Denisha Raychelle Hardeman, better known as Dede, was born in Houston, TX on Feb. 18, 1991.  She is a best-selling author of her debut book, "8 Lanes," an actress, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur. Denisha is also the co-founder of the National Black Film Festival and was also awarded her own day in Galveston, Texas. "Denisha Hardeman Day" is celebrated in Galveston on August 28. 

Denisha is the third child of Angela and Dennis. She has two older brothers, Kenneth and Tristan and one younger sister, De’Angelique. Denisha grew up performing at a very young age in church. She performed in church plays, speeches, and praise dancing. Denisha also took on another hobby, writing. She won many creative writing contests in school and her poem “Halloween Night” won a poetry contest and was published in a poetry book when she was 8 years old.

           

            Denisha continued to perform and write throughout her school years. She won many acting and writing awards along the way. While attending Southern Methodist University on a track scholarship, Denisha was cast as a background actress in the Oscar winning film, “Django Unchained.” While on set, Denisha caught the attention of Samuel L. Jackson who encouraged her to follow her dreams and move to Los Angeles. In Aug. 2012, she moved to Los Angles to attend the New York Film Academy. Denisha starred and worked on many commercials, indie films, and television shows including “Glee” and “CSI.” Denisha also appeared in the record breaking film, “Straight Outta Compton.” Along with the help of her mentor, Paula Jai Parker (The Proud Family, Hustle and Flow, Friday), Denisha got into screenplay writing, producing and casting. She has written 9 screenplays and one book.

 

            Denisha recently finished her first book as a published author, “8 Lanes.” “8 Lanes” is loosely based on Denisha’s early years in college as a track star dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, suicidal tendencies, addiction and depression. This sparked the creation of Denisha’s new charity, “The Un-Hushed Foundation.” The Un-Hushed Foundation was created to help those that are going through the darkness into the light. Un-Hushed brings forth the truth that hides behind the smile. Denisha plans on taking the novel “8 Lanes” and reaching the world with its message. To help those in need find ways to cope with their past and follow their dreams.