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How to Be Black - Baratunde R. Thurston
How to Be Black
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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? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you. Raised by a pro-black, Pan-Afrikan single mother during... show more
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? 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."
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062003218 (0062003216)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 254
Edition language: English
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5.0 How to Be Black
What better way to end my Black History Month review of books by us, for us than to review New York Times bestseller How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston? This is a book that jumps from the bookshelves and grabs your attention. I bet you took a double glance at the cover image above. Well, this boo...
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staciebnsn rated it
I'm not going to say this book blew my mind (mostly because I'm already immersed in thinking about this sort of thing all the time), but it was still great. Then again, I've always had a soft spot for irreverence.
Rena Reads
Rena Reads rated it
I would rather give it a 4.5Excellent, funny, touching book. Review to come later.
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
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This book sounds funny. As an added bonus, it's apparently a great idea to read it on the subway.
TatianaBoshenka
TatianaBoshenka rated it
How can this book deserve the coveted 5 star award, you say? Simply this: it made me laugh a whole lot, it's hopeful and wonderfully good-natured, and it inspired me with the energizing realization that the world is changing right this very moment in crazy, unforseen, wonderful ways that mean we all...
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