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This board features information related to my debut novel Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One (2007). It includes art, articles, books, creativity, culture, fashion, food, healing arts, history, inspirational thoughts, music, musicians, photos, popular culture, venues, web sites, world travel, videos, and yoga. Visit http://amazon.com/author/anandaleeke to learn more about my book.

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Love's Troubadours characters rely on spiritual practices, positive affirmations, group prayer, yoga, reiki healing touch, meditation, chanting, journaling, ayurveda, therapy, astrology, and Tarot card readings to connect with, honor, and heal their spirits, hearts, minds, and bodies. Most are Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Unitarian, Buddhist, or Kemetian.

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Love's Troubadours' characters also travel to Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, New York City, and Wilmington, DE. Several are members of Black Greek letter organizations such as Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Other characters are graduates of Morgan State University, Howard University,  Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Savannah State University.

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I created this drawing based on the Haitian goddess Erzulie. The heart represents her veve.  Erzulie and Haitiian art, culture, food, and spirituality. play a major role in my novel, Love's Troubadours. The drawing is included in the book and serves as the Love's Troubadours' logo.

Love's Troubadours Heart

Check out my drawing of Love's Troubadours Heart. It is the Haitian Goddess Erzulie's veve. The drawing is published in my debut novel, Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One. Visit www.lovestroubadours.com or www.amazon.com/Loves-Troubadours-Karma-Book-One/dp/059544....

Love's Troubadours' main character Karma Francois was born on December 15, 1967, in Oakland, California. Her parents named her Belle Violette Francois.  Her father nicknamed her Karma when she was a little girl.  She is a Bohemian Black American Princess and daddy's girl. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She could easily pass as the twin sister of Celia Faussart, one of the Afropean sultry hip-hop songbirds commonly known as Les…

Love's Troubadours' main character Karma Francois was born on December 15, 1967, in Oakland, California. Her parents named her Belle Violette Francois. Her father nicknamed her Karma when she was a little girl. She is a Bohemian Black American Princess and daddy's girl. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She could easily pass as the twin sister of Celia Faussart, one of the Afropean sultry hip-hop songbirds commonly known as Les…

In March 2008, I had the honor of appearing on WUSA Channel 9 Morning News with anchor Andrea Roane. During the interview, I discussed Women's History Month, the meaning of art and creativity in women's lives, and the connection my novel Love's Troubadours shares with the Haitian goddess Erzulie and  HIV/AIDS awareness. It was a lot of fun!

Ananda Leeke's Interview w/ WUSA9 News Anchor Andrea Roane

Watch Author Ananda Leeke's interview with WUSA Channel 9 Morning News Anchor Andrea Roane on March 11, 2008 in Washington, DC. During the interview, Leeke d...

Music plays a major role in Love's Troubadours. You will have a chance to see how the music of Alice and John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Sting, Deva Premal, India.Arie, Amel Larrieux, Omar, Eric Roberson, Fertile Ground, Julie Dexter, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Les Nubians, Stevie Wonder, Omar Sosa, Susana Baca, and others impact the characters.

Music plays a major role in Love's Troubadours. You will have a chance to see how the music of Alice and John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Sting, Deva Premal, India.Arie, Amel Larrieux, Omar, Eric Roberson, Fertile Ground, Julie Dexter, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Les Nubians, Stevie Wonder, Omar Sosa, Susana Baca, and others impact the characters.

Watch Ananda discuss how she strategically developed the infrastructure of her characters' lives in her debut novel, Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One by creating links to her sorority, identiy as a Black American Princess (BAP), U Street neighborhood, alma mater Howard University, and artwork created while working as an artist-in-residence at Howard University Hospital on October 3. 2009, at the Capital BookFest's panel discussion on “Everything You Wanted to Know about Getting…

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Watch Ananda discuss how she strategically developed the infrastructure of her characters' lives in her debut novel, Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One by ...

Love's Troubadours' characters are  African American, Afro-Latina, Afro-Thai, Afro-Hindu, Black British, and Afro-Russian. Some wear locs, naturals, and processed hairstyles. Whatever way they choose to express their outer selves, I think you will find them incredibly fascinating. Some practice yoga, meditation, mantra chanting, Christianity, and Buddhism. They are straight, lesbian, and gay. Photo Credit: NY Association of Black Journalists Mixer: www.nyabj.org/category/announcements

Love's Troubadours' characters are African American, Afro-Latina, Afro-Thai, Afro-Hindu, Black British, and Afro-Russian. Some wear locs, naturals, and processed hairstyles. Whatever way they choose to express their outer selves, I think you will find them incredibly fascinating. Some practice yoga, meditation, mantra chanting, Christianity, and Buddhism. They are straight, lesbian, and gay. Photo Credit: NY Association of Black Journalists Mixer: www.nyabj.org/category/announcements

Karma: Aham Prema is the name of this painting I created for the cover of Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One. Aham Prema is a Sanskrit mantra that means I am love.

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The name of this painting is Karma: One of Love's Troubadours. I created it for my novel, Love's Troubadours. I sold it during the first book party in November 2007. That was a huge day!

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My first novel, Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One tells the story of Karma Francois, a thirtysomething, California-born BoHo BAP (Bohemian Black American Princess) with Louisiana roots and urban debutante flair. Karma's life, relationships, and her museum curator career in NYC have crumbled, leaving no viable options to rebuild. She relocates to DC & confronts her denial, depression, debt, choices, and family secrets. My artwork appears on the front and back cover of the book.

Love's Troubadours: Karma: Book One

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The characters in Love's Troubadours struggle with their emotions, choices, experiences, and relationships on some level. After all, they are human! Some choose to be lifelong learners who are committed to healing and accepting themselves by any means necessary. Others are not aware of their power to choose peace over suffering. They end up deeply wounding themselves and others.

The characters in Love's Troubadours struggle with their emotions, choices, experiences, and relationships on some level. After all, they are human! Some choose to be lifelong learners who are committed to healing and accepting themselves by any means necessary. Others are not aware of their power to choose peace over suffering. They end up deeply wounding themselves and others.

Art plays a major role in the life of Love's Troubadours' main character Karma Francois. It inspires, consoles, and teaches her. Through Karma’s eyes as an art enthusiast and museum curator, you learn about Lois Mailou Jones (phone of her artwork "Les Fetiches" is featured on Pinterest board and in the novel),  Kara Walker, Renee Stout, Yayoi Kusama, Faith Ringgold, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Catlett, Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Jean Michel Basquiat,  Archibald Motley, Adrian Piper, and…

Art plays a major role in the life of Love's Troubadours' main character Karma Francois. It inspires, consoles, and teaches her. Through Karma’s eyes as an art enthusiast and museum curator, you learn about Lois Mailou Jones (phone of her artwork "Les Fetiches" is featured on Pinterest board and in the novel), Kara Walker, Renee Stout, Yayoi Kusama, Faith Ringgold, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Catlett, Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Jean Michel Basquiat, Archibald Motley, Adrian Piper, and…

The music of Les Nubians was a major influence on Karma Francois, the main character of Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One. Their song "Demain" is featured in the beginning of the novel.

Les Nubians - Demain (Jazz) (The Chris Rock Show - 1999)

Les Nubians performance on The Chris Rock Show (1999).

This painting is really special to me. I created in honor of my best friend Deno Moss. We worked on the novel Love's Troubadours for two years before he died. The painting is called A Tribute to Deno, One of Love's Troubadours. It appears on the back cover of the novel. I gave it to his daughter Jordan as a gift.

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