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! 

Bobbi Kristina Brown Dead at 22 and Gone To Soon

Bobbi Kristina Brown
Source: Instagram
I remember when Whitney Houston wanted to have a baby so bad. I remember when she and Bobby Brown were trying really hard. Then their miracle baby Bobbi Kristina was born. I remember watching interviews and seeing the joy in Whitney's face when the baby she desired so strongly was finally in her arms.

Whitney tried to have another child, but suffered a few miscarriages.

I feel bad that the life Whitney Houston wanted to bring in this world, was only here for 22 years. I feel bad that Whitney and Bobby Brown turned to drugs to put a band-aid over whatever pain they were trying to numb. As a result Bobbi Kristina was a product of her environment.

I feel bad that Bobbi Kristina had to weather the storm of the media, which weren't always kind to her mother as she struggled with addiction. I feel bad that Bobbi Kristina was in so much pain from the loss of her mother, and exited the world far too soon. She left this world, very similar to how her mother left this world.

Bobbi Kristina had plenty of money and fame. But all she wanted was her mommy. This all goes to show that no matter what material things you have in life, they don't mean a hill of beans if you don't have peace of mind.

I went on Bobbi Kristina's Instagram page and ironically she wrote on her profile description, "Last of a dying breed...Daughter of a Goddess." Bobbi Kristina is back in her mother's arms now. I hope they both are at peace.