Tatyana Ali, 29, has graced the covers of King Magazine for the second time. ‘The Young and the Restless’ star discusses the difficulties of being black in Hollywood, an upcoming film Hotel California, co-starring Tyson Beckford, and a sophomore album currently in the works.
Here’s an excerpt from her King-Mag interview:
What are your thoughts on black Hollywood?
It’s kind of like the Wild West out there, and not just for black Hollywood. In a traditional sense, things look bad—there are people out of work, shows aren’t going up and a lot of films aren’t being made, because of the fear of actors going on strike. But I think it’s a real fertile time to stake your claim. With things up in the air, it creates new space for people who are trying to break through, business-wise.
The same can be said about the music business, yet you’re still dropping a new album.I found my voice with this album, The Light. I can never stop singing. Remember, I recorded my first album [1998’s Kiss the Sky, MJJ Music] when I was 16, and other people wrote most of the songs. I really wanted the next album that I did to express who I am. And the only way I can do that is to write it myself. So in that sense, I found my voice.