September 16: Jazz Foundation Presents: Whitney Marchelle Jackson

Blujazz recording artist Whitney Marchelle Jackson is a seasoned, award-winning vocalist, songwriter and pianist. In 2016 she received the Young Gifted and Black Crystal Award for jazz and blues, and performed alongside Danny Glover at the United Nations. She has worked with Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wycliffe Gordon, Clark Terry and Spike Lee. She has toured Dubai, Japan, Singapore, France and all 50 states. Her last CD, Dig Dis, earned rave reviews in Jazztimes and Billboard. This performance will feature Marcus Persiani on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass, Sylvia Cuenca on drums, and a special appearance from Destiny Diggs of Jazz House Kids.

Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America’s Gig Fund program, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jazz Foundation Presents: Whitney Marchelle Jackson
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


September 15: Bonafide Rojas’s Notes on the Return to the Island

In this new collection Notes On The Return To The Island, Bonafide Rojas pays tribute, honors family & puts the lens on the current state of Puerto Rico. His poems ranging frrom United States colonialism to the creation of a fiscal control board due to the corporate government created 70 billion dollar debt to his parents’ relationship with the island. Rojas has presented a rare perspective of “Aquí/Allá (here/there) of The Nuyorican experience in The Puerto Rican Diaspora. Notes On The Return To The Island will show you what’s happening inside Puerto Rico & allow you how they see the world staring at them.

Bonafide Rojas is the author of four collections of poetry: Notes On The Return To The Island (2017), Renovatio (2014), When The City Sleeps (2012) & Pelo Bueno (2004). He’s appeared on Def Poetry Jam, been published in numerous anthologies & journals & is the vocalist/guitarist for the band The Mona Passage, who released their debut EP in 2016. He’s performed at various stages: Lincoln Center, The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Bowery Ballroom, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Rotterdam Arts Center, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, BusBoys & Poets & Festival De La Palabra. For more

The reading will be following by a Q&A.

Reading: Bonafide Rojas’s Notes on the Return to the Island
Friday, September 15, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

September 17 – Mother Tongues: Launching Sari-Sari Storybooks

Please join independent publisher Sari-Sari Storybooks to celebrate the launch of three new Filipino children’s books this fall!
Very busy octopuses, story weavers, and vegetarian monsters are just a few of the characters you can meet in three new picture books from independent publisher Sari-Sari Storybooks. Join us for readings of “Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik” (a Cebuano tale), “Amina and the City of Flowers” (a Chavacano tale), and “Melo the Umang-Boy” (an Ivatan Tale).
There will be a book signing by publisher-author Christina Newhard after the reading. Filipino sweets and coffee will be served. All ages are welcome.
Sari-Sari Storybooks shares the quirky magic of Filipino stories by publishing original picture books in Philippine languages (Ivatan, Cebuano, Chavacano, Waray, Meranaw, and Ayta). These beautifully illustrated stories are written for ages 5-8 years old, are bilingual in English, and come with a glossary and discussion questions.



Christina Buhain Newhard has been fascinated with books since she was five
years old. Born in Manila to a Filipina mother and American father, she
moved to the U.S. at the age of 10, but always holds the Philippines in
her heart. A love for text, image, and story moved her to pursue a career
in graphic design. In asking the question, “how can design strengthen
Filipino culture in a meaningful way?” Sari-Sari Storybooks was born.
Christina is a member of the Type Directors Club, the Society of
Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Independent Book
Publishers Association. She lives in Brooklyn with two black cats.


Mother Tongues: Launching Sari-Sari Storybooks
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

September 13- Panel: What is Fascism and How to Fight It

Fascism and how do we fight it? Join Marty Goodman and a panel of speakers to discuss fascism and how to fight against fascism.

Marty Goodman is a Retired NYC transit worker and former member of TWU Local 100 Executive Board. He is also an activist in the B&H Photo workers’ struggle against union-busting and a member of Socialist Action.

Glen Ford is a veteran of more than 40 years in broadcast, print, internet journalism. He founded the (BAR), a weekly magazine of news, commentary and analysis from the black left. BAR is known for its’ stinging critiques of Barack Obama and the racism and elitism of the democratic and republican parties.

International spokesperson, international concerned family and friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Lifelong international solidarity activist.

Daniel Vila is a chair of Manhattan Greens and labor coordinator at Sisa Patiki Cultures and Labor Center, Queens, New York City. He was the 2016 Green Party Candidate for the 13th. He is congressional District Harlem.

Panel: What is Fascism and How to Fight it
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032


August 30: Leslie Jimenez & Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez’s Thursday Exhibit: Works on Paper

Leslie Jimenez & Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez/FEEGZ
Thursday Exhibit: 
Works on Paper
August 31–October 31, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

Thursday Exhibit brings together collective mates Leslie Jimenez and Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, two local artists, in a collaborative effort to share their work with the community. A selection of their mostly black-and-white drawings on paper about the neighborhood will be on display at Word Up Community Bookshop. Using simple elements such as line and contrast – with materials such as pen, marker, thread, tape and spray paint – these artist aim to capture snapshots of their relationships with Uptown Manhattan. In addition, a mural will be drawn by the artists inside the space before the opening, and will remain on view throughout the exhibition.

Leslie Jimenez makes art about the people and places of the neighborhood she calls home, which has become a great source of daily inspiration during morning walks with her daughter. In her practice, Jimenez explores the relationships children develop with public spaces, and the power of representation, by depicting parents as the humble heroes of the neighborhood. In her series Uptown Humble Heroes (a series of stitched drawings), she honors and celebrates the life, the work, and the diversity of Upper Manhattan residents.

Caribbean New Yorker, Atheist on some days, Non Theist Agnostic on others, Liberal, Socialist, Agitator, Ethical Polyamorist, Marijuana Advocate, HS dropout, GED holder, Autodidact, Educator, Debater, white people fearing, All people loving, LGBTQ allying, Hip Hop, Sneaker, Comic and Sci-fi loving Dominican Puerto Rican Interdisciplinary Artist born on a military base in North Carolina in 1976. Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez a.k.a FEEGZ, Figaro & Firo173 has exhibited taught and spoken in dozens of institutions nationally and internationally, really. NYC since 82.


Leslie Jimenez y Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez/FEEGZ31
Una exhibición para un jueves: Obras en papel
de agosto–31 de octubre, 2017
Recepción de apertura: jueves, 31 de agosto de 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm
Librería comunitaria Word Up
2113 Avenida Amsterdam (en calle 165)

En Una exhibición para un jueves Leslie Jimenez y Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, miembros del mismo colectivo, colaboran para compartir su trabajo con la comunidad. Se trata de una selección de sus dibujos en papel sobre la ciudad, en su mayoría  en blanco y negro, que serán exhibidos en la librería comunitaria Word Up.  Utilizando elementos sencillos, tales como línea y contraste – con materiales tales como pluma, marcador, hilo, cinta, y pintura con spray – estos artistas buscan plasmar instantáneas de sus relaciones con el Alto Manhattan. Además, un mural que también formará parte de la exhibición, será dibujado por los artistas dentro del espacio antes de la apertura..  

Leslie Jimenez hace arte sobre las personas y los lugares del barrio, al que ella llama su hogar, lo cual se ha convertido en una fuente de inspiración regular durante sus caminatas diarias con su hija. En su práctica artística, Jimenez explora las relaciones que los niños desarrollan con los espacios públicos y el poder de la representación al retratar a los padres como los héroes humildes del barrio. En la serie “Héroes humildes del alto Manhattan” (una serie de dibujos de puntada), ella celebra y honra la vida, el trabajo, y la diversidad de los residentes del Alto Manhattan.

Neworkino caribeño, ateo algunos días, No-teísta agnóstico otros días, liberal, socialista, agitador, poliamoroso ético, defensor de la marihuana, Abandonó la escuela secundaria, titular del GED, autodidacta, educador, polemista, le tiene miedo a la gente blanca, ama a todo el mundo, aliado de la comunidad LGBTQ, amante del Hip Hop, los tenis, comics y Sci-fi. Dominicano y Puertorriqueño, artista interdisciplinario nacido en una base militar en Carolina del Norte en 1976. Carlos Jesús Martínez Dominguez, alias FEEGZ, Figaro y Firo173 ha expuesto, enseñado y hablado en docenas de instituciones a nivel nacional e internacional, de verdad. En Nueva York desde el 82.