"There's a lot more to being black than February." ~ pg. 13
What better way to end my Black History Month review of books by us, for us than to review New York Times bestseller How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston? This is a book that jumps from the bookshelves and grabs your attention. I bet you took a double glance at the cover image above. Well, this book serves as a "thrust of blackness in your general direction."
So who is Baratunde (pronounced baa-ruh-TOON-day) Thurston and what gives him credibility to write on such a topic? He's been black for thirty years, born in the wake of civil rights. Through personal stories and answers from a diverse selected panel, he successfully explains the black experience in a comedic way. It dispels rumors about black people not being able to swim or able to travel. It reviews how to be the black employee (my favorite chapter), how to be the angry negro, discusses the future of blackness in our post-racial world and more.
No matter your race, this is a good read. Hum a negro spiritual while you go out and purchase, borrow or download How to Be Black.
Title: How to Be Black
Author: Baratunde Thurston
Published: January 2012