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! 

Black Family Among Victims of NY Plane Crash















My heart and prayers go out to all the victims' families from the Continental Flight 3407 plane crash. Much of the news coverage on the victims has been about the 9/11 widow. I want to point out that a family from New Jersey was killed--Donald Mossop, 42, Dawn Mossop, 48 (above left), their 12-year-old son Shawn (below) along with Dawn's sister Ferris Reid,45 (above right). They were traveling to visit family in Canada. Ironically, Dawn invited her best friend's kids to tag along since Shawn was an only child. But the friend told WGRZ she declined the invitation because her family doesn't like to fly in winter weather.

The AP lists the names and backgrounds of the other flight victims. When tragedies like these happen I always try to read about the non-survivors. I guess it's my way of paying respect to the deceased. And it's a reminder that those people were someone's friend, parent, lover, child, etc.

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  1. Thank you for letting us know about this family. In watching the news you would never have known they were on the aircraft. The media tends to disregard the people of color, but with blogs like Cocoa fly we know you'll keep up posted

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  2. I appreciate your efforts to share the story of this family. Our prayers are with their family. It was a truly tragic event ... especially when juxtaposed against the miracle on the Hudson that took place just a few weeks earlier...

    peace, Villager

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