Sisterhood, the Blog Radio Explores Lessons Learned by Women Bloggers at Blogher 2009 Beginning August 6@ 8pm EST




PRLog (Press Release)Aug 05, 2009 – Washington, DC – Author/Blogger/Social Media Strategist Ananda Leeke will host  a series of episodes that discuss lessons learned from the Blogher 2009 conference ( on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio ( beginning August 6 at 8:00 p.m. EST.  The guest for the August 6th episode is Prisoner’s Wife, a blogger who attended the Blogher 2009 conference.  Prisoner’s Wife will share her reasons for attending Blogher, favorite Blogher moments, lessons learned, and definition of sisterhood. Prisoner’s Wife is a writer, mother, wife, and middle-school English teacher.  To learn more about Prisoner’s Wife, visit  Visit to listen to the show.  If you miss the live show, you can download and listen to a recording from the web site:  Additional episodes in the Lessons Learned from Blogher 2009 will be held on:  

1) August 10 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Natalie McNeal, the founder of The Frugalista Files blog ( and savings expert for, a financial site;

2) August 12 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Denene Millner, the founder of MyBrownBaby blog ( and co-author of What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know: The Real Deal on Love and Relationships, What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know About Sex, and Money, Power, Respect: What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know;

3) August 13  at 8:00 p.m. EST – Holly Buchanan, a women’s marketing consultant ( and co- author of The Soccer Mom Myth;

4) August 14 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Lucrecer Braxton, the founder of Art-Slam blog (;

5) August 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Deb Rox, the founder of Deb on the Rocks blog (  and author of 5 Ways to {Blank} Your Blog;

6) August 17 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Kamy Wicoff, the founder of ( and author of I Do but I Don’t: Walking Down the Aisle without Losing Your Mind and I Do but I Don’t: Why the Way We Marry Matters; and

7) August 24 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Bronx Bohemian, the founder of Bronx Bohemian blog (

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My Blogher 2009 Conference Update #2 – Webisodes of My Blogher Experience



Happy President Obama’s Birthday!

Happy Tuesday!

I am still on my Blogher 2009 Conference ( high.  My energy is going strong!  I decided to share several webisodes of Ananda Leeke TV ( that feature my Blogher experience.  Let me know what you think.

I will post webisodes from my Black Women in Social Media @ Blogher Series later this week.  They feature a diverse group of dynamic women including Donna Byrd, publisher of ( and Gina McCauley, founder of Blogging While Brown (, What About Our Daughters blog (, and Michelle Obama Watch web site (  I posted the interviews of Donna and Gina below to give you a taste of what’s to come. 



August 6th marks the launch of my interview series with Blogher 2009 conference participants on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio ( The program schedule will be posted shortly. 

Find out what happened to me on the first day of Blogher. Many thanks to Megan Smith for filming the webisode.


While I was at Blogher, I had time to make a fun webisode with Tropicana Juice. I shared my healthy tip on eating breakfast. My Blogher sistalove Shaz Mistery filmed my “bootleg” webisode as the Tropicana folks filmed their “Juice” webisode!  The Tropicana folks said my webisode turned out great!  I can’t wait to see the official copy.  I wanna give a shout out to my brother Matt for teaching me how to do on camera interviews! 


On the last day of the conference, I hung out with Sam Smith, one of the nicest Blogher men I met.  Sam served as ae Pepsico guy and  promoted Tropicana Juice products.  He always made my day with wonderful compliments!  Many thanks to Shaz Mistry for filming the webisode!


Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day and week!

Peace and Creativity,


Ananda Leeke TV New Webisode Series – Chicago Tour of Pilsen Neighborhood and National Museum of Mexican Art featured in Ananda’s debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One



Happy Monday!

While I was in Chicago for the Blogher conference (, I visited the Pilsen neighborhood (,_Chicago#Pilsen) and National Museum of Mexican Art (  Thanks to my VADO Creative pocket video camera I was able to film five webisodes of Ananda Leeke TV ( featuring Pilsen and the Museum.  They play a major role in my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (  Love’s Troubadours main character Karma Francois visits Pilsen and the Museum with her brother.  See videos below.  Watch them and let me know what you think.

 You can watch more Love’s Troubadours videos on YouTube:  If you would like to buy Love’s Troubadours, click on the link:

 Enjoy your day and week!

 Peace and Creativity,



Ananda Leeke TV New Webisode Series

1) Love’s TroubadoursChicago Tour #1 – Visit to Pilsen neighborhood –


2) Love’s Troubadours Chicago Tour #2 – Visit to National Museum of Mexican Art Pt. 1 –


3) Love’s Troubadours Chicago Tour #3 – Visit to National Museum of Mexican Art Pt. 2 –


4) Love’s Troubadours Chicago Tour #4 – Visit to National Museum of Mexican Art Pt. 3 –


5) Love’s Troubadours Chicago Tour #5 – Visit to National Museum of Mexican Art Pt. 4 –

Tune into 8/2 episode of BAP Living Radio@7pm EST – Black Women Ministers in the Black Church”


Happy August!  Happy Saturday!

Tune into the August 2nd episode of BAP Living Radio at 7pm EST for a juicy conversation with me and Rev. Charisse Tucker about the realities and struggles of being a Black female minister in the Black Church. Our discussion will also address how Black female ministers confront sexism in the Black Church and what to do when the church is hurting you. Click here to listen to the show: If you miss the show, you can download a copy of the recording to your computer or via iTunes.

Peace and Creativity,


Join me for a free community yoga class on August 2 in DC.

2008 TWAM Photo Shoot 1 044

Happy Friday!

If you are a kind and gentle yoga lover and in the DC area on August 2nd, plan to attend my FREE community morning yoga class (restorative yoga) in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park (16th Street and Florida Avenue, NW – in front of the waterfall).  It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m. If it rains, the group will not meet. 

The short morning yoga practice will be dedicated to honoring International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, International Day for the Remembrance of the Atlantic Slave Trade and its Abolition, and all Americans impacted by Hurricane Katrina. BRING YOUR OWN MAT. Mats are NOT provided.

For more information, visit

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace, Creativity, and Summer OMs,


Fathers and Daughters on July 31st Episode of The Ananda Leeke Show on


Me and my father Dr. John F. Leeke affectionately

known as “J” hanging out in Adams Morgan in DC


Happy Wednesday!

Join me for a juicy conversation with my father Dr. John F. Leeke (a/k/a “J”) about fathers and daughters on the July 31st episode of The Ananda Leeke Show at 8:00 p.m. EST on Click here to listen to the show:  We will discuss how our father-daughter relationship has impacted my life choices, creativity, and career. 


We will also share our thoughts about the book, Daughters of Men: Portraits of African-American Women and Their Fathers ( by Rachel Vassel.  I recently gave this book to “J” for his 70th birthday.  It’s one of his favorites!

If you miss the show, don’t panic. You can download a recording to your computer or via iTunes a few minutes after the show airs or whenever you have free time.  Click here to download a recording:

What is your relationship with your father?

How has your father impacted your life choices and career?

Enjoy your day!

Peace and Creativity,


Special Notice: Today’s episode of Sisterhood, the Blog Radio featuring my Blogher 2009 conference reflections was prerecorded.


Happy Tuesday!

Guess what?  My home computer died last night. So I had to prerecord today’s episode of Sisterhood, the Blog Radio which was scheduled to air tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST on  The good news is that you can listen to and/or download the recording anytime you want to your computer or via iTunes. Click here to download the episode:

Wish me luck on finding a great laptop on sale!

Enjoy your day!

Peace and Creativity,


PS:  I will post my Blogher webisodes featuring interviews with Blogher participants on Ananda Leeke TV ( later this week.

Back from Blogher 2009 – Tune into Sisterhood, the Blog Radio and listen to my Blogher reflections on July 28th @ 8pm


Happy Monday!

I am back from Blogher 2009 ( I had a grand time with the Blogher ladies and sponsors in Chicago. I also had so much fun using my Vado Creative Cam and filming webisodes of Ananda Leeke TV (  I was able to create a groovy series on Black women bloggers who attended the conference.  Look for the webisodes later this week.  I also filmed some fun episodes featuring me sharing my insights and chatting with Sam Smith, one of the coolest guys at Blogher.  I did something unexpected and participated in two video projects. One was for Tropicana Juice.  I gave my healthy tip on eating oatmeal with raisins and honey for breakfast.  My webisode will be posted on Blogher and Tropicana’s web sites.  I also gave my two cents on what advertisers should consider when marketing to women in a documentary filmed by Holly Buchanon.     

The Windy City weather was fabulous.  I had time to meet my cousin Ellen and sistalove Mari for dinner at two Indian and Nepalese restaurants.  I also went to the National Museum of Mexican Art.  I will post videos from Ananda Leeke TV featuring my museum visit later this week.  

Be sure to tune into Sisterhood, the Blog Radio Series on Blogher 2009 ( beginning Tuesday, July 28 at 8pm EST on  The first episode will feature yours truly sharing my reflections on Blogher 2009.  I will reveal my reasons for attending the conference on July 24 and 25 in Chicago, favorite Blogher moments, and lessons learned from Blogher workshop sessions.  I will also give a preview of the August series of interviews featuring approximately nine Blogher participants.  

If you miss the live show, don’t panic. You can download a recording to your computer or via iTunes a few minutes after the show airs on July 28th.  Click here to download:

FYI – As of today, four dynamic women in the  blogosphere have confirmed their participation in the August series on Blogher 2009.  See below.


Natalie McNeal

1) Natalie McNeal, founder of The Frugalista Files blog (, will be interviewed on August 10 at 8pm EST.  Natalie is a journalist and currently works for the Miami Herald.  In 2008, she launched The Frugalista Files as a personal finance blog.  She is the savings expert for, a financial site.


Denene Millner

2) Denene Millner, founder of MyBrownBaby blog  ( will be interviewed on August 12th at 8pm EST.  Denene co-authored several books with her husband, writer Nick Chiles:  What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know: The Real Deal on Love and Relationships, What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know About Sex, and Money, Power, Respect: What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know.  They also wrote three novels: Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, In Love and War, and A Love Story.  Denene partnered with writers Mitzi Miller and Angela Burt-Murray (Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine) to write  The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life and The Vow, a novel.  Denene and Mitzi penned a new teen novel series featuring HOTLANTA and If Only You KnewFor more information about Denene, visit


Lucrecer Braxton

3) Lucrecer Braxton, founder of Art-Slam blog (, will be interviewed on August 14th at 8pm EST.  Lucrecer established Art Slam as an art journaling blog that inspires and cultivates authentic creativity.  Art Slam is also a community of scrapbookers, journalers, and mixed media artists.


Deb Rox

4) Deb Rox, author of 5 Ways to {Blank} Your Blog ( and founder of Deb on the Rocks blog (, will be interviewed on August 15th at 8pm EST. Deb is also a partner in 3 Smart Girlz(, a consulting firm  that helps others diversify, expand, develop new streams of income, and implement new marketing or operational technologies.

Ananda Leeke TV debuts today

Good Morning All,

Ananda Leeke TV debuts today. Watch the 1st episode – On the Way to Blogher in Chicago (2 minutes). Click here: Let me know what you think. 


I am on my way to Blogher ( in Chicago and will share more about my conference adventures when I get back.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace and Creativity,


Diversity Among African Americans: We are not monolithic!





Photos taken at Oyster Harbor Beach in Annapolis, MD


Happy Monday!

While my dad and I were getting some much needed “plage de temps” (French phrase that means beach time a/k/a chilling out, chill-axing, cooling out, R&R) on Sunday morning in Annapolis, he shared soundbytes from the Washington Post about Judge Sonia Sotomayor and his all-time favorite person, President Barack Obama.  He spent time talking about Eugene Robinson’s op-ed that discussed several comments President Obama made about his speech at the NAACP’s 100th anniversary. Click here to read Robinson’s op-ed:


Robinson’s op-ed also referenced President Obama’s statement about how the civil rights movement weakened itself by promoting a one size fits all definition of what it means to be Black: 

“One of the ways that I think that the civil rights movement . . . weakened itself was by enforcing a single way of being black — being authentically black. And, as a consequence, there were a whole bunch of young black people — and I fell prey to this for a time when I was a teenager — who thought that if you were really ‘down’ you had to be a certain way. And oftentimes that was anti-something. You defined yourself by being against things as opposed to what you were for. And I think now young people realize, you know what, being African American can mean a whole range of things. There’s a whole bunch of possibilities out there for how you want to live your life, what values you want to express, who you choose to interact with…  I do think it is important for the African American community, in its diversity, to stay true to one core aspect of the African American experience, which is we know what it’s like to be on the outside… If we ever lose that, then I think we’re in trouble. Then I think we’ve lost our way.”


Love’s Troubadours: Black Folks Ain’t Monolithic by Ananda Leeke (2005)

Message on painting: The truth is that Black folks ain’t monolithic.  No folks are. You dig! When Deno and I started writing the novel, we wanted to show the depth and breadth of Black folks loving themselves and each other in and out of life’s joys and pains … in and out of our identities…gender…class…religions…ages… We wanted to tell the truth.  The truth being that Black folks are Love’s Troubadours.”


I am so happy that President Obama talked about the diversity among African Americans and how being African American means many things.  His statement echoes a familiar chant that I have addressed in my novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (, Love’s Troubadours Art Collection, and my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (Summer 2009 – iUniverse, Inc.): African Americans are not monolithic.  See the photo of my painting, Love’s Troubadours: Black Folks Ain’t Monolithic above.  The lives of African Americans are filled with multi-layered stories.  We are much more than what we read about in mainstream media.  Our lives are richer and deeper than what we see on television and movie screens.  That’s why we must be vigilant in telling and documenting our stories. 

More on President Obama

Last night I had a chance to catch up on my reading. So I read an op-ed by Shayne Lee, one of my favorite authors. Click here to read Shayne’s op-ed:  In his op-ed that was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 10, Shayne discussed how former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka cleared President Obama’s path to becoming Senator and President.  How could that be?  The topic itself made me blink a few times.  To see why I blinked, read an excerpt from Shayne’s op-ed below.

“Let’s go back to 2004. National Democratic leaders strategize feverishly in an effort to win enough seats to control the U.S. Senate. They have their eyes on Illinois, a state with no incumbent running for reelection. Obama wins the Democratic nomination for the open seat, and the Republican nominee, Jack Ryan, drops out of the race due to the embarrassing details of his divorce records.

Obama is looking down a clear path to the Senate – until Mike Ditka begins flirting with the idea of running on the Republican ticket.

Some Democrats are champing at the bit for their Harvard-educated lawyer to pit wits against the charismatic but nonetheless inarticulate jock. But others fear that the former NFL coach, who brought Chicago its first and only Super Bowl championship, enjoys instant name recognition, while Obama is still establishing himself with Illinois residents. They find the prospect of a young politician with a weird name running against one of the state’s greatest sports legends somewhat daunting.

So, to raise Obama’s visibility, they grant him the great privilege of addressing the 2004 Democratic National Convention in prime time. Ironically, Ditka announces he will not enter the race shortly before the convention. But Obama’s name is already carved in stone on the schedule.

Almost 10 million Americans watch Obama deliver a riveting speech that changes his life and American politics. Before long, Obama is the new face of the party, criss-crossing the nation in fund-raising efforts for struggling candidates, building strategic alliances, and thereby taking steps toward a viable presidential candidacy.

I sum things up with a sort of syllogism: Obama’s presidential run is unimaginable without the political power and rock-star status bestowed upon him by his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. His speech never happens without a sports legend threatening to run against him for the vacant Illinois Senate seat. Therefore, Barack Obama would not be president today without Mike Ditka.

There is a lesson to be learned from the president’s remarkable journey. Even an immensely gifted, highly competent, Ivy League-trained talent such as Obama needs a bit of luck to achieve great success in America. How much more of it do the rest of us need”?

Okay now what do you think? 

If you are like me, you might be saying, “this cat made me think.”  That’s why I am a huge fan of Shayne’s work.  His writing always pushes the envelope and causes me to consider a different perspective.  He uncovers facts and weaves them together with insightful commentary that sheds light on areas most folks miss.  I think Shayne moonlights as an “Easy Rawlins” detective when he leaves his gigs as an author, sociologist, and professor at Tulane University.  

For more information about Shayne, visit

Be sure to check out and buy Shayne’s books on T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher (NYU Press, 2005) and Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace (NYU Press 2009).  Support Shayne!  His work will enrich your life! 

To read my review of Shayne’s book, T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher, click here:  

Visit BAP Living Radio to listen to a recording of my February 23rd interview with Shayne (search for Episode 13):

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace and Creativity,