Tabitha Brown
Brown in 2013
Tabitha Bonita Thomas[1][2]

(1979-02-04) February 4, 1979 (age 45)[3]
EducationMiami International University of Art & Design
  • Actress
  • social media personality
Years active2002–present
Chance Brown
(m. 2003)

Tabitha Bonita Brown (née Thomas; born February 4, 1979) is an American actress and social media personality. She creates online video content incorporating veganism, humor and motivational speaking. Brown has over 5 million followers on TikTok and over 4.2 million followers on Instagram as of March 2023. She has been described by HuffPost as "America's Mom"[4] and her content has been characterized by critics as being "comforting"[5] and "calming".[6][7][8][9][10] She is the host of the Food Network’s first plant-based cooking competition It’s CompliPlated and host of the Emmy winning YouTube children’s show Tab Time.[11]

Born in North Carolina, Brown studied fashion briefly before leaving school to pursue acting. After developing chronic pain and fatigue, Brown switched to a vegan diet to help with relief. She created her TikTok account in 2020 and began amassing followers shortly thereafter.

Brown has appeared in television shows such as The Chi and Good Morning America. In 2021, Brown was awarded the Outstanding Social Media Personality title at the NAACP Image Awards. Her first book, Feeding the Soul (because it's my business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love and Freedom, was published the same year, and she published her first cookbook, Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations, the next. In 2023, she won the Children's and Family Emmy Award for Outstanding Host.

Early life and career

1979–2007: Early years and career beginnings

Brown was born in Eden, North Carolina.[8][12] Raised in Stoneville, she grew up in Eden.[10] She began studying fashion design at Miami International University of Art & Design, but dropped out at age 19 and moved to Laguna Niguel, California.[13] After struggling financially, she returned to North Carolina, this time moving to Greensboro, where she lived for five years.[13][12][14]

In 2002, Brown got a job as the co-host of a local late-night show, where she interviewed celebrities who performed at Greensboro Coliseum Complex.[13] In 2004, with husband in tow, she moved back to Los Angeles where she tried stand-up comedy.[8] After failing to land as a TV actress, Brown spent five years working at a Macy's in Century City.[15][8] Six months after the move to California, Brown began traveling between North Carolina and Los Angeles to care for her mother who had developed ALS.[13]

2008–2016: Acting and performance hiatus

Brown had spent three years taking care of her mother.[10] Following her mother's death in 2007,[16] Brown began her career acting small roles in several indie films and direct-to-video films.[13][17] Brown subsequently developed chronic pain and fatigue and could not work for a year.[13] Brown was introduced to veganism after her daughter had suggested adopting it to help with her recovery.[13][18]

Social media breakthrough

In late 2017, Brown was running out of disability insurance funds, which led to her becoming an Uber driver in October 2017,[10] in order to make ends meet as a "struggling"[19] part-time actress.[16] Her video review from December 2017 of a Whole Foods Market vegan BLT sandwich went viral, after which the company hired her as a brand ambassador to travel the country.[10][16] In early March 2020, she created a TikTok account on which she began sharing vegan recipes, cooking tips, family moments, and encouraging advice, amassing 2 million followers in the space of five weeks.[8][9] Brown had also been broadcasting live cooking shows and product reviews on Facebook live since early 2018.[20][21]

TV and publishing

In late April 2020, Brown was signed to Creative Artists Agency.[22] In late June 2020, she began hosting All Love on Ellen Digital Network.[21][23] In 2021, Brown hosted the YouTube Original children's show Tab Time.[24] The same year, she launched a hair care line named "Donna's Recipe" after her name for her afro,[25] and she published her first book, Feeding the Soul (because it's my business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love and Freedom, which became No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.[26] In 2022, she launched a clothing collection with Target Corporation[27] and appeared on Good Morning America.[28]

In 2022, William Morrow published Brown's debut cookbook Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations.[29] VegNews listed it as one of the "Top 100 Vegan Cookbooks of All Time" in 2024.[30] It was featured on NPR[31] and Good Morning America.[32] Essence magazine reported Brown went on a two-week book tour that ended with a final appearance at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles.[33] Journalist Avery Yale Kamila listed Cooking from the Spirit on her list of the best vegan cookbooks of 2022.[34] DeAnna Taylor of Ebony magazine listed the book on her list of 7 cookbooks to leave Thanksgiving guests wanting more.[35] Oprah Daily listed the book as number 8 on its 2022 list of "16 Books to Gift Your Favorite Bibliophiles."[36] In 2023, USA Today listed the book's peach cobbler recipe on a list of egg-free recipes to try as egg prices rise.[37]

In 2022, the Food Network hired Tabitha Brown to host and executive produce the network’s first plant-based cooking competition series, It's CompliPlated.[38] The show premiered August 11th at 10 p.m.[39] After the show debuted, it was moved from its primetime spot to a daytime slot.[40]

Brown's YouTube show Tab Time was nominated for two categories in the inaugural Children's and Family Emmy Awards, Outstanding Preschool Series and Outstanding Host.[41] The following year, Brown was once again nominated for the Outstanding Host category and later won.[42]

Personal life

Brown is married to Chance Brown, a retired LAPD officer with whom she co-hosts Fridays with Tab & Chance on IGTV. Together, they have two children; Choyce and Queston.[15][18][43] They reside in Los Angeles, California.[44]



Adapted from IMDb:[17][better source needed]


As Writer

Year Title Writer Notes
2019 Love or Laughs Yes Co-written with Bo Starks

As Actress

Year Title Role Director Notes
2005 Bad Reputation High School Student / Partygoer Jim Hemphill
2008 Outrighteous Simone Jill Maxcy
2009 Thug Love CeCe Marcello Thedford
2010 Helpless Tabitha Johnson Brent Huff Short film
2010 Caution to the Wind Veronica Paige Douglas Herman
2012 Laughing to the Bank Various Brian Hooks
2017 I Am Still Here Alicia Mischa Marcus
2018 All Between Us Aubyrn Jamie Jones
2018 I Hate LA Roxie Reuben Johnson
2018 A Stone Cold Christmas Homeless Santa Courtney Miller
2019 Princess of the Row Aunty Tammy Max Carlson


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Lbs Sabrina Wright 3 episodes
2013 Fat Ass Anonymous Sabrina Pilot episode
2014 Black Boots Dr. Freeman Episode: "Revolutions"
2015 Family Time Dr. Darlene Episode: "What's Ours is Mine"
2015, 2019 Black Jesus Theresa / Teresa 2 episodes
2016 Sex Sent Me to the ER Dr. Mary Manson Episode: "Bedroom Eyes"
2017 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Lorraine Episode: "Felicity Huffman/Lea Michele/Stephen 'tWitch' Boss"
2017 Switched at Birth Nurse Reed Episode: "Four Ages in Life"
2017 CH Originals Aunt Tiffany Episode: "Disarming Conversational Land Mines"
2018 Vengeful Dr. Darcel Anderson-Ramirez Pilot episode
2020 Will & Grace Female Officer Episode: "What A Dump"
2020 Anatomy of Black Love Self TV documentary
2020 The Talk Self Episode: "Joel McHale/Tabitha Brown"
2021 The Chi Octavia Matthews 5 episodes
2021- Tab Time Tab 10 episodes
2022 The Tiny Chef Show Herself 2 episodes

Psychic on The Conner Sept 22nd, 2021

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Veggie Awards 2020 Favorite Vegan Social Media Personality Herself Won [45]
Streamy Awards Food Won [46]
NAACP Image Awards 2021 Outstanding Social Media Personality Won [47]
Children's and Family Emmy Awards 2022 Outstanding Preschool Series Tab Time Nominated [48]
Outstanding Host Herself - Tab Time Nominated
2023 Won [49]
Give Her FlowHERS Awards 2022 The Self-Love Award Herself Won [50]


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