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Tangi Miller Is A Storm Brewing

Updated on September 6, 2017
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I started working in the performing arts industry after attending Colgate University in 1981. My early work was as a personal manager.

Actress / Producer / Writer / Director, Tangi Miller.
Actress / Producer / Writer / Director, Tangi Miller.

Tangi Miller is a storm brewing in the film industry. A storm that no matter how much the weathermen predict and warn you about it, you will still end up in the eye of it.

But this will be a storm you won't want to run and take cover from because her gifts as an actress, a writer, producer, and now director, are ones that will move you emotionally, and make you laugh, cry, and ponder the wondrous journey of life.

Born and raised in Miami, FL. and the eldest of six children, Tangi and her siblings were not permitted to watch much television as they grew up. This only fueled her interests in the performance arts, and she began acting in stage productions while attending high school.

Still not quite thinking she would pursue a career in acting, she pursued a marketing degree at Alabama State University. However; It was at Alabama State University that she decided to pursue acting full-time. Ever, the consummate scholar, She would go on to win the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship and earn a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. Tangi also studied at the Royal National Theater in London and performed in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

The City of Montgomery would later give her the key to the City and ASU would site Tangi as being one of their shining star graduates:

"Tangi Miller has been called one of the sexiest stars on television. Ebony Magazine said the former ASU public relations major–turned–movie star is one of the "most beautiful people of the millennium. She got her start at Good Ole ’Bama State, where she realized that acting was her true calling."

Most television viewers know Ms. Miller from the Emmy award winning show, Felicity, where she played Elena Tyler, opposite Kerri Russell on the Hit WB series from1998 to 2002.

Some would be surprised to learn that Tangi has music videos to her credit; featured actress in soulful music video starring legends, Sweet Pea Atkins and Kris Kristofferson, "Forever's a Long, Long Time" and in Old Dirty Bastard's hit, "Baby I Got Your Money".

Tangi fearlessly took her career into her own hands and started her own production company, Olivia Entertainment, where she acts and produces.

Many Indie movie lovers will remember Tangi as the lead actress in such independent films: The Other Brother (romantic comedy); horror film, Leprechaun: Back 2 the Hood, Drones(sci-fi), The Good Life(comedy), Good Wifey(dramedy), Hollywood Choas(faith), The MC Hammer Story and Hurricane in a Rose Garden(comedy), and My Girlfriend's Back(dramedy).

In 2005, Tangi was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a television movie category at the N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards, and in 2006, she would play Donna in Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion.

A pioneer, even in the independent film arena, Miller has carved out an impressive career overseas starring and co-producing Ghanaian and Nigerian films; she has worked on over a dozen films including Police Officer, After School; The Trace, Boxing Day and Love & Other 4 Letter Words, her favorite to date.

In the romantic dramedy; Tangi plays, Stormy LaRue, in a story about a successful woman who plans an elaborate wedding with friends and family, but with no husband.

The movie features comedian/actor, Flex Alexander, and is about a woman (Stormy LaRue) who lies to her grandmother about her engagement and wedding because her grandmother was dying. "Stormy wanted her grandma to know that her grandbaby was getting married", Tangi says with a smile. "She knew that being a happily married woman would have been more important to her grandma than being a successful business woman, or at least as important. To know that her granddaughter was going to be happy, fulfilled, and with a family would have given grandma peace as she passed on to rest. A profound notion to mothers of her generation for their daughters"

But, when the grandmother does not pass away, and begins to recover, that's when the antics are on to find a husband, and the dramedy ensues.

Tangi would tell an interviewer for Essence Magazine when asked about her own love life,

"I want to begin a conversation about relationships and love. Stormy's grandmother in the movie says, 'at the end of your days you’re not going to wish you worked extra hours at work'. If you love is something you want, you definitely need to make it a priority in your life early enough so it doesn’t feel desperate or you are worried about your eggs drying up (laughs)!".

Tangi learned early in her career that one of the ways you can always keep yourself working is to "create your on work". Producing her own films, has allowed Tangi to be able to bring the kind of stories she and her friends would like to see at the movies.

The one area behind the camera she had not worked, is as director. That is, until now. She is very excited now that she is in post-production for her directorial debut, Diva Diaries.

Tangi also serves as Producer of Diva Diaries, a trilogy, story by Ms Miller and writing team Alisa Banks, Huriyah Muhammad and Jarale Phillips.

"Diva Diaries is about five beautiful women working, living and loving...in all of their fabulousness and of course, some drama. But not the hair pulling, drink throwing drama we see on TV today. The good 'old fashion' plot twists and tension . Diva Diaries is about five 'Bougie Babes'", Tangi says with a big laugh,

Well, one thing seems certain for Tangi Miller as she continues to grow as an actress and filmmaker, she is a true DIVA ~ Divinely Inspired, Victoriously Awesome, Alive, and Aware. She appears to have the Midas touch when it comes to putting her finger on what everyone is talking about.

We look forward to Diva Diaries, and up coming international films Boxing Day and Twin Flames.


From one of Tangi's favorite actors, Anthony Hopkins, about Love

“Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then.”

After several years on the hit TV show, "Felicity", Tangi would go on to enjoy a starring and co-starring roles in films.
After several years on the hit TV show, "Felicity", Tangi would go on to enjoy a starring and co-starring roles in films.
Tangi played Donna in Tyler Perry's, "Madea's Family Reunon"
Tangi played Donna in Tyler Perry's, "Madea's Family Reunon"

Tangi in a clip from 'Madea's Family Reunion'

Tangi both Produced and Co-Starred in this romantic comedy with Flex Anderson
Tangi both Produced and Co-Starred in this romantic comedy with Flex Anderson

Love and Other Four Letter Words (Trailer)

Evil Has A New Rap!

Tangi as the lead in the campy horror Leprachaun franchise.
Tangi as the lead in the campy horror Leprachaun franchise.

Tangi in Leprechaun: Back 2 The Hood

Tangi co-produced the film, 'The Trace'

Q&A with Tangi Miller

Q: Tangi, you are an actress, writer/producer and now, director. Which aspect of making a film are you most passionate about?

A: Yes, my first love is acting, I don't believe that will ever change, however I'm most passionate about story telling and this most effective as a producer because one is able to bring all elements together and most importantly decide on story he or she wants to tell.


Q: Who influenced you the most when you decided to become a filmmaker?

A: Walter Powell, Tyler Perry & JJ Abrams.


Q: Who influences you now in the film business?

A: Oprah Winfrey, Sharon WilliamsChis Nolan, Brian Hooks.


Q: Did you go to film school, or when did you know for sure that you would be a filmmaker?

A: Yes. I received my Undergraduate degree at Alabama State University, and then my Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine.

Q: What's your favorite movie of all time, and why?

A: Lady sings the Blues . Diana and Billy had the best chemistry and they made me want to fall in love. Also, I'm a huge Diana Ross fan. She is forever the first lady!

Q: Who would you most like to work with in a movie?

A: Anthony Hopkins.

Q: Where do you see yourself five years from now as a filmmaker and actress?

A: Working, maknh movies, acting, producing and directing.

Q: Do you think it's easier today for women filmmakers to get a project green lighted?

A: I certanly feel it's easier today. I do feel it is a challenge being taken seriously as a woman and actress.

Q: If you were speaking to a group of students who are pursuing careers in film, what advice would you give them?

A: Study!! Please don't claim anything without studying, research, time and effort on a subject or career.


Tangi Miller has been called one of the sexiest stars on television. Ebony Magazine said the former ASU public relations major–turned–movie star is one of the “most beautiful people ofthe millennium.” She got her start at Good Ole ’Bama State, where she realized thatacting was her true calling.

— Alabama State University
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Tangi as an actress learned early that you can keep yourself ahead of the curb if you can also write, direct, and produce your own projects.
Tangi as an actress learned early that you can keep yourself ahead of the curb if you can also write, direct, and produce your own projects.
Tangi as an actress learned early that you can keep yourself ahead of the curb if you can also write, direct, and produce your own projects.

Tangi was a regular on the hit show, 'Felicity'

Felicity was a popular TV Show that Tangi was a regular for 75 episodes as Elena Tyler
Felicity was a popular TV Show that Tangi was a regular for 75 episodes as Elena Tyler

Tangi's Chatacter on TV Show 'Felicity'

Tangi starred with Malik Yoba

"My Girlfriend's Back"

The Good Wifey.
The Good Wifey. | Source

Tangi's Acting Clips

Tangi's advice to those pursuing a film career

Study!! Please don't claim anything without studying, research, time and effort on a subject or career.

Tangi Miller's Filmography

1998
Rhinos
 
2002
The Other Brother
Paula
2003
Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood
Emily Woodrow
2004
Forever Is a Long, Long Time
Rochelle
2006
Madea's Family Reunion
Donna
2007
Love & Other 4 Letter Words
Stormy LaRue
2008
After School
Shonda
2009
Hurricane In the Rose Garden
Sade
2010
My Girlfriend's Back
Nicki Russell
2010
Drones
Miriyam
2011
Fanaddict
Cheli Dayton
2012
Guardian of Eden
Kimmy
2012
The Love Section
Jackie Long
2012
The Trace
Grace
2015
Diva Diaries
*Directorial Debut*

Tangi's Television Work

1998
Arli$$
Episode: His Name Is Arliss
1998-2002
Felicity (73 Episodes)
Elena Tyler
2000
The Amanda Show
Episode: "2.16"
2000
Playng with Fire (TV Movie)
Camille Roberts
2001
The Enforcers
TV mini-series
2001
Too Legit: The M.C. Hammer Story
Stephanie
2002
The Shield
Rebecca Wyms
2002
Fastlane
Gina
2002
The Twilight Zone
Ashley
2002
Kim Possible
Editor (Voice)
2003
The District
Dyane
2004
Class Actions
TV Movie
2004
The Division
Deena Bishop
2004
Phantom Force (TV Movie)
Potts
2004
Cold Case
Nora Lincoln
2005
Living with Fran
Cynthia
2005
Half and Half
Alana Mitchell
Tangi has taken on a new hat with her directorial debut in a film she also produced and stars in called, "Diva Diaries"
Tangi has taken on a new hat with her directorial debut in a film she also produced and stars in called, "Diva Diaries"

Other Films that Tangi Co-Produced, Co-Wrote and/or Stars in

https://youtu.be/IriJ0Ais7Rk
https://youtu.be/IriJ0Ais7Rk
https://youtu.be/EDxcHXrPxhs
https://youtu.be/EDxcHXrPxhs

Interview Tangi Miller Official REELWORLD Film Festival 2013

https://youtu.be/-vaqvvkLgIo
https://youtu.be/-vaqvvkLgIo

Boxing Day

The new film from Tangi has been nominated 14 times as a foreign film in Africa. The film makes it's debut this Summer in Atlanta, GA.
The new film from Tangi has been nominated 14 times as a foreign film in Africa. The film makes it's debut this Summer in Atlanta, GA.

Boxing Day Movie Trailer

Stars of "Diva Diaries" (L-R): Mari Morrow, Laila Odom, Tangi Miller, Chrystee Pharris and Vanessa Williams. This is Tangi Miller's directorial feature film debut.
Stars of "Diva Diaries" (L-R): Mari Morrow, Laila Odom, Tangi Miller, Chrystee Pharris and Vanessa Williams. This is Tangi Miller's directorial feature film debut.

Diva Diaries Teaser Trailer

See Essence Magazine Feature on Tangi Miller

http://www.essence.com/2008/04/17/tangi-miller-love-and-the-career-driven

As Producer, Star and Director of her new film, 'Diva Diaries', Tangi is in control of bringing stories to film.
As Producer, Star and Director of her new film, 'Diva Diaries', Tangi is in control of bringing stories to film.
Tangi was awarded the President's Lifetime Achievement Award in Georgia at the State Capitol in Atlanta in early 2017.
Tangi was awarded the President's Lifetime Achievement Award in Georgia at the State Capitol in Atlanta in early 2017.

TANGI MILLER NEWS UPDATE

Since we told you about Tangi Miller's co-production of her 2016 film. 'Boxing Day', the film went on to win the African Hollywood equivalent of the Academy Awards in the Best Picture category for the African Diaspora at the Pan African Awards held in Los Angeles in November of 2016.

She also screened her directorial debut of 'Diva Diaries' at the Pan African Festival to rave reviews! And the film has also been screened at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival and at the Chicago 'Black Harvest Film Festival - 2017'

Tangi also was bestowed the honor of being recognized by the Obama Administration by receiving the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding work for Community Service.

Tangi in Chicago for the Black Harvest Film Festival - 2017, with Festival Coordinators

See more about Tangi and her movies at:

http://tangimiller.com/

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      Pam Morris 16 months ago from Atlanta Georgia

      What a nice job putting together the work of Tangi Miller. I am a big fan and feels she does not get the credit she deserves

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      Trina Parks 20 months ago

      Wonderful presentation!