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! 

Seductive Sunday
Meshell Ndegeocello, Outside Your Door

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Meshell Ndegeocello could turn me on singing the software agreement you approve before downloading to a computer. Ohhhh her voice. I remember first listening to "Let Me Have You" from the How Stella Got Her Groove Back soundtrack, which is my favorite song by her. At first I wasn't sure if it was a man or a woman singing because of the deepness of her voice. The blending tone of feminine and masculine is what makes her voice so enticing and rich. Ndegeocello is a hell of an artist. She's funk, hip hop, bluesy--all of that. The sista is a genius and can work the bass guitar.  I'm going to write more about her for this series but I want to do a little more research. I saw her perform in concert a few years ago and have a funny story to share. Meshell is a must see in concert. Real music. See for yourself below.