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! 

Celebrities with Dancing Experiencing Should Not Compete On 'Dancing with the Stars'

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Dancing with the Stars a celebrity amateur competition ? If so, why have we seen so many figure skaters and pop music stars who know how to dance? There was Mya, Kristi Yamaguchi the dude from 98 Degrees, a Backstreet boy and so on. This season it's Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. She's an excellent dancer, very beautiful and will probably win the glitter globe trophy. But anyone that uses dancing in their career should not be on DWTS. I mean come on! Nicole is out of just about everyone's league. She's going up against people like Niecy Nash and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. There's no competition. Same thing goes for figure skater Evin Lysacek. The man dances on ice for a living. Competitors like Evin and Nicole take away the excitement for me because I know they're a shoe-in from day one.
***SPOILER ALERT*** But who's fun to watch are celebs who grow as dancers, like Pamela Anderson. I had no idea the Baywatch beauty could work dance floor. She was my favorite and I'm bummed she was voted off tonight. I really enjoyed watching her dance. She was graceful, sexy and had rhythm. It was cool to see another side of the pinup girl. No pun intended. I'm really loving Niecy Nash too. Once Niecy Nash is voted off I'm not sure if I'll watch the rest of the competition. I already know who's going to win.

The lineups are unfair. Who are they going to cast next season? Paula Abdul or Usher? If Michael Jackson was still alive the producers would probably invite him to compete too.


  1. I agree with you cocoafly because the show is suppose to be about amatures trying to dance. I like the show, but I'm curious why they continue to choose people where dancing is a part of their career.

  2. I would say I agree but Mya lost last year and that really pissed me off.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  3. @ Anonymous--Ditto!

    @ Tiffany--Mya lost in a popularity contest. She was up against Donny Osmond. But she was a better dancer. I wonder who will win this year.


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