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! 

When Pleasure Tastes Like Bedroom Kandi

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

In the years of covering black women and sexuality, I’ve only met a few sistas who have their own sexual consumer products. There were these women at Erotica LA (that was so much fun!). Fingers crossed, I’ll introduce you to Neena Joyner later on in the series. She owns the sex shop Feelmore in Oakland. And then Miss Real Housewives of Atlanta, Miss X-Scape, Miss hella dope songwriter and producer, Miss business woman herself: Kandi Burruss. 

Kandi put the $ in plea$ure with her line Bedroom Kandi. She’s in partnership with the company OhMiBod. They made the original iPod vibrator where it vibrated at the speed of the song being played. Kandi’s line includes toys, lingerie, oils, candles, and kink toys.  Since meeting her a few years ago, she has taken the line to a Mary Kay, Avon level where women can sell the products as consultants. Props to her for getting her line out through women’s entrepreneurship. Make that dough and get an O.

Kandi is all kind of sexy and successful in this picture.
Photo from Bedroom Kandi press page. 

Kandi’s line was, and still is, a big deal to me because very few black women have their own line of sex toys. And why not? We sing about sex. We dance sexy in the media. We perform and pose in porn. And we buy sex toys. Why not own our pleasure on this level?? I hope this opens the doors for other black women to have products. What Kandi’s business also says to black women is that we deserve to experience sexual pleasure too.

She’s such a sweet and down to earth woman. You can read about my meeting with her here.

All Tied Up. Photo from
Bedroom Kandi Press Page