Baratunde Thurston

As I’ve submerged myself in news of the revolutions sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, I wanted desperately to feel part of what was going on. And then it hit me: This is what white people were doing to me after Obama was elected!

“As I’ve submerged myself in news of the revolutions sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, I wanted desperately to feel part of what was … Read More

My family life and early political life – being exposed to the news constantly, being enrolled in an Afrocentric education program, and doing the extracurriculars I did – played a huge role in me finding my path.

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College is a safe space where it can be hard to truly fail. The institution is rooting for you because your failure makes them look bad, too. New York City has no such mandate. I’ve had to hone and sharpen and refine my work here at a pace which may not have happened in other cities.

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“Black culture” is ready for whatever. I sense some momentum and excitement around black artists (especially in comedy, which is where most of my own art resides), really pushing the bounds of what has generally been expected as black. I don’t think it’s a revolution so much as an exposure of what has always been there, and now that the production and distribution means are more accessible, people can more easily find each other.

“”Black culture” is ready for whatever. I sense some momentum and excitement around black artists (especially in comedy, which is where most of my own … Read More