Charis welcomes Lesley-Ann Brown in conversation with Tia Williams for a discussion of Blackgirl on Mars. Blackgirl on Mars is a radical memoir that chronicles author, educator and activist Lesley-Ann Brown's two years' worth of travel searching for "home." This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
As she travels across the US during the Black Lives Matter protests and Covid-19 pandemic and then to Trinidad and Tobago to attend the funeral of her grandmother, Brown tells her own life-story, as well as writing about race, gender, sexuality, and education, and ideas of home, family and healing.
Both a radical political manifesto and a moving memoir about finding your place in the world, Blackgirl on Mars is about what it means to be a Black and Indigenous woman in Europe and the Americas in the twenty-first century.
Lesley-Ann Brown is an American writer, TED X speaker, educator, and creator of the 2005 blog "Blackgirl on Mars: Notes on a Life in Copenhagen (or how my alienation brings me closer to people)," which chronicled the writer's life living and mothering abroad. Her book, "Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son," was published in 2018 and explores themes such as migrations, ancestry, and motherhood.
Tia Williams had a fifteen-year career as a beauty editor for magazines including Elle, Glamour, and Essence. In 2004, she pioneered the beauty blog industry with Shake Your Beauty. She wrote the bestselling novel, The Accidental Diva, and penned two YA novels: It Chicks, and Sixteen Candles. Her award-winning novel, The Perfect Find, will be adapted into a Netflix film starring Gabrielle Union. Tia’s most recent novel, Seven Days in June, was a Hello Sunshine book club pick and a New York Times bestseller. She lives with her daughter and husband in Brooklyn.
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Blackgirl on Mars is a radical memoir that chronicles author, educator and activist Lesley-Ann Brown's two years' worth of travel searching for "home".
The instant New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon book club pick is "a heady combination of book love and between-the-sheets love.” (Ruth Ware)
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