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! 

A Hot Weekend


Contrary to what Tony! Toni! Tone! sang back in the day it does rain in Southern California. Luckily rain makes perfect movie weather so make sure to check out the Pan African Film Festival. This year film screenings will be shown at the Culver Plaza Theatres in Culver City. You can still see the art show at the Baldwin Hills Mall. Support these Black artists. The great thing about indi films is you see images of Black people that aren't shown in mainstream Hollywood. The festival runs through February 16th. It's the largest Black film festival in the country.

There will be plenty of partying going on this Grammy weekend. I hear Busta Rhymes is throwing an afterparty Sunday at Ivar in Hollywood. The Grammys come on this Sunday, 8pm on CBS. I'm rooting for Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan, Pink, Keyshia Cole, Mary J. Blige and Eric Benet.

Have a FLY weekend!

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