Tia Cherie Polite

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Tia Cherie Polite

1971 (age 4748)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer, actor
Years active2007–present
Partner(s)Kevin Wendell Jones
Website blackrosedagger.com

Tia Cherie Polite (born 1971) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, VFX artist and cosplayer known for the 2015 film Dark Awakening, which she wrote, directed, and produced.

Visual effects is the process by which imagery is created or manipulated outside the context of a live action shot in film making.

Cosplay type of performance art

Cosplay, a portmanteau of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture, and a broader use of the term "cosplay" applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include anime, cartoons, comic books, manga, live-action films, television series, and video games.


Polite went on to direct 2016's The Interrogation and 2017's Age of the Warrior [1] .

Early life and education

Tia Cherie Polite was born 1971 in Washington, DC. to Jeannie Walker (Mother) and James Polite (Father) and later raised by Annie Bell Walker (Grandmother). She has two other siblings, Asmeret K. Habteab-Baker (Sister) and Sean Polite (Brother).

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The city is also one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million tourists annually.

During 2008, Tia received a certificate in 3D Animation and Visual Effects from the 3D Training Institute, she graduated from Strayer University in 2011.

Strayer University is a private, for-profit university in the United States. It was founded in 1892 as Strayer's Business College and later became Strayer College, before being granted university status in 1998. Strayer University operates under the holding company Strayer Education Inc., which was established in 1996.

In 2008, Tia began performing as a costumed stage combat performer for the Guardians Performance Group (formerly the Jedi Guardians) where she performed and later choreographed Kenjutsu routines dressed as Star Wars character using stunt light-sabers.

As a Cosplayer, Polite and began using the moniker MzTiyah. [2] [3] Polite began making some of her own props and costumes to use in her cosplay. [4]

During her time with the Guardians Performance Group, Tia performed in a dozen of live charitable events and conventions. She was elected CEO of the Guardians Performance Group in 2011 and served in that role until retiring from stage combat in 2013.

In 2010 Polite as a cosplayer made her film debut in Four Days at Dragon*Con [5] that featured interviews with fans, staff, performers, artists, stars and would-be superheroes

During Dragoncon 2011, Tia co-wrote the song Supergirl with Kevin Wendell Jones that featured his daughter Theresa Jones as Lil MC Reese and herself as MzTiyah.

In 2011, Tia began blending her various talents and interests together and began her foray into film-making by acting, writing and producing several independent short films, including an entry in the 2012 Washington DC 48

Hour Film Project called To Wrong A Right. In 2015, Tia entered into directing via the Star Wars inspired film Dark Awakening which she also wrote and acted in. The film also served as her first as a visual effects artist and editor.

In 2015 She hosted a film makers panel at Awesomecon [6]

In 2016, a documentary film recounts the story of Polite in The Journey of Tia. The film covers the Tia Cherie Polite's career via interviews. Archival footage and still photos, and narration by Polite.

Tia Cherie Polite with Dark Awakening cast members Mackie Lou Vigal, Jethro Moran, W. Keith Scott and James Jay O'Neal doing a film panel at Awesome Con Tia Cherie Polite with Dark Awakening cast at Awesome Con.jpg
Tia Cherie Polite with Dark Awakening cast members Mackie Lou Vigal, Jethro Moran, W. Keith Scott and James Jay O'Neal doing a film panel at Awesome Con

In 2017 Tia founded her own production company, Black Rose Dagger Films, LLC. [7]

In 2017 she hosted a panel at Blerdcon called, Film Making: Concept to Completion.

In 2017 during the month of February, Polite was one the cosplayers featured on Black Girl Nerds for the 28 days of black cosplay. [8]

In 2017, the 4th Annual Funk Parade was Hosted by David "The Oh!" Oliver and Co-host Tia Cherie Polite. [9] [10] She also hosted The Costume Lounge along with Wendell Smith Sr. [11] [12]

In 2017 Cinemax sponsored the Urban Action Showcase and Expo [13] an all-action entertainment platform celebrating diversity and honoring the multicultural achievements within the blockbuster action genre, including adventure, fantasy, grindhouse, horror, sci-fi, and supernatural content. Tia Cherie Polite as the director and Kevin Wendell Jones as composer and sound designer won an award for their film, Age of the Warrior [14] [15]




2011To Wrong A Right
2015Dark Awakening
2016Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016The Interrogation
2017The White Room
2017Age of the Warrior


2011To Wrong A Right
2015Dark Awakening
2016Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016The Interrogation
2016The Journey of Tia
2017The White Room
2017Age of the Warrior


2015Dark Awakening
2016Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016The Interrogation
2016The Journey of Tia
2017The White Room
2017Age of the Warrior

Visual Effects

2015Dark Awakening
2016Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016The Interrogation
2017The White Room
2017Age of the Warrior


2015Dark Awakening
2016Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016The Interrogation
2017The White Room
2017Age of the Warrior


2015Dark Awakening
2016Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016The Interrogation
2017The White Room
2017Age of the Warrior


2011To Wrong A RightReporter
2011SupergirlWonder Woman
2015Dark AwakeningSith Witch Lady Fatale
2016The InterrogationThe Interrogator
2016The Journey of TiaSelf in documentary
2017The White RoomThe Interrogator
2010Four Days at Dragon*conHerself


References/Notes and references

  1. "THE URBAN ACTION EXPERIENCE: ACTION A GO GO'S SHORT FILM LIGHTNING ROUND!". Action A Go Go, LLC. November 19, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  2. "#28DaysOfBlackCosplay: MzTiyah Cosplay – Black Girl Nerds". Black Girl Nerds . February 25, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  3. "Cosplay: Why We Do What We Do featuring MzTiyah Cosplay". Breaking Normal. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  4. "#28DaysOfBlacCosplay 2017 (with images, tweets) · TalynnKel". Storify. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  5. "Dragon Con Independent Film Festival » Documentary -". filmfest.dragoncon.org. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  6. "Dark Awakening- A Star Wars Fan Film Panel (Awesome-Con 2015)". Vimeo. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  7. "Register Your Business Online | Maryland.gov". egov.maryland.gov. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  8. "#28DaysOfBlackCosplay: MzTiyah Cosplay - Black Girl Nerds". Black Girl Nerds . February 25, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  9. WASHINGTON, GOOD MORNING. "The DC Funk Parade brings 30+ stages with 120 performances and it's FREE". WJLA. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  10. Patricia McDougall (April 30, 2017), Patricia McDougall "On The Scene" Celebrity Photographer 4-30-2017 , retrieved June 22, 2018
  11. "Funk Parade 2017 – Select Magazine | Events, Bars, Food, Entertainment, Culture, Music, Nightlife – St. Louis". www.selectcitymag.com. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  12. "Are You Ready to Get Funked Up? U Street's Funk Parade is Saturday – All The Details". PoPville. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  13. Obenson, Tambay A. (November 6, 2015). "Cinemax Sponsors Urban Action Showcase and Expo, Beginning Sat Nov. 7 in New York City". IndieWire. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  14. Demetrius Angelo (January 14, 2018), 2017 UASE HBO Cinemax Red carpet Reception set2 , retrieved June 19, 2018
  15. Demetrius Angelo (March 2, 2018), 2017 HBO Red carpet Winner set 5 , retrieved June 19, 2018
  16. "Short Film Festival | DMOFF – Direct Monthly Online Film Festival". Short Film Festival | DMOFF – Direct Monthly Online Film Festival. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  17. "Honorable Mention". www.iifilmawards.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  18. "NYC Indie Film Awards". www.nycindiefilmawards.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  19. "Carmarthen Bay Film Festival Program 2017". Issuu. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  20. "2017 UAS IAFF Winners". Urban Action Showcase and. Retrieved May 2, 2018.

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