My First Book 'When A Purple Rose Blooms' is Available NOW

I am beyond excited to announce that my FIRST book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available!! You can order copies directly from my publisher Nomadic Press. Order here
The book is a collection of essays and poetry about my experiences with black womanhood. There's lots of humor, pain, and love on every page. This book wrote itself. I had no intention of releasing a book of poetry and essays, but when I saw how much I've written over the last 20 years I thought, "why not?" and went for it. 
The book launch is tonight, 7pm at the Oakland Peace Center. I will be launching my book along with 6 other new writers to Nomadic Press. I'm in great, literary company. 
Thank you to every person who has read this blog over the years, attended my readings, listened to my radio stories or read my articles. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book! 

DILF: Dads I'd Like to Feature on my blog

Thought I meant something else didn't ya? I was listening to Michael Baisden while battling LA traffic today. The topic of discussion was how men change when they get into relationships. Baisden said they don't have the same freedoms from their single days because women have them on lockdown. Then Baisden and co-host George Willborn went on about brothas getting soft and joked about men pushing grocery carts in the stores and
carrying babies in slings. That's not being soft, that's being a real man. A man should hold his kids and push the cart at the grocery store when his lady is shopping. His actions shows he cares about his woman and family and he's a gentleman. When I see a man do that for his woman I find it sexy and masculine. That's the kind of man I want. He can push the basket, hold the baby, open the pickle jar for me and help me take down my braids when it's time to get my hair done. Sing with me ladies--"One day my prince will come." I remember my mother told me when dating a man make sure he's husband AND father material.

I'm keeping this post short because I'm on deadline. This Friday NPR's "News and Notes" is running one of my stories and interviewing me. I'm excited but I have work to do. Check your local public radio stations for air times.

Photo Credit:
1. Corbis
2.Babies R Us


  1. If the man made the baby he should help take care of it. The days of a man rubbing his child's head as he passes him/her on his way to the kitchen to grab a beer is over. Even though President Obama is the busiest man on the planet he took his behind to his daughter's school yesterday for a one hour visit. Women when you look for a man make sure you look for one that you know will be a help mate and not a slacker.


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