A Look At My L.A Book Release Party

Last month, I celebrated the release of Woman Of Color in Los Angeles. It feels like it was just yesterday! Everything has been going at highspeed, but these events have been a good chance to slow down. They have been the sort of thing that makes me feel so happy, loved and supported on this journey. But also, to see so different kind of people walk away with the book in their hands, really brings the years of work home. It makes me really emotional, to be honest.

The party was hosted by my friends at Doén. And it turned out to be such a magical time, just like their clothes! My sister and the kids, came too. It was a chilly evening (for L.A) but perfect for us East Coast peeps. Here are a lot of photos from the evening shot by Rikki, if you’d like to see…


I wore the most stunning dress, which also happens to be from Doén. It’s the Bijou in Salt, and you guys, this is THE dress for summer I felt like me, and perfectly, not me,–like someone from a movie.

The party was located at Office Party garden, which was such an amazing location. It was gorgeous, but also creative, open and raw, while also being amazingly designed? The vines coupled with the lights, matched the book cover so well. It’s funny how those things just come together. It was the perfect backdrop for the evening.

I was shocked by how many of my L.A friends and new friends showed up! I even had this moment when I thought Joy and I met before in real life, and then I later realized we never had! Isn’t that strange? I swore we did, after all of this time! She even gave a blurb for my book. I feel so grateful to have met so many wonderful people through this space.

One of my dear friends, Tennesse (who recently relocated to L.A) DJ’d the event and of course, the kids were all over her the entire time. Oak has known her his whole life, so it was sweet to see how they still have that connection with her.

Speaking of the kids, they insisted on signing a few books as well. A big thank you to my friends who obliged! They drew a few hearts and R and O’s and smiles and laughs were had.

When the party was winding down a bit, the kids set up shop at the table where the books were being sold and sold some of their art! They made $7 and it was their personal highlight. 

If the location, hosts, music and yes, my very silly kiddos, sister and friends wasn’t enough, we had La Morra Pizzeria bring their pizza truck! A friend served Sophie James Wine and Lady and Larder crudité board adorned the tables. The colors, the drinks, and the food, it was all so good.

When the night was winding down, my friends asked me to read a chapter from the book, which still makes me nervous. I read Color Matters, which happens to be a favorite of mine. Have you read the book? Do you have a favorite essay, I’d love to know.

 A big thank you to all of the wonderful people who contributed and sponsored the party. It wouldn’t have happened without you! And thank you magical Rikki for taking these photos for it, I am blown away!

2 thoughts on “A Look At My L.A Book Release Party

  • Reply Shadi May 30, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I wanted to let you know that when I put a hold on your book here at the Toronto Public Library the other day via my online library account, I was the 7th person requesting the book out of the 7 copies the Toronto Public Library carries. You have fans here in Canada! 🌸

    • Reply latonya May 30, 2019 at 11:11 am


      Thank you so much for letting me know!! That’s amazing!!! And I am pleasantly surprised!!

      I hope you all enjoy it!!!


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