Queen Muhammad Ali

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Queen Muhammad Ali
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Native name Queen Melé Le'iato Tuiasosopo Muhammad Ali
Born Queen Muhammad Ali
Watts, California, U.S.
Nationality Samoan, Black
Home town Los Angeles, California
Website nation19.com

Queen Muhammad Ali is an award-winning film director,[1][2] photographer, graphic design artist, multimedia activist, lecturer,[3] television producer,[4][5] humanitarian[6], writer, visual anthropologist and the CEO of Nation19 Magazine.[7] Ali is also the great-granddaughter of Paramount Chief Tuli Le'iato of American Samoa.[8][9]

Early life

Queen was born in Watts, Los Angeles, the daughter of an American Samoan Mother who worked as a School Teacher, and an African American father who toured the Caribbean working as percussionists and singer. Graduating High School at an early age Queen attended Mt. San Jacinto College, where she studied Fine Art. Queen's Grandmother (The Late Pastor Masaniai Tunufa'i Le'iato Tuiasosopo) is the daughter of Paramount Chief Tuli Le'iato of American Samoa. It is rumoured that Ms. Ali also has family ties to late boxing champion Muhammad Ali [10][11][12][13]


Early Career  

From 1999 to 2007, while attending college, Queen worked as an elementary grade school teacher for a private school. She also composed music for network television in 2007.[14]


Queen made her debut as a TV Producer in 2009, when she worked on T.I.'s Road to Redemption starring American rapper and actor T.I.[15][16] Aside from TV her multi-media production company Mobile Regime's client roster included State Farm insurance[17], Xbox, Adidas[18], PF Changs[19] and Pop Icon Michael Jackson.[20][21] In the winter of 2010 Queen and long time partner Hakeem Khaaliq established Nation19 which doubles as an artist collective and printed magazine that produces documentary films, and exhibits. In 2016 her short film #Bars4Justice won best short Documentary at the 24th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and her Film WarOnUs[22] was screened at the United Nations (UNGASS 2016).

Awards and honors

  • Winner of ArtPlace America's 2017 highly competitive National Creative Placemaking Fund (Manuia Samoa) (NCPF)[23][24]
  • Winner of Best Short Documentary 24th annual Pan African Film Festival February 2016 (Co-Director #Bars4Justice)
  • Mutianyu Fellowship Residency Awardee (Film/Multimedia) Beijing, China September 2016[25]
  • Selected guest speaker at MoMA's 2017 Doc fortnight International film festival [26]
  • Winner 2017 ISF Film Grant / Scholarship Recipient (Documentary)[27][28]


Film and television

Educational Exhibits and Installations

  • Invisible Mexico: Global Education Center Nashville, TN September 2017[37][38]
  • A New New Wave! monOrchid Gallery Phoenix AZ
  • Invisible Mexico: monOrchid Gallery Phoenix AZ March 2017[39][40]
  • Exhibit19: February 2015 Glendale Community College [41]
  • Invisible Mexico: Private Gallery Univision Television April - July 2014 [42]
  • #TURNUP Denver: DVSN WEST Cherry Creek Denver CO 2014[43]

Music videos and commercials

Design and multimedia

Michael Jackson commissioned Queen and her partner Hakeem Khaaliq to design for his "This Is It" London tour. The work included the design of The Earth Song website, design of MichaelJacksonCO.com website, print campaigns and the design of The Earth Song Logo.[49]


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  2. ^ Ali, Queen Muhammad; Khaaliq, Hakeem (2015-10-01), #bars4Justice, retrieved 2016-03-07 
  3. ^ Mumphrey, Cheyanne. "During the week, NAU Ethnic Studies Program hosted Chuck D, leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy. Other speakers during the week included Queen Muhammad Ali, a multimedia activist and CEO and founder of Nation19, and MC Supernatural, an American rapper best known for his "on-the-spot" freestyle and battle rap abilities" – via The Lumberjack. 
  4. ^ ¿Quiénes son los afro-mexicanos?, 2014-07-14, retrieved 2016-03-07 
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  9. ^ Westlake, Sarah (2015-03-24). "Artplace America's 2017 Finalists for NCPF". ArtPlace. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  10. ^ LLC, The Music Snobs,. "ENTRY POINTS - Queen Muhammad Ali". entrypoints.fireside.fm. Retrieved 2017-12-09. 
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  17. ^ "Texas State Farm® Original Score contest". www.behance.net. Retrieved 2017-12-09. 
  18. ^ "Derrick Rose / Adidas". www.behance.net. Retrieved 2017-12-09. 
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  24. ^ "ArtPlace America winner | Samoa News". www.samoanews.com. Retrieved 2017-12-09. 
  25. ^ "Film/Video Maker". www.twn.org. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  26. ^ "The Revolution Won't Be Televised. 2016. Directed by Rama Thiaw | MoMA Preceded by #Bars4Justice. 2015. Directed by Queen Muhammad Ali, Hakeem Khaaliq February 17th-18th T2, Theater 2 The Museum of Modern Art Followed by a discussion with Thiaw, Ali, and Khaaliq". The Museum of Modern Art. 
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  28. ^ Islamic Scholarship Fund (2017-11-02), ISF Annual Banquet 2017: Film Grant Winners, retrieved 2017-11-10 
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  40. ^ "Artists uncover 'Invisible Mexico' through augmented reality | Cronkite News". Cronkite News - Arizona PBS. 2017-03-10. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
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  43. ^ "Shout out to Plug1 of DeLaSoul....! #turnupdenver #djchonz City Limitz Dont miss the last day. #APDTA @nation19 @radiobums the artwork of Queen Muhammad Ali & Hakeem Khaaliq". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  44. ^ P.F. Chang's (2013-06-20), P.F. Chang's Summer Vegetable Quinoa "Fried Rice", retrieved 2016-03-05 
  45. ^ Pei Wei (2012-07-09), Pei Wei InspirAsia 2012 Trip Summary, retrieved 2016-03-05 
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  47. ^ Nation19APDTA (2016-02-13), #Bars4Jusice film LA premier, Russell Simmons All Def Digital Awards, DGA, retrieved 2016-03-28 
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