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Tatyana Ali

Biography

R&B vocalist Tatyana Ali began her executing career as a kid actress co-starring around the strike sitcom THE NEW Prince of Bel-Air. Following a series’ 1996 cancellation, she adopted in the footsteps of co-star Will Smith and considered music, debuting in 1998 using the smash summer solitary “Daydreamin’.” Ali’s debut recording, Kiss the Sky, adopted later that 12 months.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tatyana Ali
Height 1.62 m
Profession Actor, Model, Singer, Television producer, Activist
Education Marymount High School, Harvard University
Nationality American
Spouse Vaughn Rasberry
Children Edward Aszard Rasberry
Parents Sheriff Ali, Sonia Ali
Siblings Anastasia N. Ali, Kimberly Ali
Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Music Songs Boy You Knock Me Out, Daydreamin', If I Ever Love Again, Everytime, Through Life Alone, Precious Wings, If You Only Knew, Love the Way You Love Me, He Loves Me, Getting Closer, Almost Love, Never Leave You Lonely, Worth the Weight, Wait for It, Kiss the Sky, Candy Girl, Last Summer, Intro, Yesterday, Interlude, Hello, Daydreamin' Part II, Daydreamin', Pt. II, Ghost Town, Boy You Knock, Joy to the World, Thinking of You
Albums Kiss the Sky, Boy You Knock Me Out, Hello
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress
Movies Glory Road, The Brothers, Kiss the Girls, Fall Into Darkness, Jawbreaker, National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze, Fakin' da Funk, November Rule, Dysfunctional Friends, Mother and Child, Locker 13, Nora's Hair Salon, Crocodile Dundee II, Home Again, Eddie Murphy Raw, Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above, The Clown at Midnight, Kidz in the Wood, Domino One, Hotel California, Back in the Day, Brother, Pete Smalls Is Dead, It Snows All The Time, Privileged, Supermodel, The Good Nanny, The Precious One, The Last Letter, Comeback Dad, Dear Secret Santa, The List, A Very Larry Christmas, 23rd Psalm: Redemption, Fatal Flip, The Butterfly Chasers, The Misguided Adventures of Dating in Hollywood, Second Sight
TV Shows Love That Girl!, Second Generation Wayans, 413 Hope St., The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Young and the Restless, Buppies


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#Fact
1 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 37, a son named Edward Aszard Rasberry on September 16, 2016. Child's father is her husband, Dr. Vaughn Rasberry.
2 (July 16, 2016) Married her boyfriend of 2 years, Dr. Vaughn Rasberry, in Beverly Hills, California, following a 4-month-long engagement.
3 Was in a relationship with actor Jonathan Brandis for 3 years (1996-1999).
4 Currently working on her new album [March 2005]
5 Graduated from Harvard University with a degree in government. [June 2002]
6 Has posed in King's Magazine twice.
7 Is still good friends with Will Smith.
8 Still has contact with her The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) co-stars.
9 Can speak Spanish fluently and say some phrases in Hindi.
10 Ranked #74 in VH1 100 Top Child Stars in 2005
11 Has worked with Tamala Jones twice, once in The Brothers (2001) and, again, in Nora's Hair Salon (2004).
12 Released her first CD, Kiss the Sky, in 1998 and released music video's for Boy You Knock Me Out, Daydreamin and Everytime to promote her debut album Kiss The Sky in 1998.
13 She worked with Alfonso Ribeiro in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) and Kidz in the Wood (1996).
14 Has worked with Jenifer Lewis three times: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), The Brothers (2001) and, most recently, Nora's Hair Salon (2004).
15 She graduated from Marymount High School in Los Angeles, California.
16 Some of her hobbies are gymnastics, swimming, dancing, and singing.
17 Her favorite movies are Gone with the Wind (1939), West Side Story (1961), Vertigo (1958) and the biopic, What's Love Got to Do with It (1993).
18 Her favorite book is The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
19 Her favorite actors are Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart.
20 Admires Oprah Winfrey.
21 Has two younger sisters, Kimberly and TV producer Anastasia N. Ali.
22 Attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California.
23 Graduated from Harvard University in June 2002 with a degree in Afro-American history and government.
24 Mother is Afro-Panamanian; father is from Trinidad of East Indian descent.
25 Appeared on Star Search (1983) in 1987 and was Junior Vocalist Champion.
26 Started in showbiz at the age of four-and-a-half on the classic children's show Sesame Street (1969), most notably when she said her name into a C.M. I. Fairlight synthesizer that was being played by Herbie Hancock.
27 Touring with the "All That and More Music Festival" [1999]
28 Appeared on Star Search (1983), beating her opponents several times.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Reason 2016/II post-production Macey
It Snows All the Time 2016 completed Technologist
Supermodel 2016 post-production Lauren
Samaria 2016 Short Audrey
Second Sight 2016 TV Movie Clara
Zoe Ever After 2016 TV Series Ashley King
Teachers 2015 Short Ms. Faith Mayfield
Key and Peele 2015 TV Series Heresa
Fatal Flip 2015 TV Movie Roslyn
November Rule 2015 Leah
Save for Now 2015 Short Woman
Love That Girl! 2010-2014 TV Series Tyana Jones
Comeback Dad 2014 Nima
Locker 13 2014 Lucy (segment "story #1")
The Black Bachelor 2014 Short
The Divorce 2014 TV Movie
A Very Larry Christmas 2013 Nicole
Dear Secret Santa 2013 TV Movie Jennifer
The Young and the Restless 2007-2013 TV Series Roxanne
The Last Letter 2013 Jillian
24 Hour Love 2013 Simply
Second Generation Wayans 2013 TV Series Maya
Home Again 2012 Marva Johnson
Dysfunctional Friends 2012 Alex
23rd Psalm: Redemption 2011 Stacey Wayne
Geo n Rat 2011 Short Det. Erica Anderson
Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 Cocktail Waitress
Buppies 2009-2010 TV Series Quinci
Privileged 2010 Talia
Mother and Child 2009 Maria
Locker 13: Down and Out 2009 Short
The Jeffrey Henderson Show 2009 TV Series Herslf
Hotel California 2008 Jessie
Nora's Hair Salon II 2008 Lilliana
The List 2007/II Cynthia
A Warm Place 2006 Short Clair Andrews
Glory Road 2006 Tina Malichi
Back in the Day 2005 Alicia
Domino One 2005 Laeticia Richards
Nora's Hair Salon 2004 Lilleana
Dorm Daze 2003 Claire
Half & Half 2003 TV Series Olivia
Fastlane 2002 TV Series Shelly
The Brothers 2001 Cherie Smith
Brother 2000/I Latifa (as Tatyana M. Ali)
The Clown at Midnight 1999 Monica
Jawbreaker 1999 Brenda
413 Hope St. 1997 TV Series Kai
Fakin' Da Funk 1997 Karyn
Kiss the Girls 1997 Janell Cross (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Fall Into Darkness 1996 TV Movie Sharon McKay (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Kidz in the Wood 1996 TV Movie Rita (as Tatyana M. Ali)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990-1996 TV Series Ashley Banks
Living Single 1996 TV Series Stephanie James
In the House 1995 TV Series Ashley Banks
TV's Funniest Families 1994 TV Movie
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1994 TV Series Laura Turner Connie Turner
Getting By 1993 TV Series Nicole Alexander / Vanessa
Sesame Street 1985-1990 TV Series Tatyana
The Cosby Show 1989 TV Series Girl
A Man Called Hawk 1989 TV Series Michelle
Wally and the Valentines 1989 TV Movie Jamaica Valentine
Wow, You're a Cartoonist! 1988 Video short Child Cartoonist
Crocodile Dundee II 1988 Park Girl

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Actress 2013 TV Series producer
October 31 2012 Short consulting producer
Love That Girl! 2010-2012 TV Series producer - 21 episodes
Buppies 2009-2010 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Nora's Hair Salon II 2008 co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rockin' Meera 2006 "Sunny Valentine"
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 performer: "Precious Wings"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Herself
Teens Wanna Know 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Dancing Man the Documentary 2015 Documentary short Herself
Black Girls Rock! 2015 TV Movie Herself
Black Girls Rock! Post Show 2015 TV Movie Herself - Host
The Chase 2015 TV Series Herself - Contestant
The Daily Helpline 2014 TV Series Herself - Co-Host
BET Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Herself
45th NAACP Image Awards 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Home & Family 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Tell a Friend Get Covered 2014 TV Movie Herself
Bethenny 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Black Actress 2013 TV Series Herself
Black Girls Rock! 2013 2013 TV Movie Herself
The 365Black Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Arts & Entertainment Award
BET Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Herself
Radio Disney Music Awards 2013 TV Special Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2011-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
44th NAACP Image Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself
Anderson Live 2013 TV Series Herself - Co-Host
Watch What Happens: Live 2013 TV Series Herself
Imagine a Future 2013 Documentary short Herself
The Eric Andre Show 2012 TV Series Herself
43rd NAACP Image Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
Pastport 2011 TV Series Herself
Black Girls Rock! 2011 2011 TV Movie Herself
Unsung 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
42nd NAACP Image Awards 2011 TV Special Herself
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Herself
Running Russell Simmons 2010 TV Series Herself
Stand Up to Cancer 2010 TV Special Herself
BET Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Herself
The Brian McKnight Show 2010 TV Series Herself
Red Carpet Report 2010 TV Series Herself
41st NAACP Image Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
The Mo'Nique Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Access Hollywood 2009 TV Series Herself
Catch 21 2009 TV Series Herself - Contestant
Straight from the Horses Mouth 2009 Video Herself
Obama: The First 100 Days 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
11-04-08: The Day of Change 2009 TV Movie Herself
What's at Stake? 2008 TV Movie Herself
Relative Madness 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
Yes We Can 2008 Video short Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
ReNew Orleans 2007 TV Series documentary Herself (2007)
On the Lot 2007 TV Series Girl - 'First Sight'
Child Star Confidential 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Starz Special: On the Set of 'Glory Road' 2006 TV Movie documentary Tina Malichi
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
BET Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Herself
The Greatest 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Back to Bel-Air: A Fresh Look 2005 Video short Herself
The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2004 TV Mini-Series Herself
34th NAACP Image Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
The Other Half 2003 TV Series Herself
Scenes by the Sea: Takeshi Kitano 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
The Teen Choice Awards 1999 1999 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999 TV Series Herself
The Pop Zone 1999 TV Series Herself
30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
All That 1998 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
MTV Video Music Awards 1998 1998 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Magic Hour 1998 TV Series Herself
28th NAACP Image Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1996 TV Series Herself / Ashley Banks
Soul Train 1995 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest Host
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 TV Special Herself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '95 1995 TV Special Herself
Vicki! 1992-1994 TV Series Herself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '94 1994 TV Special Herself
26th NAACP Image Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
Name Your Adventure 1993 TV Series Herself - Co-host
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1992 TV Series Herself / Herself - Celebrity Gumshoe
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '92 1992 TV Special Herself
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1991 TV Series Herself
The More You Know 1989 TV Series Herself
Eddie Murphy: Raw 1987 Documentary Eddie's Sister (sketch)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series Herself - Skin Cancer Ad
A polos 25 2010 TV Series Ashley Banks

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless (1973)
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless (1973)
2012 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless (1973)
2011 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless (1973)
1997 YoungStar Award YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
1996 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
1991 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Love That Girl! (2010)
2012 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Love That Girl! (2010)
2011 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Love That Girl! (2010)
2010 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless (1973)
2010 Streamy Award The Streamy Awards Best Female Actor in a Drama Web Series Buppies (2009)
1997 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
1996 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Television Actress The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
1995 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance: Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series Name Your Adventure (1993)
1994 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Youth Comedienne The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
1993 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
1992 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)


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1 I actually studied political studies and Afro-American studies in school, which was my major. I'm very interested in politics privately, but I think that each individual should be politically active. It's really important because politics affects your everyday life; it affects how much we pay for gas. Hello? Those are the things you're voting for in the booth, and I think people forget that. The next big fight is to get people to come out in the general election against McCain.
2 Just because people have done us wrong doesn't mean we should give up. One of the reasons I did volunteer was because I was pissed at what happened in 2000 and in 2004. It made me cry. I needed to be hands-on and help, so I signed up to volunteer. You can't let the past dictate the future. This is a fight worth fighting. - On why she volunteered to support the Barack Obama campaign
3 I've been working as a surrogate for his campaign. Surrogates can be politicians, actors, musicians or private citizens-anyone who volunteers in the campaign. Since the Iowa caucuses, I've been going to colleges and speaking to students, not just about Obama but about the importance of participating in the process. The notion that one vote doesn't matter really is a lie. - On working on the Barack Obama campaign
4 I found my voice with this album, The Light. I can never stop singing. Remember, I recorded my first album [1998's Kiss the Sky, MJJ Music] when I was 16, and other people wrote most of the songs. I really wanted the next album that I did to express who I am. And the only way I can do that is to write it myself. So in that sense, I found my voice. - On her second album The Light
5 It's kind of like the Wild West out there, and not just for black Hollywood. In a traditional sense, things look bad-there are people out of work, shows aren't going up and a lot of films aren't being made, because of the fear of actors going on strike. But I think it's a real fertile time to stake your claim. With things up in the air, it creates new space for people who are trying to break through, business-wise. - Her thoughts on Black Hollywood
6 I've always wanted to produce. Our company's mandate, [for] Anastasia and I, is to bring varied content to the urban space-across the board. Our first project is a Web series called Buppies, which touches on black Hollywood and has a little bit of a Sex and the City and Entourage vibe. It's about the characters, both women and men, figuring out who they are. - On her production company Hazrah entertainment
7 It's not my goal. But it certainly stretched me as an actor. That's why there's something about the art itself, and performing, that I truly love. That still drives me. I've been in this business for 24 years, so there are a lot of things that I know intuitively. If I'm in the position to bring up an incredible writer, director or producer, I'll do it in some way. - On evolving as an actress
8 I do get jacked up. I'm known more for lighter stuff, obviously for comedy, but this is really very dramatic. And my character experiences a lot of violence and gets caught up in a situation where she has to fight for her life. - On making the movie Hotel California
9 Sure, they did, but they also did that to the Latin scholars across the hallway and the number-one math student who was walking down the street. In Harvard, everybody was extraordinary in the town that they came from. When you get there, nobody is more extraordinary than anyone else. - On being approached in college for being famous
10 College was my opportunity to be around my peers, which you don't get to do when you're a child actor. And I wanted to be normal and see what else was out there, see what else I was good at. And there are some other things that I'm good at. - On not falling into the child star trap
11 In music, you don't need an award. I mean in acting you don't need an award, either, but in film you do your work and then it's sent out to people in theaters all over the place and you have no idea how people feel about what you're doing. Okay, so maybe if you need to know you're doing well, you get an Oscar and you know, well, I'm entertaining people. But music, you know if you're entertaining people because they either get up and dance with you or they don't. - On Awards in show business
12 Why do I have to choose? Sure, I love to record. I love being in the studio but no. I love to sing for people. I'm making an album so I can perform my songs, you know? Shoot, I don't know why do I have to choose?
13 I'm almost done with it. I started recording it a year ago. I was really scared-even with my first album, I was really hesitant about doing it because at that time JLo hadn't come out yet and an actor turned singer seemed so corny. But while I was at school, people would stop me and be like "Are you coming out with a new album? I really liked the first one." And I was like, "Really? I wanted to." And I was writing while I was in school. I love music. So I started about a year ago. We're almost done.
14 Right now I prefer film. I like being totally immersed in a world for a few months and living some place for a while and I think this is because of music too, having been on tour with a group of people. I like the intensity of it.
15 I wanted to go to school because I had been in entertainment for so long, I wanted to socialize with people my age. I wanted to explore other fields and see what else was out there, but after sitting at my computer and being in the library you know that bug kind of. I graduated early because I wanted to get back out and do what I like to do.
16 I was very blessed to be asked to be a part of it, so subject not even having to do with it, I wanted to do it. - On making Glory Road
17 I'm doing a play, a musical. The musical follows the Mamma Mia concept. It's my first LA theater project.
18 I'm going to go to school. It doesn't matter what the outcome is as long as I did it. I can say I did it.
19 If you don't have fun with what you are doing, then it's not worth doing at all.
20 Being on Disney, a lot of young people look up to me.
21 Before high school ended, I started applying to college. It really wasn't even a choice because of the brainwashing of my parents.
22 I had short hair for a while, but I ended up loving it.
23 I even lived on campus to get the college experience. I had five roommates and I still keep in touch with them while I'm on the road.
24 It took me two weeks to decide to do the tour instead of going right back to school. An album is short-lived and college is four years.
25 When I was 18, I was at the set for my video, and I felt really responsible. I'm used to being part of an ensemble.
26 Videos are more like photography. It's not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images.
27 Will Smith said if I ever need some help, he was there for me.
28 I'm very, very good at time management. That's been a real big benefit.
29 I am grateful to all my family for all the support and sacrifices over the years.
30 I believe in fate, I believe in hard work, and I feel like if I just keep marching, the path will kind of appear before me. Talking about her future
31 "Working with Bill Cosby was incredible. That was the show. It was the only show that they filmed in New York, as far as I knew, at that time, and I was lucky to be a part of that" (On being on The Cosby Show (1984)).
32 "I was only eleven when we filmed the pilot. I didn't really expect anything to come out of it. I mean, the idea of a rapper being a star on a sitcom just wasn't heard of" (On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)).
33 "I never set out to be one, but I guess parents like it because I am dedicated to school. With being on Disney, a lot of young people look up to me and I'm becoming more aware of it, especially because of all the responses I get." (On being a role model)
34 "I found it challenging, but a lot like I expected. A lot of independent study. It was weird at first because I think everyone thought maybe that I thought I was some sort of diva. It took a couple weeks before anyone got the nerve to talk to me and word got around that I was normal. I used to get stopped for little interviews and starting meeting people." (On going to Harvard)
35 Believe in yourself and your talent 100% and never let anyone discourage you from following your dream.
36 I always want to entertain people and sing and dance.
37 "Will never told me he was doing this, but I think he kept distance to let me explore and really feel like it was mine - and not like someone was holding my hand." (On making her album Kiss The Sky)
38 "After that episode, I would meet people on the street and they'd ask me 'When is your album coming out?' This was before I'd even thought about pursuing a record deal" (After her singing performances on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air)


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