My Creative Paradigm: Eric Roberson, A Music Man First


Happy Sunday!

This morning I got up early and practiced yoga outside, meditated, chanted the Sanskrit word dharana (concentration) with my mala bead, read my Science of Mind daily devotional book, and ate my usual breakfast –  oatmeal with raisins and honey.  Right now I am sipping a cup of green tea as I pause from reviewing the latest version of my poetic memoir manuscript that my publisher sent a few weeks ago.  The music of Eric Roberson, a brilliant independent artist from New Jersey (a Howardite like me and my brother Matt!), is keeping me company.  His new CD,  Music Man First drops on August 25.  Click here to learn more about Eric:  You can pre-order a copy of Music Man First here: It’s $12. When you pre-order the CD like I just did, you get an autographed copy. What a treat!  Don’t sleep on this one folks!  Eric’s music is AMAZING! Check out his latest video below.

Eric’s music has been a creative inspiration for my writing process over the past eight years.  When you read my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (, you learn about Eric’s music and the role it played in the life of the main character Karma Francois.  Love’s Troubadours even begins with a scene that discusses Eric’s music! Now you know that shows how much I love his work! This cat is fantastic! And yes I am a HUGE fan! Does it show?

My new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (September 2009) also pays tribute to Eric and his music through a poem.  See below.  Let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

Have a positively wonderful day and week!

Peace, Creativity, and Music,




Creative Paradigm

Inspired by Eric Roberson, an African American independent soul artist, musician, and song writer.

Something more happens when I hear his music or see him perform.

His energy sparks my imagination.

It helps me dig deep and uncover what I have been hiding from: fear to put my creative expression in full rotation without industry support.

The moves he makes as an independent artist liberate my consciousness.

They offer a creative paradigm I can duplicate in my own world.

They bless my indie artist soul.

I Stand with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor


Poster by artist Favianna Rodriguez – created for (you can buy it for $20 –


“I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor


Happy U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Saturday!

It feels so good to offer that greeting.  It makes me think about last summer when many people in America and around the world chanted,

“Yes We Can. Si Se Puede.”

This memory kept me company today as I sat around  the dining room table eating breakfast and watching CNN’s coverage of  Justice Sotomayor’s swearing in-ceremony with my parents.  Our hearts were filled with the same joy we had when President Obama was elected on November 4, 2008, and sworn into office on January 20, 2009. Once again, we were witnessing a landmark day in American history.  I will always remember it as the day a “wise Latina” stood with judicial elegance as she repeated her oath in front of a portrait of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States of America.  My chest protruded with fierce pride when I saw Justice Sotomayor calmly raise her right hand, gently lay it on the Bible her mother was holding, and clearly state she was prepared to take the oath.  The words she confidently repeated tingled my spine:

“I, Sonia Sotomayor, do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as an associate justice under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

After Justice Sotomayor completed her oath and Chief Justice John Roberts congratulated her, I yelled:  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor!  Si Se Puede. Yes We Can.  In that moment, I realized how her very presence “as an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences” can be used to inspire women and girls to live authentically and fully, dream big, learn, grow, achieve, create, and serve.   That’s also when I realized Justice Sotomayor had set the 21st century women’s revolution on fire.  Yes I said revolution!  And the revolutionary question we, women and girls, must ask and answer from this day forward is:  How will I as an ordinary person seek, have, and share extraordinary opportunities and experiences that allow me, my family, my community, and my country to live and thrive better?

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace, Creativity, and Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Shining Light,


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 (

Sisterhood, the Blog Radio features one-on-one conversations with women about sisterhood, self-discovery, self-expression, spirituality, self-care, self-expression, social justice advocacy, and social media. Sisterhood, the Blog Radio supports the following social media projects:

1) Facebook Group –;

2) Twitter –; and

3) WordPress –

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.