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Omar Tyree

Omar Tyree

Born:  April 15, 1969

Birthplace:      Philadelphia, PA

Zodiac Sign:  Aries

Omar Rashad Tyree an African-American novelist.

Tyree graduated from Central High School in 1987; after which he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied to become a pharmacist, like his mother. He transferred to Howard University in 1989. In 1991, during his senior year, Tyree became the first student in Howard University's history to have a featured column published in The Hilltop, its award-winning campus newspaper. Tyree's column was titled Food for Thought.

In 1991, Tyree received a degree in Print journalism from Howard University. Shortly thereafter, he worked as a reporter and an assistant editor at The Capitol Spotlight, a weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C. Later, he was hired as chief reporter for News Dimensions, another Black-owned weekly newspaper. In 1995, he signed a two-book arrangement with publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster. A few years later Tyree signed a lucrative long-term fiction contract.

In 2003, Tyree released a hip-hop album titled Rising Up!

Tyree is a New York Times best-selling author, a 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award winner for Body of Work in Fiction, and has published 16 books that have sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. He also has a little cousin that has been writing books ever since she was little.


Tyree is a popular speaker on the university and corporate circuits. In his Equation for Life lecture, Tyree weaves together a foolproof formula for attaining lifelong success in business and everyday living. Ideal for corporate sales and marketing teams, one attendee who heard the lecture commented, "Omar Tyree’s Equation for Life speech made me rethink my whole life—it has given me the focus I need." The success of the speeches over the last eight years landed Tyree his first non-fiction book deal with John Wiley, the world's number-one business publisher. The Equation: Applying the 4 Indisputable Components of Business Success is being released in January 2009.

Tyree’s articles have been published in The Washington Post, Essence, and Upscale.  Source.

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