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! 

Prince is Gone

My Ultimate Prince CD collection 
I'm kicking myself for not seeing Prince when he was in Oakland last month. I've never been to a Prince concert and wanted to go. I heard he was singing slow music. I didn't buy a ticket because I wanted to see him really rock out for my first concert. Big mistake!

I saw photos of friends on social media who went to his last concert and they looked like they just came from having good sex. LOL What do you expect? It's Prince.

I'm still in shock over his death and will have more to say later. My first blog post was about Prince. We lost a genius. We lost a man who didn't give a damn if people thought he was weird. We lost a man who lived by his own rules. We lost a courageous man who fought the music industry for ownership of his art. We lost a philanthropist who spoke out against injustices. We lost a brotha like no other. We lost a beautiful, sensual soul. We lost a king in music who reigned in purple. An icon who showered our souls with Purple Rain. We lost an icon. We lost a prince at 57. We lost Prince.

Here's an interview on Prince's philanthropy, that many of us didn't know about.





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  1. This hurts my soul. I teared up. I grew up on his music! And had his cassette tapes. I bet your dad had a couple too. :)

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    1. My dad is a HUGE music fan. He might still have Prince's album. My father has always had a serious music collection. But I'm still in disbelief that Prince is no longer on this planet.

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