Remembering the Tuskegee Airmen

The following is adapted from "Soaring: The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen in South Florida," an exhibition I curated for the Miramar Cultural Trust, that was on display at the Miramar Cultural Center and is currently on display at the Ft. Lauderdale Branch of the Broward County Library through the end of February. In 1939, with the threat of the Axis Powers growing in Europe, the U.S. Congress established the Civilian Pilot Training Act and the Civi...

Active Fathers ROCK!!

Active Fathers ROCK!!
In February, I was out selling books during Florida Memorial University's homecoming celebration and had the privilege of meeting this 6-year-old doll and her dad. As she walked by my table, her eyes were glued to the cover. After asking permission, she picked up the book and dove right into reading, sounding out all the words she couldn't quite pronounce. Talk about tenacity! And in such a cute package! Double thumbs up to her father, who encouraged her t

Great day at the AARLCC Kwanzaa Fest!

Great day at the AARLCC Kwanzaa Fest!
I had a wonderful time at the Kwanzaa Festival at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in Fort Lauderdale on yesterday. It was my first time selling and signing this book at an event. Sales were swift and I am grateful for every one! Perhaps my favorite part of the day was interacting with children as they wandered, sometimes alone, sometimes with their parents, over to my table. I introduced myself, shook their little hand...

The Inspiration for Junebug and the Gumbo Garden

A big part of the inspiration for Junebug and the Gumbo Garden was my desire to give my oldest son literature that would not only capture his imagination, but would also allow him to visualize himself in the shoes of the main character. I wanted it to be relatable and familiar to him, built against a background of cultural references he would understand. Junebug’s family, his mother, Gina, his father, Greg, Sr., and his Grandma Pearl, are, in part, reflect...