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How to Be

A Guide to Contemporary Living for African Americans

About The Book

Etiquette is more than knowing which fork to use. Good manners are the rules that let us find our way in today's rapidly changing maze of lifestyles, customs, and relationships. Anyone who doesn't know these rules is living and working at a real disadvantage.

In How to Be, noted author and editor Harriette Cole treats manners as a resource for the empowerment of the black community. She offers guidance drawn from the tried-and-true experience and wisdom of African American elders, as well as from European mainstream traditions in many areas of life, including:

-Family—immediate, extended, and blended

-New codes of dating, love, and sex

-Entertaining family, friends, and coworkers in both casual and formal settings

-Workplace issues -- from how to resign to what to wear on casual Fridays

-Rites of passage, including weddings and funerals

-Holiday celebrations like Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Juneteenth and much more

About The Author

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Harriette Cole is the author of Jumping the Broom: The African-American Wedding Planner; the Jumping the Broom Wedding Workbook; How to Be: Contemporary Etiquette for African Americans; Coming Together: Celebrations for African American Families; and Choosing Truth: Living an Authentic Life. She is the owner of profundities, inc., a life-coaching and image development production company, where she has worked with stars such as platinum-selling recording artists Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, and Mary J. Blige. She lives in Harlem in New York City with her family.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 2, 2000)
  • Length: 528 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780684863085

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Michael J. Rochon The Philadelphia Tribune Stunning....The essential combination of sound advice and an even sounder advice giver.

Ebony An innovative primer....[It] goes beyond the basics to explain how and why these traditions exist in Black America.

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