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WAIT, WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU DO? WHAT'S GOING ON HERE??
I'm Baratunde Thurston, and I talk about things that matter often in a way that doesn’t make them sound like “Things. That. Matter.” I’ve done this on stage, on television, in audio, and on every major social platform. You may have experienced my work through my 2019 TED Talk on Living While Black, The Onion, The Daily Show, MSNBC, or podcasts. Maybe you've read book How To Be Black. Right now, I'm making a show called Live On Lockdown which sprang forth from the coronavirus pandemic.
Live On Lockdown is a live, interactive show that serves the public good with useful information, humorous entertainment, and practical calls to action. It airs Thursdays at 7pm PT on Instagram Live and Sundays at 3pm PT on Zoom.
I've been trying to make a show about civic engagement and our collective awesomeness for years. I literally shot five pilots in an 18 month period. I've pitched in dozens of meetings. But since mid-March 2020, I have produced more show for more people than the previous four years combined! I'm literally the writer, host, producer, booker, and groundskeeper.
I had been scattering my creativity and energy, chasing the approval of algorithms or network executives, both of which pose a risk to democracy! Now I’m ready to finally listen to my mother’s constant childhood advice to “build your own.” That’s where you come in.
BUT, WHERE DO I COME IN?
This Patreon is my inner sanctum for creative work and those, like you, who help make it happen. The current focus is Live On Lockdown, but the core premise is this: I use humor and intelligence to address serious issues in a way that is hopeful and promotes action. I don’t believe progress just happens. I believe we make it. And I believe the stories we tell help shape the world we live in. I want to live in a dope world, so I tell dope stories. The areas I’m most invested in are race, climate, technology, and democracy… because I like taking on the easy stuff.
You might already connect with me on social media, my email list, even my text message service. But being a Patron brings you into the innermost circle. You’ll be some combination of street team member, fan, investor, and collaborator.
COOL COOL, BUT WHAT DO I GET? WHO IS THIS FOR?If you support at any level, I appreciate it. The different levels are less about different rewards and more about what you're comfortable with. At higher levels you also get personalized, autographed copies of my book, How To Be Black. I've made some posts public so you can get a flavor, and here's an FAQ.
You may be someone who
- follows me on a social platform and loves what you’ve seen but wishes you knew more of what I was up to;
- is inspired by the way I use my voice and wants to join me in my work;
- simply wants to say, “Great job, Baratunde!” but with money, like the boss you are;
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