Projections: Bling: A Planet Rock


Saturday, February 22, 2014
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

Join us on Saturday night for the next film in our Projections series!

Bling: A Planet Rock—directed and co-produced by Inwood/Washington Heights native, author, and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda—is a critically acclaimed feature documentary about the intersection of hip-hop, diamonds, and the decade-long conflict in Sierra Leone. The film features Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), Paul Wall, Puerto Rican emcee and reggaeton artist Tego Calderón, Kanye West, Sierra Leone’s hip-hop community, and others.

Meet Raquel Cepeda on March 20 at Word Up, for the paperback release of her book, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina. Equal parts memoir about Cepeda’s coming of age in New York City and Santo Domingo, and detective story chronicling her year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry, the book also looks at what it means to be Latina today. Visit her website at


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