“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.”
“My children are mixed race. I’m white, and my husband is Korean. Someone asked my sons what their father was, and they said, “He’s Korean.” When asked, “What’s your mother?” They said, “She’s… nothing.” I didn’t have a special language, food, clothing, dances, so according to my six and 9 year old kids I was “nothing.” It was hilarious.”
Woman attending a recent How To Be Black book event.
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!)
Monday 26 November, DopeReads is excited to partner with Teaching for Change and Busboys & Poets to bring comedian/DC native/social media swag-having author Baratunde Thurston to DC to discuss his book How to Be Black! The book was recently released in paperback, which you can cop here for the low. This memoir/satire (memoitire? satoir?) is the perfect stocking stuffer or Kwanzaa gift for the incense burner in your life. Look out for more info in the coming weeks. We bout to party for paperbacks, y’all. Let’s get it!
I had several media appearances scheduled today in anticipation of tomorrow’s release of the paperblack edition of How To Be Black. They were all cancelled, however, because Hurricane Sandy is racist. No matter. Black folk are resilient, and we’ve found a way to bypass the meteorological haters. Join the hangout 6pm ET for some performance readings and Q&A
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.
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This past weekend, I went to one of the most innovative performances I’ve ever seen. Denae Hannah, a performance artist and educator, debuted her newest show, Five Star Chick. Inspired by the Yo Gotti song, Denae decided to explore and challenge the imagery and expectations of black womanhood. The result is hella hilarious, impressive and sexy.
The world will and has written about Michelle Obama’s DNC speech (including our own Cheryl). I was there. It was that good. Here are a few snapshots via Twitter, photos and video of the night that blew me away
this crowd is going to completely lose its shit when michelle obama appears. brace yourselves #dnc2012
I was speechless during most of the First Lady’s speech but emerged from my reverie when she beautifully wove Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights into marriage equality. It was a beautiful progressive moment. Healing even.
love how #dnc2012 speakers integrate marriage equality into their talks, and #FLOTUS just did it masterfully, connecting to civil rights