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! 

Cocoa Fly and IMAN BB Creme Giveaway Winners!


Thank you to all who entered the contest. It was really tough to pick 1 winner because the entries were so good. But there's good news, IMAN is going to hook up 3 Cocoa Fly readers with prize packs. Narrowing it down to three still wasn't easy. So thank you all for your thorough entries.

And the winners are...

Taisha S.
California


"Being a busy mom with two kids does not really allow the luxury of purchasing, let alone the time for applying foundation on a regular basis. This product sounds as though I can use my finger to apply it while driving the kids to soccer practice! Now that's what I call multi-tasking! That's one thing I always feel good about!"

April B. 
Indiana
"I got an IUD and have been hit by a terrible spate of facial acne.  It would be great to have an appropriate BB cream to help even out my tone and nourish my skin as I try to get it back to normal."


Brandi R.
Illinios
I am....33 years old (I had to think about it! LOL) and still suffer from acne.  Sometimes it's worse than what I experienced as a teenager.  I have recently found a renewed self-confidence and these breakouts definitely take away some of that umph in my step.  With foundation, I struggle to find the right shade for my skin so I end up looking gray and ashy or like an oompa loompa.  Neither of which is a good look.  I've wanted to try a BB creme but was hesitant to buy the typical drug store brands because they don't typically match my skin tone. "



 Thank you again for your answers everyone. And congrats to the winners!
















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