OBLONG ONLINE: Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar, "You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism"

Event date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST via Crowdcast

This online event is free. Your purchase of a book helps support the author and our independent bookstore and is greatly appreciated. Shipping or contactless curbside pickup available.


Writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of her own late-night show, The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock, Amber Ruffin with her sister Lacey Lamar will talk with Lacey Schwartz Delgado and share absurd anecdotes from their new book about everyday experiences of racism.

Amber RuffinYu'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin & Lacey LamarLacey Lamar

Presenters L to R: Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar, Lacey Schwartz Delgado

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.

From racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman, Lacey is a lightning rod for hilariously ridiculous yet all-too-real anecdotes. She's the perfect mix of polite, beautiful, petite, and Black that apparently makes people think "I can say whatever I want to this woman." And now, Amber and Lacey share these entertainingly horrifying stories through their laugh-out-loud sisterly banter. Painfully relatable or shockingly eye-opening (depending on how often you have personally been followed by security at department stores), this book tackles modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.

Amber Ruffin became the first black woman to write for a late-night talk show in American history when she joined the staff of Late-Night With Seth Meyers in 2014 and was a writer and occasional performer on HBO's Black Lady Sketch Show. She has just launched her own late-night show, The Amber Ruffin Show, on Peacock, the new NBC streaming service.

Lacey Lamar is Amber Ruffin's big sister. She has worked in the healthcare and human service field for more than twenty-five years, thirteen of those working with troubled youth in her community. She volunteers her time and resources to black, brown refugee and indigenous fellow humans in any way she can. Lacey lives in Nebraska with her unbelievable amazing daughter Imani and their 130lb Great Dane Izzy.

Lacey Schwartz DelgadoLacey Schwartz Delgado is an award-winning writer, director, producer, storyteller, and outreach strategist who uses the power of narratives to build community and impact change on personal, familial, institutional, and societal levels. Lacey’s work stems from the belief that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we can use to reclaim our sense of self, and bridge societal divides.  Her mission is to give voice to difficult truths that are widespread but rarely talked about to change the normative narrative.  Lacey is best known for writing, directing, and producing her nationally and internationally recognized personal documentary Little White Lie.