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April 28- Afrofuturism & The Emergence of Black Super-sheros

Join us for Independent Bookstore Day as we discuss Afrofuturism and the emergence of black super-sheros with the Monger Sisters, authors of a new sci-fi book series called “Nia’s Sick Sense.” Their story is about a young super-shero named Nia Kpelle from New York who has the gift to sense when other girls are being abused. Inheriting her gift from her ancestor Kanti of the Mano tribe of Liberia, Nia discovers truth about her family’s past while solving a present-day mystery as there’s an unknown rapist terrorizing young women on the streets of Stuyvesant Heights.

As we dive into the work of these sisters, we’ll also explore the depths of Afrofuturism and its significance in the pop culture with the current trends of identity (self-discovery through ancestry) and innovation.

With the debut of Marvel’s Black Panther in theaters earlier this year, Afrofuturism has become a hot topic. More African-inspired or black comics are coming into the limelight and introducing their protagonists. Many of the female characters in Black Panther also excited spectators leaving us to answer the question, “Where are our black super-sheros?”

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Afrofuturism & The Emergence of Black Super-sheros
Saturday, April 28, 2018
3–4:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032
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April 27- Inside Assad’s Syria Film screening and discussion

Film showing and discussion of the Vice/HBO film: Inside Assad’s Syria – The Refugee Crisis and Beyond.
This documentary shows life inside Syria as it is under brutal dictatorship and war conditions. We will examine the causes of the refugee crisis and what we as part of the world community can do to help. Sponsored by: Syria Solidarity New York City

Inside Assad’s Syria film screening and discussion
Friday, April 27, 2018 
6:30-8:30 pm 
 Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

April 20 – Innosanto Nagara & Kate Schatz @ P.S. 128 Auditorium

Meet Innosanto Nagara and Kate Schatz at an afterschool reading and talk open to the whole community! Learn about what inspired these authors to write their books, and how they work to make their communities better each day.

Innosanto Nagara is a writer, graphic designer, and activist. He is the author of A Is for Activist, Counting on Community, Night at the Planetarium, and The Wedding Portrait.

Kate Schatz is a writer, teacher, and activist. She is the author of Rad
American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide.

This event will be OFFSITE at the auditorium at P.S. 128, 560 West 169th St. Books will be available at this FREE event. This is open to the whole community, and perfect for ages 7 to 10

Word Up Community Bookshop & Uptown Dreamers present
Innosanto Nagara & Kate Schatz
Friday, April 20, 2018
4–5:30pm
P.S. 128 Auditorium
560 West 169th St.
New York NY 10032

April 21 – ROOT SHOCK: Mindy Fullilove & Maria Lizardo in conversation

Join Word Up for a conversation between Mindy Thompson Fullilove—author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It (New Village Press)—and Maria Lizardo, on the effects of displacement on communities. 

Like a sequel to the prescient warnings of urbanist Jane Jacobs, Root Shock reveals the disturbing effects of decades of insensitive urban renewal projects on communities of color. Fullilove passionately describes the profound traumatic stress—the “root shock”—that results when a neighborhood is demolished, and she demonstrates that urban renewal didn’t just disrupt black communities: it ruined their economic health and social cohesion, stripping displaced residents of their sense of place as well. Dr. Fullilove insists that understanding the damage caused by root shock is crucial to coping with its human toll and helping cities become whole.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School, having moved there in 2016 after 26 years at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Her research examines the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal. In 2004, she worked with colleagues in Upper Manhattan to start the CLIMB project, which has advocated for reinvestment in the area’s cliffside parks. This has spurred millions in new investment, including a 2016 $30 million investment to update Highbridge Park. 

Maria Lizardo, LMSW, is the executive director of Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC). Maria Lizardo is a proud, first generation Dominican, whose parents migrated to the United States in 1965 from Moca, Dominican Republic. Raised in Washington Heights, she has worked at NMIC since 1998 and in 2014, was appointed executive director. Maria is one of the cofounders of the Washington Heights and Inwood Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the New York Latinas Against Domestic Violence. She is a member of the steering committee that organizes the Brides’ March that takes place every September 26th commemorating the anniversary of Gladys Ricart’s death at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend. Maria is also a member of several community advisory committees, including the Northern Manhattan Agenda’s Housing Committee, and serves on the boards of the Human Services Council, the National Association of Social Workers/NYC Chapter, and United Neighborhood Houses.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Books will be available for sale.

Book Talk: Root Shock: Mindy Thompson Fullilove & Maria Lizardo in conversation
Saturday, April 21, 2018
4–6pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

April 21- Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Community Stories, Local Voices

Community Stories, Local Voices                                                                     The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is kicking off an exciting new project to gather oral histories of the community of Inwood. In this program, you are invited to hear stories of the neighborhood and to share your own ideas and recollections with the museum. In partnership with the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta), the Dyckman Farmhouse will collect and archive oral histories for use in future programs and exhibitions at the museum. We hope you will join us for an afternoon of listening and reflecting on the past and present of Inwood.

Cuentos de la Comunidad, Voces Locales                                                       El Dyckman Farmhouse Museum está comenzando un nuevo proyecto para grabar las historias orales de la comunidad de Inwood. Los invitamos a escuchar y compartir los cuentos del barrio, memorias e ideas con nosotros. El Museo en colaboración con Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta), han iniciado una colección de historias orales para usar en los próximos programas y exposiciones de la institución. Esperamos que se una a nosotros para una tarde de escuchar y reflexionar sobre el pasado y el presente de Inwood.

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Community Stories, Local Voices       Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)
New York, NY