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Pierre

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  • How to Be Black

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Baratunde Thurston
    • Narrated By Baratunde Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (486)

    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". This 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".

    Teddy says: "Funny yet insightful!"
    "Satire to End Racism"
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Be Black the most enjoyable?

    Having the novel read by its author with his charismatic personality and comedic timing made for a very amusing stand-up routine type performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of Thurston's panel of experts commented that satire is essential for addressing sensitive racial issues. This is one of the most important truths that this book reveals. We need to be talking about the discrimination and the stereotyping that is happening to this day. We need to stop rating members of the African American community with scales of blackness. A member of the community should not be looked down upon for befriending other races. The dream that Dr. King had for us is that we could live in a world where we are colorblind. We need to allow all races to pursue happiness in any way they see fit and not tell them what pursuits they should have. Thurston's satire is an effective deliverer of this powerful message.


    Which character – as performed by Baratunde Thurston – was your favorite?

    Baratunde Thurston


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to be Black: Satire to End Racism


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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