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! 

Did Balloon Boy's Parents Hoodwink Us?

This Balloon Boy story is not adding up. I'm happy six-year-old Falcon Heene is safe but where the hell were his parents? Why build some big, weird, potentially dangerous contraption when you have small children? Why wasn't the helium space ship tethered tighter? Why didn't the Heene's check the house more thoroughly? But what really has me scratching my head is Falcon telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer the reason he didn't answer his parents when they called for him was because they were "doing this for a show. " You can see the interview and followup below. Blitzer asked dad Richard Heene to explain Falcon's repsonse in a later interview. Heene sort of went around the question, asked for clarification and got really defensive. Heene was a weatherman and his family were on the reality show "Wife Swap." Am I smelling ham here? IF, and I mean, IF this was a hoax to get attention Mr. and Mrs. Heene should face legal consequences and pay back every dime spent on rescue workers, military assistance, police, etc. I hope we aren't being bamboozled because rescuers were going to risk their lives to save the boy.

I don't buy their story and it's time to turn the cameras off on the Heene's. According to Blitzer police say the ordeal was real. Yeah right and pigs fly. Or should I say kids?




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