Tatyana M. Ali
Born Name: Tatyana Marisol Ali
Date of Birth: 24 January, 1979
Place of Birth: North Bellmore, Long Island, New York, U.S.
Height: 1.62 m
Alma mater: Harvard University (2002)
Occupation: Actress, singer
Years active: 1985–present
Spouse(s): Vaughn Rasberry (m. 2016)
Parents: Sheriff Ali, Sonia Ali
Labels: MJJ, Work Group
Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979) is an American actress and singer known for her role as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. She has also starred as Tyana Jones on the TV One original sitcom Love That Girl! and had a recurring role as Roxanne on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2007 to 2013. Ali co-starred in the 2017 TV film Wrapped Up in Christmas. In 2018, she co-starred in the Lifetime movie Jingle Belle and also starred in a movie on the Hallmark Channel titled Everlasting Christmas, which premiered on November 24, 2018.
Ali was born in North Bellmore, New York on January 24, 1979, the eldest daughter of Sheriff and Sonia Ali. She is of Afro-Panamanian and Indo-Trinidadian descent.
In 1985, 6-year-old Ali began her acting career as a regular child performer on Sesame Street and appeared with Herbie Hancock in a musical number. She also appeared in two episodes of Star Search, one of which she performed a cover of Diana Ross's hit song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." She made her breakthrough in 1990, when cast as Ashley Banks for the television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She sang on various episodes of the show, including a heavily altered version of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the original song, "Make Up Your Mind", produced by Robert Jerald of N'Spyre Music Productions. Will Smith asked her if she seriously considered pursuing a musical career. However, despite her singing ability, Ali concentrated on her acting career on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the series' final season (1995–96), Ali began preparing herself for her musical debut. The result was the album Kiss The Sky, which was certified gold in early 1999. The album spawned the hit song "Daydreamin'", released July 21, 1998, produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart.
The album spawned two further UK hits, "Boy You Knock Me Out", featuring Will Smith, which peaked at No. 3 and is her biggest hit to date; and "Everytime", which was her third top 20 hit in the UK, peaking at No. 20. She made an appearance in Smith's album Willennium for the track "Who Am I" with MC Lyte. Along with her musical career, Ali kept acting in many films. She had the chance to work with recognized film directors such as Takeshi Kitano (Brother), Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child), among others. In 2005, she completed work on the film Glory Road and starred in the music video for Nick Cannon and Anthony Hamilton's "Can I Live?" as Cannon's mother. In early 2008, she performed on the song "Yes We Can", a will.i.am project supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign. She also appeared in the subsequent music video which gained coverage on the "What the Buzz" segment of ABC's World News Now.
She also performed the title song, "Sunny Valentine" along with Terrence Quaites for the indie film, Rockin' Meera directed by Param Gill in 2005. In 2009 and 2010 she produced and starred in the BET web show, Buppies. She is currently on recurring status on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Roxanne. Ali can be seen in the show, Love That Girl! on TV One. She stars as Tyana (which comes from the last five letters of her name). When asked if the character bears any similarities to her, Ali said in a CaribPress interview, "She's a bit neurotic and I hope I am not quite like that."
"One thing that I do love about her is that she is really multidimensional," she went on to say in the same interview. "I think it's nice to have a female character that is portrayed in (a) really holistic way." Ali also starred in Nora's Hair Salon and Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above. In 2011, Ali received the Living Legacy Award from the Caribbean Heritage Organization in Los Angeles. In 2012, Ali appeared as a guest on The Eric Andre Show. Ali's most recent role, as of January 15, 2013, is starring as Maya, along with Craig Wayans and Damien Dante Wayans, in the BET comedy, Second Generation Wayans.
In January 2014, Ali released a new EP entitled Hello, with her first single "Wait For It", which she also performed on The Arsenio Hall Show on February 4, 2014. In July 2016, Ali sued Warner Bros claiming that the company used her idea for the show The Real after she pitched the concept in December 2012. The case was dismissed in February 2017.
Ali attended Harvard University, where she received a bachelor's degree in African-American studies and Government in 2002. She traveled the United States as a spokesperson for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and headed voter registration drives at college campuses. In 2012, she continued showing her support.
She dated television actor Jonathan Brandis from 1995 to 1998.
In March 2016, Ali revealed that she was engaged to Vaughn Rasberry, assistant professor of English at Stanford University, whom she had met on eHarmony, . She added that they were expecting their first child. She and Rasberry married on July 17, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. The couple have a son born in September 2016. They are currently[when?] expecting their second child together.
Awards and nominations
Caribbean Heritage Organization
- 2011: Recipient, Living Legacy Award
NAACP Image Awards
- 1996: Won, Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1997: Nominated, Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 2010: Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama – The Young and the Restless
- 2011: Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Love That Girl!
- 2011: Won, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama – The Young and the Restless
- 2012: Won, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama – The Young and the Restless
- 2012: Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Love That Girl!
- 2013: Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Love That Girl!
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
- 1996: Nominated, Favorite Television Actress – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- Young Artist Awards
- 1991: Won, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1992: Nominated, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1993: Nominated, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1994: Nominated, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1995: Nominated, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – Name Your Adventure
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