MEET THE FOUNDER
A.J. Ali is the CEO of L.O.V.E. Is The Answer and a 2022 Joseph R. Biden Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree who lives with a spirit of Aloha.
He is the Director & Producer of “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer,” the award-winning feature-length documentary film that birthed the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer movement. The film is one of the highest rated of all time on IMDb, the industry-standard movie database. He coined the acronym “L.O.V.E.,” which stands for Learn about the people in your community, Open your heart to their needs, 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. For work with the film, A.J. has received the Platinum Award by the NAACP in Howard County, MD for Contributions to the Community Through the Arts & Entertainment, the William H. Eastburn III Award by the Bucks County Bar Association, and other recognition.
His L.O.V.E. Is The Answer book is a powerful companion to the film and is a guidebook to putting the power of love into action every day with every interaction. In 2020, he made history by being the focus of a 7-page spread in the “Black History 365” textbook, for his L.O.V.E. Is The Answer work. The textbooks are being used by schools nationwide.
He is the host, director, and producer of the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer TV series, which is in production now and will premiere in September of 2023. The show will take the old “flash mob” concept and turn it into something even more fun and much more meaningful — L.O.V.E. Mobs! Each episode will feature a group of people coming together seemingly out of nowhere to deliver much needed surprise blessings to pre-identified people who are struggling and have been referred to L.O.V.E. Is The Answer through trusted sources such as law enforcement agencies, health agencies, schools, ministries, nonprofits, and other groups serving the community. Picture a flash mob mixed with the reveal portion of “Undercover Boss” and that’s the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer TV series!
A.J. is the Creator, Producer and Host of Wellness 101, a game show and social media curator of wellness news and information. His first film, “Positive Choice,” is credited with saving the national youth soccer program “Soccer in the Streets” from extinction. He was the Creator, Producer and Star of “Good Fellas of Baltimore,” which aired on Fox 45 TV in the Baltimore market. He has produced, written and/or appeared in numerous TV shows, films, commercials and PSA’s. His popular, faith-based inspirational book ”The True Champion’s 30-Day Challenge,” was published in 2009. He wrote and produced the cancer survivor anthem “Through the Darkness, Into the Light” and produced the Hollywood FAME Award-winning compilation music CD “Survivor Celebration” to benefit breast cancer survivors.
He’s a 2019 BMe Community Vanguard Social Determinants Of Health Fellow, West Coast Care Board Member, member of the Santa Monica College General Advisory Board, member of the Las Vegas NAACP, member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Crime Prevention Committee, and a lifetime member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. A.J. and Jane are members of ACTS Church, based in Santa Monica, CA. They co-founded and ran a nonprofit called “Marathon of Miracles” (MOM) between 2006 and 2014, which helped families throughout the U.S. who were affected by cancer.
He is a service-disabled military veteran who served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 1987 as a Journalist and Media Relations Specialist. He was based at Vandenberg AFB in CA, Comiso Air Station nuclear missile base in Sicily, and McClellan AFB in CA. He was a member of the USAF Soccer Team.
A.J. and his wife Jane have been joyfully and happily married since 1994. They have a blended family of 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.