Thurston and Courtney Lilly will write and executive produce the project. Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland will serve as executive producers via Cinema Gypsy Productions.
“How to Be Black” — both the book and the potential television series — focuses on the community and family that raised a young Baratunde in 1980s Washington, D.C.
Thurston is a TV host, author and the creator and host of podcast “How To Citizen with Baratunde.” He’s also a founding partner of the new media startup Puck. He is repped by Kara Baker at Avalon Management, Seth Horwitz at Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham, UTA and ID.
Lilly, who this year renewed his overall deal with ABC Signature,