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! 

Thank You News & Notes!!!!

Today NPR's News & Notes shut off the mic for the last time. News & Notes was my first job out of j-school. I first worked as an intern and was later hired to be a producer. The show explores various news stories through the multiple lens of the black diaspora. I say multiple because all black people don't think alike. The staff was small and worked hard to deliver a show to their audience everyday. I listened to the show before and after I was an NPR employee. I'm sad to see them go.
I enjoyed working with the staff. Our schedule was hectic but many times we laughed. The cool part about working at NPR West was you never knew who would walk through the door: Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Russell Simmons, Kirk Franklin, Smokey Robinson, then-Sen. Joe Biden, Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Angela Bassett, Cornell West, Tom Petty...I could go on.

Black news shows that are intellectually engaging like N&N are missing in broadcast journalism. That's unfortunate.

Well, I wish everyone at "News and Notes" the best. As a former-producer I thank them for teaching me the ropes in radio. As a listener I thank them for keeping me informed.

Comments

  1. I listened to the show, and I'm also sad to see it go. We don't have many avenues where we can express our opinions freely, and one more option was taken away. Best wishes to the crew of News and Notes.

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