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! 

Suspect in Dae'von Bailey Case Arrested

Remember little Dae'Von Bailey? The 6-year-old boy was found beaten to death in his South LA home last month. This was after complaining numerous times to county social workers he was being abused. Police have been on the hunt for suspect Marcus Fisher, Dae'Von's mamma's ex-boyfriend. Praise God police found Fisher in Las Vegas. The LA Times reports Fisher was hiding out with his girlfriend. That's his picture you see. He was disguised in a dreadlocks wig, but police followed his drug-buying trail over time and nabbed him. But's what's up with the girlfriend? Why would any woman want to protect a man who is a suspect for killing a kindergartner? Lady, you want a man that bad? The LA Times summarized a report of the crime scene:

"The report said [Dae'Von Bailey] had multiple bruises in different stages of healing on his face, arm and head. He had multiple cuts to his chest and back and multiple small cuts to both feet and the top of both feet below the ankle.The boy's 5-year-old sister was in the home and apparently witnessed his death and was with Dae'von's body without any adults present for more than an hour, relatives said."

But there's a good part to this story Cocoa Fly readers. You see, Dae'Von's mother, Tylette Davis, 28 said she can " sleep better at night now" because Fisher is captured. Davis left Dae'Von in Fisher's care because she couldn't take care of him or her 5-year-old daughter. Actually, there have been a dozen abuse and neglect charges against Davis' family since 1999. But thank the heavens because NOW, Tylette can get some rest. I wonder if Dae'Von ever had a good-night's
sleep.




Read more of the story in the LA Times.

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