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! 

Can We Live In Peace ?

Just over a week ago I was scared and praying for my sister who is a student at UCLA because some angry and unstable man decided to travel to the school and shoot a former professor. And the school reacted like it was a possible mass shooting. The incident held people's attention for a short time, then America moved on.

Then today I woke up and learned that 50 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Fifty people. Fifty people told someone they loved them for the last time, because a deranged man had a gun in his hand and hate in his heart. It's being reported as the largest mass shooting. Most of the victims were gay Latino men. I wonder if there both homophobic and racist motives behind these killings.

Will America mourn this tragedy for a few days then move on like we've done other shootings? People shouldn't be afraid to go to the mall, movies, nightclub, school, places of worship, etc. We've got to do something. A meme and a hashtag aren't enough.

The shooter claimed to be affiliated with ISIS but I'm not buying it. I think he was homophobic and hate drove him him. People just want to live in peace.

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