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The Political Power of Black Motherhood at Word Up Bookstore

Join Anthonia Akitunde, founder of Black motherhood platform mater mea, as she talks to journalist Dani McClain about her book “We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood.”

In “We Live for the We,” first-time mother Dani McClain sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she, as a black woman, knows to be an unjust—even hostile—society. Black women are more likely to die during pregnancy or birth than any other race; black mothers must stand before television cameras telling the world that their slain children were human beings. What, then, is the best way to keep fear at bay and raise a child so she lives with dignity and joy?

McClain spoke with mothers on the frontlines of movements for social, political, and cultural change who are grappling with the same questions. Following a child’s development from infancy to the teenage years, We Live for the We touches on everything from the importance of creativity to building a mutually supportive community to navigating one’s relationship with power and authority. It is an essential handbook to help us imagine the society we build for the next generation.


“Getting to Know Yourself for Better Sex & Relationships” at Word Up

Join Nuyorican sexologist Yael Rosenstock, recent author of “An Introguide to a Sex Positive You: Lessons, Tales, and Tips” for an interactive discussion exploring sexual identity in all of its diversity. Sexual identity isn’t limited to the genders we date – it includes our dating styles, the roles we take in sexual encounters, what we like to do, and more! This conversation will invite you to think about those identities to help you identify what you could be seeking for your ideal sexual and/or romantic relationships.


“LOST INWOOD” Book Signing, Author Q&A

Book signing followed by author Q&A for LOST INWOOD, the new title by Arcadia Publishing. Cole Thompson and I invite you to join us at one of the release events. Books will be for sale and we’ll be on hand to sign them. You could even buy us a pint.
Bringing together a great collection of historic photos (many contributed by longtime neighborhood residents), LOST INWOOD tells the ten-thousand-year story of our North Manhattan neighborhood. It’s jam-packed with rare pix and amazing facts and we are very proud of it.
It will be available for sale at Word Up Bookshop in WaHi, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, at the promotional events below, through the publisher Arcadia, and via the usual online mega booksellers. Thank you for your support, and we hope you enjoy LOST INWOOD… the book.–Don Rice
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Soldanela Rivera: “View For Death” at Word Up

Soldanela Rivera presents her memoir, “View for Death.” Soldanela Rivera is an accomplished artist, publicist, producer, planner, implementer, writer, and podcast host. She serves as Director of Presidential Strategic Initiatives at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York and has worked in everything from community centers to historic concert halls with emerging and renowned figures from the fields of arts, entertainment, and education. Every Sunday since the summer of ‘16, she has published Notes From A Native Daughter, a raw-format-style audioblog—over 120 episodes—about arts, culture, and society within the Pan-American experience. In the winter of ‘18, she self-published her first book, View For Death, a short memoir dedicated to caregivers all over the world. Visit: www.viewfordeath.com