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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

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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Adore Delano - NYC Pride Rally 2015 featuring Ashanti - New York, New York, United States - Friday 26th June 2015

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Ashanti May Have To Face Her Stalker In Court Again After Mistrial Declared


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A Manhattan judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man accused of stalking singer Ashanti Douglas, better known by her mononym Ashanti. The mistrial was declared on Thursday morning (18th December) after a juror became ill and it soon became apparent proceedings would be delayed for more than 24 hours.

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Ashanti may have to face her stalker in court again.

Read More: Rihanna's Stalker Put Her "In Fear For Her Physical Safety".

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Ashanti and Family - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Legends VIP night at Barclays Center - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 20th February 2014

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John Tucker Must Die Review


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John Tucker is a really lucky kid. Not only is he the king of his high school - a real "man's man, ladies' man, man about town" for the under-18 set - but he also has the advantage of being the top dog at the movie version of high school, one filled with an endless stream of hot girls, gobs of money, and no adults in sight.

But the goofily-titled, predictable, and mildly charming John Tucker Must Die is all about the golden child getting his comeuppance. John, played by an endearing (if vacuous) Jesse Metcalfe, is the star of the basketball team and a chronic womanizer. He's got a system down that keeps him in as many open arms as possible, wherein he simultaneously dates hotties from rival cliques, ones who would never deign to speak to one another long enough to dish secrets, and then claims to each that he's not allowed to date during the basketball season. But three of them - shallow head cheerleader Heather (Ashanti), ditsy vegan activist Beth (Sophia Bush), and tightly-wound, overachieving Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) - figure it out. And super-sweet, casual observer Kate (Brittany Snow) inspires them to go the way of women scorned and get themselves some revenge.

Continue reading: John Tucker Must Die Review

John Tucker Must Die Review


Weak
John Tucker is a really lucky kid. Not only is he the king of his high school - a real "man's man, ladies' man, man about town" for the under-18 set - but he also has the advantage of being the top dog at the movie version of high school, one filled with an endless stream of hot girls, gobs of money, and no adults in sight.

But the goofily-titled, predictable, and mildly charming John Tucker Must Die is all about the golden child getting his comeuppance. John, played by an endearing (if vacuous) Jesse Metcalfe, is the star of the basketball team and a chronic womanizer. He's got a system down that keeps him in as many open arms as possible, wherein he simultaneously dates hotties from rival cliques, ones who would never deign to speak to one another long enough to dish secrets, and then claims to each that he's not allowed to date during the basketball season. But three of them - shallow head cheerleader Heather (Ashanti), ditsy vegan activist Beth (Sophia Bush), and tightly-wound, overachieving Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) - figure it out. And super-sweet, casual observer Kate (Brittany Snow) inspires them to go the way of women scorned and get themselves some revenge.

Continue reading: John Tucker Must Die Review

Coach Carter Review


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Even those unfamiliar with real-life high school basketball coach Ken Carter might find familiar elements in the inspirational drama based on his achievements. After all, how many different ways can you tell the story of a coach who inherits a team torn apart and transforms them from chaotic underachievers to state title contenders?

Except in this case, the events actually happened. Coach Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) benched his undefeated Richmond Oilers in 1999 because the team failed to meet academic requirements he established at the start of the season. Amid protests from both school faculty and area parents, Carter locked his players out of the gymnasium and drove them into the library until their grades were up to snuff.

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Ashanti

Date of birth

13th October, 1980

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

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John Tucker Must Die Movie Review

John Tucker Must Die Movie Review

John Tucker is a really lucky kid. Not only is he the king of his...

John Tucker Must Die Movie Review

John Tucker Must Die Movie Review

John Tucker is a really lucky kid. Not only is he the king of his...

Coach Carter Movie Review

Coach Carter Movie Review

Even those unfamiliar with real-life high school basketball coach Ken Carter might find familiar elements...

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