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! 

No Eclipse Glasses? Grab a Cereal Box

My cereal box turned pinhole camera

At first I planned on watching the eclipse on television. Then I got caught up in the hype. By the time I decided to join the eclipse party, all of the viewing glasses were gone from my local library. I went old school and made an eclipse viewer out of a cereal box.

ABC 7 Bay Area Meteorologist Drew Tuma created a fun and helpful DIY video on how to make a pinhole camera from a cereal box. More than likely, you have everything needed in your home: cereal box, tape, scissors, pen, white sheet of paper and foil. This can be a fun and quick project with the kids. Remember DO NOT LOOK INTO THE SUN.

 Have fun!