Founder – A.J. Ali
A.J. Ali is the Director 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 also produced the film with Errol Webber. 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. The film offers a universal formula for tackling many of the challenges faced by societies throughout the world.
A.J. is the Creator, Producer and Host of Wellness 101, a TV game show, a TV game show based in Santa Monica, California. His first film, “Positive Choice,” which also included a mentoring component he helped design, is credited with saving the national youth soccer program “Soccer in the Streets” from extinction in the year 2000 by attracting much needed sponsors, board members, investors and marketing partners such as U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer. He was the Creator, Producer and Star of “Good Fellas of Baltimore,” which aired on Fox 45 TV in the Baltimore market in the Spring of 2011 and was responsible for raising more than $250,000 worth of support for charities in the Baltimore area in one year. He has produced, written and appeared in numerous commercials and PSA’s. A strong advocate for mental health, A.J. appears in and narrates part of the 2017 film, “Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story,” about his friend, colleague and former Premier League soccer star who took his own life in 1998.
He has published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. He co-authored a popular faith-based inspirational book with Vera Jones titled ”The True Champion’s 30-Day Challenge,” published in 2009. He has written two business golf books and created workshops to go along with those books. His musical work includes writing and producing the cancer survivor anthem “Through the Darkness, Into the Light” and producing the Hollywood FAME Award-winning compilation music CD “Survivor Celebration” to benefit breast cancer survivors.
He has created more than a dozen brands, founded two pro soccer teams and has used his expertise, relationships and stature in sports and entertainment to raise more than $25 million for charities nationwide. He is the recipient of numerous business awards including the Baltimore Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Leaders and an Employer of the Year for his work with the developmentally disabled.
A.J. is a service disabled veteran who served in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 1987. He was based at Vandenberg AFB in CA, Comiso AS in Sicily and McClellan AFB in CA. He was a member of the USAF Soccer Team. He credits his time in the military with making him a servant leader.
Family & Community
A.J. and his wife Jane have been married for 25 years and have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. They are both Christ-followers and active members of ACTS Church in Venice, CA. They support numerous community charities and serve on several boards. They cofounded and ran a nonprofit called “Marathon of Miracles” (MOM) between 2006 and 2014, which helped families fighting cancer, promoted wellness and conducted cancer prevention education programs nationwide.
A.J. is an avid golfer who also enjoys a variety of other sports. A.J. and Jane go on monthly “adventures” to keep their life and marriage fresh. They enjoy healthy eating, travel, long walks and beach living. A.J. holds the distinction of having played golf in all 50 states in the summer of 2014 on a bet, using the lessons he learned to create the Wellness 101 game show. Learn more at On the Tee with A.J. Ali.