The Athlete

The Athlete

The Journalist

The Journalist

The Chef

The Chef


Hello and welcome to my second post! After seeing all the clicks and responses from my first post, I figured I should let everyone know a little bit about myself. Please excuse the amateur look of my blog, I’m still learning to navigate the website. Bare with me as I figure this thing out. Moving on…

The Athlete:

My name is Tamiko Grimes. I have lots of nicknames, Meek being one of them, but most people call me Miko.  I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, raised in Southern California since the age of 5. My mother moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of being a chef and opening a restaurant. Growing up, I loved to help my mother cook, but I was always fascinated with sports. I started playing all types of sports at a very young age and by the time I got to high school, I was a very talented basketball and track and field prospect. Voted Most Athletic by my HS senior class, I went on to play college basketball at the Division-2 level. I attended California State University Los Angeles, where I graduated with a BS Degree in Kinesiology and Nutritional Science. Although I changed my major from Journalism to Exercise Science, I knew one day I would make my way back to sports journalism. After completing college, I was presented with an opportunity to play professional basketball at the international level. I played in 4 different countries during a 6 year span, which gave me not only an opportunity to get paid to play a sport that I love, but I also the gained experience in the business and journalistic sides of professional international basketball.

The Journalist:

After the passing of my grandmother, and my mother’s personal battles with Lupus and Diabetes, I found myself not wanting to leave the country anymore. I felt like it was time for me to begin my second career, which would give me more time with my family. From there, I moved to Atlanta to follow my dreams of becoming a journalist. Apparently, if you don’t have a broadcasting degree, you have to be a star athlete to transition smoothly from playing a professional sport into the journalism field. I wasn’t famous, I didn’t go to a Division-1 school, and  I didn’t know anyone in the business, so I went back to school and became certified in broadcasting. After graduating from CGB (Complete Game Broadcasting) in Atlanta, I went on to co-host a sports-talk radio show with Dennis Scott on 790 The Zone, I was a sideline reporter for Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, as well as host football camps for several players in the NFL. I was determined to take Pam Oliver’s job until I met my future husband. I decided to drop everything to become his wife, the mother of his children and his #1 fan! It was the best decision I ever made in my life! 🙂

The Chef:

I know a lot of mothers don’t have the option of being a stay at home mom, so I felt truly blessed to be able to stop working and spend every day with my son. I had so much free time that I began to renew my love for food. I started by creating recipes to increase my mothers knowledge of the proper eating habits of a diabetic. My mother, now retired, was predominantly a soul food chef, so getting her to eat properly has not been easy. During that time, I also found out my son, who was 8 months old, had 15 food allergies. FML!!! Although he has grown out of a lot of them, he is still EpiPen allergic to dairy, nuts and white fish. I have begun adding dairy free and nut free recipes to my repertoire so that my son could have a little bit of normalcy as a kid. Who doesn’t want their kid to experience chocolate milk and cookies? One of the best things about being a kid is not paying bills or counting calories!! Can I get an AMEN? Once i started posting my dishes on instagram, my followers and friends’ encouragement gave me the push I needed to write a cook book. Though it isn’t finished yet, I’m hoping to be done with it before the end of the year.

The Goal:

My son is turning 4 this fall, which means he will be in school full-time, allowing me more time to pursue my goals as a chef and journalist.  I am currently seeking sports-talk radio jobs as well as an on camera jobs in the sports industry. I have a very strong opinion, (do/have you followed me on Twitter?) I’m knowledgeable about sports, easy on the eyes, and I just so happened to be married to the best corner back in the NFL! Somebody needs to give me a damn job!!! Pray for me! Thanks!


Twitter/Instagram: @iHeartMiko

8 thoughts on “About Miko…

  1. I’m so glad you are doing this!! I don’t know you personally but I love the realness about you! I wish you the best of luck!!

  2. Love the picture with Brent and you…marriage… I have 33 years of it with same women. World record for my generation. And may I add you have so much to say and I love the way you say it. I would love that ability all the time not just when I am under the influence of something. Speak your mind when you have something to say controversial or not.

  3. And one more thing… Those Nike Air Max 2013 you lifting with? Love them I rotate 3 pairs as I run at the gym 5 miles a day on incline of 3 before work. Keeps a 32″ waist at 57 🙂

  4. Loved this and glad you’re sharing…So happy for you! Ever since I followed you on Twitter a while ago, i’ve loved your energy for your husband, son and your overall zest for life. Awesome start to your blog, as a fellow blogger, it can be overwhelming at first but keep pressing, you definitely have a lot to say and the world is listening/reading whether they admit it or not. Rock out girl, i’m rooting for you! Oh and I can’t wait for the cookbook!

  5. If you had a show i would deff watch. I love your twitter posts, you really got me hooked during j. Martin times! Theres not many days i dont die laughing at you.

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