. In January 2018, he appeared on “Ellen” where he was honored by Ellen DeGeneres and Chadwick Boseman for his crowdfunding campaign to help children in the Harlem Boys and Girls Club see “Black Panther.” From November 2018 to January 2020, he worked for Auburn in New York as the chief communications officer. (a)(b)(c)
  9. On February 20, 2020, he took to Twitter to claim that he had just left the barbershop and everyone was talking about Elizabeth Warren, who officially announced her U.S. president candidacy on February 9, 2019 but ended her campaign on March 2, 2020. Skeptics accused him of staging the barbershop photos that he shared, which he denied. (d)
  10. On September 7, 2020, he took to Twitter to complain about an Airbnb host. The tweet went viral. (e)
  11. On December 1, 2020, Candlewick published his book “The Black Friend on Being a Better White Person.” (b)(f)
  12. He accused his fellow New York University alum Emma Sarley of confronting him and Landon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City on September 25, 2021. On September 26, 2021, he took Twitter to share a 27-second video clip of the encounter and accused Sarley of confusing his and Landon’s dog with another dog that had been barking loudly then threatened to call police. He also accused Sarley saying “stay in your hood” to him and Landon, which was corroborated by a white male bystander named Steve Tracy in the video clip, which went viral. (g)
  13. In 2022, he will release his books “Patriarchy Blues” and “Better Than We Found It.” (b)




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