Rashidah Ali: Talks about her $1000 a bundle weave, her dislike for Raqi, and how she was approached by Mona –Scott Young to be on Love and Hip Hop
From the rooftops of “The Bronx” to the flat screens televisions in your homes, Rah Ali proves that she isn’t new to this, she’s true to this. [blockquote]It was never a position like this before, but there’s one now. We don’t have to follow the rules, we can make them[/blockquote]Within the last few years, Rah, has not only been riding in her own lane, but has definitely put the term “Shoe Broker” on the map.
From being honored by people like Russell Simmons, Rabbi Marc Schneider, as well as others, to being featured in magazines from Elle to Essence Rah Ali feels that it is very important to give back to her community as well as her fans. [blockquote]I literally make it a job for my self to respond at some point in the day to my comments. Sometimes its hard and it may get harder later on to respond, but while I’m able to manage, I respond to almost every single person because I want them to know that I don’t think I’m too good to answer them back and I don’t think I’m too good to say “Have a good day”.[/blockquote]
Being brought up in a Muslim home, this 29 year old woman comes from a very strong family structure with parents that have been married longer than she’s been alive. Rashidah Ali, meaning, ” One who strives to do the right thing” proved to the world just that, when she beat her case with a nightclub bouncer who claimed she cut his face. “I had a party and some bouncer was injured or sliced. I don’t exactly how he got his injuries because I didn’t see it happen. He waited until the press came out for my birthday party and when he saw me he assumed that I was a basketball wife because I had made an appearance on “Basketball Wives”. I think he thought it was a cash out and opportunity to make money so he posted a YouTube video up saying he’s trying to get paid. So he just accused me of doing it but he knows that I didn’t do it. It’s something that I had to deal with, lawyers fees and bail money for two years now’’. She has no reasons to try and clean up her name, being that she has beat the case and has confidence that the rumor will definitely fade away.
“Love and Hip Hop: there’s the love of friends, there’s the love for work and what you do, and then there’s the hate, then there’s the Hip Hop,” as she laughs explaining what the meaning of Love and Hip Hop was to her. “I think the objective initially was to show the coalition between women and the industry and their relationship with the men involved”. Rah Ali, CEO of her own company 5 Approved, honored Mona Scott-Young for the time she was a radio personality at a station in New York . ”I want to talk you later. You have a lot of personality and that hair is bright”, was her initial approach to Rah Ali concerning the show. It’s no secret that among friends, Rah is among enemies. “I think that a lot of times you don’t have to discredit people or you don’t have to tear them down and say certain things about them because their character is going to reflect that. As soon as you get the opportunity, you talk in front of the person you plan to marry, the person you’re in a relationship with, your child’s mother, and to make a comments like that shows what kind of person he is”. That damn Mandeces!!! Hope I spelled his name right. Moving right along we definitely can’t ignore her admiration for Miss Raqi…..yeah right! “You’re in every scene looking like a wet dog. It doesn’t take nothing to get a roller set. I don’t like Raqi, not at all. When it’s one person who has problems with every damn body it can’t be everybody else it’s got to be you’’. Damn she went in on Raqi. We talked about the $1000 a bundle weave that she rocks and how the price that she put out there did include her installation, color for her own hair, weave and styling. She doesn’t give a damn what y’all think about her red hair because its her choice.
She doesn’t plan on having any tell all books but does have an inspiration fictional novel coming out in July that is based on her life experiences. As a shoe broker she takes notice and gives her props to Beyonce, Angela Simmons, and June Ambrose for having the shoe game on lock. Rah says that Beyonce’s song “I was here” best describes how she wants people to know her. You can support her online shoetique by logging on to EncoreShoetique.com for Encore shoe line. You can follow her on twitter @Rashidaali and @rahali on instagram. As pleasant and delightful as she was to speak to, she leaves us with encouraging words, “Don’t follow the trends, set them.’’ And in that order!