Tahirah Ogletree is an African-American actress, print model, author, filmmaker and advocate for domestic violence. Originally from Cleveland, Tahirah moved to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue her passion for film and acting. Over the years, Tahirah has been featured as a commercial print model in nationwide magazines and catalogs, starred in Internet commercials, and landed a role in a 2008 SIS TV Production. In 2011, she was rated as America’s top-aspiring African American woman, and was featured on the prestigious cover of the Blow, Hair & Fashion magazine.
In 2012, Tahirah established her own film company, O'Tahirah Films, LLC (www.OTahirahfilms.com). She wrote, produced and starred in two short films, "Battered But not Broken" and "Phoenix Finest in Blue." In "Battered But Not Broken," Tahirah played a battered woman who finds the strength to take back her life from the deadly grips of her abuser. Tahirah wrote "Battered But not Broken" to raise awareness on domestic violence and how rapidly it’s becoming an epidemic in so many households across America.
In “Phoenix Finest in Blue,” Tahirah starred as Detective Portchellie alongside Preston Long as Detective Hale. The two seasoned detectives take down Willy Wright (James Brunhuber Sr.), who has been wanted by the FBI for 10 years. They hunt him down not only for vicious hate crimes and drug sales; but also for threatening to kill his own son for befriending an African-American. This bold action film is dedicated to anyone who has ever been a victim of a hate crime. In 2013 she continued her acting career when she was featured in a Tyrese Gibson music video (singer and star of such films as “Transformers 3” and “The Fast & The Furious”). It was off his album “Black Rose” and filmed in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tahirah’s many accomplishments led her to an even more noteworthy venture. In 2015, Tahirah published her first book, “Survivors Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence.” Dedicated to every victim and survivor of domestic violence, the purpose of the pictorial collection coffee book is to empower, inspire, educate, and help save and change lives. It is intended as a celebration of the beauty that all survivors have within, and is a reminder to everyone that there is life beyond the deadly grips of domestic violence. This empowering coffee table book is filled with inspiring quotes, tips on how to detect the early warning signs of domestic violence, tear-jerking testimonials from survivors around the world, Tahirah’s own autobiography, and a list of domestic violence hotlines with 24/7 access to highly trained advocates for immediate support.
In conjunction with her book release, Tahirah’s clothing line debuted with the launch of two t-shirt designs. The first derives from her original art pieces called “ Power Beyond the Fist.” The striking image translates two powerful messages. On one hand, it’s a collection of 52 inspiring phrases that help domestic violence victims understand they can overcome through faith in God, encouragement, forgiveness and a great support system. On the other, it sends the message to males that real men don’t hit women. “The Nubian” shirt hits the positive message home to victims and survivors that there is no excuse in settling for a life that’s less than one is capable of living; that there is true purpose in life beyond domestic violence. It is necessary to rise above and become the best version of oneself. When worn, these high-quality shirts act as strong messages to society, supporting the theory that we can break the silence of domestic violence.
Tahirah's motivational and inspiring journey that led from being a victim of domestic violence to a survivor was made possible through God, faith and perseverance. Tahirah fought to pursue her dreams. Today, she works as a strong domestic violence advocate, inspiring women all over to be the best they can be and pursue their passion despite what life has offered them. Tahirah is also committed to giving back to the community, she volunteers and donates to the Sojourner Center, which is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States. Tahirah supports their mission, as well as RAINN (Rape, Abuse Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization, by donating proceeds from her clothing line. To learn more and support click (insert link to the help stop domestic violence)
From victim to survivor, and through faith and perseverance, Tahirah has conquered each obstacle in her life. She truly believes that the word "NO" is an opportunity for a future "YES." With a passion for life, film and fashion, Tahirah will continue to move up steadily in the industry.
"True beauty comes from having a relationship with God and allowing Him to transform you into a person who can inspire others to become successful"— Tahirah