How To Be Black

Baratunde Thurston is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet, The Onion. He writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director’s fellow.He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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A few weeks ago I did this amazing show in LA and this amazing sketch artists made these amazing sketches and here they are!

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Sketches from Put Your Hands Together live at UCB, 4-9-13.  Cameron Esposito, Erin Foley, Tom Wilson, Myq Kaplan, Prescott Tolk, Liam McEneaney, and Baratunde Thurston.

Subscribe to the podcast to hear this episode.

Guess what??  I get a special shout-out in this ep! (The 4-11-13 Episode, about 42 minutes in from my pal Myq, and 43 minutes in from Cameron!)

Join the How To Be Black hangout with Baratunde

This Tuesday I’m doing an online hangout and Q&A around “How To Be Black.” 

The first 9 RSVPs get free mugs, and the first eight or 9 will get to directly interact via video. Others can still type things that I’ll address without seeing your faces.

Most excitingly, the writer of How To Be The Black Person Reading How To Be Black, Lauren White, will be interviewing me. 

Throughout his work, Thurston gives tips on how to be “the black friend,” “the black employee,” “the angry negro,” and “the next black president.” What he doesn’t do is give tips on how to be the black person reading How To Be Black on public transportation.

I have hoped someone would write something like this! Lauren A. White writes for Guernica in a story titled How To Be The Black Person Reading How To Be Black

Comedian Baratunde Thurston - 'Perception and Comedy' from Open Society Foundations and American Values Institute on FORA.tv

Today I performed at the Black Male Re-Imagined II event in NYC. Other speakers included Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, Global Grind’s Michael Skolnick, former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, hip hop artist and activist Jasiri X and many more.

You can see lots of vides on the Fora.TV website

Massive How To Be Black event in San Francisco on Saturday Nov 3rd.
The paperblack edition of the book comes out October 30, and when we did the round of national shows and parties for the hardcover, San Francisco drew the short stick. We are rectifying that with the biggest and best event yet featuring Bay Area comedian Kevin Camia, dancer and educator Denae Hannah, Black Grouse Whisky, and Baratunde headlining. 
Get your tickets now. They are limited!   High-res

Massive How To Be Black event in San Francisco on Saturday Nov 3rd.

The paperblack edition of the book comes out October 30, and when we did the round of national shows and parties for the hardcover, San Francisco drew the short stick. We are rectifying that with the biggest and best event yet featuring Bay Area comedian Kevin Camia, dancer and educator Denae Hannah, Black Grouse Whisky, and Baratunde headlining. 

Get your tickets now. They are limited!

COUNTERCULTURE is a topical interview show hosted by Kweli Washington that values cosmopolitanism, thoughtful dialogue and soul. Guests on the show are thought leaders and newsmakers with a rich perspective on the culture in which we live. This week we interviewed comedian, tech evangelist, and political commentator, Baratunde Thurston about Twitter, the economy, the Presidential race, his hair and why he gave up on the NFL football for premiership soccer.

This Monday, I’m part of a stellar lineup of political comics (Lee Camp, Negin Farsad, Myq Kaplan) on an NYC show called Laughing Liberally. Tickets are $20 and completely worth it. However, I’m giving away two comp tickets for my How To Be Black fam.
How can you earn these free tickets?
Submit a photo of my book, How To Be Black, in the most American setting you can create.
This might mean you wrap the book in an American flag or photoshop the book cover dropping bombs on brown people or take the hardcover and deep fry it. Use your imagination!
You submit your photo to this blog (add text “nyc giveaway” to the caption), post your image to the book’s Facebook page, or if you’re stuck in the 20th century, email baratunde+nycgiveaway@gmail.com (yes, that is a plus sign).
Deadline for submissions: NOON eastern time Monday 2 July 2012
I will select two winners, and those winners can bring one additional person, aka a date, if they so choose. See, I also support love (or kidnapping camouflaged as love).
Cool, right?   High-res

This Monday, I’m part of a stellar lineup of political comics (Lee Camp, Negin Farsad, Myq Kaplan) on an NYC show called Laughing Liberally. Tickets are $20 and completely worth it. However, I’m giving away two comp tickets for my How To Be Black fam.

How can you earn these free tickets?

Submit a photo of my book, How To Be Black, in the most American setting you can create.

This might mean you wrap the book in an American flag or photoshop the book cover dropping bombs on brown people or take the hardcover and deep fry it. Use your imagination!

You submit your photo to this blog (add text “nyc giveaway” to the caption), post your image to the book’s Facebook page, or if you’re stuck in the 20th century, email baratunde+nycgiveaway@gmail.com (yes, that is a plus sign).

Deadline for submissions: NOON eastern time Monday 2 July 2012

I will select two winners, and those winners can bring one additional person, aka a date, if they so choose. See, I also support love (or kidnapping camouflaged as love).

Cool, right?

Baratunde returns to hometown DC for How To Be Black Event February 13

Pimp daddy Baratunde -love the jacket

Come one come all. Come have a ball! Monday February 13th will feature special back-to-back events with me! I’m coming home. We’ll start with a 6:30 pm presentation/reading/Q&A at the National Press Club then move to Blackbyrd at 14th & U for the official after party. 

It’s the heart of Black History Month plus How To Be Black plus Chocolate City. It doesn’t get much blacker. Come out, get books, laughs and autographs and just kick it. Blackly. Yes, I just invented a new adverb: blackly

Full event details are here on Facebook where we encourage you to RSVP so we have a count. Note that you’ll have to RSVP for the National Press Club portion (by emailing opus@press.org) which has a cover charge of $5.