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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And the woman who put up a site called Rent-A-Negro. For those of you expecting a true guidebook with bullet points, lists, and exit criteria on How to Be Black, he provides them. Trivia About How to Be Black.

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Victoria Sanders of the San Francisco Chronicle said the book “makes light of uncomfortable truths about America’s awkward relationship to stereotypical and monolithic blackness by offering very funny advice about such topics as ‘How to Be the Black Friend,’ ‘How to Speak for All Black People’ and ‘How to Be the Black Employee'” but said that Thurston was at his best when describing his troubled upbringing in which his father was murdered, forcing his mother to raise him alone as well as his experiences at Sidwell Friends School and Harvard University.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I got this book because it looked like it was funny. He remembers his mother telling him his father was dead after receiving a phone call from the police. In junior high, Thurston moved from Columbia Heights to a suburban black neighborhood in Maryland. I attribute this to thinking Dave Barry was the greatest comedic genius on Earth, until I read so much of his stuff that my brain finally figured out every hacky trope he uses.

A lot of it is setup, punch; setup, punch.


It’s clear from just a quick glance through my shelves that I don’t read much non-fiction. This book helped me realize how white I really am. Feb 13, Howard rated it really liked it.

You basically got this stalker vampire who’s basically abusing this low self-esteem child, and that is hailed as a great image of love and respect. Technology is amazing and quite baratude time-saver.

Baratunde Thurston Explains ‘How To Be Black’

As Derrick put it, black people in America ‘have literally been the physical embodiment, the manifestation of the ideals that the Founding Fathers said they believed in, thought they believed in. The section on his name and Nigerians discovering it was particularly hilarious because it’s so true.

Funny, insightful, entertaining, sweet. But if you are an even mildly-aware white person I highly recommend this book just to read the occasional line that will make your eyes go wide and you’ll think “Oh my GAWD!

Please tell me if someone gives him money to make this into an instructional film! And when I explained that it was humorous social commentary intended to discuss subtle or latent racism, he scoffed even louder and told me “of course y’all take that from a funny black guy, if he was angry y’all would ignore him and run away from him.

What a mess we’ve made in America of race and people and color and skin. Thurston, a stand-up comedian and The Onion ‘s digital director, says that he doesn’t get as many gigs this month as one might think. Thanks for telling us about the problem. When I finally found it at the local bookstore, I was dismayed to find it in the humor section, filed amongst the novelty books, books shaped like toilets, and books that are blogs everyone is sick of. As a white woman, of course I never have been and never will be black, but I think that this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand race and racism in the United States.


I definitely laughed qu I bought this because whenever I was in the bookstore, I would pick it up, flip through it, and land on something that made me laugh out loud. Rereading this, I shouldn’t have used two forms of “didn’t believe” when I meant something closer to “beyond belief” or “inconceivable. Of course, he wasn’t familiar with the book or Thurston until I mentioned The Onion.

Apr 27, Kathleen rated it really liked it Shelves: So in back act of brilliant reasoning but perhaps moral cowardice I simply removed the dust jacket and read the book so as not to expose the spine too often.

How to Be Black

I couldn’t get through one David Sedaris story without putting the book down. Unfortunately, it was made clear early on in the book that this book will thurstom teach non-blacks how to be black. This book is the real deal! This may sound strange until you realize that I’m a bad person.

How can this book deserve the coveted 5 star award, you say? 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. How could people be so inconsiderate? We had everything The Wire had except for universal critical acclaim and the undying love of white people who saw it. It doesn’t seem to be something he avoids or something he uses as a badge: I don’t pay attention to all that much, I guess.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. And it’s a quick read or listen for meso I’d say it’s worth the time.