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James

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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
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    (466)
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    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!"
    "Excellent performance by the author"
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    Would you listen to How to Be Black again? Why?

    Wanna know How To Be Black? Listen to Baratunde Thurston's hilarious book! I read a publisher's review copy and it's a laugh out loud riot. Baratunde briefs you on the ins and outs of growing up black in the same white, East Coast elite school that Obama's kids attend and offers tips on how to be a friend of the black community. This book turns racism upside down, backwards, slant ways and every other way. I enjoyed the review copy so much, I just had to support the author by purchasing the audio version. Besides, Baratunde is a smart and eloquent speaker and the audiobook format is a no-brainer for consuming this memoir.

    If you haven't had the privilege of knowing and following the hyper-connected Baratunde on Twitter as I have since the early days, fret not. It's not too late to get to know him and come to appreciate his quick wit and astute observations of technology, culture, and blackness. Baratunde's position as director of digital at The Onion lends comedic credence to this fantastic book that helps white Americans get in touch with all things black, just in time for Black History Month.

    NB: If you're white, it won't turn you black. If you're black, it might help you to understand the dynamic with non-blacks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The guidebook style format intermingled with anecdotes of the author's life gives a sneak peek into his life and the


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

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

    If you don't watch this film, your're a racist.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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