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How To Be Black

Over thirty years of experience in being black

By Baratunde Thurston
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How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston

How To Be Black (2012) is the funny, revealing and insightful autobiography of Baratunde Thurston. Thurston attended private schools and Harvard University, and the experience of being black in a predominantly white milieu taught him a great deal about what white and black people have come to expect from one another. These blinks tackle a difficult subject with humor and empathy.

  • Black people who get nervous around white people
  • White people who get nervous around black people
  • Curious readers interested in a fresh perspective

Baratunde Thurston is a Harvard University graduate, a communications expert, comedian and popular public speaker. Formerly a writer for The Onion, he now blogs for Cultivated Wit and can be followed on Twitter: @baratunde.

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