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As a solo act, Phoebe Robinson is on the verge of world domination.
So far this year, the former “2 Dope Queens” podcaster debuted a talk show “Doing the Most with Phoebe Robinson,” guest hosted “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and filmed her first solo stand-up special for HBO Max.
On Tuesday, she released her newest book, “Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes,” the inaugural title of the new imprint she founded, Tiny Reparations Books.
The hardcover essay collection was penned while Robinson was in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, and later as people from all walks of life took to the streets to protest police brutality and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Throughout her writings, the 27-year-old Cleveland native deftly examines performative allyship, white guilt, and what happens when white people take up space in cultural movements.
Robinson also explores what it is be childless by choice, a woman who doesn’t want kids living in a society that regards motherhood as the crowning achievement of a straight, cis woman’s life in the 347-page book.
The former reality TV recap reviewer for New York magazine also reveals some of her favorite things about dating a white person from the U.K., including the opportunity to introduce them to aspects of Black culture including the movie “Waiting to Exhale.” (Her boyfriend is Luke Downs, the merchandising and tour accountant for Guns N’ Roses latest outing.)
She also shines a light on Black hair, share thoughts on the dire state of mental health in America, and the lack of Black women in leadership roles.
Robinson’s trademark wit, unforgettable voice, spot-on pop culture references, and sharp cultural criticism are on full display with the “Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes” — a parental phrase many in the Black community may be familiar with about not bringing outside germs onto a clean bed.
The “I Love Dick” actress, who is already a bestselling author with two previous books to her credit, launched Tiny Reparations as a partnership with Plume/Penguin in July 2020. Sharing the same name as her production company, the literary imprint is “dedicated to publishing both literary fiction and nonfiction as well as essay collections that highlight and amplify unique and diverse voices.”
“I think part of the reason that an imprint seemed viable to me is that, I do feel as though I have a knack for identifying really cool voices that I think should be bigger and amplified,” she told Penguin Random House staffer Amy Brinker in a Q&A.
Upcoming books from Tiny Reparations Books include Kai Harris’s debut coming-of-age novel, “What the Fireflies Knew,” and the nonfiction title “RAGE: The Evolution of a Black Queer Body in America,” and essay collection served up by freelance writer and former senior editor at Out, Lester Fabian Brathwaite.
On the same day the book went on sale, HBO Max released the trailer for the upcoming comedy special, “Phoebe Robinson: Sorry Harriet Tubman.”
Directed by Kristian Mercado, the hour-long special is executive produced by Robinson and will feature her unique brand of comedic commentary as she discusses reparations, hanging out with Michelle Obama, and aging out of watching civil rights movies.
“Phoebe Robinson: Sorry Harriet Tubman” premieres Oct. 14.