Who is Rasheda Ali?
Rasheda Ali is a Philadelphia-born author, speaker, and occasional actress. She is also known as one of the daughters of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. A long-time member of SAG-AFTRA, she has been associated with multiple television projects. She is also a shoe designer and owns two shoe stores in New York and Atlanta. Ali had been one of her father’s favorite children since her childhood and wishes to keep his legacy alive. She is a great humanitarian and regularly speaks on Parkinson’s disease, the medical condition that plagued her father in his later years. She has even written a book on the disease, which is titled ‘I'll Hold Your Hand So You Won't Fall’. Unlike her hot-tempered father, Ali is soft-spoken and unassuming. She is intelligent, hardworking, and curious. She considers herself a devout Muslim who prays five times a day but is careful to keep her distance from radical sects.
Rasheda Ali is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and actress. She has written the book “I’ll Hold Your Hand So You Won’t Fall – A Child’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease”. Available in four different languages (French, Spanish, English and Polish), the book has received praise from USA BookNews, PD Advocate and actor Michael J. Fox and medical editor for ABC News, Timothy Johnson.
Rasheda has been serving on the advisory board at Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. since 2007. Besides this, she is a patron for Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center. As a speaker on Parkinson’s disease, she frequently travels across the globe to spread awareness regarding the condition. Her recent speaking engagements include the Annual Parkinson’s & Movement Disorder Gala Fundraiser, the National Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Events and the “Bringing Hope To Life” Fundraising Gala.
As a television personality, Rasheda has served as a production assistant for the show ‘Star Search Productions’ and has appeared on VH1’s ‘Love and Hip Hop: New York’.
The multitalented personality has also made appearances on ‘The Today Show,’ ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘Dateline with Katie Couric,’ ‘News Nation with Tamron Hall,’ and ‘New York Nightly News With Chuck Scarborough.’
She also wrote, hosted, and produced "In My Corner with Rasheda Ali", a talk show filmed in Las Vegas. She is a member of The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild as well. She has also served as the Celebrity Emcee for Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, the Women in Business Awards, and The Ms. Arizona Pageant.
Her business acumen has enabled her to open two shoe stores in New York and Atlanta. Recently, Rasheda launched her collection of shoes called Encore. Her boutique, ‘B Chic,’ located in Atlanta, was once featured in the TV show, ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’
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Family & Personal Life
Rasheda Ali was born in 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, to the prominent professional boxer, Muhammad Ali, and his second wife, Belinda Boyd aka Khalilah Camacho Ali. Both of her parents had been married before. Rasheda has eight siblings and half-siblings, including twin sister Jamillah, Khaliah, Miya, Muhammad Ali Jr., Laila, Hana, Maryum and Asaad. The best advice she got from her father is to stay humble. As he loved everyone equally, regardless of their race and religion, he wanted his children to have the same quality.
In the early 1990s, Rasheda Ali studied at University of Illinois and graduated from there with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.
Talking about her love life, she is married to Bob Walsh, who is a restaurateur and co-owns a Chicago-based restaurant called Biaggio's Italian Restaurant. The two have been married since 1997 and have two sons: Nico and Biaggio.