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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."
This book artfully provides a humorous, yet factual, comprehensive account of the the experience that black Americans go through today surrounding race and identity. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Brianne
For white people interested in understanding the black experience in America, this book belongs on the shelf with a multitude of others, such as Soul on Ice, Roots, and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hero Garwen
If you are looking to have a serious treatise on blackness in America and the global context, then this is NOT your book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AltarEgo23
Good, eye-opening read for me, an elderly white woman who wants to understand.Published 1 month ago by L. Carlson
I would recommend this book to any and everyone. It’s insightful, and causes you to be just a bit more introspective in how you view people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Courtnee H.