Imagine walking in a room and everyone instantly knowing who you are by you uttering a simple “hello”. This was the case when we shot our cover artist Rashan Ali. Most of the BE Team resides in Atlanta, but for this shoot, we pulled together lots of staff from our various markets, and when they heard we had a shoot with Rashan, some looked puzzled until that very moment. When you hear her voice, things just click & start to make sense. For years, Rashan had sort of BEen BEhind-the-Scenes using her voice as her major platform, but has now ventured out to making sure everyone is able to put a face to the name.
Rashan Ali a real Georgia Peach, born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Decatur. Her parents, Buck and Joyce Godfrey met in college at Delaware State University and will celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary in late August. Rashan & her brother Colin had a wonderful childhood and they feel so blessed to be able to give that same experience to their own children. Rashan is a wonderful wife & proud mother of two, which impacts her life in a major way. Rashan loves finding a healthy balance BEtween work and family, and philanthropy…which Rashan considers more of a duty than she does work.
BE Magazine got the opportunity to sit down with the Voice of Atlanta Mrs. Rashan Ali to see where she finds her motivation & to see where her evolution from radio to television and the big stage is going.
I was a ham! I knew I wanted to BE in front of the camera in some capacity! I was the child that made everyone sit and watch me perform my own rendition of ‘I would die for you,’ by Prince. My parents got me involved in extracurricular activities at an early age. I started swimming competitively when I was five-years-old. This sport would eventually afford me the opportunity to attend Florida A&M University on a full scholarship. I also participated in jazz dance, tap, ballet, softball, soccer and basketball!
You’re known for BEing the voice of Atlanta; how’d you first venture into radio?
Although I graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism, I didn’t immediately jump into radio. I worked in the Atlanta Public School system, Fox Sports South, personal assistant to the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes of TLC, LaFace Records and a few more. As you can see, I spent a lot of time preparing myself or BEtter yet, trying to find myself. While listening to Ryan Cameron on HOT 107.9 back in early 2002, he solicited video tapes and pictures from potential new co-hosts. I submitted my tape and went to the open call. After two weeks of auditions, I was chosen along with CJ of the now defunct 95.5 The BEat. The rest is history!
BEing that you’ve interviewed so many entertainers, who were some of the most memorable interviews with?
I always tell people that my most favorite interviews were the two times I interviewed 50 Cent. His intellect was so impressive and the way he articulated his thoughts was not only unique, but admirable. Interviewing President Obama and First Lady Mchelle Obama was just an honor in itself.
You recently transitioned out of radio, where does your passions lie now & what projects are you involved in?
When God created me, I imagined Him saying, “And this one will do many things to magnify my name.” I am involved in so many things. I just wrapped up co-starring in a play called, ‘Stripped.’ The play also starred Lisa Wu Hartwell, former NFL great Dorsey Levens and Ryan Stewart of The Two Live Stews on 790 The Zone. I played Tori Reese, a sports agent. I am currently in the finishing stages of my first children’s book. We are slated for a mid fall release. I am also in the incipient stages of producing and directing my first documentary. I’ll keep the sensitive subject matter to myself until everything is finalized. I’m happy to say that I landed two sideline reporting jobs during the college football season as well. All this while leading my non-profit Sporty Girls, Inc. into greater heights and BEing a loving wife and mother always. I heard people talk about God’s favor, now I embrace it and live it.
You wear lots of hats. You’re a mother, a wife, a philanthropist, a working woman, a media mogul & more…what drives you to BE so involved?
I’m driven by my God given goals. I’ve learned to be the passenger in this life. The Father is my driver. I cannot tell him my thoughts on my journey, BEcause He already knows the way. I want success. Success, God’s way.
What’s next in the Rashan Ali saga?
I can’t tell you what’s next BEcause faith is something we cannot see. Just know that I have a lot of it and God has some incredible things for me to accomplish BEfore I’m done.