Baratunde Thurston

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Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston at ROFLCon II.jpg
Thurston
Born Baratunde Rafiq Thurston
(1977-09-11) September 11, 1977 (age 36)
Washington, D.C., USA
Occupation Comedian, author
Website
http://www.baratunde.com

Baratunde Rafiq Thurston (/ˌbærəˈtnd/; born September 11, 1977) is an American comedian based in New York City.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Thurston was born in Washington, D.C. He grew up on Newton Street in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington. His father was killed when he was young and his mother worked in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He has an older sister.[2] In junior high, his mother and he moved to a suburban black neighborhood in Maryland. He attended the Sidwell Friends School and Harvard University.[3] Baratunde graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Philosophy.[4]

Career[edit]

Thurston is the author of three self-published books:

  1. Better than Crying: Poking Fun at Politics, the Press & Pop Culture (2004)
  2. Keep Jerry Falwell Away from My Oreo Cookies (2005)
  3. Thank You Congressional Pages (For Being So Damn Sexy!) (2006)

As part of Laughing Liberally, Thurston emceed the YearlyKos convention in 2006[5] and also appeared in 2007.[6]

Thurston has contributed to the Huffington Post[7] and the Weekly Dig.[8] More recently Thurston has become a semi-regular panelist on the podcast this Week in Tech with Leo Laporte.

Thurston began hosting the Popular Science's Future Of television show on the Science Channel in August 2009.[9]

Thurston was the Director of Digital at The Onion,[10] until May 2012, is an active tweeter, and co-founded the black political blog JackAndJillPolitics.com. The name of the blog builds on the name of the African American children's social organization, Jack and Jill of America.[3]

His fourth book, entitled How to Be Black (HarperCollins ISBN 978-0-06-200321-8) was released on February 1, 2012, the first day of Black History Month, incorporates "satirical self-help" along with personal memoir, subjects from gardening to computers, and is "a practical guidebook for anyone looking to befriend or work with a black person, become the next black president or challenge anyone who says they speak for all black people".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baratunde About Page". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ How to Be Black, Thurston, Baratunde Page 36
  3. ^ a b c "Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'", interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, NPR, February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
  4. ^ "Girl on Guy Podcast (episode 42)". 
  5. ^ "PoliticsTV entry covering the 2006 YearlyKos". July 14, 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  6. ^ Jeff Zeleny (August 5, 2007). "Democratic Candidates Spar at 'Netroots' Forum". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Huffington Post blog posts by Thurston". Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  8. ^ "Search for 'Baratunde Thurston' on Weekly Dig". Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  9. ^ "Baratunde Thurston: Correspondent of the Future". Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Staff Listing of The Onion". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

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