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! 

Fantastic Negrito Concert in Oakland was LIT

You must, you must, you MUST buy Fantastic Negrito's album The Last Days of Oakland.

Some of you may have heard of Fantastic Negrito when he beat out 7,000 people in a music contest for NPR. I saw him perform at a private party and he rocked the hell out of the stage. I went home and bought his album immediately. My friend bought his CD right there. Fantastic Negrito is a blend of blues, roots, punk and rock. He recently performed on Empire.

His new album The Last Days of Oakland is about gentrification, racism today and hardships of the working class. He performed live on Friday night for Oakland's monthly First Friday street fair. I rocked out. I get tired of songs about the club and womanizing. His lyrics have depth and many people can relate to what he's talking about.  I'm glad I got a photo with him before he really blows up.

I'll have some special news about Fantastic Negrito very soon. I'm excited!

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