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Publisher Description

How To Be Black, the enhanced e-book edition, contains 14 author-conducted video interviews with individuals who exemplify "how to be black," an audio clip of the author delivering an essay to a live audience, links to a companion website with content created specifically for the enhanced e-book edition, and exclusive photos. Also, all instances of the color black have been rendered in an enhanced extra-black version just for this edition.

Have you ever been called "too black" or "not black enough"?
Have you ever befriended or worked with a black person?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you.

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 thirty 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 readers 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 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."

Please note that due to the large file size of these special features this enhanced e-book may take longer to download then a standard e-book.

January 31

Customer Reviews

Chief Mojo-Rising ,

Pan-cultural excellence.

Written as a satire, Thurstons comedy in this book kept me laughing out loud throughout. It was perhaps halfway through that I realized there were important themes and messages about cultural identity being laid out in autobiographical form. Perhaps most importantly, the messages were not about black culture despite what may seem obvious early on, but about anyone. Anyone at all. This isn't a black-person book, nor a race book, but a human book.

THEmatrix523 ,

Good read

This epic journey has been a pleasure. A great, humorous adventure through an awkward experience that anyone could go through. Very enjoyable.

Kbcherry ,

How to be Awesome!

Most of these reviews are horrible but this book is awesome. Baratunde is funny and insightful as usual. Buy this book!!!!

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