A.J. Ali is the Director & Producer of “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer,” an award-winning feature-length documentary film improving relations between police and people of color. He coined the acronym “L.O.V.E.,” which stands for Learn about your community, Open your heart to the people in it, Volunteer yourself to be part of the solution in their lives, and Empower others to do the same. The film won Best Documentary and Audience Favorite at the Garifuna International Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA and A.J. was awarded the Platinum Award by the NAACP in Howard County, MD for Contributions to the Community Through the Arts & Entertainment.
His L.O.V.E. Is The Answer book, a companion to the film, is scheduled for a January 2, 2020 release, with a special Director's Edition available to order now at . The special edition book comes with a free download of the hit film (a $25 value).
A.J. is also the Creator, Producer and Host of Wellness 101, a TV game show based in Santa Monica, California; and Creator, Producer, and Host of the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer TV series, a sequel series to the film.
His first film, “Positive Choice,” is credited with saving the national youth soccer program “Soccer in the Streets” from extinction. He was the Creator, Producer and Star of “Good Fellas of Baltimore,” which aired on Fox 45 TV in the Baltimore market. He has produced, written and/or appeared in numerous TV shows, films, commercials and PSA’s.
He's a 2019 BMe Vanguard Social Determinants Of Health Fellow, a member of L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s Community Justice Panel and an active member of ACTS Church in Santa Monica, California.
He is a decorated service-disabled military veteran who served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 1987 as a Journalist and Media Relations Specialist. He was based at Vandenberg AFB in CA, Comiso Air Station in Sicily (a nuclear missile base), and McClellan AFB in CA. He was a member of the USAF Soccer Team.
Most importantly, he and his wife Jane have been happily married for 25 years, with 3 amazing children and 5 incredible grandchildren.
Unique traits: I use what I call the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles to find common ground with practically anyone. That makes life interesting and fun, and it helps me relate genuinely as a storyteller and friend. L.O.V.E. stands for LEARN about someone, OPEN your heart to their needs, VOLUNTEER yourself to be part of the solution in their life, and EMPOWER others to do the same.
Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award