His white friends presume he's seeing her because of sexual stereotypes about black women while
her black friends can't believe her interest in him.
Set in Detroit, Michigan, a predominantly black city, Zebrahead is the story of Zack a white, middle class,
Jewish, urban teenager whose mother died when he was young. He lives with his father, Richard, owner of an
inner city music store.
Zack attends the predominantly black, local public high school with his best friend, Dee who is black and
middle class. Zack is very taken with black culture and is accused by his peers of 'acting black'.
When Dee's cousin, Nikki, who is black and from East New York, Brooklyn, moves into town, Zack, who has just
been dumped by his girlfriend, finds himself smitten by her. They gradually begin a romance that attracts a
lot of unwanted attention.
His white friends presume he's seeing her because of sexual stereotypes about black women while her black
friends can't believe her interest in him. Conflict erupts when Nut a local gang-banger pursues Nikki for
himself and racial tensions in their respective neighbourhoods begin to take their toll. It is the beginning
of the end with the inevitable violent result.