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! 

Benjamin Bratt's Film 'La Mission' Opening April in LA, NYC and San Fran

I loooovvveee La Mission. It is my favorite movie of 2009. Benjamin Bratt stars as an old school low rider from San Francisco's Mission District who discovers his son is gay. Erika Alexander (Max from "Living Single") plays his hippie neighbor. You know how opposites attract--*wink, wink.* Check the trailer here. Benjamin Bratt's brother Peter Bratt directed the movie. You can tell he has a strong sense of community because in this film he reconnects "neighbor" and "hood." The great acting and scriptwriting is worth a trip to the theater. Read my review here. La Mission opens April in San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles at select theaters. Check La Mission's Facebook page for more info. UPDATE: For more movie locations and times go to

New York, starting April 9th

Clearview Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011-2301

Los Angeles, starting April 9th
Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90046

San Francisco, starting April 16th
Kabuki Theatre
1881 Post St.San Francisco
CA 94115

AMC Metreon
101 4th St San Francisco
CA 94103


  1. I will definitely be checking this out! Harlem girl here! I love the Clearview Chelsea. I went to High-School in the area. It's a small theatre, but it's big on creativity and indy stuff!

  2. I would love to see this film I live in San Diego where can I see this film ?

  3. @ Nicole AKA Harlem Girl :) Check La Mission's website because I think they're opening in more NYC theaters than what I have listed.

    @ Alicia--I'm not sure if they're playing in San Diego. You would think with such the large Latino population there. La Mission is an Indy film so it's usually harder to get those movies on more screens. But check their site, join their Facebook page and see if it's coming to SD anytime soon. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Saw this film at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. It was the most professionally done film I have ever seen at an independent festival. LOVED it!

  5. I loved it too! It was one my favorite movie from 2009.

  6. this movie is crazy.. im dying to see it.. i live in NYC..when will it be coming to a theater near me?

  7. hi Alicia

    you all can see LA MISSION in San Diego at Landmarktheatres in Hillcrest.

  8. I love to see this movie, brings good happy memories, i live in whittier, ca. l.a. county, what theater will be showing this movie soon?

  9. Sorry for the late reply April 30th Anonymous. Check for updates on times and locations.


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