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! 

Janet, I Love Your Smile

Ralph Lauren - Front Row - Spring 2010 MBFW
Did you see last night's Janet Jackson interview with ABC's Robin Roberts? Wasn't it good? Props to Robin for landing a big interview. This was the first time Janet has spoken since the death of her big brother Michael this summer. Roberts was great and covered a lot of ground--Michael's death, her opinion of Dr. Murray (the doctor who administered the drugs) allegations of Joe Jackson being abusive, Jermaine DuPri, etc. The question on my mind: Is Janet angry? I ask because of her facial expressions at the funeral and during her tribute at the MTV awards. She looked angry to me at times and rightfully so. The media coverage on MJ's death went into overload. Janet said she's not ready to see the movie This Is It because it's too soon. I haven't seen the movie either for the same reason.

Janet also opened up about issues with her weight and low self-esteem. I nearly dropped my homemade bowl of turkey soup when she said she didn't like her smile. She compared it to the Joker's sinister, wide grin. "Girl are you crazy!!??," I yelled at the TV. Janet Jackson has one of the most beautiful smiles in Hollywood. Her smile is signature and one of her best features. She has one of those smiles that make you feel good because it's so bright and warm. I started flashing big smiles because of her. I also wore long, phony-ponies and keys on my hoop earrings because of Janet too. Miss Jackson is 43 and looking 25. For decades many of us wished we could look like Janet Jackson. And all that time she didn't recognize the beauty we saw. Interesting. She's a pop phenom but, Janet has her issues just like the rest of us. I love her!

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  1. I agree she has one of the most beautiful smiles, and yet she doesn't like it. I missed most of the interview, but the part that I did see was really good. She's just one timeless looking sista.

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  2. Anonymous you should be able to see it on ABC.com

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