How to Be Black

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Baratunde Thurston

Narrated By: Baratunde Thurston

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: January 2012

Duration: 6 hours 29 minutes


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.'


  • martin shaffer

    I didn't agree with most of what the author had to say, but I loved every minute of it. The author's narration was awesome. The concepts were challenging and the author's passion and conviction, jumps off the page or in my case out of my dash. I felt like he had become my "Black Friend" by the middle of the book. While I have wildly different political opinions than the author, he a person I would love to debate. So if you are a fiscal conservative like me, trust me when I say click the button and buy this book. It is a clear presentation of ultra liberalism delivered in a manner and by a person that you will feel comfortable with. He will soothe you through the tough spots and in the end he will have explained many topics, answered many questions, and in my case changed a few opinions. While I finished with my personal political description still well intact, I also felt as if the book not so much changed my mind but challenged me to grow. If you are a driving style audio book person I suggest you listen to this on a trip with someone, it is great to laugh out loud and cry knowing you have someone to share and discuss it with.

  • Chris Odeneal

    This book is exactly what I needed . If your looking for the definition of black culture then this is a must read .

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