|Born||Baratunde Rafiq Thurston
September 11, 1977
Washington, D.C., USA
Early life and education
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. In junior high, his mother and he moved to a suburban black neighborhood in Maryland. Thurston was educated at the Sidwell Friends School and Harvard University where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. He shares the distinction of being the third black man ever on Irish television, following Nelson Mandela and Paul McGrath. Baratunde did not unite South Africa and is not one of the greatest International football players of all time.
Thurston is the author of three self-published books:
- Better than Crying: Poking Fun at Politics, the Press & Pop Culture (2004)
- Keep Jerry Falwell Away from My Oreo Cookies (2005)
- Thank You Congressional Pages (For Being So Damn Sexy!) (2006)
Thurston was the Director of Digital at The Onion, 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.
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". Baratunde enjoys posting pictures of white people reading How to Be Black to social media sites like Twitter.
- "Baratunde About Page". Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- How to Be Black, Thurston, Baratunde Page 36
- "Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'", interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, NPR, February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
- "Girl on Guy Podcast (episode 42)".
- "PoliticsTV entry covering the 2006 YearlyKos". July 14, 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- Jeff Zeleny (August 5, 2007). "Democratic Candidates Spar at 'Netroots' Forum". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- "Huffington Post blog posts by Thurston". Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- "Search for 'Baratunde Thurston' on Weekly Dig". Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- "Baratunde Thurston: Correspondent of the Future". Retrieved 2009-08-11.
- "Staff Listing of The Onion". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
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