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Philip

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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
    (543)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (500)

    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!"
    "Predictable racism"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I always recommend people read books that stretch them.


    Would you recommend How to Be Black to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have read better books on racism. This one is fairly funny, however, for those who require the distraction.


    Have you listened to any of Baratunde Thurston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Baratunde is a racist referring to my brother, my sister and insisting that being black is cool all the while decrying (appropriately) judgmental treatment of blacks. Sorry, Baratunde, you can't have it both ways.

    The man is a humorist genius but at times equates his skin color with ethnicity (wrong), politics (sad), and socioeconomic theory (um, isn't he a harvard trained businessman from an elitist high school...uh oh).

    I enjoy other people's viewpoints so one of the highlights of this book was the unique interview style of several other agents. The intro, however, is pedantic, insulting, and wrong. I nearly didn't read the book. The ending is not eloquent and I found the final poem exclusive, divisive, and unnecessarily militaristic compared to the more intellectual main body of the text.

    The audio performance was excellent but I wonder if this didn't help lead into a somewhat stream of conscious rant on a subject that deserved a little more intention.

    All in all, Baratunde seems like the kind of guy I would have over for dinner and drinks and have a good time of it. I doubt he could talk me into voting for Obama again though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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