Tag Archives: Word Up Book Store

Living Room Sessions OPEN MIC at Word Up Bookshop One Year Anniversary Show

Calling all writers, rappers, musicians, orators, dancers, and artists of all kinds! Join us for the monthly Word Up Open Mic—first Fridays of the month. At this collaboration between Wash Heights Music Fest and WHAM, all ages and persuasions, gather to share, learn, and experience together.  One Year Anniversary Show COMING Friday- October 6, 2017 @livingroomsessionsopenmic #OPENMIC #Live #NYC #Artists #Singers #Musicians #NewYorkCity #WordUpBooks #Wahi #WashingtonHeights #HipHop #HouseMusic #RandB #DanceHall #Reggaeton #Music by @knowideas & @matrixjason Hosted by #LethyD #WHAM #Party #Anniversary #Show @wordupbooks #FreeEvents #freerefreshments #NYCEvents MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Spread the Word! All Artists Are INVITED

Cuéntame un Cuadro at Word Up Book Shop

Cuéntame un Cuadro (Tell Me the Story of an artwork) is a story-telling program in Spanish for families with children ages 5 to 9. Discover fun facts about Hispanic art and culture while you learn and create together. The Hispanic Society Museum and Library is closed for renovations, but their programs—like Cuéntame un Cuadro—are moving to different spaces around the community.

Book Launch: (H)afrocentric Comics Vol. 1–4 at Word Up

Word Up is excited to welcome comics creator Juliana “Jewels” Smith upon the release of her collected comics volumes on PM Press!  Glyph Award winner Juliana “Jewels” Smith and illustrator Ronald Nelson have created an unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force on the most pressing issues of the day— including gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis—with humor and biting satire. (H)afrocentric tackles racism, patriarchy, and popular culture head-on. 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 reappropriation 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.