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Baratunde Thurston would never have known how much he liked writing if his mother (and chief mentor, he says) hadn't told him to try everything.

The How to Be Black author, who is also a member of the 2011 class of The Root 100, now passes that important message along when he mentors young kids. See what else the comedian, who gave the keynote address at the 2012 SXSW Festival, has to say about mentoring in Part 2 of The Root 100 Mentorship Series.

Watch Part 1 here.