160 posts tagged how to be black
New book by the very funny Samantha Irby who opened for me at the Chicago How To Be Black launch event. It’s called Meaty!
in response to Has Anyone Ever Questioned Your Authentic Blackness
The first time I ever ran into this issue was first grade. At that time, my family lived in a poorer part of the city and I went to a majority Black school. I often had exchanges like this:
"Why do you talk like that?"
"Are you mixed?"
Being a little kid, I didn’t really see how those two questions related, but needless to say, they were always paired together. It was if the only way to explain why I talked “proper” was for me to be of some other race.
In high school, it wasn’t so subtle. I went to a school in the suburbs where almost everyone was White, Christian, and middle class. I once had a classmate (he was White) question me about my taste in music. After saying I didn’t listen to a lot of rap, he replied, “Are you really Black? You don’t talk Black. You don’t listen to rap. I don’t think you’re Black.”
Y’know, because my race is defined by only those things. I’m only glad I never thought to change myself into something I wasn’t.
So this is happening in post-racial America right now. I can only hope she got some kind of skin infection from slathering Nutella all over her face. It’s not FDA-approved for minstrelsy.
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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!
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!)
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.
This holiday season, gift the gift of blackness. And awkwardness for your friends. “How To Be Black” is now available in paperblack. (also, it’s only $2.99 on Kindle and iBooks, so if you’re afraid to read in public, there’s special pricing for cowards!)