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! 

A Deadly Price for Being a Gentleman

Michael Bailey, 26 from Louisiana was visiting family in San Francisco. Like many young folks do on vacation, he hit up the club. After the club closed, Bailey and his friends headed to their car. A woman said she needed a ride home to Hunter's Point. The gave her a ride and she directed them to the projects. When they arrived police say a man was there with a gun. I won't tell how this story ends because you probably already know. Bailey was an engineer major at Baton Rouge's Southern University, married father of two and employee of Delta Airlines. The woman who allegedly lured Bailey and his friends was released because police say there's not enough evidence to charge her. They're still looking for the gunman and his accomplices. You can watch the story here. Somebody left two kids fatherless and for what? A few bucks, a rental car, a cellphone maybe? And some believed things would change because Pres. Obama could be a role model to thugs. Ha.


  1. i wrote about a similar incident previously. I was asked for a ride by a young man who could or could not have been a student. I was inclined to help him, but my instincts told me not to do so. I felt very guilty for having to say no, but I had to make the choice that I thought was best for me.

    It is a shame that we cannot extend a hand to help another human being anymore. But people out there are doing everything under the son.

  2. Thanks for sharing Max. Definitely be careful because I heard this is a common set up. A woman I know told me someone she thought was a friend called her in the middle of the night for a ride but her gut instincts told her not to go. In this economy people will, as you said, do everything under the sun for some change.


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