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! 

Sensual Saturday
Donna Summer, Love to Love You Baby

For the entire month of November I'm bringing you my Black Women &  Sexual Empowerment series. Follow at #BlackWomenSexuality.

I miss Donna Summer. The Queen of Disco died from cancer at 63 in 2012. I'm sure there are people my age and a little older that are in this world because someone's mama or daddy danced all sexy to some of her music, especially her 1975 hit "Love to Love You Baby."

Critics and prudes considered "Love to Love You Baby"lewd and racy back then because of the steamy lyrics about laying next to her lover combined with Summer making orgasmic sounds. I read her boyfriend and Marilyn Monroe inspired those heavy, juicy sounds. You can hear Summer simulate more than 20 orgasmic ahhhhhs and oooohs in the 17-minute hit song
From her New York Times obituary:

"She said she recorded that song’s breathy, moaning vocals lying on her back on the studio floor with the lights out, thinking about how Marilyn Monroe might coo its words...But she was increasingly uncomfortable being promoted as a sex goddess. “I’m not just sex, sex, sex,” she told Ebony magazine in 1977. 'I would never want to be a one-dimensional person like that.'"

Summer later became a born again Christian and reportedly stopped performing the song. I still like it. And I can understand her not wanting to be one-dimensional. Sexuality is one part of womanhood. That's why we can be mothers, white or blue collar professionals, friends, church volunteers, artists, students or just that lady who wants to chill on the couch in her sweats. We can be all of that and still let our sex kitten out to play. Sexuality is part of womanhood and Donna Summer made that part sound reaaalll good in this song.