At the age of four she started singing and got a taste of fame when she begged her mother to take her to an audition for Sesame Street When she was seven she appeared on Star Search and won twice, receiving a four-star rating when she appeared for a second time. The public saw her grow on "Fresh Price" from an adorable little girl to a stunning young woman, and she sang in several episodes of the show, most notably her rendition of Aretha Franklin 's "Respect" and an original song, "Make Up Your Mind". Smith was so impressed with her singing that he asked if she would consider doing it professionally.
Tatyana began preparing for her singing career during the last year of the show as she began training her vocal chords, recording demos and publicly performing on television and in various informal live concerts.
Her performances on "The Fresh Prince" actually helped her build a fan base that anxiously waited for her first album launch. On August 25 she released her album, "Kiss the Sky", and her single, "Daydreamin'".
Her single was certified gold within weeks of its release and it quickly rose into the Billboard Hot Singles, where it reached 6 and stayed there for two weeks.
She has also guest-starred in several sitcoms, including In the House , and had a cameo role in the film Kiss the Girls She also went to Harvard and graduated with a degree in Anthropology in June She is now working on her new album, as well as starring in more movies. Sign In. Edit Tatyana Ali. Showing all 72 items. Appeared on Star Search , beating her opponents several times. Started in showbiz at the age of four-and-a-half on the classic children's show Sesame Street , most notably when she said her name into a C.
Fairlight synthesizer that was being played by Herbie Hancock. Graduated from Harvard University in June with a degree in Afro-American history and government. Her favorite actors are Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart. Some of her hobbies are gymnastics, swimming, dancing, and singing. Is still good friends with Will Smith. Graduated from Harvard University with a degree in government. Was in a relationship with actor Jonathan Brandis for 3 years July 17, Married her boyfriend of 2 years Dr.
Vaughn Rasberry, assistant professor of English at Stanford University, in Beverly Hills, California, following a 4-month-long engagement. They met on eHarmony. Mother, with husband Dr. Vaughn Rasberry, of two sons Edward Aszard Rasberry b. September 16, and Alejandro Vaughn Rasberry b. August 15, A lot of independent study. It was weird at first because I think everyone thought maybe that I thought I was some sort of diva. It took a couple weeks before anyone got the nerve to talk to me and word got around that I was normal.
I used to get stopped for little interviews and starting meeting people. With being on Disney, a lot of young people look up to me and I'm becoming more aware of it, especially because of all the responses I get. I didn't really expect anything to come out of it. That was the show. It was the only show that they filmed in New York, as far as I knew, at that time, and I was lucky to be a part of that" On being on The Cosby Show 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.
Talking about her future. I am grateful to all my family for all the support and sacrifices over the years. I'm very, very good at time management. That's been a real big benefit. Will Smith said if I ever need some help, he was there for me. Videos are more like photography.
It's not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images. When I was 18, I was at the set for my video, and I felt really responsible. I'm used to being part of an ensemble. It took me two weeks to decide to do the tour instead of going right back to school. An album is short-lived and college is four years. I even lived on campus to get the college experience. I had five roommates and I still keep in touch with them while I'm on the road.
Before high school ended, I started applying to college. It really wasn't even a choice because of the brainwashing of my parents. If you don't have fun with what you are doing, then it's not worth doing at all. I'm going to go to school. It doesn't matter what the outcome is as long as I did it. I can say I did it. I'm doing a play, a musical. The musical follows the Mamma Mia concept. It's my first LA theater project. I was very blessed to be asked to be a part of it, so subject not even having to do with it, I wanted to do it.
I wanted to go to school because I had been in entertainment for so long, I wanted to socialize with people my age. I wanted to explore other fields and see what else was out there, but after sitting at my computer and being in the library you know that bug kind of. I graduated early because I wanted to get back out and do what I like to do. Right now I prefer film. I like being totally immersed in a world for a few months and living some place for a while and I think this is because of music too, having been on tour with a group of people.
I like the intensity of it. I'm almost done with it. I started recording it a year ago. I was really scared-even with my first album, I was really hesitant about doing it because at that time JLo hadn't come out yet and an actor turned singer seemed so corny. But while I was at school, people would stop me and be like "Are you coming out with a new album? I really liked the first one. I wanted to. I love music. So I started about a year ago. We're almost done. Why do I have to choose?
Sure, I love to record. I love being in the studio but no. I love to sing for people. I'm making an album so I can perform my songs, you know? Shoot, I don't know why do I have to choose? In music, you don't need an award.
I mean in acting you don't need an award, either, but in film you do your work and then it's sent out to people in theaters all over the place and you have no idea how people feel about what you're doing.
Okay, so maybe if you need to know you're doing well, you get an Oscar and you know, well, I'm entertaining people. But music, you know if you're entertaining people because they either get up and dance with you or they don't.
College was my opportunity to be around my peers, which you don't get to do when you're a child actor. And I wanted to be normal and see what else was out there, see what else I was good at.
And there are some other things that I'm good at. Sure, they did, but they also did that to the Latin scholars across the hallway and the number-one math student who was walking down the street. In Harvard, everybody was extraordinary in the town that they came from. When you get there, nobody is more extraordinary than anyone else. I do get jacked up. I'm known more for lighter stuff, obviously for comedy, but this is really very dramatic. And my character experiences a lot of violence and gets caught up in a situation where she has to fight for her life.
It's not my goal. But it certainly stretched me as an actor. That's why there's something about the art itself, and performing, that I truly love.