Tamu Smith and friend Zandra Vranes are co-hosts of the blog and radio show, Sistas In Zion. The pair met through the Genesis Group, became friends, and started their blog in 2009 as a way to keep in contact with each other when they no longer lived in the same state. They shied away from personal posts, and instead wrote about their shared religion as Sista Beehive and Sista Laurel.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they initially wanted to “create a place where their friends and family of all faiths could openly converse and also share humorous aspects of Mormon culture.” But their audience has expanded beyond friends and family. They are multimedia personalities and popular speakers at Time Out for Women and are the authors of Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons (2014). They focus on humorous aspects of faith and Latter-day Saint culture and seek to “uplift, inspire, bridge religious divides, and create healthy dialogue.”
Smith and her husband are the parents of six children and live in Utah.