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Tyree also known as briggs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, and graduated from Central High School in 1987; after which he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied to become a pharmacist, like his mother.
Tyree transferred to Howard University in 1989. In 1991, during his senior year, Tyree became the first student in Howard University's history to have a featured column published in The Hilltop, its award-winning campus newspaper. Tyree's column was titled Food for Thought.
In 1991, Tyree received a degree in Print journalism from Howard University. Shortly thereafter, he worked as a reporter and an assistant editor at The Capitol Spotlight, a weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C. Later, he was hired as chief reporter for News Dimensions, another Black-owned weekly newspaper.
Today, Tyree is a New York Times best-selling author, a 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award winner for Body of Work in Fiction, and has published 16 books that have sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. He also has a little cousin that has been writing books ever since she was little. She is now 14 years old and lives in Columbia S.C Tyree is a popular speaker on the university and corporate circuits. In his Equation for Life lecture, Tyree weaves together a foolproof formula for attaining lifelong success in business and everyday living. Ideal for corporate sales and marketing teams, one attendee who heard the lecture commented, "Omar Tyree’s Equation for Life speech made me rethink my whole life—it has given me the focus I need." The success of the speeches over the last eight years landed Tyree his first non-fiction book deal with John Wiley, the world's number-one business publisher. The Equation: Applying the 4 Indisputable Components of Business Success is being released in January 2009.
His journey as an entrepreneur began in his early twenties, when he started the book publishing company Mar Productions to release his earliest works of fiction. Tyree’s entrepreneurial ventures have evolved to Hot Lava Entertainment, a synergistic production company for books, music, and film. Recently, Tyree released his first movie, The Lure of Young Women, which is available on DVD nationwide.
Tyree’s articles have been published in The Washington Post, Essence, and Upscale.
In 2001, Tyree won the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature for the novel For the Love of Money.
As Omar Tyree:
- Capital City (1993)
- Battlezone (1994)
- Flyy Girl (1997-11)
- A Do Right Man (1998-10)
- Single Mom (1999-10)
- Sweet St. Louis (2000–08)
- For the Love of Money (2001–08)
- Just Say No (2002–07)
- Leslie (2003–08)
- Diary of a Groupie (2004–06)
- Dark Thirst (2004–10)
- Boss Lady (2005–06)
- What They Want (2006–07)
- The Last Street Novel (2007-07)
- Pecking Order (2008)
Under the pen name the Urban Griot:
- College Boy (2003)
- Cold Blooded (2004)
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