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! 

Feelin' So Good, but Missing J-Lo

I miss pre-Marc Anthony J-Lo. I know we all have to grow up, but I miss the Fly Girl, Jenny from the Block Jennifer Lopez. The sista could bust a serious move and sang over hard hip-hop beats. A great singer J-Lo is not but I loved her music. Since being Mrs. Marc Anthony and a mom, J-Lo has toned things down.
I'm still celebrating my birthday with some R&R. But I wanted to take a break from my break and post J-Lo's video "Feelin' So Good." I used to bump this song in college when I was getting ready in the morning for class and work. I was part of the 1% black population at UCSD and that was a heavy load to carry along with studies. But this song made me feel extra good about myself and got me through the day. I still play it today. "'Cause not one thing can bring me down. Nothing in this world, gonna turn me round

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