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Today we spotlight the life and legacy of Evangelist Talithia Cumi.


Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to father Abraham Taft Jr. who played in the minor leagues and mother Peggy Lee Taft who placed second at the Apollo twice, Evangelist Cumi had a foundation  for what would soon become her essence: entertaining.

She completed most of her schooling in Newport News, Virginia, where she was crowned “Miss Black Teenage World.” Seeking greater heights, Cumi moved to New York to study theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then back to Hampton, Virginia where she graduated with top honors from the Academy of Modeling. She was on a path that through planning and perseverance led her closer to her dream.

After years of performing for audiences worldwide, Evangelist Cumi felt something was missing. She shares, “My body and mind were there, but my heart cried out for more.” Cumi who worked with Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Buster Poindexter and producer Nile Rodgers over a period of years was unsatisfied.

Even after singing demo leads and background vocals — as well as performing at Caesar’s Palace, the David Letterman Show, the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and touring in Europe with “The Boss”, Diana Ross, she wanted more.

Her voice is rich, confident and expressive  — under the direction of God. Her contemporary gospel sound is praised by the old and the young. She is a writer, singer, actress, dancer, producer, evangelist and pastor  who also produces “From The Heart” a gospel variety program which aired weekly in New York. In all forms, she’s a messenger of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Evangelist Talitha Cumi travels both nationally and internationally keynote speaking, singing, preaching, making television guest appearances on other shows like: Praise The Lord on TBN, Gospel Today, Bobby Jones Gospel on BET, etc. — while hosting and producing her own show entitled “From The Heart”, which presently is not airing, as we allow the Holy Spirit to take us higher to another network, having aired 7 years in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx on both Time Warner and Cablevision.


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