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Baratunde Thurston

Writer, Activist & Comedian
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Baratunde Thurston holds space for hard and complex conversations with his blend of humor, wisdom, and compassion. He is an Emmy-nominated host, author of the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black [baratunde.com], and creator/host of How To Citizen with Baratunde [baratunde.com] which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020. He’s also a founding partner of the new media startup Puck [puck.news]. In 2019, he delivered what MSNBC’s Brian Williams called “one of the greatest TED [baratunde.com] talks of all time.” Baratunde is unique in his ability to integrate and synthesize themes of race, culture, politics, and technology to explain where our nation is and where we can take it. Baratunde lives in Los Angeles, California but mostly in the cloud.

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Events featuring Baratunde Thurston

Events featuring Baratunde Thurston