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! 

Interview with Directors of Dark Girls

I love Cocoa Fly but it's not paying the bills, yet. So I have a day job which I also love. I do media work for a nonprofit that advocates for rights for people with mental health challenges.  I host their podcast "Mental Health and Wellness Radio." I've interviewed amazing people on this show. When the documentary Dark Girls came to the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, I interviewed directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry for Cocoa Fly and MHW Radio. I truly enjoyed speaking with them. The film is a a documentary about colorism or hue-discrimintation in the black community. How sad that we've been living with this light-skinned vs. dark-skinned vs. brown-skinned stuff for hundreds of years. But's it's not just in the black community. Latinos, Asians and other cultures also have this problem. But back to my day job, I hosted and produced a podcast about the film and the psychological effects of colorism.

Listen and let me know what you think.




*** The photo above is of D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke (l-r) backstage at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. I took their picture.***

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