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! 

Girl Where You Been?

This is my favorite piece by one of my favorite artists Brenda Joysmith. It reminds me of when I was little girl. I used to love running around in my white slip when I was a kid. And I've always been a thinker. When I see this piece, I see myself. And if you look at the picture, you'll get an idea of the mental and spiritual place I've been in lately. Visit the Joysmith Gallery to see more of her work. I know this beautiful piece of work, doesn't answer where I've been.

Well, I've been home to see my mamma. I've been to the movies to see Precious and Up In The Air. I've been over my grandmothers' homes. I've been eating my grandfathers' hoghead cheese and pigs feet. Don't judge. I've been to the gym too. I've been catching up with friends I haven't seen and spoken to in years. I've been writing in my journal like crazy. I've been looking for story ideas. I've been painfully watching the crisis in Haiti and wondering why it's taking so long for those poor people to get aid. I've been turning away from the criris in Haiti because it reminds me of Katrina. But I've been to the Red Cross website to make a donation. I've been praying for those who lost their lives in that horrible earthquake. I've felt an earthquake that magnitude and it's scary as hell. And I know how it feels when hours pass and you haven't heard from loved ones. I've been thinking about the Dems pulled out a seat for Scott Brown, asked him if he wanted to start with an appetizer and gave him the Senate victory. I've been wondering how many flips Ted Kennedy did in his grave. I've been confused as to why so many people are mad at Jay Leno. I've been thankful. I've been listening to new artist, Andy Allo's CD UnFresh, which is hella fresh by the way. Check out my interview with her above. I've been stepping up my game. I've been thinking about what's next for Cocoa Fly. I've been clearing my head. I've been...around.