How to Be Black

  • by Baratunde Thurston
  • Narrated by Baratunde Thurston
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2013
If you don't buy this book, you're a racist.
Have you ever been called "too black" or "not black enough"?
Have you ever befriended or worked with a black person?
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 30 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 listeners 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, author 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".


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How to Be Free

Just as there is no one way to describe blackness, there is not one way to describe this book. I laughed, I learned, I saw myself, I saw others, I was horrified and I was inspired. The closest one word description I can come up with is liberating. I highly recommend the audio version. Baratunde's command of pace, and his spot-on comedic timing allow him to delivery serious messages along with side splitting laughs.
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- Gregory


What did you love best about How to Be Black?

It funny and Honest

What about Baratunde Thurston’s performance did you like?

How he used humor to tell a real story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I loved listening to this book because it spoke to parts of my own experience, but also was honest underneath the funny.
Plus, it made me look forward to my 2 hour commute... Magical.

Get your copy today!!! Hurry!!!

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- MG

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio