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

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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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