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! 

Michelle Obama
A Bare Arms Beauty

I thought I was done blogging for the day but I must discuss First Lady Michelle Obama and this bare arm nonsense. To the left is Mrs. Obama's official White House portrait. She looks lovely in her sleeveless black dress accented with a double string of pearls.
I've been reading that some of my fellow Americans find that Mrs. Obama baring her arms is distasteful. She wore sleeveless dresses to the President's address to Congress, the Governors' Dinner, the Gershwin Prize ceremony, etc. Seriously, who cares? I guess that's the only thing people can find "wrong" with her.

Lady O is young, beautiful, smart and sexy without being over the top. Some people can't handle seeing her toned chocolate arms. Mrs. Obama works out just about everyday and if she wants to show her arms, she has every right to. It's not like her breasts are all out or her dresses are short. Mrs. Obama is one of our younger first ladies so she's bringing a more contemporary, energetic fashion style to the White House. People are just jealous. They're probably the same haters who lift the remote control more than a barbell. Trust me I haven't hit the weight machine in a while either but seeing her body inspires me, not create jealousy.

Could this be a racial issue? I don't know. As I said before Lady O is smart, beautiful, and sexy in a classy way. This is not an image we see frequently of black women in the media. Sadly, the only sista I can think of is Claire Huxtable from the Cosby Show and that was 20+ years ago. I think sometimes people are more comfortable seeing black folks, as I like to say, "act in their place"--mammies, gangsters, thugs, prostitutes, buffoons. And let's keep it real, brothas aren't the only ones who find Mrs. Obama attractive. I've heard white men and males of other races call her "beautiful". The fact that her black beauty is being praised across racial lines could be a problem for those who want to keep black skin on the bottom of the beauty hierarchy.

On the other hand this bare arm debate could be the conservatives complaining. Or, maybe it's coming from jealous women with their claws out. All I know is I don't have a job, layoffs are increasing daily, people are losing their homes, both American soldiers and innocent Iraqi people are dying everyday and there is still turmoil in Darfur. But Michelle Obama likes to wear sleeveless dresses. Gasp.


  1. Who cares how she dresses for portrait? Besides, as you said, she looks professional and and contemporary. I think she looks great from the face down but her face is nothing to write home about.

  2. I can't believe people are making an issue about her arms. It's refreshing to have someone in the White House that's hip and trendy. What do people want to see another Barbara Bush roaming the halls. GET OVER IT!

  3. If I had arms like hers, I'd be showing them off too! She does brings a fresh, contemporary look to the WH and she is classy as well!

  4. She got it going on! Those folks are just so jealous and envious. I want arms like that (working on it). I think beautiful splashes of color in the WHITE House is what's been needed forever! Haters will always happens when you have low self-esteem.


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