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! 

Getting Sweet on Bedroom Kandi at Good Vibrations

Kandi Burruss and Cocoa Fly
Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss can draw a crowd. And the store Good Vibrations knows how to throw a party.   Kandi was in Oakland a few weekends ago to promote her "pleasure line"  Bedroom Kandi at Good Vibrations’ Oakland store grand opening.  Good Vibrations turned 35 this year.   The line to get into the sexy boutique stretched down the street and wrapped around the corner. I overheard one woman say she waited outside for an hour to buy some Bedroom Kandi and meet the songwriter/reality star.  

Pieces of Bedroom Kandi
Check the out the picture of Kandi and I.  Pardon my dorky smile; I was murmuring to her about while her very nice and patient assistant snapped the shot. Forget about me, isn’t Kandi gorgeous?! She was so sweet to the fans. I left with a goody bag filled with a toy, lube, oil and some other things.  Her products are definitely more for the discreet and freaky. The chic packaging resembles more of an upscale cosmetics line.  Kandi’s “Make Me Over” toy is disguised as a powder compact. You open it and see a mirror. But the powder puff is actually a vibrator.  Don’t be fooled by her best-selling Kandi Kisses lipstick tube. “It looks like a lipstick, but it’s a bedroom candy for your other lips,” she told the Good Vibrations crowd.

I disconnected my cable service a long time ago so I haven’t seen RHOA since Kandi’s first season on the show.  I liked her because she’s positive and comes off as a serious business woman.  I respect her for thinking outside of the box and finding a different way to market herself and make money. And she wrote for one my favorite groups ever:  TLC.   Kandi would be a great interview for Cocoa Fly’s upcoming woman and sexual empowerment series (hint, hint if you’re reading Kandi).

 I’m sure the Bedroom Kandi line will satisfy many sweet cravings.  Check out the Bedroom Kandi website and tell me what you think.  By the way, the publicist for Good Vibrations told me that Oakland store opening was their largest to date.  Happy Birthday GV!

*** Pssss... Want more?  Read my article "Under The Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature." It features an interview from the bestselling writer Zane. 


  1. I checked out her products at a store here in ATL. It is really cute and discreet stuff. I love it. That pic of the two of you is super cute! And she looks great!

  2. Thanks Mocha Peach! Her products are very classy and discreet. A lot of people came out to support her. The store was packed and I was sweating. I'm sure her products are going to be a success.

  3. Jenee, that is an AWESOME pic!!! OMG! You held up well; I'd been a goofy, laughing idiot. I'm not a RHOA fan, but I've loved Kandi since her Xscape days. I applaud her for coming out with her brand of sexy toys and stuff...I'm a fan, so I will be checking out her store in the ATL.

    Great work!!!

  4. Thank you Amaya. :)

    I was an Xscape fan too.

    "Kick off your shoes and relax your feet, party on down to the Xscape beat just kick it..."

    I love the '90s.

  5. Jenee, loved the article as well as many others you wrote. I don't remember you asking for a comment so I never comment, but this time you asked so I thought why not. Anyway, I'm in Atlanta often and will be checking out her store when i'm there next time.

  6. Thanks Twinkles for reading my blog. Spread the word about to others. You can leave a comment anytime on any post. I haven't been to Atlanta in a long time, but her store will be on my list of places to hit up next time I'm there.


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