In 1989, after graduating from Northwest High School in Indianapolis, Imani worked several factory jobs before she dedicated her life to care for her mother, grandparents, and aunt. She stood by their side for fourteen years; including being a single parent to three (two boys and a girl). After Imani's sister resumed the role as primary caregiver for their mother, Imani enrolled at a local community college to major in Paralegal Studies. It was then, the four-time Dean's List student discovered her passion of writing. She wrote essays, short stories, and poetries, and a few were published in the college paper and a local magazine.While being a Caregiver, Imani suffered the darkness of depression. She described her emotions in a 2010 poem, Trapped With My Eyes Wide Open.