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! 

Black People Take Care of Yourselves During These Violent Times

The murders of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and the five cops in Dallas are the result of a society too afraid to acknowledge racism is still a problem in this country. People are too afraid to call out the police. Or because of their racial privilege and racist beliefs think all of these killings of unarmed Black people are justified. And that's in part because they assume the police are always right and Black folks are always up to no good. 

I have relatives and friends who work in law enforcement. I've been pulled over for driving while Black. I've had police help me out. There are great police officers, and like any other profession there are bad cops. There are Black criminals and there are everyday Black people just trying to get through another day. 

I made this video because violence and racism can take a toll on our mental health. Many African-Americans don't have access to quality mental health care. This video was a reminder to take care of your mental health and what you can do to take care of your mental health during these crazy times. 

As I posted on Twitter, 7 people didn't go home to their families over racism. I blame their killers and I blame our justice and criminal systems. As long as bad cops are not prosecuted for murdering and abusing unarmed people of color, these killings will not stop. If our justice system cracked down on racist cops and strongly condemned their behavior, maybe Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and those police officers in Dallas would be alive today. Maybe if more people were open to having an honest conversation about race, those people would be alive. Nobody wins with hate. No one. 

Take care of yourselves and make sure you check in with each other. 


  1. Well said! I live in the south and I know this all too well. It's unfortunate there are so many police officers, who we are supposed to trust to protect us, that are criminals themselves.
    Off topic, but wow you really remind me of your dad in this video! xo

    1. I agree. And bad cops make it harder for good cops.

      Do the glasses remind you of my dad? LOL


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