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 Leading During the Obama Era



Seven more hours before there's a change of power in the presidency. The other day I realized that at that very moment my First Lady, Congresswoman, Senator, Attorney General and Miss USA were all Black women. Miss USA gets extra props for also having served in the military. At that very moment, Black women held these honored positions. Then I remembered today that our Librarian of Congress is also a Black woman. Carla Hayden is both the first woman and African-American to serve in this position. Pres. Obama appointed her last year. 

Before the new president comes in I just wanted to take this in. There are so many others like Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Essence Magazine featured many of the women who worked for some capacity under Pres. Obama.  

As I celebrate this diversity, I'm nervous about the future. I've been to a Republican National Convention and Pres. Obama's 2nd Inauguration. And I've never felt so much fear and hatred from others in this country. It's going to be a long uphill battle. And many conservatives, especially those who are poor, may be happy now. But eventually many of them will be fighting that uphill battle too. 

Until then I will take in this moment before it ends--for now. 

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