Tahiera of Birmingham, Alabama, successfully transformed herself from a victim of domestic violence into an advocate for men and women who struggle to build quality lives out of tragic circumstances.
Her 2006 book, “Annihilator of Innocence,” chronicles a horrific ordeal in which Tahiera, along with her children, were held hostage for two years by a deranged man. Though the story is written as fiction, it is a true account of what happened to Tahiera and her children. The experience left her in a coma, and although she eventually recovered, she still suffers from permanent amnesia.
Despite her trauma, she has become a successful businesswoman whose work has touched people around the world, via online programming, public speaking and publishing.
She created Indian Creek Management LLC, under which she operates Darkness To Light Films, a movie and TV production company. She also is a professional speaker who shares her inspiring story at schools, universities, correctional facilities, law enforcement conferences and other venues.
She currently produces an online talk show, "Living True and Truly Living: Real People ... Real Stories ... Real Issues,” spotlighting people who have overcome obstacles and found joy in life once again. She hopes to eventually bring this program to broadcast television.
She also has a new project in the planning stages - a film, "Annihilator of Innocence: The Barbara Clark Story," based on her book.
Tahiera successfully applied for a Promesa loan from Accion Alabama, an extension of Accion Texas Inc., to produce the summer episodes of her talk show. The funds will pay for a director, production crew and for promotional merchandise to market the show.
“I am so grateful to Accion for helping me expand my platform and reach more people who need encouragement and hope,” Tahiera says. She adds that Accion’s belief in her will serve as an example to potential sponsors as she grows her talk show and film projects. “If other people see that Accion invested in me, then that can jumpstart interest among possible investors,” she says.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.