Speaker Baratunde Thurston
Host Amy Draves
Date recorded 15 May 2012
Comedian, former Onion digital director and best-selling author Baratunde Thurston takes the audience on a personal journey through his “coming of blackness” identity in the post-Civil Rights era. The How To Be Black experience features photos, videos, and satirical guides plus a behind-the-scenes look at the interactive creative process and promotion behind the book.
The result is a humorous, intelligent, and audacious talk that challenges and satirizes the so-called experts, purists, and racists who purport to speak for all black people. With honest storytelling and biting wit, Baratunde plots a path not just to blackness, but in a digital age defined by self-expression, a path open to anyone interested in simply how to be.
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