“December 9-Double Book Launch: The Borders of Dominicanidad / We Dream Together”

dominicadad Friday, December 9, 2016     7–9pm

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10032

Word Up presents a double book launch for two distinguished scholars exploring the relationship between Dominican Republic and Haiti.

THE BORDERS OF DOMINICANIDAD: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction (Duke University Press, 2016)
by Lorgia Garcia-Peña (Harvard University)
WE DREAM TOGETHER: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2016)
by Anne Eller (Yale University)

A reading & dialogue
Presented by Prof. Sharina Maillo-Pozo (SUNY-New Paltz)
Books will be available for sale.

About the books:
In THE BORDERS OF DOMINICANIDAD, Lorgia García-Peña explores the ways official narratives and histories have been projected onto racialized Dominican bodies as a means of sustaining the nation’s borders. García-Peña constructs a genealogy of dominicanidad that highlights how Afro-Dominicans, ethnic Haitians, and Dominicans living abroad have contested these dominant narratives and their violent, silencing, and exclusionary effects. Centering the role of U.S. imperialism in drawing racial borders between Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States, she analyzes musical, visual, artistic, and literary representations of foundational moments in the history of the Dominican Republic: the murder of three girls and their father in 1822; the criminalization of Afro-religious practice during the U.S. occupation between 1916 and 1924; the massacre of more than 20,000 people on the Dominican-Haitian border in 1937; and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. García-Peña also considers the contemporary emergence of a broader Dominican consciousness among artists and intellectuals that offers alternative perspectives to questions of identity as well as the means to make audible the voices of long-silenced Dominicans.

In WE DREAM TOGETHER, Anne Eller breaks with dominant narratives of conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti by tracing the complicated history of Dominican emancipation and independence between 1822 and 1865. Eller moves beyond the small body of writing by Dominican elites that often narrates Dominican nationhood to craft inclusive, popular histories of identity, community, and freedom, summoning sources that range from trial records and consul reports to poetry and song. Rethinking Dominican relationships with their communities, the national project, and the greater Caribbean, Eller shows how popular anticolonial resistance was anchored in a rich and complex political culture. Haitians and Dominicans fostered a common commitment to Caribbean freedom, the abolition of slavery, and popular democracy, often well beyond the reach of the state. By showing how the island’s political roots are deeply entwined, and by contextualizing this history within the wider Atlantic world, Eller demonstrates the centrality of Dominican anticolonial struggles for understanding independence and emancipation throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

Tam’s 2nd Annual Birthday Show!

tam-2Last year was so much fun that we are doing it again…

Tam’s 2nd Annual Birthday Show!


A showcase of Tamora Wilson’s favorite songs & stories.
With Mark Oleszko on keys.

Music by James Tristan Redding.
Special guest Aaron Scott.

Michele Carlo will be the MC.

New Segment called: Two Sides to Every Story
Tam Trivia with prizes.
Free pizza.

And of course, Open Stage. Audience members can put their name in a hat for a chance to have 5 minutes of stage time to tell jokes or stories, sing a song, read a poem, or try out new writing or skits, whatever your heart desires.

No gifts please. Your presence is the perfect present.

Tam’s 2nd Annual Birthday Show!  

Saturday December 3, 2016    

6-8 PM

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032


December 3 – Inspiration Workshop for Parents


Our kids are swamped with schoolwork, after-school programs and friends – but are these activities really inspiring and engaging them? How can you encourage your kids to take their creativity to the next level?

Come meet, share ideas and projects with other local parents. You’ll leave with the energy, motivation and projects to do at home with your kids.

Although more appropriate for parents of preschool to tweens, everyone is welcomed to come learn, share and get inspired with local parents.

Inspiration Workshop for Parents
Thursday, December 3, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

November 20 – Se nos subio la NEGRA


This is a three part workshop which requires undivided attention from the participants. In this workshop participants will learn to defend their blackness, denounce racism, learn the significance of Afrocentric wear such as “natural” hair styles and headwraps, and will be invited to take a journey to their original selves through introspection (writing). This is all a healing space/opportunity designed for women 18 and above.

Taller de turbantes- Lenis Mariana
Lenis will provide an explanation of the history of afrocentric wear and why it is important for our decolonization process as black women. She does this work in Puerto Rico.

Taller antirracista- Kimberly Figueroa
Kimmy will provide the importance of deconstructing racism and antiblackness

La tinta es negra como mi piel- Chachi Yanire (thats me)
I will provide a space for us to introspectively understand why black narratives matter as a part of the healing process of our entire nations. Most of this work is about “el ser original”

We are all affiliated with Colectivo Ile located in San Juan, Puerto Rico where we are trained and mentored to deconstruct a racist society and promote blackness as a part of Puerto Rico’s national structure to be honored and respected.

Se nos subio la NEGRA
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

November 19 – Bottoms Up! Social Open Mic


A Hip Hop showcase hosted by Charlie Uptown. The mission of the open mic is to establish a source of hip hop in Washington Heights and provide a free artistic space for all aspiring artists. Each edition features a guest speaker, who furthers the musical exchange with dialog. This month’s feature performer is Man’e Ill.

Bottoms Up! Social Open Mic
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032