“As is clear through every chapter of this fascinating memoir, much like … the many others she knew in the boxing world, Rita Ali is a fighter.” —BookTrib


Philadelphian socialite, Dr. Rita Ali, ran with celebrities and established her spot with promoters in the boxing arena during the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s when women were seen (in the audience) but not heard. Greats like Muhammad Ali called her friend and sister. Michael Spinks and Smokin’ Joe Frazier embraced her as a friend and the undisputed, Mike Tyson, calls her Mom.

Posh living was the norm and she enjoyed the celebrity high life as a radio personality and beauty consultant, among other life-moving accomplishments. So, how did Dr. Ali end up convicted, tried and imprisoned three times, smack dab in the midst of retirement?

Supposedly, she had funneled thousands of dollars in public funds through a partnership between Sister Clara Muhammad School and the Community College of Philadelphia that strategized to profit off of promised, but fake, adult education classes. And despite the fact that federal undercover agents’ secret surveillance of the school found that the program did exist and classes were held, Dr. Ali was found guilty. But why?

Ali boldly tells her side of the story, and in doing so she investigates serious issues such as politically motivated agendas, media distortion, Islamophobia and racism. For more information, read our review of the book and our interview with Dr. Ali.

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