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“Friday Black: Stories” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah c.2018, Mariner Books $14.99 / higher in Canada 194 pages

You are the strongest person you know. You can lift and carry a lot of weight and many burdens, because strength comes from within as well as from muscles. So what are you capable of doing when times get strange? Place yourself in the short stories inside “Friday Black” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, and see. Emmanuel had grown up with a strength his parents nurtured. They taught him everything they knew about keeping a young Black man alive; because of that, Emmanuel rarely presented his “Blackness” at the top of a one-to-ten scale. At most, he kept it somewhere near the middle. But in “The Finkelstein 5,” when a white man was acquitted of killing five black kids with a chainsaw, Emmanuel doubted if he was strong enough to keep his Blackness at anything less than a “10.”