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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


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 13- Panel: What is Fascism and How to Fight It

Fascism and how do we fight it? Join Marty Goodman and a panel of speakers to discuss fascism and how to fight against fascism.

Marty Goodman is a Retired NYC transit worker and former member of TWU Local 100 Executive Board. He is also an activist in the B&H Photo workers’ struggle against union-busting and a member of Socialist Action.

Glen Ford is a veteran of more than 40 years in broadcast, print, internet journalism. He founded the BlackAgendaReport.com (BAR), a weekly magazine of news, commentary and analysis from the black left. BAR is known for its’ stinging critiques of Barack Obama and the racism and elitism of the democratic and republican parties.

International spokesperson, international concerned family and friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Lifelong international solidarity activist.

Daniel Vila is a chair of Manhattan Greens and labor coordinator at Sisa Patiki Cultures and Labor Center, Queens, New York City. He was the 2016 Green Party Candidate for the 13th. He is congressional District Harlem.

Panel: What is Fascism and How to Fight it
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032


April 14 – Word in the Heights

This is a teen open mic for spoken word artists, singers, rap artists, and others who want to share their voices and talents. Sign up to perform or come and enjoy a night of performances and music, by youth, for youth. Hosted by “Word in the Heights” alum Jilly Jillz. FREE.
Upcoming Word in the Heights dates:
April 14th
May 12th
June 9th

Word in the Heights
Friday, April 14, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

15 de Abril – Taller “Voz de mujer”

Un taller para mujeres que quieran contar, compatir y escribir un poco de su historia. La idea es aprender a mirarse e identificar que todas tenemos una historia que contar para luego escribir un poco sobre ella. Dirigido a mujeres que hablen en español de 16 años hacia arriba. A cargo de Pepa Valenzuela. La actividad es gratuita ¡Las esperamos!

Pepa Valenzuela es chilena. Periodista, escritora, columnista y profesora de narrativa en la universidad Diego Portales. Ha escrito en destacadas revistas como Fibra, Caras, Paula, Ya, Sábado, Domingo además de los diarios La Nación Domingo, El Mercurio y Las Últimas Noticias. Ha ganado tres veces el Premio Lorenzo Natali de la Comisión Europea por periodismo que defiende la democracia y los derechos humanos. Es autora de Un Lugar en la Tierra (El Mercurio Aguilar, 2013) y Papito Corazón (Ediciones B, 2015) Es profesora de talleres de relatos de no ficción y memorias. Actualmente colabora para las revistas de El Mercurio, está en el máster de escritura creativa en NYU y vive en Nueva York.

Taller “Voz de mujer”
Sábado, 15 de Abril, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (esquina calle 165)
New York NY 10032