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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.

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Open Mic Night @WordUp Books! Hosted by Jason Rosario

Calling all writers, performers, musicians, orators, dancers, and artists of all kinds! Join us for the monthly Washington Heights Music Festival & Verdadero Entertainment —first Fridays of the month. Presented by Verdadero Entertainment (Jason Rosario). All ages and persuasions, gather to share, learn, and experience together. Suggested donation: $10

¡Se hace un llamado a todos los escritores, raperos, músicos, oradores, bailarines y artistas de todo tipo! Unanse a nuestro micrófono abierto—cada primer viernes de mes. Esta es una colaboración entre Verdadero Entertainment (Jason Rosario). Individuos de todas edades y persuasiones pueden juntarse a compartir, aprender y vivir una experiencia en grupo. Donación sugerida: $10

“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.

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Word Up Story Time: “Grandpa Stops a War” by Susan Robeson

Susan Robeson—granddaughter of Paul Robeson—recollects the bravery and activism of her grandfather in her debut children’s picture book, “Grandpa Stops a War,” based on the true story of Paul Robeson’s visit to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Ideal for ages 5–9.

When Susan was a child, her father and grandfather told her family stories over and over. Grandpa Paul was a great man, a singer with a deep and rumbling voice, a man of peace and principle who worried about the safety of the children and families living in countries at war. His songs were always full of emotion, and evoking the African-American spirituals of his own father’s childhood, he was able to communicate even with people who didn’t speak the same language. Though it was dangerous, Robeson went to Spain and traveled to the front lines of the war (in a Buick!). There, he asked the soldiers to set up speakers facing the fighters on both sides of the battlefield. And then he sang….

With gorgeous illustrations from the fine artist Rod Brown, Grandpa Stops A War celebrates the activism and achievements of the great Paul Robeson, and shows readers the power of art in times of discord and war.

Books will be available for sale at the event, and can be purchased in advance at https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781609808822.

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