|Karma, One of Love's Troubadours by Ananda Leeke
Who is Karma Francois?
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.
Karma is a Bohemian Black
American Princess and daddy's girl from her head to her toes. She is also a HBCU graduate (Historically Black
Colleges and Universities), Morgan State University and sorority
sister (Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.) who is accustomed to living extremely well. Karma is a natural woman with a unique
style. She could easily pass as the twin sister of Celia Faussart, one of the Afropean sultry hip-hop songbirds commonly known
as Les Nubians. Passing would probably be her first choice since her relationship
with her twin sister is emotionally distant.
Reddish-brown locs crown her head. She sees the world through
cocoa eyes. Her skin is the color of burnt sugar. The French call it caramel. And like caramel, Karma's personality is
a contrasting force of salt and sugar. She epitomizes the Sanskrit meaning of her name: the total effect of a person's
choices, actions, and conduct during her lifetime.
Karma also represents a new type of Black woman who is a Love
Jones cohort*, 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. Karma is a departure from the video vixens and stoic matriarchs. The way she wears her womanhood as
she confronts the effects of her poor life choices and embraces a spiritual journey of healing and love, makes her a 21st
century archetype that everyone can relate to.
*The term Love Jones cohort was
coined by Dr. Kris Marsh, an African American post-doctoral scholar at the University of North Carolina’s Population
Center, in her study that redefines the Black middle class (published in the December 2007 issue of the Social Forces journal).
It also represents the title of a 1997 movie by Theodore Witcher about single middle-class Blacks in Chicago.
Love's Troubadours' Characters
Love's Troubadours' characters
will definitely shake things up in your life! They represent a wide spectrum of beautiful brilliant brown people. Some wear
locs, naturals, and processed hairstyles. Whatever way they choose to express their outer selves, I think you will find them
incredibly fascinating. Their heritage is rich. You will get to know African American, Afro-Latina, Afro-Thai, Afro-Hindu,
Black British, and Afro-Russian folks. Some folks practice yoga, meditation, mantra chanting, Christianity, and Buddhism.
Others participate in spoken word events, HIV/AIDS awareness activities, and grassroots healing work to help the African American
community overcome homophobia. You will also witness the diversity of loving relationships in the Black community - straight,
lesbian, and gay.
on the links below to learn more about the women and men of Love's Troubadours.
Places and Cities Featured in Love's Troubadours
novel takes place primarily in Washington, DC. It features many businesses, organizations, and landmarks in the U Street,
Shaw, Adams Morgan, and Dupont Circle neighborhoods such as Mocha Hut, Cake Love, The Islander, St. Augustine Catholic Church,
The Women's Collective, 18th and U Street Diner, All Souls Unitarian Church, Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park, 9:30 Club,
Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Teaism. See the YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQZ8YFWHaG0.
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,
Bennett College, Xavier University (New Orleans), Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Savannah State University.
Art in Love's
Art plays a major role in Karma's life. It inspires,
consoles, and teaches her. My novel offers you a wonderful opportunity to look at life through Karma’s eyes as an art
enthusiast and museum curator. Through Karma's eyes, you will learn about exciting artists and photographers from the
African Diaspora, Americas (USA and Mexico), Europe, and Japan such as Lois Mailou Jones, Kara Walker, Renee Stout, Yayoi
Kusama, Faith Ringgold, Chris Ofili, Ansel Adams, Marion Perkins, Elizabeth Catlett, Francisco Mora, Alexander Calder, Diego
Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Maria Izquierdo, Jean Michel Basquiat, Andre Derain, Annie Lee, Betye Saar, Alison Saar, Amalia Amaki,
Joyce Scott, Lorna Simpson, Constantin Brancusi. Eldzier Cortor, Amedeo Modigliani, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Archibald Motley,
Adrian Piper, Hughie Lee Smith, and Charles W. White. Read the art blog post:
Music in Love's Troubadours
Music plays a major role in the novel. You will have a chance to see how the music of Alice
Coltrane, 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. Read
the music blog post:
|Karma: Aham Prema (I am divine love) by Ananda Leeke
|Celia Faussart of Les Nubians