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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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

"Michelle Obama made me proud to be a parent and a spouse and a black man" -@TajClayton at #DNC2012

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

VIdeo from the moment above Once she started speaking…

And the money quote.

Which led to…

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.

Former Congressional candidate Taj Clayton of Texas had this to say. I gave the speech an Olympic score:

As I walked away from the arena, I was snapped out of the first lady’s spell, by a loud and profane passerby: