Tami Roman

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Tami Roman
Tamisha Akbar

(1970-04-17) April 17, 1970 (age 49)
  • Television personality
  • model
  • actress
  • rapper
Years active1993–present
Known forBasketball Wives
(2010–2013); (2017-2019)
Basketball Wives LA
The Real World: Los Angeles
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Kenny Anderson
(m. 1994; div. 2001)
Reggie Youngblood
(m. 2018)

Tami Roman (born Tamisha Akbar on April 17, 1970) is an American television personality, model, businesswoman and actress. Roman first gained fame on The Real World: Los Angeles in 1993.[1] After making cameo appearances and starring in supporting roles in various television shows and films in the 1990s and 2000s, Roman became one of the breakout stars of Vh1's Basketball Wives.[2]


Born Tamisha Akbar in Mount Vernon, New York to an African American mother and Puerto Rican father, Roman was raised as an only child in White Plains, New York. In 1993, she was cast on the second season of MTV's hit reality show The Real World, titled The Real World: Los Angeles. During the season, she was the first to have an abortion on reality television. She married professional basketball player, Kenny Anderson, in 1994 and later divorced in 2001.[3] Roman gained more fame as she appeared as the dealer on the 2001 revival of Card Sharks, and on several other shows, including an episode of One on One (season 3, episode 4).

In 2010, Roman became one of the main cast members in the VH1 reality series Basketball Wives. She was then cast on the Basketball Wives spinoff Basketball Wives LA, starting with the fourth season in 2015. Roman appeared on two episodes of the CBS show Extant. Roman could also be heard on Tami Roman's Love Talk & Hot Jamz with advice columnist and rapper Willie D of the Geto Boys and Reggie Youngblood. The show aired on Houston's KCOH Radio. Roman and her boyfriend Reggie Youngblood appeared on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars for its 3rd season, which premiered May 29, 2015. Roman is working on her hair and cosmetic lines.[4]

After Tami Roman released a series of videos titled "Bonnet Chronicles" on Instagram, it was produced into a scripted series on TIDAL in 2018.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Roman and former husband Kenny Anderson have two daughters, web-series personality Lyric Anderson and hip-hop artist Jazz Anderson.She married Reginald Youngblood in 2018, they eloped.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Real World: Los Angeles Cast member
1993 Married... with Children Meg 1 episode
1994 Silk Stalkings Dina 1 episode
1995 The Real World Vacations: Behind the Scenes Herself
The Real World Reunion Herself
1996 Lauren Hutton and... Herself
The Real World Reunion: Inside Out Video documentary
1997 The Real World You Never Saw Video documentary
1998 The Real World You Never Saw: Boston + Seattle Video documentary
2000 The Parkers Dena 1 episode
2001 Card Sharks Dealer
20/20 Herself 1 episode
The Steve Harvey Show Bernadette 1 episode
2002 The Drew Carey Show Susan 1 episode
2003 One on One Elizabeth 1 episode
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Saleslady #1 1 episode
2004 Half & Half Spice 1 episode
JAG Beauty Tech 1 episode
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Angela 3 episodes
2008 Moonlight Maureen "Mo" Williams 8 episodes
2010–2013; 2017–2019 Basketball Wives Cast member
2013 Belle's Loreta Cooper 6 episodes
2013 Tiny Tonight Co-Host 2 episodes
2014 Extant Cass Hendry
2015 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Herself 12 episodes
Celebrity Wife Swap Herself 2 episodes
2015–16 Basketball Wives LA Cast member
2016 The Doctors Herself 1 episode
2017 Ridiculousness Herself 1 episode
2017 Wild 'n Out Special guest
2017 Tales Silk 1 episode
2018 Bonnet Chronicles on Tidal Betty
2018–Present The Family Business London Duncan-Grant Series Regular
2019–Present Saints & Sinners Felicia Thompson Re-Occurring


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Tara (known in the U.S. as Hood Rat Honorable D. Bankhead Direct-to-video film
2003 The Street Lawyer Lontae Burton Television film
2004 Hair Show Zora
2004 Earthquake Debbie Television film
2006 The Last Stand DeDe Calvin
2007 South of Pico Irene
2010 Something Like a Business Prosecutor
2012 Life, Love, Soul Renee Jackson
2017 Just Within Reach Viola
2018 Prison Logic Sharea Jackson
2019 Fall Girls Post-production


  1. ^ WEINSTEIN, STEVE (19 September 1993). "TELEVISION : A 'Real World' of Difference : Life has changed for seven young adults who took up residence in a $2-million Venice house for six months in a soap-opera documentary series conceived and aired by MTV: Everyone knows their names" – via LA Times.
  2. ^ "Reality Check: Tami Roman". Vibe. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  3. ^ "Tami Roman Finally Settles 9-Year Child Support Lawsuit". News One. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  4. ^ "Tami Roman to Release Cosmetics Line". BET.
  5. ^ "Tami Roman Takes 'Bonnet Chronicles' On The Road As Her Daughter Lyric Debuts Her Own Web-Series". The Inquisitr. 2018-05-26. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  6. ^ Weigle, Lauren (9 October 2016). "Jazz Anderson, Tami Roman's Rapping Daughter on 'Basketball Wives LA'". Heavy.

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