Last night took my breath away. Six hundred people showed up to kick off my first book tour stop and it was magical and epic. Melina Abdullah beautifully moderated a panel between asha bandele and I. I got to sing the praises of my dear and beloved cousin Schquay Brignac, the person who taught me how to live bold and courageously. Asha reminded us why my mother Cherice is one of the most brilliant human beings on this planet, and Melina reminded the audience and me my love and commitment to Black people including Black masculine people. We sold out books y’all! Every last book – and folks stood in line for an hour to get them signed.
It was a damn reunion. I saw folks from middle school, high school, and both my colleges. I feel so lucky and blessed. What a huge huge commitment to the long standing legacy of Black peoples’ memoirs. When They Call You a Terrorist is a love offering to this incredible movement I helped support and develop. I’m honored to be alive in this current movement moment.
I want to give a few special thank you’s. St. Martin’s Press for spending so much time and work in developing this tour and getting this story out. To WhitPR and Dreena Whitfield the hardest working PR company in the game. Led by one of the most savvy Black women in PR. Dreena, you have been so good to me and I can’t thank you enough for the love and commitment you have provided me.
If you live in Los Angeles go get your book at Eso Won Books, a Black owned bookstore I’ve been going to since I was 17 years old. Los Angeles showed me so much love last night. Let’s keep buying books y’all!
Photo credit: Charles H.F. Davis III