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! 

Tyler Perry's Act of Kindness and
New Film Trailer

I'm really, REALLY, loving Tyler Perry right now. Remember those black and brown kids from Philly who were kicked out of a suburban swim club because of their race? How shocking in our post-racial society. Well, Tyler Perry writes on his website that he was so furious by the story, he's treating all 65 of the kids to a trip to a three-day trip to Disney World. He writes:
"...on Aug 1st thru 3rd I'm sending these kids to Disney World, and then to a Disney water park. I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for them."

He also said that these children should not be discriminated for the color of their skin and they should know they can do anything in life. That was generous of him to treat those children to some Mickey Mouse time and send a message of kindness to them. Those kids are from the inner city. Who knows what impact Perry's generosity may have on them.

Also in Tyler Perry news, the trailer for his upcoming film "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" has hit the internet. You can see it below. Taraji Henson stars as a selfish woman who is taking care of her sister's children. Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight are also in the film. I hope there's a soundtrack because it's going to be fire! I'm hyped about this one. I love me some Mary J! Plus Taraji is a great actress. It looks like Taraji's love interest is CSI: Miami hottie Adam Rodriguez. Gasp, he's Latino. Cuban and Puerto Rican to be exact. You mean a non-black man can be interested in a black woman? "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" looks like a good flick. I will be in the theater on Sept. 11 for my dose of Madea. Check out the trailer below...


  1. MJB looks GREAT! And I think I finally forgive Taraji for "Baby Boy." I think. The jury is out until I see this film. LOL. I'd love to work w/TP though. So inspired by his life story, his work and his heart for others.

  2. @Andrea--Mary J. does look good. I feel you on Baby Boy. I didn't like that movie nor "Hustle and Flow." I'm really excited about the direction Tyler Perry is going with his films. I can't wait until "Precious" comes out.


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