Baratunde Thurston challenges


This talk contains profanity.


Baratunde Thurston challenges conventional narratives on race, technology and politics with his particular brand of intellectually charged humor. He 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 Thurston’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 of experience in standup comedy, and more than 30 years’ experience being black. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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