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August 2-ZONED OUT!: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City

Join us for a book presentation by editor Tom Angotti, one of the editors (with Sylvia Morse) of Zoned Out!: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City.

Gentrification and displacement of low-income communities of color are major issues in New York City and the city’s zoning policies are a major cause. Race matters but the city ignores it when shaping land use and housing policies. The city promises “affordable housing” that is not truly affordable. Zoned Out! shows how this has played in Williamsburg, Harlem and Chinatown, neighborhoods facing massive displacement of people of color. It looks at ways the city can address inequalities, promote authentic community-based planning and develop housing in the public domain.

Tom Angotti is Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College, the Graduate Center, and City University of New York, and Director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning & Development. He is author of New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, which won the 2009 Davidoff Book Award.                                                                                          —-

Únase a nosotros a la presentación del editor Tom Angotti, uno de los editores (junto con Sylvia Morse) de Zoned out!: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City.

La gentrificación y el desplazamiento de las comunidades de color de bajos ingresos, son problematicas de importancia en la Cd. de Nueva York, y las regulaciones de zonificación urbanas son una de las causas principales. La etnicidad importa pero la ciudad la ignora cuando determina el uso del suelo y las regulaciones de vivienda. La ciudad promete “vivienda asequible” que no es realmente asequible. Zoned out! muestra como esto ha afectado en Williamsburg, Harlem y Chinatown, vecindarios que enfrentan el desplazamiento masivo de la gente de color. Zoned Out! considera los métodos en que la ciudad puede abordar las desigualdades, fomentando la planificación y el desarrollo de vivienda basados genuinamente en la comunidad y la opinion pública.
Tom Angotti es professor de Planificación y Política Urbanas en Hunter College, en el Centro de Postgrado y en la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York, y es director del Centro de Planificación y Desarrollo Comunitarios de Hunter College. Es autor de New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, el cual ganó el premio Davidoff Book Award 2009.


ZONED OUT!: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City                                                                                                                              Thursday, August 2, 2018                                                                                                     6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                   Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                                New York NY 10032


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