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! 

Scared of Swine Flu?

I just got back from San Diego where a school closed due to a student contracting swine flu. That poor child. This virus has been all over the news. Anyone that's a worry wart must be going crazy right now. Recession, war, health care and now swine flu. Just the name of it sounds disgusting and scary. I love journalism but with all of the stuff going on in the world even I feel like I need break from CNN sometimes.
A few of my friends think the media are going overboard with the coverage. I kind of agree. However, people need to be informed. I'd rather know what's going on now then hear from the CDC or WHO if things out of hand. Too bad we don't see this level of urgency from government officials when addressing the spread of HIV/AIDS. People are so mum about it, you would think HIV/AIDS is not an epidemic. But that's another discussion.

Isn't that a great picture above? I saw it on The Guardian. It's a shot of a couple kissing in Mexico City through their hospital masks. Everyone is wearing masks down there.

I have a huge deadline coming up this Friday so my posts will be short and sweet this week. Wish me luck on this article I have due Friday. It's a big one. So big that I must wait until Saturday to see Wolverine.

In the meantime, wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently, stay informed and pray. Hopefully the doctors can get this virus under control.

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