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! 

MTV VMA 2009
Kanye, MJ Tribute, Lady Gaga

Does Kanye Kick it With Rep. Joe Wilson?
This is the first MTV VMA Awards I've watched in a while. The only reason why I tuned in was to see the MJ Tribute. But the whole tone of the show changed when Kanye ruined Taylor Swifts time to shine. She beat Beyonce in the "Best Female Video" category. Kanye interrupts her acceptance speech, takes the mic and says Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video is one of the greatest of all times. Kanye has done these sort of outbursts at award shows before and it's getting old. This was Swift's first VMA and the girl is only 19. What Kanye did was disrespectful, tacky and uncalled for. I felt so bad for Swift. One day these antics will hurt his career. Swift seems sweet and soft. I'd like to see him pull that on someone like Pink or T.I. Kanye apologized to Swift on his blog. West was reportedly kicked out of Radio City Music Hall. Props to Beyonce for graciously allowing Swift to take the stage and finish her speech after Beyonce's "Single Ladies" won for Video of the Year.

Screaming for MJ Tribute
Michael Jackson would be very proud of his little sister Janet for leading a great tribute. Madonna's appearance in the opening was a nice surprise. Her speech was sharp. She exalted his talent and did not sugar coat MJ's trials. The tribute was also a shot at the media for all of the rumors that have surrounded MJ's life and death. The highlight for me was the"Scream" performance. The MJ/JJ duet is one of my favorite videos. Janet danced the routine from the video on stage while MJ was on screen. When the camera pulled back it looked like MJ and Janet were dancing together again. It was very moving.

Lady Gaga, oh Lady Gaga
And Lady Gaga was, um, you know. Well, she scared Tracy Morgan with her blood shot outfit. But that's why people love and hate Lady Gaga. She switches it up on another level.

Tell me, what did you think of the show? Favorite moments? Least favorite moments?


  1. Has anyone purchased Lady Gaga Tickets from the website


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