Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book and building my speaking career! 
You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up. 
You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in age from 20's to 80's. Actor Luke Perry, my middle…

A Real, Raw and Beautiful Friday Night in Oakland




This Friday night is going to be off. da. hook. I'll be reading with poet and filmmaker Christine No at Nomadic Press on Telegraph Ave in Oakland, 7pm. It's going to an intimate and fun night. Just to give you a little detail of who we are, Christine No says: 

You know Jenee Darden as a sassy, pithy wisdom slanging poet and essayist but do you know that she's an incredible tireless journalist and podcaster? That she is a staunch fighter for those whose voices need elevating? That this is in her very makeup? You KNOW she ain't delicate either. (But she's definitely a lady!)

You know me mostly as a host and curator. But shit I left the city then the desert then the film industry and producing movies and commercials and yelling at crew members and famous people and too many drugs and New York City and Hipsterville and losing the loves of my life, and warehouse raves and dancing til sunrise and a dream life turned huge depressive breakdown to hideout in the bay, heal and finally write. Hear me? I'm not a flower.

We've got words. We've lived lives. We aren't afraid to share them. Check it - You might have a good time with us.

If not, have some wine, a couple cookies and head over to a bar down the street. It's Friday for chrissake. And if you only have ONE plan on your radar then...

Just come out. [We] love you.



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