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Essence Magazine recently placed actress Tasha Smith on her 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.

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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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