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! 

India Arie Honors Brown Skin





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

I needed to hear this today. Brown skin deserves some extra love in these tense times.

This song was music to my ears and my body when it first came out. India Arie's salute to brown skin was so forward, sexy, empowering and outright beautiful. When you're putting vaseline or lotion on your body, do it mindfully. Take your time and admire your brown skin, your black skin, your tan skin. Whatever hue of brown God wrapped you in lovingly, admire it. Feel it. See how it shines when it's all moisturized. Play this song for your lover and give him or her the pleasure of admiring your brown skin.



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