Tamara is an author and speaker. Her five-book series for children, Just Imagine…What If There Were No Black People in the World? is about African American inventors, scientists and other notable African Americans in history. The first book in the series, Jaxon’s Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists, launched in 2017, along with companion books which include a coloring book, activity book and Jaxon’s Journal.
The remaining books in the series are: (2) Jaxon and Kevin’s Black History Adventure Downtown, (3) Let’s Hear it for the Women Inventors and Scientists (4) Jaxon’s Black History Trip to NASA and (5) Jaxon Meets Black Cowboys from the Old West will arrive in 2018. Tamara has also written a book about Kwanza, Juneteenth (Juneteenth, The Celebration) and a short list of African American Firsts (African American Firsts- A Short List.
Tamara’s writing experience also includes serving as owner/editor-in-chief of Desert Diamonds Magazine, highlighting the accomplishments of minority women in Nevada; assisting with the creation, design and writing of a Los Angeles based, herbal magazine entitled “Herbal Essence” editorial contribution to “Homes of Color”; editor and chief of “Black Insight Magazine,” the first digital, interactive magazine for and about African Americans. She has written bios and profiles for sports figures for the now defunct, PublicFigure.com; has created newsletters for various businesses and organizations as well as her own Las Vegas community newsletter, “Tween Time News,” a monthly publication highlighting music entertainment in the various venues of Las Vegas.
Tamara speaks on the importance of teaching Black History all year, including engagements as keynote speaker for the Tuskegee Airmen Corporation’s 32nd Annual dinner in Denver; the Nellis AFB African American Cultural Association; the City of Richmond California Black History Month Celebration; e702 Black History Month event, and the Clark County Southern Nevada College Black History event, and various Black History month events and school events.
A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Point Richmond Business Association, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Bay Area Consultants Network (BACN), Redwood Writers Club, Independent Book Publishers Association (IPBA) and California Writer’s Club-Berkeley & Marin.qw3, Tamara also serves on the board of directors for Bay Area Independent Book Publishers Association (BAIPA).
Executive Director of her non-profit, Just Imagine KidZ a literacy program providing Black history programs for afterschool and summer literacy programs and a sponsorship program providing corporations the opportunity to donate her books to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.