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."
I saw the author on one of my favorite cable shows "Real Time with Bill Maher". He referenced his book and I was intrigued to read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff
I thought I would learn how to play spades, hit my dougie and dunk a basketball, but all I learned was that racism is embedded in American's social consciousness and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pmd
Yawn.... Yet another whining book, complaining about racism in America. If it's so rough being black in this country, go somewhere else.Published 1 month ago by Ted
Got it as a gift for my whitest friend. The next day he was black.Published 2 months ago by P. J. Love
This book touched some serious truths about being black in America but it was also funny and entertaining. A good read.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer