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Published on September 18th, 2010 | by thevyne

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Woman to Watch: Tatyana Ali

We had the pleasure of meeting Tatyana during Fashion Week in NYC when she spoke on a panel for NAMIC and when we attended the Jones Magazine Awards. She’s such a multitalented and intelligent young woman that we knew we had to feature her.

Born:  January 24. Tatyana was raised in Long Island, New York and attended high school in West Los Angeles, California

Occupation: In addition to being an actress, singer and an activist, she is also Chairman & CEO of HazraH Entertainment.

Education: Received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University

Big Break: We all know her as “Ashley” from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air but prior to that big break she was performing on Sesame Street, Star Search and even appeared in an episode of The Cosby Show. Since Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Tatyana has appeared in films including The Brothers and Glory Road. Currently she is a regular on “The Young and the Restless”.

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: In 2007, Tatyana and her younger sister Anastasia (a graduate of Brown University) founded HazraH Entertainment, a media company focused on fulfilling the promise of urban cinema by producing works rich in originality and soul. Their first production was a web series titled “Buppies” featuring a group of friends navigating their way through life. The series did so well, to the tune of over 5 million viewers, that they were recognized as a Webby Honoree. The next project from Hazrah Entertainment is a sitcom for TVOne titled “Love That Girl” staring Tatyana. The sitcom will air this fall and is executive produced by Martin Lawrence, Bentley Kyle Evans, Jeff Franklin and Raphael Saadiq.

What’s Next: Currently Tatyana is preparing to release her sophomore album entitled “The Light” and will be hitting the big screen again in the near future.

Fun Facts: Tatyana’s rich ethnicity and culture is an amalgamation of Afro-Panamanian and East Indian by way of Trinidad & Tobago. She speaks Spanish and some Hindi.  She’s had four top 10 singles between the US and UK album charts. In 2008, she sang on Will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” song for President Obama’s campaign and toured colleges speaking about the importance of getting out and voting. In her spare time Tatyana has been spotted supporting such causes as Cancer, Pediatric AIDS and the No Hate campaign to name a few.

Quotable: 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. (Tatyana Ali on her future)

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