(H)afrocentric Comic Book Vol. 1-4
"Smith's comic oozes with originality." -Afro Punk
"Readers will be smitten with Naima, and they will hope for more of her." -Kirkus Reviews
"Rebels, phonies, fringe-mongers, and the simply clueless take wry hits in Smith's insightful series. Culture watchers, teen through adult, will find their presumptions challenged as well as much to recognize in themselves." -Library Journal
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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 re-appropriation of hip hop fashion circa the early 90s.
We start the (H)afrocentric 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 technically savvy and Black Millennial sensibilities with their individual backgrounds, goals, and aspirations. The residents who have survived decades of tumult in their neighborhood, at risk of being forced out by the newcomers, have a group of new allies to fight with them. For updates on the continuing series and to learn more about each character, connect at hafrocentric.com.