In today’s fast-paced society, it can be difficult to develop meaningful, personal relationships. Taking the time to find your perfect Black Best Friend can be even more daunting, with more options today than ever before. From romantic comedies to action movies and network crime dramas, the Black Best Friend is the all-knowing, supportive partner to the (usually) White protagonist. He or she ranges from sassy and funny to serious and austere.
If you are a White protagonist, and you do not have a Black Best Friend, do not panic. Here is a quiz, just like the kind you find in Cosmo, that will help you determine your ultimate Black Best Friend.
1. Your boss has been on your back all day, your significant other is upset about something (something to do with a sock, maybe?), and on top of that, a baby threw up on you at a Starbucks. Your ideal Black Best Friend will:
a. Tell you how much more her day sucked. I mean, she had to read a book and schedule time for a manicure! What are you complaining about?
b. Get you out of those stinky baby puke clothes and into some fresh matching pajamas. Then, it’s a night-long “Kickpuncher” marathon.
c. I’m sorry–what were you saying?
d. Sing a cover of a song that perfectly expresses how you’re feeling. It won’t take long before you’re joining in…along with half the neighborhood, for some reason.
e. Smile, and maybe do a Sammy Davis, Jr. impression?
2. It’s Saturday night, and you are ready to par-tay with your Black Best Friend! What’s going down?
a. Hi-yo! Karaoke, dranks and Vegas! It’ll be just like old times!
b. So…not a “Kickpuncher” marathon?
c. Hell-o! Shopping first for a new outfit–preferably Versace or Calvin Klein. Then, there’s a party in the Valley and another one in the Hills.
d. Rehearsal! Just found the perfect song to fit into this week’s theme of teen pregnancy and bad self-image!
e. Saturday nights are for relaxing with friends. A lounge, a show and drinks. But first, a ride downtown to collect some money from some friends of mine…
3. You’re in need of some serious advice at work. Your Black Best Friend tells you to:
a. Tell someone else to tell someone else to do it.
b. Find an awesome group of co-workers and work it out together.
c. Let Daddy take care of it.
d. Finish school. Then she breaks into a sunny rendition of Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend.”
e. Professionalism: work hard, long and often. Seriously, be in everything, at everywhere at once.
4. You invite your Black Best Friend to dinner with your parents and their friends. What does he/she wear?
a. A dress my personal assistant picked out for me.
b. A tuxedo.
c. Donna Karan head-to-toe.
d. Bright colors, lots of accessories–an outfit that showcases my truly original sense of style. Then we’ll sing about it.
e. A nice suit, slacks and a sweater, something chic and non-offensive.
5. Your Black Best Friend is hosting a dinner party at their home. What is on the menu?
a. I don’t know–it’s catered.
b. Adult things, like pizza.
c. Daddy has a cook.
d. Down-home cooking! Greens, yams, cornbread and ham! We can even sing while we cook! Mm-hmm!
e. Something mellow and pleasant to the taste. Not too spicy, not too exotic. Whatever, salt’s on the table.
Now, tally up those totals and scroll down.
Mostly A’s: Ava from “Up All Night”
Your supportive ways seemingly have gone unnoticed by those you care about most in life. You have so much to balance that you’re afraid of pushing away your closest friends. That’s why Ava is your perfect Black Best Friend. At times petty, at times overly-emotional, Ava won’t let you let go. She will stop by with an event inappropriate food basket in the middle of the night in order to maintain open lines of communication. Her ambition and determined personality may land you in hot water sometimes, but you always know how to cool her off.
Mostly B’s: Troy from “Community”
Your dedication to your close group of friends has earned you the friendship of Troy. Funny, goofy and silly, Troy will be there for you when you need him most, whether it’s taking over in a breakdancing contest, or serving as designated driver/secret keeper, you can be assured that he’ll be there. Troy is the ideal friend for someone into science fiction, fantasy and comic books. His nerdiness is only overshadowed by his devotion to friends and his awesome dance skills.
Mostly C’s: Dee from “Clueless”
You need someone who understands that good fashion is nothing without good style. You need a friend who you can call at anytime, even if you’re only twenty feet away from each other. Who else is going to help you selflessly give your teacher a makeover, so that she can attract the attention of the English teacher, so that both of them can be in a better mood, so that they will start going easier on their students? Besides, you need someone who understands “what it’s like for people to be jealous of you.”
Mostly D’s: Mercedes from “Glee”
Your love of belting out ballads and sassy personalities has you walking side-by-side with Mercedes. She may only be a high school student, but she’s got the sass of a 45 year old woman in a Tyler Perry movie. She’s a diva in every way possible, and as long as you don’t get in her spotlight, you should share a long, healthy and competitive friendship.
Mostly E’s: Wayne Brady
A general Black Best Friend, Wayne Brady does it all. Need someone to see “Wicked” on Broadway? Wayne Brady will take you, and probably get you backstage. Want to meet the cast of “How I Met Your Mother?” Wayne Brady can take you the next time he shoots a scene as Barney’s brother. Love live improv? Wayne Brady can show you where it’s at, and maybe offer up a song parody or two while he’s at it. Yes, Wayne Brady is the Wayne Brady of Black Best Friends.