Friday, November 20, 2015


by Fey Ugokwe, Esq.

And some are forever The Driven, soaked in the sweat of years of denial and the hard-toil decades of non-diversity, ever streaking forward, kicks on wood and rising up--launching the sweet dreams of others toward Goal. Coach Bernell Hooker, former Pink Purse International Branded Radio, "The PPI Women of Power Hours" show guest, long ago leapt into place amongst them, these eyes-alight pioneers of Women's Basketball--these vehement champions of the inclusion of Women in that wondrous, whooshing world of professional sport. Missioned to her beloved city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Coach Hooker has been at realizing the aspirations of Midwestern young women in the field of basketball for decades. And, she has the accolades for days and scrolling tick list of community awards to prove it--her undefeated dedication to that continuing cause--many due to her superlative work as a Women's college basketball coach, inclusive of the Judy Sweet Spirit Award from the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy (2006), and the Presidential Award from the National Association of Girls and Women in Sports (2007). But one day, Coach Bernell Hooker decisively stepped up to that line again, this time, to spin forth a women-in-sport support nation--Images Of Us, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls to achieve their best via the venue of Sport. Images Of Us specifically provides critical workshops, scholarships, mentoring, internships, employment opportunities, and more, in a myriad of sports, to girls and young women from all walks. 

Since our PPI Radio Interview, Coach Bernell Hooker has become pioneering, Team Owner Bernell Hooker--by forming the Milwaukee Aces in 2014, a team in the newly re-launched, Women's American Basketball Association (WABA; which endeavours to be a developmental league for the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and professional women's basketball teams overseas) she became the first person since 1978 to launch a women's basketball team in the state of Wisconsin. The tireless Coach Hooker also served as Commissioner of the WABA's summer league. 

Coach Hooker reports that to date, her Milwaukee Aces team is headed to a second season and runner up off of the championship game; and that her Images Of Us Sports' STEM in Sports Academy will be partnering with the Black Inventors Gallery, to be launched by the Milwaukee Bucks, on February 27, 2016.

A Pink Purse International "Well Done You, Woman!" to trailblazing Women's Professional Sports Team Owner, Coach Bernell Hooker, and tremendous thanks for being such a sage, call-to-action, and superlatively informative, PPI Radio Show guest. 

Click here to listen to our chat on "The PPI Women of Power Hours" Branded Radio Show:


Visit Women's American Basketball Association Team Owner, Coach Bernell Hooker's websites, The Milwaukee Aces, and Images Of Us, to learn more about her women's professional basketball team's season, and her amazing non-profit sports organization for girls and young women.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


by Fey Ugokwe, Esq.

Vegan. Mention the word in mixed or any other company and it almost always elicits, of all things, an intensely visceral response--both 'yay' and 'nay'--with campers on both sides briskly whisking, once again, that 'why would you'/'how couldn't you' hot-and-sour, social discourse soup. But former Pink Purse International Branded Radio, "The PPI Women of Power Hours" guest, multi award-winning jazz vocalist and actor, several-time cookbook author, and celebrated vegan chef Laura Theodore, did her perfect part to slip that cauldron off the campfire a long time ago. Married to a card-carrying carnivore, she skillfully started serving up vegan substitutes for the moos and oinks and clucks and such--to her unsuspecting hubby and his mates--and yummy-for-your-two-timing-tummy, a socially-conscious culinary star was born. As you do, apparently! 

Since our PPI Radio interview, Chef Laura has transitioned her highly successful MiND TV vegan cooking show, "The Jazzy Vegetarian" to network television---it now airs on PBS. Additionally, her "Jazzy Vegetarian" brand, which includes television, radio, books, food, multimedia, and online communications, won her a TASTE Award in 2014--and this very year of 2015, she was inducted into the TASTE Award Hall of Fame. And of course, Chef Laura's been ever the television show guest on CBS, NBC, ABC, USA, and FOX, appearing most recently on CBS' "The Talk". 

A Pink Purse International "Well Done You, Woman!" to Chef Laura Theodore, and many, many thanks again for being such an effervescent and inspiring, PPI Radio show guest. 

Click here to listen to our chat on "The PPI Women of Power Hours" Branded Radio Show:  


Visit Chef Laura's "Jazzy Vegetarian" website, to learn more about her amazing socially-conscious brand, her PBS television show, and more in her wondrous, multi-talented world:

Thursday, November 12, 2015




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Sunday, September 6, 2015


"But just then, a large, black dog appeared in front of the door unit perpendicular to P.V. and Rodney's. Rev. had not heard it initially approach, and the skin on his arms prickled immediately at the sight of it. It seemed to have literally come from the thin, because the door behind it was not open, neither had anyone rounded the stairwell corner beyond that door--in form or voice--to claim it. The dog was wearing a thick, stark white collar, and the fur of its coat was extremely well-oiled and shiny. It was standing almost as if at attention on all fours, tail and pointed snout both raised and still, eyes staring deeply down into Rev.

 Rev. was, to his core, afraid of the dog. But as they stood there, drawn into each other, something in its moist, brown eyes was quite clearly, oddly, peace-filled--and full of an empathy and compassion for Rev. Yet, too, he felt--saw--a fullness of intent all about the animal, a strong-spiritedness with a defined purpose. So he kept still for a moment, continuing to regard it, as it regarded him..." ( ; and other iretailers):

Wifey by Fey Ugokwe

Saturday, September 5, 2015



Third Place Winner, BYLINE's '1st Chapter of a Novel' Contest, 2003



T.J. will be doing the following book signings:

1) 9/12/15: Book Signing at Unique Finds in Granby, CT
2) 9/19/15: Book Signing at Applefest at the First Congregational Church in Granby, CT

Be there to meet the author, have your copy of her novel autographed, and pick her brain about her literary process!

Saturday, July 18, 2015


"Big, fanciful ideas like that, yeah? But..." he if snapping himself out of a dream.

"But?" P.V. queried gently, her voice a breath...wondering what could be weighing upon him so heavily.

"Well...I decided to have a go at....well, seminary actually...thought it might do me a bit a good for awhile...I'm Rhys," he said gently, stretching a fleshy-palmed hand toward her.  He was exploring her face more directly now, waiting to catch her eyes again, so that he might perhaps discern more..."

Wifey by Fey Ugokwe

Saturday, April 25, 2015


"It was 7:17 a.m., and Rev. wingtips and gold watch glinting in the everywhere sun. A heavy man breathing heavily, he waddled across the blacktop...[E]yes ever-alight and purposeful, chin out in a grace-filled jut--he looked like Sunday morning..."Wifey by Fey Ugokwe

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tra-la-la, la-la and the Transcenders

(Behind the scenes, basically, far away from my ppi brand's online sites, I 
receive quite a bit of kudos for this blog--both for the largely woman-celebrity 
celebrating work that it once was, as attendant to my interviews with them and 
other influential women on my radio show; and for the illustrative medium it had 
of late become, in my highlighting within it the pathos and pleasures that I 
painted into my new book, a multicultural, woman-centered novella with themes 
for almost all. Additionally, I've been blessedly forever fielding similarly secret/somewhat secret requests to appear on the radio show--which in actuality, I have not 
broadcasted in essentially a couple of years now. In point of fact, I believe 
part of the success of my show was the willingness of those great women guests 
to open themselves up in the on-air interview process, and the other of course, 
my ability somehow, to indeed get their good and guiding stories well out of 
them. So, it is in part because of both the former and the latter--expressed 
love to me for the blog and the radio show--that I compose the entry that I do 
today, with sincere gratitude to all who have reached out to me, in any form or 
fashion, about the blog and the show over the past few years, months, weeks, and 
even days. Bless you all profoundly, profoundly, profoundly for your keen 
interest, unwavering encouragement, and truly spirited artistic support):
It was to the left and diagonal to me, twinkling-keyed and upper-C'd--a wordless 
song so sprite, so high--soaring up, up, up, slanted-air-balloon around and into 
my ears: "Tra-la-la, la-la! Tra-la-la, la-la!" It was little-voiced, 
kid-cartoon-esque and fantastic; and ringing jubilantly out, it dared to defy 
the each and all darkness and gloom of that brisk-winded March day. Because of 
its sheer purity, free-spiritedness, and birthday-bouncy-house joy, I found 
myself in those new seconds curiously beginning to let the sheer wretchedness of 
my current life/week/day, go--and relaxing slightly, listening intently as I 
trod, allowing that sunshine song to ray, radiate into my thoughts. But just 
then--from the same direction of its ascent, left of me, closeby it and at 
angle--rushed this Harsh, slicing that cane-sugar-sweet, summery song well down: 

"Hey-hey-hey! Calm yo' ass down!" And then with it, a something  inaudible, said 
suspiciously lower-toned and thus completely away from the hearing of any 
well-meaning ear-looker. And it next all fell into a sucked-up-hushed, a big 
black hole yielding that awful, immediate, terrified quiet--the little song, and 
all sounds from that direction, inclusive of the ordinary background chatter of 
their fellow blacktop pedestrians. I turned my head--over and to the left--to 
see who had been that spirit-raising baby songbird, and who had so swiftly, 
needlessly, sharply caused her silence. The singer was a little girl about five 
years of age, walking slightly behind her ever-so-tiny, almost still-toddling 
younger brother, who appeared to be about three--and in between a couple, 
presumably their parents, themselves a decidedly very young female and male. Her 
critic had been the male, the father--who was closest in proximity to me. And 
their camp of four walked/toddled quickly, ever-so-obediently on--in that 
gruffly demanded, quick-zipped silence--and thus ended the soul-stirring, 
Heaven-sent, sugar-pop portion of the day. Isn't that sadly, too often 
sometimes, the human way?

It all set me immediately to pondering about relationships--whether familial 
or otherwise. I recalled that I have often contended that at the basis of every 
successful relationship should be a friendship/some of the core tenents of a 
friendship--like respect, an extension of the unconditional love that we're 
supposed to grant our family members, support, encouragement, and a motivation 
to both help lift each other higher and truly be there in our times of the 
lower. But--what if one doesn't operate in one's friendships in such an 
embracing, loving, manner? Or even treat oneself in any goodly/godly way? How 
then, could one turn around and be a true friend to the family one has created, 

And that, the all of it, made me think of what I admire in a friend. When I was 
little, and up throughout my mid teens, my late maternal Uncle--a tremendously 
bright, joy-filled and striding, sage, actively but oh-so-coolly religious, 
knight-like family man--used to routinely advise me to restrict my close 
friendships, and even my fave acquaintanceships, to those who would lift me up 
in this treacherous, swirling vice of a world. And I realized that he wasn't 
just talking about opportunities--he was speaking of spirit, of an 
in-whatever-way emotional support and upswing could be potentially offered from 
those whom you truly let into your little world's door. A cautionary so 
priceless, from a gentle, jovial soul who himself has since gone on to--as this 
Northern woman hears so often spiritedly said here in the South--Glory.

So. Accordingly--are you hoofing it, right this very reality, with those who 
would--or do--trample your 'Tra-la-la, la-la', or entice you into doing so to 
another? Are you consorting with those who merely encourage you into idle 
gossip, or with those souls who set you trending and thinking on higher, more 
harmonious levels of human existence, deed, inspiration, consciousness? Are your 
friends there for you in your ultimate times of need--as you have been there for 
them in theirs, whether it was in their jaw-dropping crises; or by putting money 
in their pockets in patronage of their businesses, livelihoods, or other 
pursuits; or in other of their lives' welcome or unwelcome experiences--to hold 
your hand, pray/meditate/intend good things together with and/or over you; to 
chat with you if you feel/are able to utter words into sentence; or to just be 
stick-still in a room with you, and let their presence--strong and hugging--just 
two-or-three-in-a-sandbox be with you, if your eyes are closing, and your lips 
sometimes have the happenstance to make no sound? 

You know, simply put, I like men and women who source well beyond the darkness; 
who challenge others every day--even unto their friendships--to embrace, speak, 
the good; shut out/prophylax the constant downpull on humanity to that which is 
ultimately meddling, injurious, harmful; who seek to help others soar in their 
unique songs, thereby bettering the spiritual statuses of those populating this 
spinning, spinning, spinning, ever-transitioning planet. Okay--perhaps that 
wasn't so simply put--but that's what I respect, admire, and grateful, think an 
addition to our humanity. Here's an interview with onesuch extraordinary 
person--a woman that I interviewed on the show, who definitely flush-fits that 
exemplary life-lifting mold--Pro Golfer, Olympian, and Celebrity Fitness Expert 
Andia Winslow. Hope you indeed re-enjoy (click link to listen):

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Post Replay: #Caribbean Mystery at a #Dallas #Farmer's #Market

Inching into city blacktop on ballet flats--careening, kinetic cornucopia of pungent sight, scent, all sound--insistent hands reaching, squishing at the lusciousness, looking for the bruisings in the wrong place: and

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


"...And...she was shocked at what she saw. There were highways futuristic, looping around and over each other...unbelievably track-upon-track-upon-track...a racing set...all the way up to a...boundless, light-blue sky...and...whizzing past...were the...purple-blue flowers that had coated...Trinidad, in her dream...she was jolted to...fright by the very sight of them, an unsteady...quickening across her head, heart, core...hands shaking, [she] rummaged...for the...mints...letting some of the sweets slide...directly. The unusual taste of rose...with a back-kick of eucalyptus greeted...tongue...and..."

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