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Rashan Ali enters her third season as the Hawks Sideline Reporter. This year will be a bit more special. Along with her sideline duties, Ali will also serve as the `feature reporter,' presenting human-interest stories on each Hawks player. An outspoken and opinionated radio personality on HOT 107.9's A-Team, Rashan Ali brings unmatched charisma to every home game. She is an advocate in the community having founded her own non-profit organization, Sporty Girls, Inc. The foundation introduces young girls to non-traditional sports such as swimming, soccer, golf and tennis. She is the wife of Brian Smith and the mother of Bailey Sky Smith.
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Rookie Year in Radio: 2002
Pets: Camry, Cocker Spaniel
Married/Single/Other: Married To Brian
Hobbies/Interests: Writing, Reading, Community Service
Causes You Believe In:
1. American Heart Association
2. Breast Cancer Awareness
3. Youth, especially young girls
Favorite Artist: Cree Summer, T.I., John Legend
Book You'd Recommend: The Blackbird Papers (Ian Smith)
Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Favorite CDs: Cree Summer, 112 (1st Album), Teedra Moses
I'd Give Anything To Meet: Jada Pinkett Smith--I want her to be my best friend!
Favorite Food: Seafood, especially sushi
You'd Never Know That I: hated my widow's peak when I was younger and I would shave it off with my dad's razor!
Closing Comment: I try to love everybody regardless of anything else!
Rashan Ali's All-Star Diary
Rashan Ali, the Hawks sideline reporter extraordinaire and radio personality for Hot 107.9, participated in the 2006 NBA All-Star weekend in Houston. Much like she does at Hawks games, Ali was there to roam the sidelines, interviewing players and celebrities amongst other things.
Rashan has fun during the Rookie-Sophomore festivities with Orlando's Dwight Howard
Post#5: All-Star Weekend, Day Four
The All-Star game was the greatest! I
interviewed Detroit's Richard Hamilton, Los
Angeles' Elton Brand, New Jersey's Vince Carter,
and Toronto's Chris Bosh. The evening was quite
eventful especially to see all the celebrities
having a great time amongst their peers. It
seems to be some sort of fraternity and sorority
in 'Star America.' Once you're in, everybody
knows and respects the next person. It seemed
quite evident as I watched Eva Longoria stare at
her boyfriend Tony Parker all night. She sat
next to Jamie Foxx, who sat closely to Mary J.
Blige and her husband. Ludacris conversed with
Queen Latifah and Donald Faison. Star
Jones-Reynolds, Jay Z, Julianne Moore, P Diddy,
Nelly, Destiny's Child, Former President George
Bush all made their appearances on Hollywood's
Stage in Houston (just to name a few).
We ended the evening at a party just for the production crew. It was so nice to have a good time with the people you've been working with for four long days. It was the most fun I had all weekend.
All in all, I met some really cool people that I am sure I will have life-long relationships with. It was such a wonderful and filling experience! I grew in these few days believe it or not. I think this entire experience has made me better in so many ways. I'm thankful to the Atlanta Hawks and the NBA for the opportunity! It changed my life!
-- Rashan Ali, "All-Star Chick" | 10:00 a.m. 02/21/06 | Have a comment?
Post#4: All-Star Weekend, Day Three
day had to be the most hectic so far. With all
the events that took place, the production crew
was very intense.
We kicked off the evening with the Shooting Stars competition. I interviewed Houston hometown legend Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and the Rockets' Tracy McGrady which was very humbling to say the least. Mr. Drexler is one of greatest to ever play the game and here I am in his company. The word 'WOW' explains it.
I was at Center Court with LeBron James when the producer scratched the interview because of time constraints. So I felt okay since I was set to interview former Hawk and current Maverick Jason Terry before the 3-point competition. He was very excited to do the interview being that we had a great relationship when he was in Atlanta. Needless to say, the interview got scrapped because of the time again.
It's cool though! I have a few interviews set for this evening at the All-Star game. It was good to see Dominique Wilkins and Arthur Triche. That felt like home! I have to give a big ups to the Philips Arena crowd because this Houston crowd has very little energy. There's nothing like the A!!!
I ended the evening at the Players Association party. I saw everyone from the Raiders' Warren Sapp to the great Michael Jordan. I was re-introduced to Jamie Foxx who performed. He states his name when he is introduced to people like nobody has ever heard of him. It's the purest form of humility. The world could learn from him.
I will check in before my flight back tomorrow. Until then, take care.
-- Rashan Ali, "All-Star Chick" | 3:00 p.m. 02/19/06 | Have a comment?
Post#3: All-Star Weekend, Day Two
The T-mobile Rookie challenge was awesome! I interviewed Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic and Southwest Atlanta Christian for the Sophomores and Channing Frye from the New York Knicks for the Rookies. Its amazing how big these men are with these baby faces. They are all still very young even though we lose sight of that at times.
I had several highlights from the evening. The one that everyone was talking about was the Cha Cha Slide! Yep, you heard it right! I had to pump up the crowd before the second half. I was joined by the 'Knicks City Kids.'. They are such great dancers and they are so cute on top of that! Well the objective was to get some of the players to join me. Needless to say, it wasn't an easy sell at first! But thank God I knew Dwight from Atlanta and he was the first to join me! Then Nate Robinson from the Knicks joined in! Before we finished, we were having a party at Center Court!! Everybody was talking about that for the rest of the night!!! It was great!
Another highlight was meeting Shelly Smith from ESPN! I respect her work so much! She seemed equally excited for being recognized and honored by another female pursuing the same dreams! I topped the night off by attending the Boost Mobile party hosted by Ludacris and Young Jeezy. We tried to make it to Kenny Smith's party but by the time we got there, there was no need to try to fight the lines! I rested well for tonigt's events! I can't wait to see Josh Smith as he defends his title! It'll feel like home!!
Chat with you later!
-- Rashan Ali, "All-Star Chick" | 3:45 p.m. 02/18/06 | Have a comment?
Post#2: All-Star Weekend, Day One
The flight from Atlanta to Houston was pretty smooth. Since the weather has been so up and down in Atlanta, it seems as if the plane was a bit mixed up. (If I'm allowed to give the plane feelings.) I say all that to say, the air conditioning simply wasn't functioning well on the flight over. It was a bit warm. No, actually it was hot!!! Nonetheless, I'm glad I made it safely and I've been running ever since.
The production assistant met me at baggage claim and took me straight to the Toyota Arena here in Houston, Texas. The arena is nice, but Philips Arena sets a pretty high precedent. There are hundreds of production staff and crew preparing for a weekend that is sure to be nothing less the fabulous!!! I received the rundown of the entire weekend and I have to say that I will definitely be working very hard. I will be able to interact with players, fans and celebrities. From the way the script reads, I have a very integral role. "Big Mike" from the Sacramento Kings is awesome. He's done several All-star events so he is a veteran. I am happy I will be able to learn from someone who is already seasoned, plus he can lead the way. I'm a natural born leader, but I am a leader who likes to be led as well.
The night was very demanding. We rehearsed for hours. Everything should run like clock work when the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge tips off on Friday night. It's the big stage! This is like opening night for the Hawks times 20! Surprisingly, I'm relaxed. My hopes are that I continue to stay in this state!
-- Rashan Ali, "All-Star Chick" | 9:05 a.m. 02/17/06 | Have a comment?
Post #1: "On My Way to Houston"
It's Thursday morning and I wish I had the words to express how I am really feeling. If I had to choose a few, I would say anticipation, eagerness, anxiety and excitement all at the same time. I have packed everything from "Hawks" Tee-Shirts to black dresses and everything in between. I am a woman, so I have two full suitcases. I just never know what kind of mood I will be in, so I have to accommodate for all of them.
I always saw myself as a credible sideline reporter. I wanted to bring my own perspective and personality and it's amazing how the very thing you dream of your whole life becomes reality. At the same time, it is very surreal. I look forward to the unknown. It's such a mystery. I take off at 2:30 and land in Houston, Texas at 3:45. I will be on the go as soon as I land. We have a wardrobe meeting at 5:30. Thanks to Peter Sorckoff and Matt Payne in Game Operations for the sweet "Hawks" gear. The `approval session' will be followed by dinner and a two-hour rehearsal. By Friday, I will know everything that will be expected of me. I will put on my smile and represent the Atlanta Hawks organization well. Keep me in your thoughts as I see my destiny unfold right before my eyes.
-- Rashan Ali, "All-Star Chick" | 2:30 p.m. 02/16/06 | Have a comment?