Sister’s Uptown Bookstore 15 Year Anniversary


This past Saturday, Sisters Uptown Bookstore celebrated fifteen years of existence as an institution in the community. At the event, an assortment of poets, musicians, and writers gathered to commemorate this important milestone.

The Harlem community came out to support in large numbers- last night’s celebration was for the most part standing room only. Hosted and organized by poet Genesis Valdez, the energy was high, and turnout was great for a cold Saturday evening in late January. Empire Magazine came to cover the event as well.

Genesis recites for the crowd

Unexpectedly, yours truly had the chance to open the show for the night.

"Born Nice" poses after opening 15 year anniversary Open Mic at Sisters Uptown

Throughout the night, many other poets came through and represented well.

Taneeka Wilder reads from "On the Precipice "

Had a chance to do some photo ops as well. It was a theme for yesterday. Lol.

Taneeka Wilder and Genesis Valdez
Marc Polite and Taneeka Wilder
Born Nice and Brutha Earl

Brutha Earl came through and repped hard, and had the crowd in an uproar with his poem. It’s Sunday morning, so I can’t mention what the subject matter was. Lol.

Poet Victoya Venise performs

I couldn’t stay for the entire time, but overall it was a good event. I look forward to the next one.

-Marc W. Polite
a.k.a. Born Nice


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