Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar with Naomi Ishisaka

Amber Ruffin, writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show (streaming on Peacock) appears with her sister and co-author, Lacey Lamar, to talk about their new book, You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism (Grand Central Books). They will appear in conversation with Naomi Ishisaka, columnist and assistant managing editor for diversity, inclusion and staff development at The Seattle Times. Now a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show, Amber Ruffin lives in New York, where she is no one's First Black Friend and everyone is, as she puts it, "stark raving normal." But Amber's sister Lacey? She's still living in their home state of Nebraska, and trust us, you'll never believe what happened to Lacey. (But maybe it's also happened to you). Their book is as funny as it is insightful. Don’t miss this.

"The Ruffin sisters grew up with a mother who ‘has a bad case of the smarts...and...isn't fond of people messing with her children’—messing that comes daily from the White residents of Omaha, Nebraska, a city, Ruffin reminds us, may sound like Hicksville, USA, but is larger than New Orleans, Pittsburgh, or Minneapolis. Those White citizens think nothing of using the N-word, nor of touching Black women's hair, nor of assuming that the Black residents of Omaha are violent and thievish. The latter assumptions build in ways that the sisters find sometimes amusing, sometimes hurtful, always astonishingly awful … ‘We are not into trying to educate white America, but maybe we accidentally did,’ they conclude. The education is no accident, and white readers can certainly use the wake-up call. Both maddening and funny, an eye-opening look at how its daily targets cope with racism."—Kirkus Reviews.
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ISBN: 9781538719367
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 12th, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 6:00pm
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