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! 

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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