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September 22- M. Lambiase / G. White group

Matt Lambiase is a trumpet and flugelhorn player and singer/songwriter living in Washington Heights. He attended Berklee College of Music and StonyBrook University. His interests range from jazz to funk,rock, and the avant-garde. He has played in a wide variety of musical settings at venues including The Stone, Café Wha?, Rockwood Music Hall, and Silvana.

Glenn White is a tenor saxophonist and composer also living in Washington Heights. Glenn performs frequently with his own groups and has recorded three solo CDs of original compositions. Glenn has performed alongside artists such as Jamie Baum, Norah Jones, and Greg Tardy.

Matt and Glenn have been collaborating in various projects over the past year; tonight they are joined by John Ferrari on drums and Marty Kenney on bass.

M. Lambiase / G. White group
Friday, September 22, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


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:
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, 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

“(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 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 15: Bonafide Rojas’s Notes on the Return to the Island

In this new collection Notes On The Return To The Island, Bonafide Rojas pays tribute, honors family & puts the lens on the current state of Puerto Rico. His poems ranging frrom United States colonialism to the creation of a fiscal control board due to the corporate government created 70 billion dollar debt to his parents’ relationship with the island. Rojas has presented a rare perspective of “Aquí/Allá (here/there) of The Nuyorican experience in The Puerto Rican Diaspora. Notes On The Return To The Island will show you what’s happening inside Puerto Rico & allow you how they see the world staring at them.

Bonafide Rojas is the author of four collections of poetry: Notes On The Return To The Island (2017), Renovatio (2014), When The City Sleeps (2012) & Pelo Bueno (2004). He’s appeared on Def Poetry Jam, been published in numerous anthologies & journals & is the vocalist/guitarist for the band The Mona Passage, who released their debut EP in 2016. He’s performed at various stages: Lincoln Center, The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Bowery Ballroom, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Rotterdam Arts Center, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, BusBoys & Poets & Festival De La Palabra. For more

The reading will be following by a Q&A.

Reading: Bonafide Rojas’s Notes on the Return to the Island
Friday, September 15, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032