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 Women Don't Forget About Yourselves #SandraBland #SayHerName



I've noticed Black folks on social media praising Black women activists for what they're doing for Black men in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. I thought BLM was for Black men AND women??? There's a saying about all feminist issues are about about white women and all Black issues are about Black men. Which leaves out Black women and our struggles.


Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the death of my sorority sister Sandra Bland. She shouldn't have been arrested in the first place. In this video I discuss why we can't forget Black women who have been victims of police violence.



Rest in Peace Sandra Bland and the many other victims whose names we know and don't know.








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