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! 

My Interview with Sesame Street Writer Who Wrote 'I Love My Hair' Song

There's my Muppet girl to the left. Love her!  I called 'I Love My Hair' a song in the title of this blog post, but I've been singing it like an athem. Yesterday I interviewed Joey Mazzarino, the head writer of Sesame Street for the Huffington Post.  He wrote the song to help make his daughter love her curls. It's a touching interview and goes more into depth then some of the stories you may have seen. You never know what impact your actions or work or creativity may have.  Read my interview "Sesame Street Writer Pens "I Love My Hair" Song to Empower Daughter."  And PLEASE share the article with others on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, your blog, etc. I love my hair, I love my hair, la, la, la, la.


  1. My name is Cindy Hurst. Thank you so much for doing the story on the Sesame Street father. In 2009, I produced a documentary (Natural Woman) on the psychology of what occurs when African-American women chooses to stop straightening their hair at wear it naturally. I have also published the "Natural Mommy and Daughter Coloring Book" which is a coloring book filled with images of little girls wearing natural hair styles.

    In the past year, we have screened the documentary in colleges/universities across the nation. The screening entails viewing the documentary and afterwards, having an in depth panel discussion to talk about this long overdue topic. My documentary features well known psychologists, Dr. Naim Akbar and Dr. Kobi Kambon and everyday women and young girls telling their separate, yet interconnected hair journeys. I invite you to visit my website: to watch the trailer of Natural Woman and to see more details regarding it.

    Again, thank you so much for continuing to shed light on this very important subject.

    With kindest regards,
    Cindy Hurst

  2. Thanks Cindy for reading the article. Glad you liked it. I'd love to view your documentary. I've been playing with natural styles myself. It is liberating. And I don't care if rain drops hit my hair. I'll check out your website and contact you. I've read Dr. Akbar and I like his stuff.

  3. What real African man doesn't like a nice pouffy afro? :)

    Maybe it's just me... then again, I wasn't raised around BET and blacksploitation TV programming (well, aside from the obviously ironic/comedic representations).

  4. Hey Chinedu,
    You know I can't blame BET or blaxploitation on African-Amnericans insecurities with their hair. Actually it's an issue in the entire black diaspora. I've heard sistas from Africa and the Caribbean say the same thing. But this has been going on long b/f BET and other black media. I think they broadcast and reinforce the negative ideals of our hair that have been passed along since slavery. Thank you for your comment and I'm glad you're down with the Afro Puff. :)

  5. I am late reading this, but this is so BOSS! I love it! It's about damn time!!

  6. @ Amaya- Yeah this video went viral last fall. I still listen to it sometimes. It makes you feel good.


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