Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Unleashing at Beast Crawl, Getting in Formation & Going Naked: My Past and Upcoming Live Performances


Jenee Darden aka Cocoa Fly performs
at Beast Craw.

This past weekend I began my birthday celebrations with friends and powerful womanist/feminist prose. It was truly a blessing to perform at Beast Crawl, one of the largest literary festivals in Oakland. Thank you to Liminal for inviting me to join their troupe. The spot was small, many were standing but people stayed. Thank you to those who came out to support us. Thank you to those who stood for the entire hour.  Each of us shared our stories of our experience with femininity. The event was filmed. When I get the video I will post and share with you. It was truly an honor to read with such passionate, strong and talented women. By the way, people loved my dress. I got it at Salvation Army for $5!

The Liminal Troupe


If you missed my Beast Crawl performance, there's more to come. This Wednesday, July 20th I'm reading at Pegasus Books in Berkeley for the monthly Lyrics and Dirges. I haven't seen these writers perform but I've heard of how great they are. Come out, support a local business and local talent. When host/AMAZING writer Mk Chavez  told me the theme is Formation, I couldn't turn down the invitation to read.  I've been seriously feeling Beyonce's Lemonade and it has inspired some of my writing.





Then on Thursday night I take on the challenge of a story slam at Books Inc. in Alameda. It's hosted by the To Live and Write in Alameda. The theme is Naked and the stories are all non-fiction. This is their first story slam where they challenge writers not to use notes. Which is common at slams. I will be clothed. Although I think reading from notes in the nude sounds easier. LOL 
I'm excited to be sharing my story. Come out. These events are free and the writers are amazing. Again, it's a great way to support independent bookstores. The flyers have all of the information you need. 






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