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! 

Public Speaking

Jenee Darden speaking at podium.
Jenee Darden gives an acceptance speech for her New America Media Award
 at KQED in San Francisco.

Chris Darden and Jenee Darden collage
Award-winning journalist and author Jeneé Darden inspires and enlightens through her personal stories. She was a teenager when her father Christopher Darden became a prosecutor during the O.J. Simpson Trial. "The Trial of the Century was a turbulent time in my life that I wish on no one,"  says Jeneé. "But it left me with valuable life lessons that I share with others." A mental health advocate, Jeneé gets real about living with depression and fighting internalized stigma. As an African-American journalist who covers race and gender, she talks about issues related to those groups along with sex. Jenee's reporting, advocacy and personal story have reached people around the world. 

Jenee is also the author of When a Purple Rose Blooms, a collection of stories and essays about her experiences with love, sex and mental health as a Black woman. 

Jenee Darden speaks at conferences, graduations, universities, schools and corporations. Read her bio here.

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Jenee Darden's speaker's sheet

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More Video and Radio Appearances 

Life During the O.J. Simpson Trial as a Teen

Acceptance Speech for New America Media Award

Acceptance Speech for POCC/Alameda County Media Award

KGO 810 with Brian Copeland

Behind the Scenes of Mental Health and Wellness Radio

Dream Big and Live It Up!

Cocoa Fly podcast

Mental Health and Wellness Radio
*also available on iTunes*

Interviewed on the "Blogatique with Ananda Leeke" show