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."
When you are tired of feeling guilty, sad or bad because of the packaging or circumstances you were born into, this is an entertaining and funny piece of writing to relax with. Read morePublished 21 days ago by K.McValley
Sorry I bought this. It seriously was a painful experience. I didn't finish and if I could get my money back I would. HORRIBLE!!!!Published 29 days ago by memyself
I don't want to be Black, but this book is amusing with the humor of How to Be Black Hardcover – January 31, 2012 by Baratunde Thurston. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CD Parker
This book is hilarious but still raises some very valid points.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I know the description says satire but it's much more. It's a guide through the perils of being black. Read morePublished 1 month ago by fr4nk1yn
The book has a bunch of random handwriting in the front that was not made clear, but otherwise, fine.Published 1 month ago by SandL
entertaining & insightful... Very easy read . Lots of good thought provoking statements which lead you to reflect on your own life & the choices one makesPublished 2 months ago by Patrick Dubois
Rings true to daily experience. A ready reference providing a humorous perspective to unpack these situations we all find ourselves in with black people.Published 2 months ago by Beaver Woodswest
I think this book works! I'm am now more ghetto and blacker than ever before!
This book taught me how to sail the ocean.