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! 

Feeling Good with Memories of Nina Simone

Nina Simone
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For the entire month of November, I'm bringing you my Black Women & Sexual Empowerment SeriesFollow on social media at #BlackWomenSexuality. 

At my last job, a photo of Nina Simone hung in my office, along with Eartha Kitt, Tina Turner and Maya Angelou. People enjoyed taking in the photos of these queens. An older gentleman, who has since passed, gazed at my Nina Simone picture often and reminisced about seeing her in concert. He said he never saw anyone shake their body on stage like she did. He told me that story multiple times with a big, grin on his face. The movement of Nina’s soulful, beautiful dark body left him with a good memory. It left him feeling good. And him sharing that memory made me feel good. Now when I see Nina Simone I think about this story from my departed friend. I think about him and hope he’s somewhere jamming with Nina.

 Since it is a holiday, I decided to give myself a bit of a blogging break. I hope you’re feeling good. I hope you’re feeling good about your body and the wonderful sexual being that you are. I hope you play this song and sway your hips. I hope you play this song and dance for you or someone you know would appreciate it. I hope on this day you’re feeling good about YOU.