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Love's Troubadours: Karma: Book One Paperback – August 1, 2007
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In 2010, her passion for women's issues, building community, and the Internet inspired her to create the Digital Sisterhood Network, a media channel that celebrates women in social media and technology through leadership, lifestyle, and living well initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by Blogalicious, BlogHer, Howard University, Ignite DC, and Spelman College. Black Enterprise named her as one of the Black Women in Tech You Should Follow on Twitter in 2011. The Hot Mommas Project, a women's leadership research venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business, selected her as an author for its 2012-2013 case study library.
The White House selected her to serve as a social media leader for the State of the Union, French Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande, and Tumblr Q&A session on education and college affordability in 2014. The U.S. Department of State invited her to serve in a similar capacity during the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony. These experiences, inspired her to launch the Digital Citizenship Project, Digital Citizenship Month, and My #DigCitizen Supports Campaign.
For more than 20 years, Leeke has been actively pursuing her career as an author and artist. Through her poetry chap books and participation in the Washington, DC arts movement, her poetry appeared in "Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century" (2002). She penned "Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One," a novel (2007), "That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman's Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery" (2009), and "Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online" (2013). Her six-word memoir was published in "It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs" by Writers Famous & Obscure (2010).
Her mixed media collages, wire sculptures, and paintings have been exhibited in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, New York City, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Her artwork was featured in Heart and Soul in 2001 and often reflects her passion for issues affecting people of color and women. In 2002, she created and donated "Our Womanist Spirit" and "I am my sista's keeper wire" sculpture collections to The Women's Collective, an HIV/AIDS direct services organization. She has worked as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital (2003-2009), and is currently serving wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Morgan State University, Howard University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center are her alma maters. While at Morgan, she joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of Unity of Washington, DC, All Souls Unitarian Church, Insight Meditation Community of Washington's People of Color Sangha, National League of American Pen Women, and Yoga Alliance. She lives in Washington, DC. To learn more about her, visit www.anandaleeke.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Karma relocates from New York to Washington D.C, feeling like a stranger inside her own body. She is constantly depressed and unsure what to do with herself. Her Aunt Jo senses her depression and tells her she needs to seek counseling. Karma is unsure if that is what she wants but her aunt threatens her by telling her she will inform her mother of her status. Since her mother, Hyacinth, who Karma considers the ultimate drama queen, is the last person Karma wants to deal with Karma agrees to see Francis, the therapist. Though reluctant to accept therapy, Karma finds herself on a path to self-acceptance and reliance through her sessions with Francis.
The pages of Love's Troubadours take us on a spiritual, narrative journey into Karma's life. We meet her family members, loves, lovers and friends. We get to see what has formed this woman and what will sustain her. Love's Troubadours is not a breezy, easy book-of-the-month type novel. What it is, is a deep journey into what takes a woman to her lowest and what it takes for her to change her life and reach a spiritual high ground. This novel is a recommended read for all readers interested in a book that makes you think and believe.
First off, Congratulations on writing such a great book! I am a 20 year old
self-proclaimed BAP living in NYC. I got your book about 2 weeks ago and
started reading it as soon as I got it. It took me a little while to get into
it, I kept starting it and reading only a few paragraphs until I was finally
almost finished with the first chapter. Then, I finally started really reading
it yesterday and finished it this morning. I couldn't put it down until
actually I finished it! Your book was just what I needed to read at this time
in my life. I feel the need to start building a stronger relationship with God,
myself, and my immediate family, so Karma's story spoke to my heart. Apart
from the way you referenced the arts and music which gave me some ideas on new
music to purchase and meditate to, I saw a lot of myself in Karma, from her
relationship with her mom to the whole scenario with her father and her
brother. Reading the book has given me some great ideas for how to deal with
the same stresses Karma successfully dealt with and overcame. I already
practice yoga and have done journaling on and off, but I'm ready to get in
touch with my inner self. I hope I can find that inner calm Karma did once she
let everything go.
I just wanted to reach out to give you some e-moral support and say that I love
your site [...] and I absolutely loved reading your book. It's
definitely on my list of favorite books and books to share with or buy for my
younger sister. I can't wait for the other books in the series to be
released. Please continue to be a shining light leading the way to true
consciousness and serenity for us younger BAP's to follow. I appreciate
your works and efforts to be one of Love's Troubadours.
I wish you all the best and happy writing. ; )
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Living in the inquiry of what my life is and will become, I picked up Love's Troubadours. Transition and transformation are two words that add color to the stage of this... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by Monea Tamara
Love's Troubadours is one of the best written books of this year. In this case the book provides an overview of "Everywoman/Everyman" so there is something for all readers to... Read morePublished on December 27, 2007 by Stephon Monroe
How can you not just love the heroine of this witty and soulful novel? Karma is a modern woman alive in the world, experiencing both its shadow and light. Read morePublished on December 17, 2007 by J. Barrett
Love's Troubadour's: Karma:Book One is a powerful journey of self and community discovery. Readers will come to understand the connectedness of the Diaspora through Karma and her... Read morePublished on December 17, 2007 by Kesha Boyce Williams
You will absolutely enjoy this novel because:
1. It shows positive images of African Americans loving and learning how to build better relationships with themselves,... Read more
Love's Troubadours: Karma: Book One is an insightful, expressive novel that captured my heart in the first chapter. Read morePublished on December 13, 2007 by Chatterbox
This is a wonderful literary work. The content is rich - filled with diversity, moments of laughter and thought provoking ideas centerd around building and bridging relationships. Read morePublished on December 13, 2007 by D. Rozier
Love Troubadours by Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is an extraordinary book. I was told it was a book that women would truly enjoy. The implication was that men would not appreciate. Read morePublished on December 1, 2007 by Jorge Consuelo
Beautifully detailed, eloquently written and most of all, inspiring. Love's Troubadours takes the reader on one woman's journey in finding out who she truly is and how her everyday... Read morePublished on November 30, 2007 by M. S. Amato