Tanikia Carpenter

Born on the South Side of Chicago, Tanikia is a writer and actress. She is the founder of Sunday School Productions which tells stories of Black culture that have been overlooked and forgotten. She is also the creator of Black Owned Chicago which is a resource for the city to support Black businesses. Her work has been featured on the TLC Network, ESSENCE, and Huffington Post, just to name a few. She is the author of ‘When God Said Yes’ and ‘The 30 Day Man Fast’. Tanikia received her B.F.A. in Media Studies from North Park University with a minor in Africana Studies. During her time at North Park she lead a group of students on a mission trip to Zambia, was editor of the campus newspaper, and become the first African American homecoming queen. Immediately after graduating she interned in Jackson, Mississippi under Dr. John Perkins and transcribed his memoir “Love is the Final Fight”. She also curated events featuring Civil Rights Activists such as Charles Evers, brother of Medgar Evers, and more. When she isn’t writing or on stage, she’s busy raising her brilliant daughter India and loving on her amazing husband, Stephen.

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