*Best known for her role as Ashley Banks on the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Tatyana Ali, who now appears as a regular on CBS’s “Young and the Restless” as Roxanne, is now starring in a new sitcom “Love That Girl.” On January 19, 2010 the Martin Lawrence sitcom will premier on TV One at 9 p.m. Four episodes, acquired by TV One, will air from January 19th – 21st.
“Love That Girl” was created by Bentley Kyle Evans – responsible for such hits as “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Full House” and “Martin” – and produced by Jeff Franklin (“Full House”). The show is about the trials and tribulations of a newly divorcee (Tatyana) as she moves back to Southern California to work with her father (Phil Morris) in the real estate business. Alphonso McAuley (Fat Albert) co-stars as her unemployed brother and Kendyl Joi (Life) plays her best friend.
Singer/songwriter Raphael Saadiq’s 2008 single “Love That Girl” serves as the show’s theme song. In fact, the sitcom was filmed in Saadiq’s Blakeslee Recording Studios.
“He approached me (Bentley), told me the idea …and I loved the script, loved the character…a coming of age story,” said Tatyana Ali about her involvement in the “independent” series. “It’s very much a family comedy sitcom. Her brother’s out of work…there’s her best friend and the friend next door.”
Bentley Evans also enlisted the help of his sister Stacey Evans Morgan (“The Parkers”) as producer-writer; his nephew Nile Evans (“Wild ‘n Out”) and brother Lamont Evans as writers; his wife Valicia Evans as set designer, and Anastasia Ali as co-producer. Evans, Martin Lawrence, Saadiq and Trenten Gumbs serve as executive producers.
A graduate of Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in Government and African-American Studies Tatyana has two siblings Kimberly and Anastasia – who co-owns NazraH Entertainment which produces the www.BET.com web series “Buppies.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York on January 24, 1979 Ali obtained her first acting role at the age six on Sesame Street. Then in 1990 she obtained a co-starring role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
“After high school I didn’t feel like I was finished,” Ali said about the decision to go to college. “It is something no one can take from you. If you have the education you can turn your dreams into reality.”
As a vocalist her first national performance was on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and in 1999 she released her debut CD, “Kiss the Sky,” which went gold. Tatyana is currently working on her sophomore CD which is to be produced by Johnny J (Tupac).
In 1995 Tatyana won an NAACP Image Award for her work on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and recently receive a 2010 NAACP Image Award nomination for her work on “Young and the Restless.”
To learn more about Tatyana or “Love That Girl” log onto www.TatyanaAliOnLine.com or www.myspace.com/TatyAli.
This article was written by Eunice Moseley