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! 

Laughs and Real Talk on Race, Bordertown and Disney with
Lalo Alcaraz


Lalo Alacraz speaking to the Oakland audience
at Sole Space. They sell shoes and open their
space to nonprofits to host events. 
Can you imagine being offered a gig by the producers of Family Guy? Can you imagine getting a call from Disney’s Pixar for a gig too? Political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the national syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha, will be contributing his talents to these mega hitters in animation.

He’s writing for the FOX series Bordertown, a funny and edgy cartoon that takes on immigration. In the fictional town Mexifornia, white border agent Bud Buckwald is struggling with the change of racial demographics in the United States.  By 2020 a majority of children in the U.S.will be children of color. Eventually whites will no longer be the majority.

“The Mexican has become the man and I’ve become the Mexican,” said Buckwald in the pilot screening I watched in Downtown Oakland. Buckwald was comparing himself to his neighbor Ernesto Gonzalez, a successful landscaper and Mexican immigrant.




I interviewed Lalo Alcaraz for my podcast when he came to Oakland to screen Bordertown. We talked about the FOX series, race, Black Twitter and police brutality. I love the piece he made in reaction to the assault of Texas teen Dajerria Becton, by police at
a pool party while she was in a bikini. Of course we spoke on the backlash he received when it was announced that he was working for Disney Pixar on the film Coco, about the beautiful Mexican holiday that honors the deceased called Di√° de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  The backlash was due to Alcaraz being heavily critical of Disney in the past.

I had too much fun in this interview. Lalo and I were cutting up. I hope you enjoy it! Listen below! 

Shout out to Sole Space in Oakland for housing the event. Please support them. They provide a free space to nonprofits to host events.


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