How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston

83%

8 Critic Reviews

Using his own story and humor, Thurston demonstrates that the best way to “be” anything is to simply be yourself.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston shares his 30-plus years of expertise in being black, with helpful essays like “How to Be the Black Friend,” “How to Speak for All Black People,” “How To Celebrate Black History Month,” and more, in this satirical guide to race issues—written for black people and those who love them. Audacious, cunning, and razor-sharp, How to Be Black exposes the mass-media’s insidiously racist, monochromatic portrayal of black culture’s richness and variety. Fans of Stuff White People Like, This Week in Blackness, and Ending Racism in About an Hour will be captivated, uplifted, incensed, and inspired by this hilarious and powerful attack on America’s blacklisting of black culture: Baratunde Thurston’s How to Be Black.
 

About Baratunde Thurston

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Baratunde Thurston is a comedian, author and vigilante pundit. He was nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, declared a Champion of the First Amendment by Iowa State, and called "someone I need to know" by Barack Obama. He has appeared on most major cable and broadcast networks and in newspapers including the New York Times and The Independent (UK). Baratunde is the cofounder of the political blog, Jack & Jill Politics and performs regularly in New York City, where he works as web & politics editor for The Onion. He hosts Popular Science's Future Of on the Science Channel, resides in Brooklyn and lives in the Internet.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Harper. 275 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for How to Be Black
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 13 2011

...the humor does not serve the role of making light of race and racism, but rather as a gentle skewering that invites serious consideration of how black Americans are often limited by certain expectations concerning blackness...Flawed but poignant and often funny.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 23 2012

Using his own story and humor, Thurston demonstrates that the best way to “be” anything is to simply be yourself.

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Pajiba

Excellent

... he approaches the challenging subject of being black in America with wit and humor, but he never undercuts the difficulty of that experience. Because the subject of racism is so fraught with tension, Thurston’s approach is a welcome one.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Above average
on Feb 19 2012

The afterword reads like an assortment of barely revised notes...

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Forbes

Good
Reviewed by Giovanni Rodriquez on Sep 16 2013

I am especially fond of the Puerto Rican jokes...Of course I do. I’m Puerto Rican. But you don’t need to be Puerto Rican or even Latino to grok the humor. It’s the self-knowing-let’s-have-fun-deconstructing-the-stereotypes that made shows like In Living Color...such a hit.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

Good
on May 14 2012

I learned a great many things while reading this book...and I laughed a lot.

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The Spit Take

Excellent
on Jan 31 2012

Thurston’s a thoughtful guy, and when he says something that could potentially be considered inflammatory, there is always logic to it. Don’t expect Black to be his last book.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
on Jan 18 2013

Although structured as a tongue-in-cheek approach to the African-American negotiation of society, it is also a real testimony to the emotional and psychological struggle against racism and societal ignorance.

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