Tanea is a third generation Black San Franciscan on both sides.

Tanea practiced Creative Writing throughout her high school career as a student at San Francisco School of the Arts. She then graduated from Columbia University in 2013, earning a BA in Anthropology and a Special Concentration in Human Rights. She graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2016 with a MA in Anthropology and Social Change. Her Master's thesis, an ethnographic Activist Research Project, is entitled, "The Circle that Breaks the Square: Reconsidering Restorative Justice in the Context of the Juvenile Legal System." 

Among her most prized awards for her writing, are recognition as Young Author of the Year (2009), National Queer Arts Festival featured artist at 'Still Here SF' (2016) and a participant in VONA/Voices of Our Nation (2016). 

Tanea is the child of an incarcerated parent. She is an abolitionist. She is currently working on a novel called Sanctuary City. When Tanea is not writing or dancing in the mirror she organizes for justice and freedom with The Last 3% of Black San Francisco.