Oscar-Nominated Producer Karolyn Ali Has Has Passed Away From Natural Causes At The Age Of 70
|Oscar-Nominated Producer Karolyn Ali Has Has Passed Away |
From Natural Causes At The Age Of 70
Karolyn Ali, 70, died of natural causes, according to a Saturday.
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Since 2003, Ali had served as executive assistant to her longtime friend Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said an Academy spokesman in announcing her death.
Ali started her career in the music industry working for Benny Ashburn, then manager of the legendary R&B outfit The Commodores, before moving to work for Dick Griffey’s S.O.L.A.R. Records, where she would do commercial and music video production.
Adding to her many distinctions, Ali earned the Lillian Gish Award from Women in Film, as well as the NAACP/Legal Defense Fund’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Her most recent project was the TV Series Unsung, which ran from 2009-2013, profiling some of the most powerful, yet unremembered R&B, Soul and Gospel artists from the Seventies to the Nineties.
Ali will surely be missed by her longtime friend, Motion Picture Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, whom she has served as executive assistant to since 2013.
She is survived by her mother Jennie Golden, sister Daaiyah Ali, step-brother Kermit Golden, and niece Shebibah Ali-Birdsong.