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! 

Dark Girls Premieres on OWN Tonight

I'm so happy that OWN will be airing the documentary Dark Girls. The explores colorism or hue discrimination against Black women.  As you probably know, I won my first journalism award last year thanks to this film. I did an audio feature called "Dark Girls Documentary and the Psychological Effects of Colorism." I interviewed the film's directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, as well as shared my own personal experience with colorism. The story aired on my other show Mental Health and Wellness Radio.

Colorism is hue discrimination in the Black Diaspora. People are treated differently and mistreated because their skin is of a lighter or darker shade in the black and brown color spectrum.

How sad that we're still talking about this in 2013. This division began in slavery and hasn't ended. But I guess it's hard when mainstream media pushes fairness as the only shade of beauty.

I like the film. It gives a great explanation of the issue  and it's not an "I'm dark-skinned and life sucks" film. The documentary also celebrates the beauty of black skin.

Check it out. Please leave your thoughts about the film here or Facebook or Twitter. I would love to know your opinion.

Dark Girls: A World Television Premiere Event - First Look
Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. Watch the world television premiere of Dark Girls on OWN. Tune in Sunday, June 23, at 10/9c.