Tami Roman Youngblood
Tamisha Akbar

(1970-04-17) April 17, 1970 (age 51)
  • 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
  • (m. 1994; div. 2001)
  • Reggie Youngblood
    (m. 2018)

Tamisha Akbar (born April 17, 1970) better and professionally known as Tami Roman, 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]


During her time on The Real World: Los Angeles, Roman formed her own R&B girl group quartet called Reality. Roman herself was one of the four members and the rapper of the group as well. During the same time, the group signed a record contract with Mercury Records. The name of the song was "Prisoner Of Your Love," but the producer that worked with them was, from what Tami stated, was very difficult to work with, to please, and hard to satisfy.[citation needed] The group ended their collaboration with him and the song was never recorded. In 1994 while still under contract with Mercury Records, Roman changed the group's name from Reality to Female. The group was offered the opportunity to join other African-American girl groups in recording the remake of R&B singer Joi's song "Freedom" for the motion picture soundtrack album, Panther.[citation needed]

The song featured other R&B girl groups such as En Vogue, SWV, TLC, For Real, Xscape, Brownstone, Y?N-Vee, Changing Faces and several other groups.[citation needed] The song also featured many female African-American solo artists and female rappers. The second song the group was in on that soundtrack was a cover version of the hit song If I Were Your Woman by Gladys Knight and the Pips, only the group was the backing vocals while solo artist, Shanice was the lead vocal. The third and final song that Female was heard in on the soundtrack was also a cover version the legendary soul hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin. The names of the other three girls in the group were Monique Johnson, Donyell Floyd, and Carlett Martin. After the soundtrack, not much else was heard from the group again and they never released an album.[citation needed]

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.[3]

After Roman released a series of videos titled "Bonnet Chronicles" on Instagram, it was produced into a scripted series on TIDAL in 2018.[4]

Personal life

Roman has been married twice and has two children. On August 26, 1994, Roman married NBA player Kenny Anderson and together they had two daughters, Lyric Chanel (b. 1994) and Jazz Anderson (b. 1996). Roman and Anderson later divorced in February 2001.[5] Roman has been married to Reggie Youngblood since August 2018.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 MacArthur Park Rose
Tara Judge Bankhead Video
Sacred Is the Flesh May
2003 The Street Lawyer Lontae Burton TV Movie
Hot Parts Midnight Video
2004 Earthquake Debbie TV Movie
Hair Show Zora
2005 Talk Show Diaries Zoe TV Movie
Tears of a Clown Carolyn Black
2006 One Foot in, One Foot Out Valerie Short
The Last Stand DeDe Calvin
2007 Wifey Freddie Million TV Movie
South of Pico Irene
2010 Something Like a Business Prosecutor
2012 Life, Love, Soul Renee Jackson
2013 Sunday's at Noon Mona Short
2015 Play Date Jennifer Short
2016 Beyond the Game Reality Presenter
ANYWHERE, U.S.A. Coco Short
2017 When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story Stacey TV Movie
Just Within Reach Viola
2018 District Tasha
Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison Sharea Jackson
2019 Tami Ever After Herself TV Movie
Fall Girls Linda
TBA Bid for Love Dr. Simone


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Real World: Los Angeles Herself/Cast Member TV Series
Married... with Children Meg Episode: "Scared Single"
1994 Silk Stalkings Dina Episode: "The Scarlet Shadow"
1995 The Real World Vacations: Behind the Scenes Herself Video Documentary short
The Real World Reunion Herself TV Special
1996 Lauren Hutton and... Herself Episode: "Kenny Anderson & Tami Akbar-Anderson"
The Real World Reunion: Inside Out Herself Video Documentary
1997 The Real World You Never Saw Herself Video Documentary
1998 The Real World You Never Saw: Boston + Seattle Herself Video Documentary
2000 The Parkers Dina Episode: "Love Is a Royal Pain"
2001 Card Sharks Dealer TV Series
20/20 Herself TV Series
The Steve Harvey Show Bernadette Episode: "Not the Best Man"
2002 The Drew Carey Show Susan Episode: "What Women Don't Want"
2003 E! True Hollywood Story Herself Episode: "Real World"
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Saleslady #1 Episode: "You Slay Me"
One on One Elizabeth Episode: "PTAmore"
2004 Half & Half Spice Episode: "The Big Type Cast Episode"
JAG Beauty Tech Episode: "Hard Time"
2005 Summerland Leslie Sloan Episode: "What's Past Is Prologue"
Sex, Love & Secrets Angela Recurring Cast
2008 Moonlight Maureen "Mo" Williams Recurring Cast
2010–19 Basketball Wives Herself/Cast Member Main Cast: Season 2-8
2011 Love That Girl! Episode: "Dilemma Date"
Eden Lila Episode: "Pilot"
2011–12 Big Morning Buzz Live Herself 2 Episodes
2012–16 The Wendy Williams Show Herself 5 Episodes
2013 David Tutera's Celebrations Herself Episode: "Super Sweet Sixteen Plus 1"
Belle's Loreta Cooper Main Cast
Tiny Tonight Herself/Co-Host 2 Episodes
2014 Extant Cass Hendry 2 Episodes
2015 Celebrity Wife Swap Herself Episode: "Tami Roman/Kerri Walsh-Jennings"
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live! Herself Episode: "After Party Live! 409"
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Herself Main Cast: Season 3
2015–16 Basketball Wives LA Herself/Cast Member Guest: Season 4, Main Cast: Season 5
2016 The Doctors Herself Episode: "The Doctors' Most Viral Show Ever/M.D. Turns M.C."
2017 Hollywood Today Live Herself Episode: "Jackie Christie & Tami Roman/Danielle Mone Truitt & Brandon Quinn/"Scandal" Cast"
Ridiculousness Herself Episode: "Tami Roman"
District Tasha Main Cast
Tales Silk Episode: "All I Need"
2017-18 Wild 'n Out Herself/Team Captain 2 Episodes
2018 Steve Herself Episode: "Louie Anderson/Brooke Burke-Charvet, Tami Roman & Tamar Braxton"
Bossip on WEtv Herself Episode: "Thirteen"
TiTi Do You Love Me Herself Episode: "Stripping Two Away"
Bonnet Chronicles on Tidal Betty Main Cast
2018– The Family Business London Duncan-Grant Main Cast
2019 Uncensored Herself Episode: "Tami Roman"
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Herself/Host Episode: "Love & Hip Hop Awards: Most Certified"
The D.L. Hughley Show Herself Episode: "Episode #1.68"
Saints & Sinners Felicia Thompson Recurring Cast: Season 4
2019– Truth Be Told Lillian Scoville Recurring Cast: Season 1, Main Cast: Season 2-
2020 RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Herself/Miss Shenita Cocktail Episode: "Rusical"
2021 Love & Hip Hop: It's a Love Thing Herself TV Special
The Mediator Herself Episode: "Mommy ATM-No-More"
For Real: The Story of Reality TV Herself 2 Episodes
Get Into It with Tami Roman Herself/Host TV Special
Vicious Chantel Main Cast
The Ms. Pat Show Denise Ford Main Cast

See also


  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 to Release Cosmetics Line". BET.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Tami Roman Finally Settles 9-Year Child Support Lawsuit". News One. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  6. ^ Weigle, Lauren (9 October 2016). "Jazz Anderson, Tami Roman's Rapping Daughter on 'Basketball Wives LA'". Heavy.