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! 

Grateful, Giving and
BeBe and CeCe Winans' 'Grace'

Happy Monday! I know Monday's aren't usually happy days but we all have something to be grateful for. I bet the woman pictured is extra grateful. Rescue workers saved the Indonesian woman after being trapped under building rubble for two days. If I survived a 7.6 earthquake and being trapped under a building I'd have a big smile on my face too.
If you do have the Monday blues be grateful for your job because a lot of us are standing in the unemployment line while you're sitting at your desk. Still not feeling grateful? Remember, you're still breathing. Family and friends buried 16-year-old Derrion Albert in Chicago over the weekend. He was the honor roll student who died after being beat in the head with a plank by thugs. Also the ex-fiance of Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta lost his life in a fight from a deadly blow this weekend. Two people who lost their lives over foolishness. And hundreds of people in Indonesia, the Philippines and Samoa are gone from earthquakes, tsunamis and violent storms this past week. So, be grateful.

People throughout the world are giving their time and money to help victims of the atrocities. Drop by the Red Cross website to see how you can help. CBS News also has a list of places around the country who could use a hand. Click here.

BeBe and CeCe Winans fans are probably thankful for the gospel duo's highly anticipated album. The brother and sister team haven't recorded an album together in 15 years. You can pick up their album Still on October 6th. I caught BeBe and CeCe performing their new song, "Grace" on TavisSmiley's PBS show . Bebe and CeCe sound great. Listen to the song below. Some of you should be grateful for YouTube helping you to keep a job. I've heard stories of people wanting to go off on their co-workers but they snuck onto YouTube and watched a Yolanda Adams or Donny McClucrkin video to calm them down. LOL!

Enjoy BeBe and CeCe Winans "Grace."