Tatyana Ali is a Broadway-trained actress, singer, producer, activist and graduate of Harvard University. Known to millions worldwide from her role as “Ashley Banks” on the iconic television series “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” Ali can soon be seen as sharp-witted personal assistant “Maya” in the highly anticipated BET comedy “Second Generation Wayans” about the young members of the famous Hollywood family. She also continues her recurring role as “Roxanne” on the long-running CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”
She and sister Anastasia Ali helm HazraH Entertainment, a production company dedicated to creating quality content for underserved communities. The company was a production partner on the Martin Lawrence executive-produced sitcom “Love That Girl!,” the first original scripted program on the TV One Network, and recently produced the acclaimed web series “Buppies” for BET.com.
The three-time NAACP Image Award winner, named one of most beautiful women in the world by People Magazine in 2011, has appeared in numerous films including Kiss the Girls, Jawbreaker, The Brothers, Glory Road, Mother and Child, and the upcoming independent film Home Again.
As a recording artist, she holds a gold record from her 1998 debut album Kiss the Sky, which included the hit singles “Daydreamin’” and “Boy You Knock Me Out. The success of the album allowed her the opportunity to join both *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys on their world tours. In 1999, her recording of “Precious Wings” for The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland soundtrack won a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Album for Children”.
Ali is a fierce advocate for youth and education. During the 2008 presidential campaign, she traveled to college campuses across the United States speaking to young people about the importance of voting. She has been a spokesperson for the Millennium Momentum Foundation and is actively involved in the Step Up Women’s Network, two organizations dedicated to educating and professionally developing young people for leadership roles that will impact their communities. Recently, as the host of the United Negro College Fund’s “Empower Me” Tour, she has traveled the country inspiring students to take control of their academic, personal and professional destinies. In fall of 2011, BET and the Black Girls Rock organization honored Ali as their “Young, Gifted and Black” woman of the year for her longstanding record of youth advocacy work.