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Jenee Darden

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, mental health advocate and proud Oakland native. She hosts KALW’s arts segment Sights & Sounds and is their East Oakland reporter. Jenee has reported for NPR, Time, Ebony, Los Angeles Times, and other outlets. She blogs at CocoaFly.com and is pitching a book about Black sexuality. Visit Cocoa Fly to read her research series Under the Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature. Her first book, When a Purple Rose Blooms, is a collection of essays and poetry about her experiences with Black womanhood. Jeneé holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego, and a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California.