Queen Muhammad Ali

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Queen Muhammad Ali is an award-winning film director, television producer, and visual anthropologist. Queen’s great-grandfather and later her great-uncle both served the people of American Samoa as Paramount Chiefs (Kings). In continuing the tradition of serving the island, Ali is an advocate for revitalizing the knowledge of indigenous foods and ancient Samoan pharmacopeia to combat diabetes and obesity. Ali’s film #Bars4Justice, starring Common and Talib Kweli, was screened twice at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Glasgow, Beijing, and Tiapapata Art Centre in Apia, Samoa. Recognized internationally for her research on the negative images and stereotypes of original people, she has been requested to lend her expertise to universities and organizations across the globe.