Although she is known to most of her millions of fans all around the world for her role as “Ashley Banks” on the iconic television series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Tatyana Ali is a Broadway-trained actress, singer, producer, activist, and graduate of Harvard University. She will soon be seen as sharp-witted personal assistant “Maya” in the highly anticipated BET comedy Second Generation Wayan, a show about the young members of the famous Hollywood family. Tatyana also continues her recurring role as “Roxanne” on the long-running CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.
She and sister Anastasia Ali run HazraH Entertainment, a production company dedicated to creating quality content for underserved communities. The company was a production partner for the Martin Lawrence executive-produced sitcom Love That Girl!, the first original scripted program on TV One Network, and recently produced the acclaimed web series “Buppies” for BET.com.
Tatyana Ali is a fierce advocate for youth and education. During the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, 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 youth people for leader 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 personal, academic, and professional destinies. In the fall of 2011, BET and the Black Girls Rock organization honored Tatyana Ali as their “Young, Gifted, and Black” woman of the year for her longstanding record of youth advocacy work.