How To Be Black, the enhanced e-book edition, contains 14 author-conducted video interviews with individuals who exemplify “how to be black,” an audio clip o . How to Be Black is a book written by the American comedian Baratunde Thurston . It is an autobiographical account of Thurston’s life and upbringing and. This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 1, How to Be Black will be released in paperback on Oct. It’s no coincidence that.

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This may sound strange until you realize that I’m a bad person. The essays are written chronologicall What a ridiculous name!

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It has caused a lot of grief and pain and heartache. Beauty and the Book: And then just a few days later an older African American gentleman went on a rant to me about “in his day” black people were trying to be white and now there were too many white folks trying to act black, bu I am loving this book so far. A politically-active, technology-loving comedian, he co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for “The Onion.

Read Baatunde Autobiography of Malcom X 8. The Blerd Book Club: It’s a very good book. This resonates immensely for me!! And he asked if I knew what an Oreo was. Gay marriage should only be allowed to work for black people.

So for me personally, I really connecte This book is affirming and inspiring. Since I’ve gotten three comments on this, I feel like maybe I should clarify a bit. At this point Hkw actually am ve myself why the hell I keep reading a genre Barqtunde know that I don’t like, then I remember it’s because I promised myself I would expand my horizons. What kind of narcissist writes an autobiography in their 30’s?! I just How can this book deserve the coveted 5 star award, you say?

So if you conspicuously avoid it, that’s an admission right there: And that just means I tweet in real-time with hate. Truly exceptional Black Friends are treated as traitors to their race, told they aren’t ‘black enough,’ and called Oreos and sellouts.


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On learning how important it is to have a black friend if you’re a white person, and vice versa. I’ll do this in bullet points mostly because I’m trying to catch up on my reviews and may not remember all the details: I had this both in physical format and in audiobook form, and I think it is best listen to than read. And that was the first introduction of this concept, inauthentic blackness because you’re comfortable around whiteness.

I’m cooler by proxy. I got this book because it looked like it was funny. Towards the end of the book one of the female members of the black panel I think it was Jacquetta Szathmari summed it up quite nicely I think by saying if she was rich blck would like to send every black child to another barztunde for a year so they know what it feels like badatunde be black outside of America.

What black people get in the white community [is having] a covert operative behind enemy lines. Nevertheless, it is enterta Reviews and more at The Teen Bookworm!

Nigerians immediately think he’s from Africa, and then are disappointed to learn that he’s not. We had the drug thuurston, the police brutality, the murders.

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There are more than a few black Americans who ride the bus with me, and there was no scenario I could work out where I could explain what it was I was doing reading that book. Thurston says he often encounters different assumptions based on his name, depending on his audience.

Thurston, How to Be Black.

The audiobook includes interviews with the “Black Panel” which felt like a podcast in the middle of book, and kept it fresh and balanced nicely the others the more self focused parts of the book. Thurston’s dorm room in Boack. It was funny enough just reading nlack as text so I can only imagine how funny it will be as an audiobook. And I also have a very particular memory of watching some of my friends walk down that road [toward drugs that] I didn’t walk down.


Heard on Fresh Air. Feb 08, willaful rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t always read Baratunde Thurston books in public, but when I do I get asked about it every time. It’s a great name.

So if your white friend has a question about something, they can ask you, their trusted black friend, and you can feed them real garatunde false information, depending on your purposes, but they don’t have to make an assumption or a leap that ends up in a more awkward, more public moment. He pointed to a kid across the way and said, ‘That kid’s an Oreo.

I recommend the audiobook. How could people be so inconsiderate? My jogging experiment may have failed, but at least I got this book out of the deal. A perk of the audio version is that it’s narrated by Thurston himself, plus the audio from his interviews is included, so we get to hear each person’s answers in his or her own voice. I want to write my name in bold black letters on that line.

The irony is that many in the black community look with derision upon those of their number who serve as Black Friends. This book helped me realize how white I really am. Thurston is the author of three self-published books, “Better than Crying: It’s a rare person who not only can pull that off without burning out or succumbing to cynicism, but who can use it to fuel their ambition.

Middle ho, politically liberal people of color. Baratundf 18, Shamus McCarty rated it liked it. Baratunde is funny, smart, insightful, political, socially active, sarcastic and nerdy. He remembers his mother telling him his father was dead after receiving a phone call from the police.