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Omar Tyree

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Omar Rashad Tyree (born April 15, 1969) is an African-American novelist.[1][2] He is known for his best-selling book For the Love of Money and Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr. he co-authored with Marion Barry.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Tyree, also known as Briggs, was born in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.[5] He graduated from Central High School in 1987; after which he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied to become a pharmacist before transferring to Howard University in 1989.[5]

His journey as an entrepreneur began in his early twenties, when he started a book publishing company, Mar Productions, to release his earliest works of fiction. Recently, Tyree released his first movie, The Lure of Young Women.

In 1991, Tyree received a degree in print journalism from Howard University.[5]


Shortly, after his graduation, he started to work as a reporter and an assistant editor at The Capitol Spotlight.[5] Later, he worked as a chief reporter for News Dimensions.[5]

In 2003, Tyree released a hip-hop album titled Rising Up![citation needed]

Tyree's first non-fiction book, The Equation: Applying the 4 Indisputable Components of Business Success, was published in January 2009.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2001: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature[5]
  • 2006: Phillis Wheatley Literary Award for Body of Work in Fiction.


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)


  1. ^ "Lionsgate's CodeBlack Films Acquires Rights To Omar Tyree's 'Flyy Girl' Trilogy". deadline.com. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Codeblack Films acquires rights to 'Flyy Girl' trilogy". chicagotribune.com. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  3. ^ "BEST SELLERS: September 3, 2000". The New York Times. September 3, 2000.
  4. ^ "Race and Civil Rights Books - Best Sellers - Books - Jan. 11, 2015 - The New York Times". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Best-selling author Omar Tyree leaps into 'Flyy Girl' screenplay". The Philadelphia Tribune. 6 March 2019.

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