Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

First Day

Welcome to Cocoa Fly! This is my first post and first blog. I have a bit of the jitters. It almost feels like the first day of school. But I'm excited and ready to chat about music, books, politics, art, theater. You name it. I know you're probably wondering where I came up with the name Cocoa Fly. Well, I like chocolate and dragonflies. Not together of course. But it's deeper than that. Cocoa Fly is out of the box. Hybrid. I love the word "fly" because to me it means endless and surpassing all boundaries. And "fly" is my favorite slang word. As for Cocoa it's flavorful. Rich. Just naturally good.

Speaking of naturally good Prince graced the pages of the LA Times this past weekend. Seeing Prince's face when I opened my newspaper Sunday morning was a nice surprise. As you can see I still use the vintage method o
f getting some news. I LOVE Prince--ruffle shirts, platform shoes and all. Black must not crack becuase he looks way to young to be 50. A music critic interviewed Prince at his mansion. He spoke about being a Jehovah's Witness and his three upcoming albums. All may be released without a major label. Prince is always reinventing himself and he's bold. He even goes door-to-door talking about his faith. If Prince came to my apartment I don't know what I would do. Actually, thinking back to a Chappelle Show skit, I'd probably offer him pancakes.


  1. Hey Cocoafly is a great name and I will be checking it out.

  2. So happy for you! I agree with you about Prince. Love him! I saw him in concert a few years ago. So awesome!

  3. Can't wait to read more of your posts. I love the name of your blog - Cocoafly! No misnomer here, but perfectly appropriate. As for Prince, he's a timeless classic. And, so are pancakes. Prince and Pancakes - two staples that will never go out of style. :)

  4. Welcome to the afrosphere young sista!

    peace, Villager


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