Tamara is an author, speaker, owner of bookstore. She is rewriting/updating her seven-book series 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, is published with companion books which include a coloring book, activity book and 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 Meets Black Cowboys from the Old West (5) Jaxon’s Black History Trip to NASA (6) Jaxon Learns About African American and Classical Music and (7) Jaxon’s Visit with African American Painters and Artists. 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, 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 Chevron’s Black History Month program, the Tuskegee Airmen Corporation’s 32nd Annual dinner in Denver; the El Cerrito NAACP, various Rotary groups, Richmond Kiwanis Clubs, Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 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.
She facilitates a Professional Development Class on how to incorporate Black History into lesson plans and curriculum – providing educators with information, examples and samples.
She is the owner of the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore at The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond, CA. The bookstore focuses on children’s books from many cultures including African American, Latino, Asian/South Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, as well as Biracial, Disability, Diversity and LGBTQI.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Point Richmond Business Association
Independent Book Publishers Association (IPBA)
Board member Richmond Rotary Richmond Kiwanis
Board member Bay Area Independent Book Publishers Association (BAIPA)
Board member Girl’s Inc.