Akilah Hughes - "Obviously" - Anna Russett

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Akilah Hughes

“A refreshingly funny and blisteringly unsentimental coming-of-age memoir.”––John Green, author of Turtles All The Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Akilah Hughes discusses Obviously: Stories From My Timeline. She will be joined in conversation by Anna Russett. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. 

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About the bookObviously: Stories From My Timeline is a collection of essays that chronicle everything about Akilah Hughes’ journey from a childhood in the south to the big screen while dispensing invaluable big-sister-style advice to a generation of future YouTubers.

In Akilah Hughes's world, family—and life—are often complicated, but always funny. Through intimate and hilarious essays, Akilah takes readers along on her journey from the small Kentucky town where she was born--and eventually became a spelling bee champ and 15-year-old high school graduate—to New York City, where she took careful steps to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer and performer.

Akilah pens revealing and laugh-out-loud funny essays about her life, covering everything from her racist fifth grade teacher, her struggles with weight and acne, her failed attempts at joining the cheerleading team, how to literally get to New York (hint: for a girl on a budget, it may include multiple bus transfers) and exactly how to "make it" once you finally get there.

About the author: Akilah Hughes is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber residing in Brooklyn, NY. She's been a digital correspondent for MTV, Fusion, Comedy Central, Crooked Media, and more. A Sundance Labs Fellow, Akilah most recently appeared on the HBO series special Pod Save America. Her comedic YouTube channel, It's Akilah, Obviously! has amassed more than 150,000 subscribers. Find her on Twitter @AkilahObviously or on Instagram @akilahh. 

About the interlocutorAnna Russett helps brands, entrepreneurs, and creatives become known for what they love to do online. Her best work encourages other young women to be critical of and take part in shaping the world around them. She previously worked at Havas Chicago as a Creative Director and now works independently as a strategist and social influencer with over 170K followers across platforms. She’s worked with a variety of brands, organizations, nonprofits, and artists to make and talk about things that matter: Nike, Capital One, L'Oreal, Dunkin' Donuts, Bumble, Kraft, Bedsider, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Simple Health, and Girl Scouts, to name a few.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637