Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings 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

Cocoa Fly is Getting LIT at SF Litcrawl 2018

Last year we shook things up. This Saturday we're going to be LIT and bring the fire. And good news... we're in a larger venue!

Cocoa Fly presents Let Her Tell It!, a real and raw literary hour with Black women writers at Litquake's Lit Crawl in San Francisco.

Saturday, Oct 20th, 5pm
2169 Mission St.
San Francisco

Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” In a world where Black women’s voices are often silenced or ignored, we are women who are releasing that burden and telling our stories.

Let Her Tell It! is an intersectional reading with a diverse group of Black women writers. We have tasted the sweet and the sour. We’re girls from the hood and Black women of the ‘burbs. We’ve loved men and women. We are dark, fair and somewhere in between. We’ve been through the fire, but emerged as phoenixes. Through our favorite literary genres, the writers of Let Her Tell It! are excited to share our experiences and outlook of the world as Black women. There’s so much to being a Black woman, especially in today’s society. And we are not only ready to tell it, but we hope our stories encourage others with a story buried inside.

Featuring writers: founder Jenee Darden, Natalie Devora, Lyndsey Ellis, Kelechi Ubozoh and Yodassa Williams.

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