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! 

About Jeneé Darden


Jenee Darden's headshot “The greatest gift I’ve ever received was a journal my mother made for me when I was seven,” says award-winning journalist, author and CocoaFly.com host Jeneé Darden. The Oakland, Calif. native hasn’t stopped writing since. Jeneé has reported for National Public Radio, Time magazine, Los Angeles Times, EbonyMarketplace, Huffington Post, KQED, KPCC, KALW and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine.  In 2005, she contributed reporting on the London 7/7 transit bombings for Time magazine’s Europe edition.

Her first book When A Purple Rose Blooms debuts Sept 22, 2018 from Nomadic PressWhen A Purple Rose Blooms is a collection of poetry and essays about Jeneé's experience with Black womanhood.

Jeneé is passionate about African-American erotic art and women's sexual empowerment. She wrote a groundbreaking thesis on black erotic literature called Under the Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature. Jenee interviewed New York Times best selling author Zane and editors of the groundbreaking anthology Erotique Noire. In “Under the Covers” Jeneé explores black erotica and the impact of race on black sexuality. She also looks into the genre’s impact on black authors and the publishing industry.

Another passion of hers is mental health awareness. She is the former host of the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio which earned her a New America Media Award for Outstanding Community Reporting-Radio

Jeneé blends her passion for journalism and hip voice on her website and podcast Cocoa Fly —a new flavor in news for women. Jeneé launched the site after becoming frustrated with the lack of diverse stories on women and people of color. She covers, women, race, sexuality, wellness and much more. Cocoa Fly features Jeneé’s thesis “Under the Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature.”

Before Cocoa Fly, Jeneé Darden was a producer for NPR's News and Notes hosted by Farai Chideya and Marketplace Money. In her short and exciting career Jeneé has interviewed and produced segments on a host of newsmakers and entertainers including: best-selling authors Iyanla Vanzant and Eric Jerome Dickey, music executive Matthew Knowles, rapper and Oscar winner Common, Oscar-winning director Bill Condon, singer Kelly Rowland, civil-rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, CNN commentator Van Jones, Grammy-winning blues artist Fantastic Negrito and everyday people making a difference in the world.

Jeneé has been interviewed/featured by BBCAccess Hollywood, Inside Edition, NPR, Marie Claire, Daily Mail, Daily BeastKTVU, BlackGirlNerd.com, BeyondBlackWhite.com, the book Swirling. She was mentioned in the hit FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson.

The daughter of former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, Jeneé holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists. Jeneé loves creative writing as well. The National Book Foundation awarded her a summer writing fellowship in 2003. Jeneé Darden is available for interviews and speaking engagements.