If you haven't read Sinclair's work, you're missing out. Coffee Will Make You Black has been mentioned here before because it's a well-written, funny, charming and heartfelt coming of age story. I have a copy with Sinclair's signature bought at Denver's (now-Harlem's) Hue-Man Experience Book Store, that I cherish. And am looking forward to her fourth novel!
Thanks to author Bernice McFadden for the link to Sinclair's essay. (And look for an upcoming Q&A with McFadden here soon.)