TAHIRA has been recognized by the state of New Jersey and Delaware Hometown Heroes for her talents as a performer. She recently received the New Jersey Governor's Award for Distinguished Service in Arts Education. The artist, whose works are rooted in African Diaspora culture and tradition, has also been given the nod for her single, Freedom Call, nominated for Best Collaboration by Delaware Hometown Heroes.
The New Jersey Governor's Award provides a public forum for the Governor and Commissioner of Education to recognize students and adult leaders for their achievements in Arts Education. On receiving the award, TAHIRA stated, "My great joy is seeing how storytelling sparks the imagination and nurtures all parts of the human experience. This award affirms for me that my work as an artist and arts advocate is valued."
Freedom Call is an anthemic song written by TAHIRA and executive produced by Darnell K. Miller of HP Entertainment. This single made its way into the hearts and minds of many impacted by the protests and uprisings calling for racial equity. The song that gives light to Juneteenth or Freedom Day's events was performed by the Delaware Artists for Change, which includes some of the state's most soulful vocalists.
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, 2021, marks the 156th year since slavery was abolished in Galveston, Texas. The holiday is a celebration of freedom for the Black community, and it is momentous that the song is nominated on the heels of this event.
TAHIRA, who is best recognized for her work as a professional storyteller nationally, has proven her talent as a songwriter with Freedom Call. Her musicianship has been described as "...spiritually infused with karmic joy..." by Delaware music venue owner Esther Lovlie.