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Nabil Ayers only met his famous father, jazz musician Roy Ayers, a handful of times. Raised by a white, Jewish mother, Ayers shares his personal story in his recent book, My Life in the Sunshine. Resonating with explorations of race and racism, identity and family, belonging, not belonging, and making sense of incomplete legacies and missing pieces, the book holds a unique place in the world of memoirs about race and identity in America. Ayers is led in conversation by cultural critic Rebecca Carroll, who writes about her own journey of self-discovery in her memoir, Surviving the White Gaze.


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Nabil Ayers is the President of Beggars Group USA, where he has released albums by many GRAMMY Award-winning artists. Ayers has written about music and race for publications including The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, and GQ. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 

Rebecca Carroll is a writer, cultural critic, and host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll: 15 Essential Conversations about Race in a Pivotal Year for America. Formerly the cultural critic at WNYC and a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times, Rebecca is currently an editor-at-large for The Meteor, a new media collective. She is also the host of the Audible original, Billie Was a Black Woman and the creator and curator of the live event and audio series, In Love & Struggle, which shares the lives and experiences of Black women in America through monologues, stories, music, and humor. She is the author of several books about race in America, including her recently published, critically-acclaimed memoir, Surviving the White Gaze, which has been optioned by MGM Studios and Killer Films with Rebecca attached to write and executive produce.

Center for Brooklyn History's Fall series, Talks in the Othmer, is presented in partnership with New York University's Brooklyn-based 370 Jay Project. Programs take place in CBH's beautiful Othmer Reading Room.

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For all indoor Center for Brooklyn History and BPL Presents programs, guests must provide proof of vaccination and are encouraged to wear masks while onsite at all times. In-person capacity is limited and  seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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