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! 

A New NEW Black Woman in the Digital Sisterhood

Ananda Leeke  from the Digital Sisterhood Network and Christelyn Karazin over at Beyond Black &White showed me major love on their websites.  As a writer and multimedia diva, I appreciate when people compliment my work and respect what I do.  And it brings a big grin to my face.  Thank you ladies!

In December, Ananda asked me to be a guest blogger during Digital Sisterhood Month. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience with new media and “the power of women and the internet.”  I was excited when she asked me to write a guest blog about personal things like how I keep peace of mind and my plans for living fiercely in 2012.  Living Fiercely. I love that. Don’t you?  She asked me what was my favorite moment of digital sisterhood, or when I saw the power of women online in 2011. Take a peek at how I responded to all of these questions here. And make sure you check out the other women listed.

After being inducted into the Digital Sisterhood, Christelyn profiled me in Beyond Black & White’s series The New, NEW Black Woman.   Wow.  Also on the list are Danielle Belton of the Black Snob and Miss AwkwardBlack Girl herself, Issa Rae. It’s ironic that Christelyn started this series because I’ve been thinking about the idea of a “new black woman” recently.  The thought really struck me after listening to R.R. Banks, author of “Is Marriage for White People?” on a panel in Oakland.  He said, “"Black women should have the same freedom that other women take for granted."  I wanted to yell, “Hell yeah!” For the last 10 years I’ve been liberating myself more and more. I’m in this space where I want to explore, try new things, meet all sorts of great people, surround myself with positive images, write and just be ME.  And as Christelyn wrote, I continue to, “Take the bull by the balls,” while working toward my goals and dreams.  I don’t have a set definition for the new, new black woman. Hmmm, maybe that’s what makes the new black woman more new. In a society that continues to label black women, we choose to be indefinable.   However, being that I have a slight-obsession with superheroes, Christelyn comparing me to Lois Lane was kinda cool.  Read her write-up here.