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! 

Fly Lady of the Day: Dance Your A** Off's

Last weekend I caught up with a friend and she suggested I do a reality show because of the sometimes craziness in my life. Whew, I got a good laugh. I don't think I could handle cameras following me around 24/7. And I don't find my life interesting enough for a reality show. Well sometimes I have interesting experiences but a girl needs her privacy (*wink, wink*).
Even as a journalist I'm always amazed at people who choose to share their personal lives. And for those who go on weight loss reality shows, I'm extra impressed at their willingness to open up about their weight, lifestyle and imperfections to millions of people. That takes courage. The Fly Lady of the Day is Briana from the second season of Oxygen's Dance Your A** Off. According to Oxygen's website Briana, 22, used to be a hip hop dancer and captain of her cheer leading team. She's also a member of my great sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho (ya'll know I had to throw that in there*smile*). She exercises but is having trouble
slimming down from her current 290 lbs. Plan B is dancing off the weight. Props to Briana for putting her health first, inspiring others to take care of their bodies and having the guts to shake her boo-tay on national TV. Obesity is a major health issue in this country and shows like this, The Biggest Loser or Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution are encouraging people to save their lives.

Briana, we'll be dancing with you every week. Work it soror!!

Check Briana and the rest of the cast of Dance Your A** Off on the Oxygen channel, Monday nights at 10pm. Follow Briana on Facebook.


  1. I don't think I have ever watched this show. Maybe I'll give it a whirl.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  2. It's a good show if you like dancing.


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