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! 

Mr. President, What About the Wars On Our Home Soil?

Obama outlines plans for 30,000 more troops in Afghanistan during West Point speech

More troops, huh? I'm not shocked. Mr. Obama did say on the campaign trail that the war should be fought in Afghanistan. I'm no war expert so I'm a bit torn on this issue. On one hand we need to find the terrorists. But, I'm tired of young people dying over old men's war as they say. Al Qaeda has terror cells all over the world. We can't even keep some wannabe socialites with bootleg formal wear from crashing a White House party. How effective are we gonna be in stopping Bin Laden and his followers. A lot of American and Afghan lives will be lost in 18-months. But there are plenty of wars here we need to fight. What about the war on drugs in poor communities? How about declaring a war against the rising HIV/AIDS infections? World AIDS Day just passed. There are some cities right here in the U.S. whose infection rates nearly match those in African countries. What about the war on poverty and poor education? Poverty and bad schools are damaging our children and their future. If they don't have skills how will we stay a first -world nation when I'm a grandma? President Obama's speech last night left me with more questions than answers. What did you think?


  1. I think there are two problems:

    1) No one really believe Osama bin Laden is still in Afghanistan. Most every analyst I've heard talk about the subject says he's most-likely in Pakistan. So we're not going to route him out in Afghanistan.

    2) Terrorism is not fought with military force. It's fought with good old law enforcement/detective work. The CIA, Special Ops, FBI, and Homeland Security should be the ones fighting this "war" not the Air Force, Army, Marines, etc.

    Even though I always supported Obama as a candidate for president, I never bought his spiel about Afghanistan being the war of necessity and Iraq being the war of convenience. They're both wars of convenience. We went to war with Afghanistan because we were angry and needed an enemy to pounce on. It isn't the Afghan people's fault that some jerk-offs setup terrorist training shop in their country. Just like Iraq, this is about nation building more than anything else. It's the US trying to force our way of doing things on others. I just hope this doesn't become another Vietnam.

  2. Great points Erika. These wars have become another Vietnam. The thing is even if they do get Bin Laden I'm sure he's already trained people to take lead.


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