Cornell is 12 to 13 years old, Black male.
Cornell and Derrick have been best friends since first grade. Cornell’s dad is a middle manager at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Cornell’s mom is a bank teller. Derrick’s mother and Cornell’s parents completely approve of this relationship. Both families have kindred values, though Cornell’s family is a bit more Afrocentric and Brenda’s approach is more mainstream. Both families are practicing Christians with regular church attendance. Cornell’s parents are looser in letting Cornell create his own Black expression, though sagging pants is where they draw the line. Cornell kissed his first girl in sixth grade. Derrick had yet to generate the courage to approach a girl in that way. Derrick is convinced that Cornell is successful with girls because Cornell’s parents give him more freedom in his attire and hair do’s and language style. Derrick and Cornell are very competitive not only with their exploits with girls but in video gaming. Cornell is a respectful young teenaged boy and in no way whatsoever a troublemaker. Both Derrick and Cornell are B plus students in school.