Michelle Villalobos will interview Franchesca Ramsey about her new book on May 24.
She has combined her “sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays (that explore) race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars,” into her first book, “Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist.”
The 34-year old New Yorker who grew up in West Palm Beach will be in South Florida to promote the new book. Michelle Villalobos, a personal brand strategist, a professional speaker, corporate trainer and founder of The Women’s Success Summit, will interview Ramsey about her new book and her journey to writing it on May 24 at 7:30 pm at Coral Gables Congregational Church.
Ramsey, 34, got her start on YouTube, and her big break came in 2012, with her video “Sh_t White Girls Say … To Black Girls.” In the parody, Ramsey wears a long, platinum blonde wig, and, in scene after scene, her character says things like, “Is it, like, bad to do blackface?” The video made her an online celebrity, providing a huge platform for her politically correct, identity focused comedy skits and commentary.
For “Well, That Escalated Quickly…,” she uses her own experiences as an “accidental activist” to explore the many ways people communicate with each other–from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the challenges that come with talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space…the internet.
Ramsey has been featured on NPR, Anderson Cooper, CNN, MTV, the BBC, and in the New York Times. A former writer and correspondent for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she now has a major late-night television show in development with Comedy Central.
IF YOU GO:
WHERE: Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables,
WHEN: May 24 at 7:30 p.m.