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Ashanti (born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, 13.10.1980)
Ashanti is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame with the release of the Grammy Award-winning debut album, titled Ashanti.

Childhood: Ashanti was born in Glen Cove, New York. Her mother, Tina, is a former dance teacher and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas is a former singer. She was named after the Empire of Ashanti, in Ghana, the matriarchal nation in which women had all the power.

She attended the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied tap dance, jazz, ballet, modern and hip-hop. She has performed professionally at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, at the 1994 Caribbean Awards and in the Disney TV movie Polly.

After hearing Ashanti singing Mary J Blige's 'Reminisce' to herself, her mother began sending demo tapes to record labels. She began writing her own songs whilst she was at high school and would perform at the Soul Café, Madison Square Gardens.

Musical Career: Aged 14, Ashanti performed her own material in front of P. Diddy and Biggie Smalls, for their Bad Boy Records label. She amused P. Diddy by smelling his new fragrance and saying she hated it. In the end, she did not sign to the label. Instead, she signed to Jive Records, but the contract was short lived, as they wanted to transform Ashanti into a pop singer.

In 1998, Ashanti put her academic endeavours to one side when Epic Records offered her a deal. She was not at the top of Epic's priority list, however and spent her time hanging out at the Murder Inc. studio. She worked as a backing singer, writing and singing hooks for rap stars such as Big Pun and Cadillac Tah. She also featured on the hip-hop remix of 'Justify My Love' by Madonna. Ashanti also wrote and sang the backing vocals on 'Ain't It Funny?', the duet between Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez. Perhaps her biggest hit was singing on Ja Rule's 'Always On Time', which went to the top of the US singles charts.

Ashanti's eponymous debut album was released in 2002. She became the second artist (after The Beatles) to have their first three chart entries in the top ten positions of the Hot 100 singles chart. The album was released on Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. label and also went to number one, where it remained for three weeks. Ashanti went on to win a number of awards, including eight Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy and two American Music Awards.

Despite an online petition against the decision, Ashanti also won the Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award for 'Entertainer of the Year'. The award was presented to her by Patti LaBelle.

Ashanti's second album, Chapter II was released in 2003. It sold over 3 million copies worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy award in 2004. Ashanti supported R. Kelly on his five-date 2003 tour and also duetted with Stevie Wonder on 'Do I Do' and 'That Lady' for the VH1 Divas series.

Later that year, Ashanti also released a Christmas album, entitled Ashanti's Christmas. The album sold poorly and was badly received by critics.

Ashanti's third studio album, Concrete Rose was released in 2004. The single 'Only U' became her biggest hit to date in the UK. Hit by financial troubles within her record label, Ashanti self-funded the video for 'Don't Let Them'. A remix version of the album was released in 2005, with mixes from Paul Wall and Method Man.

Following the album's release, Ashanti also released a DVD, Ashanti: The Making of a Star. Late in 2005, she was invited to Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball, which aims to honour influential African American women.

In 2008, Ashanti released The Declaration, her fourth studio album. This was the first time that she had ventured outside of the Murder Inc. stable and chosen her own collaborators. Irv Gotti likened it to Ashanti having "her own Janet Jackson Control moment."

Acting: Ashanti was a child actor in Spike Lee's Malcolm X. As an adult, she has appeared in Coach Carter and Resident Evil: Extinction.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Ruffino Wine Presents The Los Angeles Premiere Of Screen Media Film's MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

Ashanti , Selma Blair - Ruffino Wine Presents The Los Angeles Premiere of Screen Media Film's MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS at The London West Hollywood Hotel Screening Room - West Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 28th April 2016

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Los Angeles Premiere Of Screen Media Film's "Mothers And Daughters" - Red Carpet

Ashanti - Celebrities attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Screen Media Film's 'Mothers And Daughters' at The London. at The London - West Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 29th April 2016

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Ashanti Private Hotel Shoot Pre-Event

Ashanti - Ashanti Private Hotel Shoot Pre-Event at London Hotel - West Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 29th April 2016

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Los Angeles Premiere Of Screen Media Film's "Mothers And Daughters" - Red Carpet

Ashanti, Christopher Backus, Mira Sorvino, Alexandra Daniels , Sharon Stone - Celebrities attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Screen Media Film's 'Mothers And Daughters' at The London. at The London - West Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 29th April 2016

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Ashanti Planning Comeback With Mother's Day Movie And Ja Rule Tour


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The Baby singer is executive producing and starring in Mothers & Daughters, which will also feature Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Courteney Cox, Christina Ricci, Mira Sorvino, and Selma Blair.

The film marks her debut as a producer, and she tells WENN she was thrilled to be a part of the process: "I have such a close relationship with my mom, who is also my manager... so I really related to this project."

Mothers & Daughters features interwoven stories about what it means to be a mum, centred around a busy single rock photographer who discovers she is pregnant while coming to terms with her relationship with her estranged mother.

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Ashanti Stalker Jailed Again


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Devar Hurd was found guilty of felony stalking in a New York court on 18 March (16), five months after another jury was left deadlocked on the same charge, despite convicting him of nine other counts, including criminal contempt and harassment.

The charges all related to a 2013 arrest, after Hurd was accused of bombarding the R&B singer with lewd text and Twitter messages. The case had previously gone to trial in 2014, but ended in a mistrial after one of the jurors fell ill.

On Thursday (31Mar16), Hurd returned to court for sentencing, and was ordered to serve between 16 months and four years behind bars.

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Ashanti Stalker Found Guilty


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Devar Hurd faced a charge of felony second degree stalking, following a 2013 case, which ended in a mistrial in 2014 after a juror fell sick.

He was convicted of nine counts, including criminal contempt and harassment, in October (15), but the jury was deadlocked on the felony stalking charge, prompting the singer to head back to court to face the suspect this week (begs14Mar16).

Hurd, who represented himself during the trial, insisted the lewd text and Twitter messages he had bombarded Ashanti with did not amount to felony stalking, while he also maintained he had had a romantic fling with the singer - claims she vehemently denied.

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Ashanti And Family 'Terrified' By Alleged Stalker


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Devar Hurd is facing felony stalking charges following a 2013 case, which ended in a mistrial in 2014 after a juror fell sick.

In October (15), he was convicted of nine counts, including criminal contempt and harassment, but the jury was deadlocked on the felony stalking charge.

This time around, Hurd has claimed he had a romantic fling with Ashanti, full name Ashanti Douglas, and alleged that her family has a vendetta against him.

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Ashanti Questioned By Alleged Stalker


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Devar Hurd is facing felony stalking charges following a 2013 case, which ended in a mistrial in 2014 after a juror fell sick.

In October (15), he was convicted of nine counts, including criminal contempt and harassment, but the jury was deadlocked on the felony stalking charge.

Ashanti has testified twice in the past and on Wednesday (16Mar16) she took the stand again to face questions from Hurd, who is acting as his own attorney.

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Ashanti's Alleged Stalker To Stand Trial Again


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Jury selection in the trial of Devar Hurd begun on Monday (14Mar16) in Manhattan, New York. He is facing felony stalking charges. The 37-year-old was first put on trial in 2013 following another stalking conviction, but the court proceedings ended in a mistrial in 2014 after a juror fell sick.

In October (15), he was convicted of nine counts, including criminal contempt and harassment, but the jury was deadlocked on the felony stalking charge.

Ashanti has testified twice in the past and will have to take the stand in the new trial.

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2016 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Lionel Richie

Ashanti - 2016 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Lionel Richie at Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 13th February 2016

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Ja Rule Developing Show Based On Record Label


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The hip hop star is teaming up with label founder Irv Gotti to recount the story of the company which housed artists including Ashanti and singer Lloyd.

"It's a great project," the rapper tells Vibe.com. "It's going to be a drama series, and we got Paramount (studio) as a partner. It's gotta be raw and uncut."

Ja Rule left the label, which also went by the name The Inc., in 2009, but returned in 2013 with new songs Fresh Out Da Pen and Everything.

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Ashanti Fan Convicted Of Harassment


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Devar Hurd, 37, denied charges of felony stalking, harassment and misdemeanour criminal contempt, stemming from the alleged breach of a restraining order, and the singer was called to testify during his trial in New York City.

After two days of deliberations, he was convicted of nine counts, including criminal contempt and harassment, but the jury was deadlocked on the felony stalking charge.

Hurd faces a prison sentence when his punishment is handed out at a hearing on 23 October (15), but could walk free on time already served because he has been in custody since his arrest two years ago, according to the New York Post.

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Ashanti Denies Romance With Stalker


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The Mesmerize singer was called as a witness at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Thursday (01Oct15) in the trial of Devar Hurd.

He is accused of breaching a protection order previously imposed on him by contacting the star and her sister Kenashia on Twitter.com.

Hurd is also said to have attended two events with the intention of befriending Kenashia, according to the New York Daily News.

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Ja Rule Plotting Comeback With Ashanti


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The hip-hop star was released from prison in 2013 following a 28-month sentence for tax and weapons charges, and he's been hard at work since then to rebuild his career.

As part of his return, Ja Rule tells Billboard he's planning on getting back in the studio with his former Murder Inc. Records labelmate Ashanti, despite a falling out in the mid-2000s.

"Me and Ashanti are about to go on a big world tour... and we're putting together a music and film project with our whole Natural Born Killers tour and EP. It's kind-of like a Streets is Watching type of film," Ja Rule said, referring to Jay Z's 1998 film. "So yeah, we're doing something kind of cool and fun. It's been a long time in the making."

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Date of birth

13th October, 1980

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