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Q & T Community Book Club – March Meeting

This a virtual book club that meets to discuss writing from different genres written by and/or about LGBTQ+ people. This is a space book club for open discussion, literary analysis, political discourse, and chatting centering on exciting contemporary and older books. The book list is still in formation (share your book recommendations by joining), however, we will be reading literary fiction, history, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and more.

This is a Q & T program run through Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria and facilitated by Memphis Washington.


We’ll send you the zoom information once you are signed up!


When: Every last Tuesday of the Month @ 7pm

Where: Zoom (register to receive the link)

Each book is discussed once in a monthly session.

March Meeting Information:

When & Where: Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm on Zoom

ReadingWash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser, illustrated by Robyn Smith

Facilitators: TJ Alexander (local author) and Memphis Washington

Discussion Questions & Topics:

  • What are the ways that you take care of yourself? How do you take care of others? Who takes care of you?
  • What do you think about the way the characters interact with their friends?
  • What does community protection look like?

These are only meant to start the conversation. Please come up with your own questions and bookmark passages you might want to discuss! Content warnings below the “About the Author Section”

About Wash Day Diaries 

From writer Jamila Rowser and artist Robyn Smith comes a captivating graphic novel love letter to the beauty and endurance of Black women, their friendships, and their hair.

Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends—Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie—through five connected short story comics that follow these young women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx.

The book takes its title from the wash day experience shared by Black women everywhere of setting aside all plans and responsibilities for a full day of washing, conditioning, and nourishing their hair. Each short story uses hair routines as a window into these four characters’ everyday lives and how they care for each other.

Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith originally kickstarted their critically acclaimed, award-winning slice of life mini comic, Wash Day, inspired by Rowser’s own wash day ritual and their shared desire to see more comics featuring the daily lived experiences of young Black women. Wash Day Diaries includes an updated, full color version of this original comic—which follows Kim, a 26-year-old woman living in the Bronx—as the book’s first chapter and expands into a graphic novel with short stories about these vibrant and relatable new characters.

In expanding the story of Kim and her friends, the authors pay tribute to Black sisterhood through portraits of shared, yet deeply personal experiences of Black hair care. From self-care to spilling the tea at an hours-long salon appointment to healing family rifts, the stories are brought to life through beautifully drawn characters and different color palettes reflecting the mood in each story.

At times touching, quiet, triumphant, and laugh out loud funny, the stories of Wash Day Diaries pay a loving tribute to Black joy and the resilience of Black women.

About the Author and Illustrator

Jamila Rowser is a Black, Puerto Rican, and Dominican award-winning writer who enjoys creating comics for Black women. She also publishes comics by and for women of color and non-binary people of color through Black Josei Press. Jamila was featured, along with Robyn Smith, in Adweek’s 2021 Creative 100 as a creator to follow. Jamila lives in Miami but reps the Bronx. You can find her detangling her hair, reading manga, and doting on her two cats Sage and Sapphire.

Robyn Smith is a Jamaican cartoonist known for illustrating DC Comics’ Nubia: Real One (written by L.L. McKinney) and her mini-comic The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town. She has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has worked on comics for College Humor and The Nib. She loves cake and cats and holds onto dreams of returning home to the ocean.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please share them with Memphis at QNTCommunity@gmail.com

Content Warnings: depression, ableism, dementia, queerphobia, a stalking/abusive ex, alcohol and marijuana usage

NoMAA: Uptown Arts Stroll/Paseo de las Artes – 2023 Poster Contest

DEADLINE Sunday, April 2, 2023 11:59pm


$1,500 Grand Prize 1st place winner
$750 for 2nd place
$500 for 3rd place


The 21st Uptown Arts Stroll/Paseo de las Artes is a hybrid of in-person & virtual programming in June 2023 from West 135th to West 220th Street in West Harlem, Washington Heights & Inwood. The Uptown Arts Stroll started as a volunteer organized one-day event the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2003 and grew into a month-long festival celebrating northern Manhattan’s visual and performing artists. The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) has produced the Uptown Arts Stroll since 2008.



In June 2023 the Uptown Arts Stroll welcomes the Tony Awards to our home at the United Palace, and the image should reflect that special occasion.

  • Unpublished original artwork
  • Eye catching image
  • Reproducible on a large scale (up to 6 x 6 feet)
  • Artwork must include the phrase – Uptown Arts Stroll/Paseo de las Artes
  • Artwork must be square and be legible in various sizes for print and social media
  • Artists may only submit one (1) artwork for consideration

Artists must be West HarlemWashington Heights or Inwood residents (W135th to W155th St from Edgecombe Ave west to the Hudson River; W155th St to W220th St river-to-river)


  • A panel of distinguished judges from the local arts community will select the grand prize 1st place winner, 2nd and 3rd place winner.
  • The names of the artists will not be submitted to the judges.
  • NoMAA owns the intellectual property rights of the 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll poster design of the grand prize 1st place winner, 2nd and 3rd place winner.
  • The grand prize 1st place winner’s artwork will be exclusively used to promote the 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll online and in print.

Buunni Coffee & Inwood Art Works: Last Stop Comedy

Upstate Manhattan’s first and LAST STOP for the best Stand Up Comedy NYC has to offer! Hosted by Adam Elliott (Gotham Comedy Club New Talent Winner, LA Comedy Festival) and Rory Lutz (The Laughing Pad)

Headliner: Monique Latise (The Apollo, Monique’s Comedy Club) and featuring: Michael Harrison, Quinton Jones, Sheria Mattis and Andy Gunnin. Emcee: Sirobosi Frawstakwa.

ADMISSION: $20 (includes one free drink!)

J. Hood Wright: High Points of the Heights Super Hike

Sunday, March 26, 2023
1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.

Washington Heights is home to some of the most historical sites and views in NYC. Come explore the highest points of Manhattan with the Urban Park Rangers. Learn about the history, ecology and geology of J. Hood Wright, Bennet and Fort Tryon Parks. This hike will end at Fort Tryon Park.


Entrance – West 173rd Street and Fort Washington Avenue in
J. Hood Wright Park

Directions to this location