24 de septiembre- Un Libro, Un Abrazo a la Imaginación – Il Parte

En un encuentro con lectores, escritores, poetas y amantes de los libros, la organización Mi Mundo Es Positivo comienza una campaña de concientización de la lectura con el proyecto “UN LIBRO, UN ABRAZO A LA IMAGINACIÓN – II PARTE.”

Uno de los objetivos de esta jornada es socializar esta iniciativa lo máximo posible a través de un programa de lecturas que incluye la entrega de un libro, lecturas y dinámicas literarias. Los participantes pueden no sólo informarse del proyecto, sino también dialogar y enriquecerse con las opiniones y experiencias de los demás participantes.

“UN LIBRO, UN ABRAZO A LA IMAGINACIÓN ” dará comienzo a la 2:00 PM y finaliza a las 5:00 PM. La entrada es libre y pedimos que se sigan la regulaciones del espacio. Esta jornada cultural ha sido posible gracias a la colaboración de la Librería Comunitaria Word Up.

Invitados especiales:
– Franco Galecio (Cia Teatral Fragal Inc)
– Isela Herrera
– Romano Ba (Rebeldía Radio)
– Cecill Villar (Compañía de Comedias Cecill Villar)
– Julio Santana (Empodérate)
– Hilda Hurtado (La Voz Hispana de Nueva York)
– Pedro Vintimilla
– Jhoana Garnica
– Jacqueline Franco
– Rosalía Reyes (The City College of New York/ Cuny)
– Teresa Gutierrez (Pasión Latina)
– Antonio Mojica
– Aline Valdes (Pulso Nueva York)
– MaGa Uzo

Cualquier duda a cerca del evento pueden comunicarse con nostros: mimundoespositivo@gmail.com.
Un Libro, Un Abrazo a la Imaginación – Il Parte
Domingo, 24 de septiembre 
Librería Comunitaria Word Up
2113 Avenida Amsterdam (en la calle 165)

September 29- (H)afrocentric Book Author Talk & Signing

(H)afrocentric Volumes 1-4 is a new trade paperback gathering the first 4 comics volumes of Glyph Award winning Juliana “Jewels” Smith’s and illustrator Ronald Nelson’s unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force on the most pressing issues of the day. With a foreword to the book by Kiese Laymon, (H)afrocentric tackles racism, patriarchy, gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis, and popular culture head-on—with humor and biting satire. Unapologetic and unabashed, (H)afrocentric introduces us to strong yet vulnerable students of color, as well as an aesthetic that connects current Black pop culture to an organic re-appropriation of hip hop fashion circa the early 90s.

We start the journey when gentrification strikes the neighborhood surrounding Ronald Reagan University. Naima Pepper recruits a group of disgruntled undergrads of color to combat the onslaught by creating and launching the first and only anti-gentrification social networking site, mydiaspora.com. The motley crew is poised to fight back against expensive avocado toast, muted Prius cars, exorbitant rent, and cultural appropriation.

Whether Naima and the gang are transforming social media, leading protests, fighting rent hikes, or working as “Racial Translators,” the students at Ronald Reagan University take movements to a new level by combining their tech-savvy, Black Millennial sensibilities with their individual backgrounds, goals, and aspirations.

Juliana “Jewels” Smith
is a writer, educator, and speaker. She is the Glyph Award winner for Best Writer on (H)afrocentric: Volume 4 and the honoree of the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award from the African American Library and Museum at Oakland. With humor and sharp wit, Smith connects comic books, politics, and popular culture.

Ronald Nelson is an illustrator originally from New York City. He studied at School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League, and Cooper Union. Ronald’s areas of expertise are in the fields of portrait drawing and sequential art. He is also proficient as a storyboard artist and cartoonist.

Mike Hampton
has been a self-published comic book artist and writer for over fifteen years and the colorist and letterist of (H)afrocentric for over five years. As a freelance graphic designer he has created logos, album covers, business cards, and fliers.

Kiese Laymon is an award-winning black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

“Smith’s comics ooze with originality.”—AFROPUNK

“(H)afrocentric is a book that is incredibly contemporary and fits the progressive minds of today’s readers. It tackles issues of intersectionality and gentrification in ways that are not only informative but also entertaining. It’s unlike any comic book I’ve ever read.” —Jamie Broadnax, founder and managing editor of Blackgirlnerds.com

“(H)afrocentric is fully dope, artistic, brilliantly drawn, styled, and wonderfully radical with an awesomely fiery heroine! Juliana Smith and her team are to be commended for this desperately needed political and cultural contribution. Get into it and grab your soapboxes!” —Jared A. Ball, author of I Mix What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto

(H)afrocentric Book Author Talk & Signing
Friday, September 29, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


September 20: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Join us as adrienne maree brown presents her recent book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. Join us to learn more about emergent strategy and how to shape change in the world around us, starting right here in our community.

bio: adrienne maree brown is a social justice facilitator, healer, writer and doula who lives in Detroit. She is the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and founder of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute.


Acompáñanos en la presentación del libro de adrienne mare brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds [en español, Estrategias emergentes: moldear cambios, cambiar mundos]. Inspirado en las exploraciones de Octavia Butler de la relación de nosotros los seres humanos con los cambios , Emergent Strategy es una obra radical de auto-ayuda, ayuda para la sociedad y para el planeta que ha sido diseñada para moldear los futuros que queremos vivir. El mundo se encuentra en un estado de flujo continuo. Es una corriente de patrones emergentes que mutan perpetuamente. En vez de armarnos en contra de dichos cambios, este libro nos invita a sentir, mapear, evaluar y aprender de los patrones turbulentos que nos rodean para mejor entenderlos e influir en ellos a medida que suceden. Únete a nosotros y aprende más acerca de la “estrategia emergente” y de cómo moldear cambios en el mundo que nos rodea, empezando aquí mismo en nuestra comunidad. Este evento se dará en inglés.

adrienne maree brown es una facilitadora de la justicia social, curadora, escritora y comadrona que reside en Detroit. Es la co-editora de Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements [en español: La Camada de Octavia: ciencia ficción de movimientos para la justicia social) y fundadora del Emergent Strategy Ideation institute [en español: el Instituto para la generación de estrategias emergentes].

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

September 16: Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic’s mission is to establish a consistent hip hop scene for the community of Washington Heights, NY. by spreading the hip hop culture and providing a space for free artistic expressions.

Founded & hosted by Charlie Uptown


– sign up @ 5pm / show time 5:45pm sharp !!!
– ONE SONG per sign up.
– music pluggable by AUX cable (no CDs, or USB)
– all art forms are welcome.
– any merchadise for sale must be approved by Word Up.

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

September 16: Jazz Foundation Presents: Whitney Marchelle Jackson

Blujazz recording artist Whitney Marchelle Jackson is a seasoned, award-winning vocalist, songwriter and pianist. In 2016 she received the Young Gifted and Black Crystal Award for jazz and blues, and performed alongside Danny Glover at the United Nations. She has worked with Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wycliffe Gordon, Clark Terry and Spike Lee. She has toured Dubai, Japan, Singapore, France and all 50 states. Her last CD, Dig Dis, earned rave reviews in Jazztimes and Billboard. This performance will feature Marcus Persiani on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass, Sylvia Cuenca on drums, and a special appearance from Destiny Diggs of Jazz House Kids. www.whitneymarchelle.com

Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America’s Gig Fund program, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jazz Foundation Presents: Whitney Marchelle Jackson
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032