Baratunde Thurston

2019 YBCA 100 Honoree

Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated television host who has also worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He’s the host of the iHeartMedia podcast Spit, wrote The New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, and serves on the boards of BUILD and the Brooklyn Public Library. Thurston makes media, delivers keynotes, and promotes action with his unique blend of criticism, humor, and optimism.