Tiara was born and raised in Seattle, WA, living and working in the same neighborhood that she grew up in. Seattle has always been seen as progressive by the rest of the country, but growing up as a mixed kid in a white city instilled a huge amount of internalized racism that has taken decades to undo. In Boondocks terms she was born Jazmine and grew up to be Huey.
She currently works as a special education teacher specializing in children from trauma backgrounds and other emotional and behavioral disorders doing her best to not just interrupt the school to prison pipeline but shatter it and create a better system that is for everyone. She is also working on a Master’s degree in Child and adolescent developmental psychology, with the intention of taking her passion for justice to the district level one day.