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! 

N.Y.C. 99 Cents Lipstick...Priceless!

My mother always says, "When you leave the house, at least have on some lipstick and a pair of earrings." I'd like to add underwear to that advice too. This is not a beauty blog but I must say I'm in love with N.Y.C. Ultra Moist LipWear #320 Mahogany. I stumbled upon it while working on a story in San Diego. I left my lip gloss in LA. I swooped to a CVS and ya'll know a sista is on a budget. I just needed something to last me through the day. I didn't want to spend too much money. There was no Wet N' Wild at the store (are they still around?). So I picked up this #320 Mahogany for $ 0.99. It's a great shade for my sistas with a chocolate complexion. That's not the color to the left. It looks more like a raisin color. I love it. My black and brown readers know how hard it can be to find colors for our complexion. It's much easier today than when my mom's generation was growing up. Thanks to companies like Fashion Fair. Still, when you find a color you like, stock up.

I've been scouring LA for another stick because I know how companies discontinue colors. I've hit up Target, Rite Aid, CVS and they're sold out of my Mahogany. Grrrrr. But, I'm not giving up. Maybe I'll find it in a neighborhood where there aren't many mahogany-colored people *wink, wink.* West Hollywood Rite Aid, here I come.


  1. Thanks for the laugh on the lipstick. It's been a rough day, and I needed a chuckle. I might have to try that lipstick because it is hard for chocolate sista's to find a shade the complements our complexion.

  2. @ Anonymous
    It is hard. Glad you enjoyed the piece.


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