Ep. 30 Florida A&M Alumna, Rashan Ali

On this episode, we speak with Rashan Ali. She’s a graduate of Florida A & M University. Rashan is a media maven having worked in all facets of media including radio, television, and podcasting. She’s currently the host of the very popular Cool Soror podcast and a co-host on TVOne’s hit Daytime Talkshow Sister Circle.

During the episode, we discuss her HBCU experience, her career in entertainment and she blesses us with endless words of wisdom.

ABOUT RASHAN

With a passion for sports, empowering young women and the people of Atlanta, Rashan Ali continues to establish herself as a formidable and revered multimedia personality within the sports and entertainment industries. While attending Florida A & M University as a Broadcast Journalism major, Rashan knew that she wanted to share her voice with the world, and set out on a quest to make that happen. She became heavily involved in the entertainment scene in Atlanta, working for LaFace Records and also as the personal assistant to the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Rashan decided to enter a contest searching for new talent on Atlanta radio station HOT 107.9 FM and was handpicked from over 500 applicants to join popular radio personality Ryan Cameron on-air. Her charisma and grace appealed to millions of listeners, which quickly propelled the program’s rating into the #1 position during its 6-10 AM timeslot. She then went on to become the host of the “A-Team” Morning Show on the same station, where she was one of only three women in the country leading a Hip Hop and R&B morning show. Rashan’s journey in radio came full circle in 2010 when she was reunited with Ryan Cameron as the co-host of The Ryan Cameron Show on V-103 FM, Atlanta’s #1 urban formatted station.

Her career in radio opened the door for many opportunities, including the chance to add ‘actress’ to her resume in 2007 when she starred in “3 Can Play That Game” opposite heavy hitters Vivica Fox and Terri J Vaughn, “The Gospel” with Boris Kodjoe and “Trois 3,” which was produced by Will Packer.

Rashan’s unique perspective and knowledge of sports didn’t go unnoticed as the sports reporter while at HOT 107.9 FM and she was invited to become a sideline reporter for the Atlanta Hawks, which she did for four years. In 2009, Rashan joined an elite group when she became one of few African American women providing sports commentary on a national scale as a reporter for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Preview Show, which aired on ESPN 2 and ESPN U. She continued to make her mark in the sports industry when she became the Social Media Correspondent during the 2010 & 2011 NBA Playoffs on NBA TV’s NBA Gametime Live. Rashan served as the sideline reporter for the Southern Conference Sports Network during the 2011 football season and has recently joined forces again with NBA TV on “Fantasy Insider.”

Ali attended Florida A&M University after receiving swimming and academic scholarships and obtained a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism (magna cum laude) in 1997. She remains involved in countless charities and organizations, which include: The Women’s Sports Foundation, The National Association of Black Sports Professionals, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, Incorporator of Pretty Girls Run, Inc. and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2006, she founded an organization called Sporty Girls, Inc., which encourages the development of life skills in girls ages 8-18 through participation in non-traditional sports like golf, tennis, soccer, and swimming.

In 2003, the Coalition of 100 Black Women honored Ali with the Unsung Heroine Award and during that same year, Ali became one of Jet’s legendary weekly beauties. In 2005, she was the recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Achievement honor and YOUTH Vibe’s “Leading Lady” award. She was honored with the 2006, 2007 and 2008 March of Dimes A.I.R. awards for outstanding achievement in radio.

She’s currently the host of her own podcast, The Cool Soror Podcast which takes an empowering, entertaining and in-depth look into the journey of women and men in Black Greek Lettered Organizations from all across the world. She’s also a co-host on TVOne’s hit Daytime Talkshow Sister Circle.

Rashan enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters, Bailey and Carter. For more information about Rashan Ali, please visit www.rashanali.com.