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! 

My Article on Depression, Religion and Stigma on the Huffington Post




I just realized that I didn't post on here about my Huffington Post article "I'm Depressed Because I Don't Have a Good Relationship with God?" In this post I discuss my past challenges with depression and how mental illness is stigmatized in many faiths. For me, I encountered this in Christianity. Please read and share.

Many people have reached out to me and thanked me for sharing my story. I appreciate the support.  We can end stigma if more of us share our stories and recognize that mental health challenges are a normal part of life. As long as you have a brain in your head, you can encounter a mental health challenge. It could be depression, anxiety, stress, etc.

Take care of your mind. Take care of yourself.

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