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Tembi Locke        

Actress, Producer & Screenwriter; NYT Bestselling Author of "From Scratch"

Tembi Locke is the New York Times bestselling author of her memoir From Scratch, and an actor, producer, and screenwriter with a passion for connecting with an audience both on the page and on the screen. From Scratch is a Reese’s Book Club pick, an Audie Awards Best Audiobook Finalist, and a Goodreads Best Books Finalist. Along with Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine, Locke serves as an executive producer and co-writer for the Netflix limited series inspired by her book.

Locke thrives at the intersection of storytelling and advocacy. She credits her advocacy work to beginning with her parents, who always encouraged her to do her part in nurturing a more just and humane world. Locke speaks on healing after loss, reclaiming your personal narrative, everyday resilience, creativity and the deep belonging found through human connection. Her work includes giving a TEDx talk, keynotes around the country, and being an ambassador to organizations doing the vital work of changing our systems and society for the better. She is also a prolific actor, who cut her teeth with iconic comedies like "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Friends" before going on to star in over sixty television shows including "The Magicians," "Bones," "NCIS," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" the global hit, "Never Have I Ever." Through all of Locke’s ventures, her hope is for her work to inspire people to love more deeply, embrace resilience, and honor the fundamental humanity that connects us all.

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