Baratunde Thurston is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet, The Onion. When he’s not delivering keynote talks at gatherings such as SXSW Interactive, LeWeb, and Personal Democracy Forum, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director’s fellow. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics, has advised the Obama White House, has more than 10 years experience in standup comedy, and more than 30 years experience being black. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Updated June 2013
More from Baratunde Thurston
Unfinished Live: Economy & Justice
Senior Fellow Baratunde Thurston hosts the first episode of Unfinished Live, an online that explores key questions of our time and brings a diversity of voices through interviews, art, videos, stories and performance.
Buying a Gun Ahead of the Election Won't Make You More Powerful. Here's What Americans Should Do to Deal With Crisis Instead
In his article for Time, Senior Fellow Baratunde Thurston writes about the rising trend of buying guns in America ahead of election day and how this is not the solution to any of our problems.
Fellow Baratunde Thurston releases new podcast: How to Citizen with Baratunde
In this podcast, Fellow Baratunde Thurston guides listeners on a reimagining of the idea of citizenship and how individuals can get involved in solving the problems they witness every day.
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time
In this TED Talk, Senior Fellow Baratunde Thurston speaks of "the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of eating, walking and generally 'living while black.'"
P!oneers: Fix the World
Watch the closing gathering for the P!oneers conference in New York featuring Presentations by Frans Timmermans, Baratunde Thurston, Steve Lambert, Justin Krebs, Najiba Abdellaoui and Kirsten van den Hul.
Humanity in Action Hangout with Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston delivers his Keynote "Then They Laugh At You: A Conversation about Art, Politics and Activism" via Google Hangout for the Fourth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference in Warsaw, Poland.