How to Be Black

Book How to Be Black I am loving this book so far If nothing else the conversations smirks giggles and very confused looks I ve gotten while reading this book in public have been great Having an

Book How to Be Black I am loving this book so far. If nothing else, the conversations, smirks, giggles, and very confused looks I've gotten while reading this book in public have been great. Having an older African American woman point at the book, smirk and say "Good luck with that!" was a highlight of my week. And then just a few days later an older African American gentleman went on a rant to me about "in his day" black people were trying to be white and now there were too many white folks trying to act black, but you have to be born black, you can't become black. 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." I agreed that he was likely right, but he continued to rant in a very hilarious way about how white people have incredibly bizarre impressions of race and how he just doesn't get "you people". 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! I think I've done that before!" It's all about persepective, and Baratunde creates a great chance to address this persepctive.. How to Be Black go inside Ebook New York Times BestsellerBaratunde Thurston s comedic memoir chronicles his coming of blackness and offers practical advice on everything from How to Be the Black Friend to How to Be the Next Black President now available in a limited Olive Edition.Have you ever been called too black or not black enough Have you ever befriended or worked with a black person HavNew York Times BestsellerBaratunde Thurston s comedic memoir chronicles his coming of blackness and offers practical advice on everything from How to Be the Black Friend to How to Be the Next Black President now available in a limited Olive Edition.Have you ever been called too black or not black enough Have you ever befriended or worked with a black person Have you ever heard of black people If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you It is also for anyone who can read, possesses intelligence, loves to laugh, and has ever felt a distance between who they know themselves to be and what the world expects.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 than 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 As a black woman, this book helped me realize I m actually a white man Patton Oswalt. Baratunde Rafiq Thurston is an American comedian based in Boston and New York City A politically active, technology loving comedian, he co founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black.Thurston is the author of three self published books, Better than Crying Poking Fun at Politics, the Press Pop Culture, Keep Jerry Falwell Away from My Oreo Cookies and Thank You Congressional Pages For Being So Damn Sexy His fourth book, entitled How to Be Black was published on February 1, 2012.. A viral Books How to Be Black I am loving this book so far. If nothing else, the conversations, smirks, giggles, and very confused looks I've gotten while reading this book in public have been great. Having an older African American woman point at the book, smirk and say "Good luck with that!" was a highlight of my week. And then just a few days later an older African American gentleman went on a rant to me about "in his day" black people were trying to be white and now there were too many white folks trying to act black, but you have to be born black, you can't become black. 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." I agreed that he was likely right, but he continued to rant in a very hilarious way about how white people have incredibly bizarre impressions of race and how he just doesn't get "you people". 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! I think I've done that before!" It's all about persepective, and Baratunde creates a great chance to address this persepctive.
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  1. Baratunde Rafiq Thurston is an American comedian based in Boston and New York City A politically active, technology loving comedian, he co founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black.Thurston is the author of three self published books, Better than Crying Poking Fun at Politics, the Press Pop Culture, Keep Jerry Falwell Away from My Oreo Cookies and Thank You Congressional Pages For Being So Damn Sexy His fourth book, entitled How to Be Black was published on February 1, 2012.

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  1. I am loving this book so far If nothing else, the conversations, smirks, giggles, and very confused looks I ve gotten while reading this book in public have been great Having an older African American woman point at the book, smirk and say Good luck with that was a highlight of my week And then just a few days later an older African American gentleman went on a rant to me about in his day black people were trying to be white and now there were too many white folks trying to act black, but you ha [...]


  2. First off, I heard this on Audiobook, and I URGE you to do the same I m sure the book is just fine, but on the audio version you get Baratunde s narration and original recordings from the interviewees Wow, to think this is the debut from Baratunde Thurston I can t wait to see what he comes up with next This book may be funny, but the message in it couldn t be serious and straightforward I feel like a door was opened to me, exposing a little bit of what an American black person goes through how [...]


  3. 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 If that happens enough times, you eventually realize you and a book are meant to spend quality time together I think Thurston s goal with How to Be Black was threefold 1 to write a memoir of his own life 2 to make the reader laugh 3 to teach the reader a thing or two about race in America At all three things he succeeds I definitely laughed quite a bit and [...]


  4. This is one of the funniest autobio type books I ve ever read Thurston takes a satirical approach to his guide based on his personal experiences, but the book is really than that There s some excellent and educational commentary in there not just from the author, but from an actual panel of folks who come from various backgrounds, both culturally and professionally It s broken up into short chunks based on various issues or stages of his life, and questions about when and how one begins to perc [...]


  5. Initial thoughts More of a 3.5 for me mostly because it lagged in a few places but overall a great and funny book.Full review I ll do this in bullet points mostly because I m trying to catch up on my reviews and may not remember all the details 1 Baratunde is really funny and witty and it shows in his writing.2 Some of the chapters lagged a little but that s to be expected Not every part of a satirical book can be laugh out loud funny 3 The section on his name and Nigerians discovering it was pa [...]


  6. I got this book because it looked like it was funny I also was hoping it would teach me how to dance and elevate my freestyle skills Unfortunately, it was made clear early on in the book that this book will not teach non blacks how to be black I almost returned to book and demanded my money back, but it was pretty funny up to that point so I kept reading Baratunde is a funny guy I have a feeling we would get along and crack up at bad jokes all night if we ran into each other at a bar The book, i [...]


  7. 3.5 stars I had to laugh when I started this book and read Even if you re reading the book years after its original publication, it s probably February ish on your calendar I swear, I first heard about this book in January, from someone on my friend s list, and my library hold didn t come through til February This is a somewhat uneasy mix of genuine memoir and satire about black stereotypes, and I found it enlightening, mostly goodhearted, but amusing than laugh out loud funny Quite possibly it [...]


  8. This book is affirming and inspiring I am awed that Baratunde Thurston can talk about race and yet maintain a sense of humor, hope and forgiveness And it s not like he sweeps history under the rug, either From this book you can get a real sense of how exhausting it is to be black in White America This book is the real deal It can get lonely sometimes being a person of color in elite academic professional settings, and I really think Thurston gets that So for me personally, I really connected wit [...]


  9. How to be black is, as Thurston admits, a huge topic that one book can never really hope to tackle in its entirety But Thurston admits as much, and his best effort is certainly worth reading 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 Much of the book is deeply personal and the book is really a strange chimera of memoir and satire But it works becaus [...]


  10. WHAT IS IT ABOUT How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston is part memoir, part humorous social commentary on race and identity related issues in America Despite being raised by a Pan African single mother in the inner city of Washington, DC during the drug wars, Thurston not only stayed out of trouble but also graduated from a private, primarily white Sidwell Friends School and later form Harvard University Along the stories about the origins of his name, the tofu eating hippie of a mother and the [...]


  11. This was highly informative, easy to understand and funny What can you want from a non fiction than to actually come away educated and understanding of others Listening to the audiobook was a good decision, as I now know how to pronounce his name and also heard all the original recordings of the people he interviewed Very well produced.This is for everyone who wants to learn about what it means to be black in the USA.


  12. I think the racial tension of the late 60s somehow got into my DNA along with a bunch of my mom s diet pills, so please forgive me if I pass out from anxiety in the middle of reviewing this book.Baratunde Thurston did a great interview on Fresh Air, so I was very interested to read this book Several friends also liked it, which also pushed it up on my queue a few books.When I finally found it at the local bookstore, I was dismayed to find it in the humor section, filed amongst the novelty books, [...]


  13. I don t always read Baratunde Thurston books in public, but when I do I get asked about it every time Or someone just stops walking past me and bursts out laughing Thanks, Library Coworker I was ready to burst out laughing as well, because Thurston s autobiography is just that funny Of course, he wasn t familiar with the book or Thurston until I mentioned The Onion So maybe this isn t a book for white girls to read in public Or maybe the title is an ingenious marketing scheme because I had disc [...]


  14. Funny, insightful, entertaining, sweet Part memoir, part meditation on blackness in America I really enjoyed everyone on the Blackness Panel, too.Minus one star because he didn t take me on a second date.


  15. How can this book deserve the coveted 5 star award, you say Simply this it made me laugh a whole lot, it s hopeful and wonderfully good natured, and it inspired me with the energizing realization that the world is changing right this very moment in crazy, unforseen, wonderful ways that mean we all are stretching and changing the definitions of Blackness, Whiteness, Femaleness, Chineseness, Fatness, or whatever else we are to whomever we honestly are and whomever we intend to become I just got th [...]


  16. Back in January, I got bitten by the New Year s Resolution bug and decided to try jogging It was one of those decisions made in a hasty blur of good intentions, and in stubborn denial of all existing evidence against it Evidence like the fact that running makes me furious, and I hate it Not to toot my own horn, but I actually stuck with it for about two weeks What ended my short lived attempt at fitness glory I ran a full mile without stopping, promptly hurt my ankle, and limped my way back to t [...]


  17. Author Baratunde R Thurston has penned a consistently humorous book The book drips with irony, such as declaring November National American Indian Month and promoting the benefits for all races of the position of The Black Friend Thurston sprinkles How to be Black with laugh out loud lines like Never underestimate the media s hunger for a rhyming Negro, media blackness emergencies, and, in fact, that entire chapter, How to Speak for All Black People, was positively sublime I m a light skinned Cu [...]


  18. How to Be Black is the reason audiobooks were created Being many things professionally a humorist, a political voice, a technologist, it is not surprising that Thurston s delivery in his audiobook is so top notch and versatile Thurston s tone matches the theme of his book part memoir, part satire, part political and historical commentary This is what makes this book so great is that all of these elements are necessary for a thoughtful discussion on race in America The audiobook includes intervie [...]


  19. OK, so I didn t know what to expect from the book, but I have been following this guy on Twitter for a while I didn t know also that he was the Jack Turner behind the Jack Jill Politics blog that I followed I don t pay attention to all that much, I guess But this guy s name kept popping up on my Twitter feeds another guy I follow kept posting about him and recommending him, and then his book kept appearing as well, so I picked it up.First off, the book cover is fairly aggressive It makes it diff [...]


  20. Reviews and at The Teen Bookworm 2.5 5 StarsHow to be Black presents itself as of an ode to the African American race than a memoir, but it soon lets you know that it is in fact the latter The intro and first chapter are very humorous and engaging, and the entire book is filled with short, little humorous passages as well, but the narrative jumps around on the timeline quite a bit, and it is bogged down with random entries that don t quite add to the story Nevertheless, it is entertaining and [...]


  21. I learned about this book after hearing the author s fantastic interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air The interview was superb, and the buzz about the book was exciting, so I was very hyped to read it The book has two interweaving themes an autobiography of the author, and a manual on How To Be Black as the title suggests which brings in testimony from other black bloggers, activists, authors, etc The manual part was funny and informative, though I have read some other influential books Why Are [...]


  22. What a ridiculous name It didn t make me want to read the book, but at least it got my attention I purchased this book as part of a bundle that I bought during a Black History Month sale for which I was called out on in the first chapter I uploaded it to my kindle with little hope that I would get through the first chapter.It turned out that I did enjoy it It is a collection of stand alone essays addressing issues of middle class African American life The essays are written chronologically based [...]


  23. So far, this is great Half tongue in cheek, half true For instance, here is a list of things you can do to observe Black history month he has reasons commentary after each one You ll have to read the book to find out what they are 1 Change the wallpaper on your computer or mobile phone to a image of a slave plantation.2 Watch BET3 Avoid being explicitly racist4 Know the key people5 Observe anything and everything that President Obama does6 Hum a Negro Spiritual7 Read The Autobiography of Malcom [...]


  24. I had this both in physical format and in audiobook form, and I think it is best listen to than read Mainly because you get a better sense of who Baratunde Thurson is and the people on his Black Panel who narrate their parts in the book about what is to be black, grow up black, see blackness in America and what can come from it There were moments when I gave a good laugh, the learning to swim part in particular, but all in all it was just okay Being from DC myself and going to college on the Eas [...]


  25. This book should be required reading for anyone who is black, wants to be black, is unsure if they are black, knows at least one black person, thinks they know black people, or simply just has heard of black people Baratunde spits the real so fast and funny that I sometimes had to gasp that someone had put the hard truth down in black and white without the paper burning up I swear I am going to keep the book at my desk just to revisit the How to Be The Black Employee chapter and remind myself wh [...]



  26. I actually picked this book up last year to read it, and I started to read it but then I got China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan and betrayed my blackness by chucking this to the side How to Be Black is an autobiographic satire Baratunde Thurston regales readers with hilarious anecdotes about his childhood and growing up black He breaks down stereotypes of African Americans and how this affects their relationship with their white counter parts as well as their social identities It sounds like so [...]


  27. Firstly I think I should say that I would urge that you listen to the audio version as it is narrated by the author and has interviews with his close friends or The Black Panel on what it is to be black I found myself smiling and chuckling a lot, I found it poignant at times and eye opening but I have to say I didn t find it as laugh out loud funny as most people did and I think that is down to me being English I think a lot of the racial stereotypes and themes that were played on we just don t [...]


  28. I recommend the audiobook In it, Mr Thurston wonderfully performs his book Really that s sound advice for most books like this one Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Cosby, the late great George Carlin listen to them perform their books Baratunde Thurston co founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and served as Director of Digital for The Onion before launching the comedy technology startup Cultivated Wit Then candidate Barack Obama called him someone I need to know Ba [...]


  29. I finished reading HTBB a few weeks ago and enjoyed it thoroughly, except for all the profanity I realize nowadays people spread profanity around like confetti There is no shame to their game when it comes to cursing However, being a non curser, it still jars me somewhat when all of a sudden it is in my face That said, I waited until now to write a review to see what still resonated with me after a few weeks First of all, it is an easy read I read HTBB in eight to nine hours on a road trip Secon [...]


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