Friday, April 11, 2014

Fighting Fibroids with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Remember I told you I gave the presentation of my dreams last year? Well I almost missed out on that dream. A few days before my business trip to Austin, Texas, I was in a lot of pain. So much so I postponed my flight. Initially I thought it was a bladder infection that just wouldn’t heal. Every time I blinked I had to pee and I was really bloated. The antibiotics I took were helping but once I was done with the prescriptions, symptoms flared up.

I went to the OBGYN, had an ultrasound and was told I had fibroids. One decided to grow right by my bladder, which explained the frequent urination.  Thankfully they’re all small, but those little suckers are mighty. They hurt. The doctor gave me a pamphlet with info on surgical options.  Ibuprofen helped ease the pain and frequent urination, which allowed me make my trip to Austin. I still wasn’t well.


Initially I wanted surgery. Then, a story broke about 13-year-old Jahi McMath. The girl went to Oakland Children’s Hospital for a tonsillectomy and ended up brain dead. That scared the bejeezus out of me. I began researching natural ways to treat fibroids and started asking around for references to people who practice holistic medicine.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sexpo: A Workshop About Women, Sexual Wellness and Pleasure

I keep describing this workshop as the presentation of my dreams. Last December I traveled to Austin, Texas for the Alternatives Conference. It’s the largest and oldest conference for and by people with mental health challenges. Two of my colleagues and I gave a women-only presentation on sexual wellness and pleasure.  It was such a powerful experience. At least 100 women were there. We talked about overcoming sexual trauma, psychiatric drugs that don’t affect your libido, the power of erotica, sexual anatomy, the G-Spot, history of vibrators, society’s views of women self-pleasuring, how women and people with mental health challenges are sexually stigmatized and more. 

L-R Jenee Darden aka Cocoa Fly,  Lisa Smusz, Kelechi Ubozoh




We also gave a similar presentation again at the UC Berkeley’s 29th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC). And shout out to the organizers of EWOCC because they’re graduate students. When I was in graduate school, I barely had time to make a bowl of cereal let alone plan a conference. The people who attended our workshop were so cool and asked great questions. One of my favorite comments from our evaluations is “Thanks. I needed this.”  I’m looking forward to doing more of these in the very near future.

It feels good to help people and have fun while doing it.  Big ups to my co-presenters Kelechi Ubozoh and Lisa Smusz.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Best Orgasm Conference I Ever Attended and Missed Everything



 Soooooo, how did I miss one of the coolest conferences, you ask? Have you heard of Nicole Daedone? She’s the founder of the company One Taste, which “offers training in orgasm, sex and man-woman relating through coaching and courses. She also brought this practice of OM or Orgasmic Meditation to the mainstream. 

Watch her Ted Talk to see how she got into this practice:




One Taste hosted an orgasm conference right in Oakland and I found out about it the day before from an eblast!  I had plans that weekend and couldn’t get to it until the last day. My future show producer Kelechi Ubozoh and I went Sunday afternoon and we missed all of the good stuff. 

We missed the cool vendors, fabulous speakers and workshops on orgasms and sexual empowerment. We missed Gabrielle Anwar (actress for Burn Notice. I love Fiona!) and Catherine Oxenburg (Dynasty) give the 411 on their documentary Sexologly, which is scheduled to be released this summer.  We missed Naomi Wolf’s presentation “Power, Sex and The Feminine.” We’re extra bummed we missed OneTaste Foundation co-founder and director Ulysses Slaughter’s talk on “Journey into Orgasmic Reconciliation.” We missed partying with the 1,500 from around the world who came to the conference. We missed all of the good sh*t. 




Just talking to people at the conference. I could tell a lot of them were enlightened.  I met a brotha from South Carolina and he talked about how so many of us who grow up in the inner city and impoverished communities don’t fully understand sexuality and pleasure. And how our sexuality is so demeaned in media, both mainstream and the media our people produce. He felt he got a lot out of the conference. 



A not so sharp photo of Gabrielle Anwar. She is so gorgeous in person.


We did see something cool. We attended a press conference with Nicole Daedone, bestselling authors Steven Kotler and Neil Strauss, Gabrielle Anwar (Yay I got to see Fiona!) and Catherine Oxenburg. Catherine said something that really hit me. So much so it deserves a separate post. Unfortunately I didn’t have any questions to ask because I missed the whole damn conference. LOL And when Kelechi asked a question they referenced stuff we missed---LOL! If you’re a journalist, you understand why I think it’s funny. 

Next year the conference is headed to LA. Kelechi and I will be ready and we’re ready for LaLa Land. We’re not missing a thing next year.  


Ummm, so when is it happening? 


My future show producer Kelechi and I at the end of the conference.





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