Tami Roman (born Tamisha Akbar on April 17, 1970 in Mount Vernon, New York) was a cast member on "The Real World: Los Angeles." She was 22 years old at the time of her appearance on the show.
Tami is an alumna of Howard University and a singer who works as an AIDS care specialist which proves difficult when patients she grows close to get sick and die. Her true aspiration is music, as she is a member in a four-woman R&B group called Reality.
She is extremely close to her mother, who had her when she was 15 and half years old and thinks of her almost as a sister rather than as a mother.
When Tami was a senior in high school, she and her mother were homeless for three months following the loss of her mother's job and struggled to procure basic necessities as they lived in her mother's car before Tami's mother managed to get their lives back on track.
Even though Tami was raised a Muslim, she begins each day with a Buddhist chant to ensure peace and serenity. She appeared on the dating game show "Studs" a year ago and appears again on the program in Episode 4.
David feels that Tami is spoiled when it comes to men, and only dates men who submit to her control and her demands, though she says she isn't certain what she wants in terms of relationship, and that she has trouble seeing herself marrying or being with any one person.
In Episode 11, she has an abortion, sparking discussions on that topic among the cast.
Tami sees herself as extremely neat and when Beth A. first moves in, she sees Tami as very controlling, and sometimes harsh, owing to the various issues going on in Tami's life.
Despite her initial differences with Jon and Beth S, the three eventually become a close trio by Episode 18.
After "The Real World"Edit
Tami was a cast member on the VH1 reality series "Basketball Wives." She is the former wife of former NBA player Kenny Anderson & has two daughters. She has also guest-starred on the CBS series "Extant."
Tami can also be heard on "Tami Roman's Love Talk & Hot Jamz" with advice columnist and rapper Willie D of the Geto Boys and Reggi YB. The show airs Monday thru Friday from 8-10pm Central time on Houston's KCOH Radio.