Oakland educator, writer, and organizer Juliana “Jewels” Smith started her comic book series (H)afrocentric
in 2011 while teaching at community colleges, in order to better engage with her students. The series stars a group of undergraduate students of color navigating their way through life at the fictional Ronald Reagan University. Smith is now ready to release volume four of the series, which she has likened to a feminist version of The Boondocks
. On March 25, Smith will be at the Betti Ono Gallery (1427 Broadway, Oakland) for a “Book Signing and Chill” from 7–9 p.m. The event includes a Q&A with Melorra Green of KPOO’s Ibeji Lounge ($10–$15 suggested donation). And on March 26, from 5–7 p.m., Smith will sign copies of the comic at the African American Museum & Library (659 14th St., Oakland). The African American Museum will also host a symposium called “Afro Surrealism, Comics, and Speculative Fiction” from 1–4 p.m. that day, featuring a robust lineup of readings and discussions.