Ananda's Novel - Love's Troubadours: Karma - Book One

This board features information related to my debut novel Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One (2007). It includes art, articles, books, creativity, culture…
More
·
23 Pins
 11y
Collection by
Love's Troubadours main character Karma Francois is a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C., just like author Ananda Leeke (in photo taken in Malcolm X - Meridian Park by Leigh Mosley http://www.leighmosley.com). Karma teaches yoga at the Our Womanist Center and in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park. Throughout the novel, Karma uses yoga to manage her emotions and life changes. Her yoga practice is key to her personal healing journey. Karma, Yoga, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Practice, Popular Culture, Author, Teaching Yoga, Healing Arts, Healing Journey
Love's Troubadours main character Karma Francois is a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C., just like author Ananda Leeke (in photo taken in Malcolm X - Meridian Park by Leigh Mosley http://www.leighmosley.com). Karma teaches yoga at the Our Womanist Center and in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park. Throughout the novel, Karma uses yoga to manage her emotions and life changes. Her yoga practice is key to her personal healing journey.
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 Published." Novels, Howard University, H.e.r., Social Media Strategies, Discuss, Wanted
Ananda shares her social media strategy@Capital BookFest 09
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 Published."
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. Art, Books, History, Book Art, Artwork, Tribute
lt-atributetodeno
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.
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. Sanskrit, Sanskrit Mantra, Name Art
ltart-karmaahamprema
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.
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. Ideas, Play, Destinations, Love, Goddess, Culture
Love's Troubadours Heart
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.
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! Cover Art
LT-Cover+Art-Karma+painting+-+2_22_07
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!
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. Sisterhood, First Novel, Book Worth Reading, Denial
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.
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! Womens History Month, Women Life, Aids Hiv, Hiv Aids Awareness, Interview, Aids Awareness, News Anchor
Ananda Leeke's Interview w/ WUSA9 News Anchor Andrea Roane
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!
Check out the Root.com's July 2008 article “Om, Sweet Om” article that features Ananda and her debut novel Love’s Troubadours - Karma: Book One. Thought Provoking, Variety, News Today, News, African Diaspora, How To Memorize Things, Emancipation
Check out the Root.com's July 2008 article “Om, Sweet Om” article that features Ananda and her debut novel Love’s Troubadours - Karma: Book One.
Read “Writer’s Block” article (October 2008) published by the Prince George’s Suite Magazine that highlights Ananda’s debut novel Love’s Troubadours - Karma: Book One and its connection to P.G. County, Maryland. The article also mentions Ananda’s childhood in P.G. County and artist-in-residence work with Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital. Highlights, Reading, Writer
Read “Writer’s Block” article (October 2008) published by the Prince George’s Suite Magazine that highlights Ananda’s debut novel Love’s Troubadours - Karma: Book One and its connection to P.G. County, Maryland. The article also mentions Ananda’s childhood in P.G. County and artist-in-residence work with Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital.
Read Ananda's November 2008 interview about her debut novel Love's Troubadours on ClutchMagazine.com.
Author’s Month on Clutch – A Salute to Scribes: Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke
Read Ananda's November 2008 interview about her debut novel Love's Troubadours on ClutchMagazine.com.
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. New Age, Buddha, Namaste, Photo, Person, Life, Awakening, Mystic
Silhouette of a Person practising Yoga and Spirituality
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.
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. Peace, Design, Heart, Hearts, Red Heart, Emotions
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.
Love's Troubadours' female characters are urban fashionistas and wine and martini enthusiasts. They are Soul Food, Thai, Mexican, Indian, and Haitian foodies, and Cake Love dessert lovers. They enjoy spending time with their financial advisors to make sure they are financially responsible; traveling to the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia; shopping; attending and participating in spoken word events; hosting dinner parties; listening to music; appreciating art; and visiting museums. Cake, Cupcake Cakes, Love Cupcakes, Cake Pricing, Cake In A Jar, Cupcakes, Dessert Lover, Vegan Cake, Dairy Free Cake
Love's Troubadours' female characters are urban fashionistas and wine and martini enthusiasts. They are Soul Food, Thai, Mexican, Indian, and Haitian foodies, and Cake Love dessert lovers. They enjoy spending time with their financial advisors to make sure they are financially responsible; traveling to the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia; shopping; attending and participating in spoken word events; hosting dinner parties; listening to music; appreciating art; and visiting museums.
The Women of Love's Troubadours are an eclectic blend of womanhood. They have the capacity to wake you up with their humanity, humor, hostilities, healing journeys, haute couture, and hurricane-like personas. Their energy, egos, expressions, ethnicities, and extracurricular activities offer an inside look into the multidimensional lives of straight and lesbian women of color with ancestral ties to Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Humour, Haute Couture, Couture, Africa, Ties, Womanhood, Ancestral
The Women of Love's Troubadours are an eclectic blend of womanhood. They have the capacity to wake you up with their humanity, humor, hostilities, healing journeys, haute couture, and hurricane-like personas. Their energy, egos, expressions, ethnicities, and extracurricular activities offer an inside look into the multidimensional lives of straight and lesbian women of color with ancestral ties to Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Love’s Troubadours was inspired by a speech given by American playwright Lorraine Hansberry in February 1964. She spoke to a Harlem-based group of aspiring young, gifted, and African American writers about the power to love in America. Click on the photo to read more about the speech. People, Public, Lorraine Hansberry, Domaine, Famous, Avent, Literatura
Birth of Novel Series
Love’s Troubadours was inspired by a speech given by American playwright Lorraine Hansberry in February 1964. She spoke to a Harlem-based group of aspiring young, gifted, and African American writers about the power to love in America. Click on the photo to read more about the speech.
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 Yoga Meditation, British, African, Afro, Latina, Gay
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
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. Jazz, Alice Coltrane, David Bowie, Jazz Artists, Miles Davis, Musica, Jazz Music, Jazz Musicians, Music Legends
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.
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 others. Art Deco, Black Art, African Art, Female Artists, African American Art, Kunst, African Theme
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 others.
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. High School, Chicago, Chicago Illinois, York City, State University, Places Ive Been, San Francisco Skyline
English
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.
Love's Troubadours' main character Karma Francois represents what Dr. Kris Marsh (http://twitter.com/drkrismarsh) calls a Love Jones cohort, a new type of Black woman who is a member of a vibrant population of Black middle class women who are young, remain single, live alone, and continue to accumulate personal, spiritual, and sensual wealth. The way she wears her womanhood as she confronts the her life choices and embraces a spiritual journey of healing, makes her a 21st century archetype. Women, Woman, Sensual, Jones, How To Wear, Middle
Love's Troubadours' main character Karma Francois represents what Dr. Kris Marsh (http://twitter.com/drkrismarsh) calls a Love Jones cohort, a new type of Black woman who is a member of a vibrant population of Black middle class women who are young, remain single, live alone, and continue to accumulate personal, spiritual, and sensual wealth. The way she wears her womanhood as she confronts the her life choices and embraces a spiritual journey of healing, makes her a 21st century archetype.
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 Nubians. Hip Hop, Sultry, Born, Twin Sisters, Hbcu, Urbana Champaign, Girl
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 Nubians.
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. Music, Songs, Concert, Performance
Les Nubians - Demain (Jazz) (The Chris Rock Show - 1999)
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.