Have you ever been called "too black" or "not black enough"?
Have you ever befriended or worked with a black person?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you.
Raised by a pro-black, Pan-Afrikan single mother during the crack years of 1980s Washington, DC, and educated at Sidwell Friends School and Harvard University, Baratunde Thurston has over thirty years' experience being black. Now, through stories of his politically inspired Nigerian name, the heroics of his hippie mother, the murder of his drug-abusing father, and other revelatory black details, he shares with readers of all colors his wisdom and expertise in how to be black.
Beyond memoir, this guidebook offers practical advice on everything from "How to Be The Black Friend" to "How to Be The (Next) Black President" to "How to Celebrate Black History Month."
To provide additional perspective, Baratunde assembled an award-winning Black Panel—three black women, three black men, and one white man (Christian Lander of Stuff White People Like)—and asked them such revealing questions as:
"When Did You First Realize You Were Black?"
"How Black Are You?"
"Can You Swim?"
The result is a humorous, intelligent, and audacious guide that challenges and satirizes the so-called experts, purists, and racists who purport to speak for all black people. With honest storytelling and biting wit, Baratunde plots a path not just to blackness, but one open to anyone interested in simply "how to be."
The premise seemed funny but it wasn't creative - just stupid. It read like a bunch of average freshman wrote down a conversation while getting high in a dorm room.Published 1 month ago by Maire
I think it was a good book. It was well written and had a lot of thought provoking content but at the same time was zany. I laughed a lot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gwynne Carter
Heard the author on a radio program & ordered the book. It wasn't as funny as he was in person; I lost interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EBChurchlady
A Rachel Dolezal recommended book...really. http://www.inquisitr.com/2171766/rachel-dolezal-how-to-be-black-photo-my-favorite-political-picture-of-the-year-so-far/Published 1 month ago by Janice from Amherst
The title alone made me want to read this book, but it wasn't till bigot to hear Baratunde speak in the winter in New York that I chose to get a copy of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jose
Just read it. It made me laugh, made me embarrassed but mostly it educated me. And it will teach you how to pronounce Baratunde.Published 2 months ago by David