On The Come Up

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Tatyana Ali is featured in the current issue of the “prestigious” King Magazine where she talks about being Black in Hollyweird and her new album:

What are your thoughts on black Hollywood?

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.

The same can be said about the music business, yet you’re still dropping a new album.

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.

Did you also recruit a gaggle of producers like last time?

No, I finally paired up with a producer named Johnny J, who has sold 100 million albums worldwide and is responsible for a lot of 2Pac’s music.

You’re not going to start rocking bandannas and have THUG LIFE tatted on your body, are you?

Absolutely not, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s not my personal style. But I’m not gangster—no THUG LIFE tatted on my chest [laughs].

Source

More Stories From Bossip

Comments

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/1725bc00dc07284d3f4ebe5fc0ec6a26?s=80&r=any NIKKI UNDERWOOD says: Don’t go on VACATION and come home on PROBATION

    ASHLEY!!! (IN MY UNCLE PHIL VOICE)

  • lil latte(goes for the throat)

    oh my she has grown up

  • silkybee

    Third??

  • Ermy Erm

    Aw, she so pretty

  • Nita

    She’s fine. and the black and white makes it classier. at least, to me. she’s got that 50s black hollywood vibe going.

  • $m♥K.E.Y.

    lets see where this goes…

  • silkybee

    It’s nice to see a respectable picture of her…especially since KING mag is known for there booty shots.

  • CUTIE PIE

    she looks cute..and I like the fact that she didn’t reveal too much

  • Envy Me(Colorful Skinnys,Colorful Hi-Tops, Fingerwaves, Doorknockers, Bamboos, Asymmetric Cuts, THE 80's IS SO BACK)

    some people just CANNOT make a comeback…and Ashley Banks, you are one of them…AUNT VIV, U BETTER GET YOUR DAUGHTER

  • Envy Me(Colorful Skinnys,Colorful Hi-Tops, Fingerwaves, Doorknockers, Bamboos, Asymmetric Cuts, THE 80's IS SO BACK)

    BUT I LUV HER THOUGH, JUST WOULDN’T BUY AN CD

  • cici

    in this picture she look a lil bit like jennifer lopez

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re

    I LOVE this! She still looks like a young girl though, can’t get “Ashley” out of my mind…

  • Envy Me(Colorful Skinnys,Colorful Hi-Tops, Fingerwaves, Doorknockers, Bamboos, Asymmetric Cuts, THE 80's IS SO BACK)

    A~~~~ TYPO

  • White is Right is Negrodamus/SBM(he is the black version of John Wilkes Booth)

    Favorite Episode

    “Just mind your business” Just mind your business”

  • Emerald

    @ Re…

    Yeah she is forever doomed to be Ashley. I like her too, I just hope she just doesn’t become one of those people that try so hard! Speaking of people I like, Amerie, where you at?!?

  • Mary J. Blige Has Super Powers

    I like her, she’s very pretty, and like Tia and Tamera Mowry has not fallen off the rails like so many a child star.

    Go head Ashley.

  • Emerald

    Re, you look like Mya…lol

  • DA TRUFF HURTZ!!!

    SHE’S ALWAYS LOOKED CUTE, THEN CUTE-ER…

    GLAD SHE AIN’T LOOKIN’ ALL HOE-ISH FOR KING MAG!

    WONDER IF SHE GIVIN’ THA BROTHA’S ANY LOVE NOW???

    BTW: THERE “IS” SOMETHING WRONG WITH GETTING (THUG LIFE) TATOOED ANYWHERE ON YOUR BODY!!!

  • Impostors should die

    Don’t ever use my name

  • bree

    Jul 29, 2008 – 3:28 pm Envy Me(Colorful Skinnys,Colorful Hi-Tops, Fingerwaves, Doorknockers, Bamboos, Asymmetric Cuts, THE 80’s IS SO BACK)(Check me out!)

    some people just CANNOT make a comeback…and Ashley Banks, you are one of them…AUNT VIV, U BETTER GET YOUR DAUGHTER

    😆 Aunt Viv has not made it to this post yet..LMAO!

    i loved her single ‘Daydream’..i’m looking forward to hearing if her ‘music’ has changed..this is also a very nice picture..she has the hollywood pin-up look on lock

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/1725bc00dc07284d3f4ebe5fc0ec6a26?s=80&r=any NIKKI UNDERWOOD says: Don’t go on VACATION and come home on PROBATION

    bree & Envy…

    I am tickled pink…Auntie Vy…hilar…

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re

    @Emerald, lol I agree, it’s going to be hard to pull herself away from that character….(oh yes, I have heard of the Mya resemblance a couple of times…I don’t agree, lol, but its better than most).

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re

    “Impostors should die”

    LOL!!!!!!!!

  • Chocolate Assets

    She’s so pretty.

  • Aunt Viv

    @Bree,

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    I’m so slow-Why was I about to point out how I needed to talk to my daughter Ashley when you beat me to it!!!

1 2 3 5
blog comments powered by Disqus