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! 

My Interview With Fantastic Negrito is on Ebony.com

I told you in a recent post that I would have some special news regarding Black roots artist Fantastic Negrito! Well it's all in the title of this post. It's rare when a person gets to sit down with an artist they admire and ask them anything they want. This is why I love being a journalist.

I enjoyed our interview and I learned a lot about Black artists from the back in the day who laid the foundation for rock, punk and other sounds in pop culture. It's a great interview. This is my second piece for Ebony. Read on and buy Fantastic Negrito's new album The Last Days of Oakland. Also, he's currently touring with Chris Cornell, so check him out in a city near you. He is AMAZING live.

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