Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

Hope During The Blues:
My Talk on Women and Depression at SHERO

On Saturday, November 10th I will be speaking at the nonprofit SHERO's 5th annual daylong conference on HIV Awareness and sexual empowerment. SHERO stands for Sexual Health Education Resources and Outreach. The conference begins at 10am in Oakland. It's organized by my soror and sex educator   I attended this event a few years ago and it was unforgettable. It's very progressive with a lot of discussion. I learned a lot. SHERO's symposium is not for the conservative. SHERO CEO Nichole Little keeps it real when it comes to sex. And there are some one-of-a-kind presenters. If I recall correctly, last time I attended, there was a presentation on some kind of heart and vaginal meditation. Very interesting. I was relaxed, not necessarily in the targeted lower area, LOL, but  I enjoyed it.  There will be talks on the latest news about HIV/AIDS research, how to protect yourself, sex toys and even polyamory. Not my thing, but I'll definitely listen to that presentation.  I enjoyed the conference when I went two years ago. This year, I'll be presenting on an issue related to the biggest sex organ--our brains. I'll actually be talking about women, depression and my own experiences with mental health issues. But this talk won't be a downer. The point is to explain that people can and do recover from depression.

The event is FREE. Hope to see you there!

Oak Center Cultural Center
 1243 Adeline Street
 Oakland, CA

For more info contact Nichole Little at