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Essence Magazine recently placed actress Tasha Smith on the cover in a story titled “Diary of a Happy Black Woman.”

The title rings true when you consider the story of Smith who went from being homeless to big screens across the globe.

The New Jersey native once worked as a stripper and was addicted to drugs. To say she’s come a long way is an understatement.

“All those years ago, I was a girl with this dream, but with no education, no confidence, no self-esteem, nothing. And now God has brought me to this place of destiny, and He’s not even done with me yet,” Smith told Essence.

Read more at HuffingtonPost.

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