Ananda’s White House Visit During the Blogging While Brown Conference on June 18, 2010

Happy Tuesday All!

Guess where I was on Friday afternoon? The White House.

Photo Credit: Michelle Obama Watch Blog Photo -

I visited the White House with my fellow Blogging While Brown 2010 Conference (BWB – attendees for a meeting with Corey Ealons, Director of African American Media and Coordinator of Special Projects. Click here to see additional photos from my White House visit:  During the 2008 General Election, Ealons served as director of African American Media for President Barack Obama. Melody Barnes, Director of Domestic Policy Council, and Jessie Lee, Online Programs Director, also met with us. This meeting set the tone for my BWB experience. It inspired and changed me. It also motivated me to step up my blogging and online activism! Look for news about my Wednesdays project in the coming days.

Click here to read my article about the meeting.  The Washington Post also covered the meeting. Woo Hoo BWB!

Many thanks to Gina McCauley and the BWB team for a fabulous conference! It was the best BWB so far (loved 2008 and 2009 conferences too!).

Here’s a special treat!  Watch an episode of Ananda Leeke TV featuring Corey Ealons speaking at Day #2 of BWB.  He is an amazing person!

Check out Ananda’s’s article about National Poetry Month & social media


Today I returned to writing my DC Social Media Examiner Column. Click on the link to read my article about National Poetry Month and social media:  Let me know what you think.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for poetry and social media,


Great News! Ananda featured in 3/22 article: “Novelist gives book marketing tips for fiction writers using social media”

Greeting All,

Great News! Nordette Adams, the African-American Books Examiner for, wrote an amazing article about yours truly today: “Novelist gives book marketing tips for fiction writers using social media.”

Nordette also interviewed me on the March 20th episode of We Got Word on BlogTalkRadio.  Click here to listen to the interview. We had a great time talking about healing fiction, my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One, and social media tips for authors and bloggers.  I also discussed my new writing project Sisterhood, the Blog: Soundbytes from the 21st Century Women’s Online Revolution.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,


Happy February and Black History Month!! Read my new article about Black Digital Diva Pioneer Cheryl Mayberry McKissack

Cheryl Mayberry McKissack - Photo Credit: Carol Cain, NYCMama

Happy February! Happy Black History Month (which is every day)!

This year I am celebrating digital diva sheros in Black History.   Cheryl Mayberry McKissack, an entrepreneur with expertise in communications, research, and technology, is one of my top ten sheroes. In January 2000, Cheryl launched Nia Enterprises, LLC and gave birth to NiaOnline, one of the first online communities for African American women.   Two months later, I was inspired to create, LLC and web site (replaced by to celebrate my creative and healing arts gifts during National Women’s History Month.   Since then, I have followed Cheryl’s entrepreneurial efforts and been inspired to further develop and share my gifts.

In October 2009, I met and interviewed Cheryl for Ananda Leeke TV at Blogalicious, the first inaugural conference for women bloggers of color.  That was a huge moment for me! Another huge moment happened yesterday when I wrote an article celebrating Cheryl’s tenth year anniversary as founder and President/CEO of Nia Enterprises.  Click here to read it.  Let me know what you think.

Who are your sheros and heros?

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Pride for Black History Sheros and Heros,


Read my new Examiner article – Celebrating Black women in social media: Part 5 – Vision to Visionaries: Women Empowered webcast

Greetings All,

Check out my new Examiner article:  Celebrating Black women in social media: Part 5 – Vision to Visionaries: Women Empowered webcast.  Let me know what you think. Be sure to watch the Vision to Visionaries webcast on January 28 at 7:00 p.m.:  See flyer below for more details.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Gratitude, and Compassion,