A.J. grew up in a very academic household in rural New Jersey, and at the age of seventeen she lost her mother to cancer.
Even though she felt drawn to the arts from a very young age, AJ pursued a Psychology and Chemistry major at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating Magna cum Laude in Psychology. Deciding that her artistic calling should also be explored, AJ moved to Hollywood.
“When it came time to decide between medical school and Hollywood, I decided to give myself a year or two in Los Angeles and see what happened. I moved to LA and I’ve been working here ever since.”
AJ has appeared on a number of television series, and her feature film roles include House Party, Skin Deep, The Inkwell, Assassins (with Sylvester Stallone), Dying Young (with Julia Roberts), Sister Act (with Whoopi Goldberg), and John Singleton’s critically acclaimed feature Baby Boy.
AJ’s father told her from his death bed, “You’re not able to save me, but take all of who you are and what you know and go save the world.” His words lead her to redefine her life’s purpose, dedicating herself to wellness education and training. When she is not sharing the screen with Julia Roberts, Ving Rhames or Sylvester Stallone, AJ is a renowned lifestyle coach and wellness advocate. She soon created THE AJ ZONE, combining her passions for health and philanthropy.
“THE AJ ZONE is the zone you live in when you want to reach your better! We do not offer personal training – how do you train someone like CeeLo or Stevie Wonder to do anything? How do you train T.O. to be faster? They are at the top of their game, looking for more than just improved performance or more defined bodies, they’re looking for better, healthier lives. Watching me live my life, they know I can get them to better.”
“Anybody who’s anybody takes care of their body in THE AJ ZONE.”
– Gabrielle Union, Actress
“I would never think of doing a film or attending the awards without at least 2 weeks with A.J.!”
– Emily Blunt, Golden Globe Winner
“AJ is soooo many things!”
-Anne Hathaway, Academy Award nominated Actress
When AJ is not molding the hottest minds, bodies and souls of Hollywood with her “No Excuses” straight-talk approach, she is creating a global movement towards wellness.
Hosting and producing for television and radio, AJ created a wellness segment for the WE channel’s Savvy, hosted VH-1’s reality fitness competition From Flab to Fab, TV Guide Network’s Hollywood Bodies. AJ has lent her advice to The Wendy Williams Experience, and Baisden After Dark and has recently joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show syndicated radio team as an expert discussing anything related to obesity in Black America. A.J. is also a radio fixture in the New York, Atlanta, Miami, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Chicago markets.
AJ has appeared in and written for publications including Vogue, Women’s Health, Self, Essence, Sister 2 Sister, In Style, Black Health, Monarch, Vibe, Us Weekly, In Touch, and Black Sophisticates Hair. Her online presence includes upcoming appearances with daileybeast.com and GlobalGrind.com and regular appearances on live.com, allhiphop.com, blackvoices.com, rollingout.com, theadamsreport.com, and ambermag.com.
AJ frequently hosts seminars, workshops and classes for corporate, media and celebrity clients in both formal and island retreat settings. Some of the organizations she has had the pleasure of addressing health, fitness and lifestyle issues with include:
- Credit Suisse Bank
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals
- GSK Pharmaceuticals
- Diversity Woman Leadership Conference
- American Cancer Society
- Curves International Events
- The Essence Music Festival Seminar Series
- Black Enterprise Magazine Entrepreneur Conference
- Bank of America National Summit
- The Black Lawyers Association
- The Black MBA Association
Popular destinations for AJ trainings and retreats include:
- Atlantis – Nassau, Bahamas
- The Mauna Lani Resort – Kona, Hawaii
- The Delano Hotel – Miami, Florida
- The Bentley Hotel – South Beach, Miami, Florida