Biography: Ashanti

September 9, 2018
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Real Name: Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas

Occupation: Singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress

Date of Birth: October 13, 1980

How Old is Ashanti: 37 years

Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, United States

How Tall is Ashanti: 5 feet 3 inches

Weight: 64 kg

Nationality: American

Family: Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas (Father); Tina Douglas (Mother); Kenashia Douglas (Sister).

Boyfriends:  Darnell Dockett (2015 – 2016); DeSean Jackson (2013 – 2015); Chink Santana (2003 – 2005); Nelly (2003 – 2014).


Ashanti Facts:

Ashanti has been in a theatre play called The Wiz and acted in films like Bride and Prejudice, The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, Coach Carter, John Tucker Must Die, Resident Evil Extinction and Christmas in the City

On May 2, 2002, Ashanti received the key to the city of Glen Cove, New York (her hometown), and the day was named Ashanti Day; Ashanti also received a key to the city of Atlantic City, New Jersey (she was crowned princess of hip-hop and R&B).

Ashanti’s endorsements include Herbal Essences, where she is the first African American to land a national campaign, Candies Apparel, as well as MUDD Jeans’ line “Delicious Curves” and Johnson & Johnson’s Body Care.

She continues to reign at the top as one of Billboard’s Top Females of the Decade from 2000-2010.  She is currently on the list of The Twenty Best Selling Music Singles for her single “Foolish,” which has sold 8.2 million copies to date.

Ashanti’s first debut album” Ashanti” landed the #1 spot on both the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, selling a whopping 504,593 units in its first week. Her first week showing set a SoundScan record as the most albums sold by any debut female artist in the chart’s history, granting her a spot on Guinness World Records.

Ashanti met rapper Nelly at a press conference for the 2003 Grammy Awards on January 1, 2003; they subsequently entered into a relationship. They ended their nine-year relationship in December 2012.


Ashanti Quotes:

“I am not a good decision maker; that’s one of the things I don’t like about myself.”

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for military families. To have to worry about your loved ones and still try and live a normal life is extremely hard.”

“I have always been able to write on the spot. It is a talent that I guess comes naturally.”

“I was offered seven deals from seven different major labels between 2009-2011, and to be quite honest… nowadays, you need a hit record, a great radio team, an amazing PR firm, social media, a big budget, a team that is ready to work extremely hard, and the drive and passion to win!”

“It’s so important to never limit yourself, to find yourself in a box.”


Ashanti Filmography:

Mothers and Daughters (2016)

Stuck (2015)

Mutant World (2014)

Christmas in the City (2013)

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

Coach Carter (2005)

The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005)

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Ashanti Discography:

Braveheart (2014)

The Declaration (2008)

Concrete Rose (2004)

Chapter II (2003)

Ashanti (2002)


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