Ashanti

Singer, Actress
Possessing a sweet, soulful voice and innocent good looks, singer-turned-actress Ashanti (born Ashanti Douglas) exploded onto the music scene in 2002 and quickly became one of the top selling R&B artists in the ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1980 in Glen Cove, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Mutant World 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in the City 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Army Wives 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Pepsi Smash 2002 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Ride With Funkmaster Flex 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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What Perez Sez 2007 - 2008, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Dateline: Presidential Inauguration Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The 2007 American Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Resident Evil: Extinction 2007 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

John Tucker Must Die 2006 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The Hustle 2006 (Movie)

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All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Bride and Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

Kyra (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Ashanti: Chapter II 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Ladies of the VMAs 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Maxim Hot 100 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Prince: The Art of Musicology 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Real Access: Hot 24 in 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 2003 Essence Music Festival 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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VH1 Divas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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VH1 and Self Magazine's Top 10 Rock Bodies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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When I Was 17 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Maxim Hot 100 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Road Trippin with Ashanti 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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VH1 Divas Duets 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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MTV's New Year's Eve 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Alice on Stage 1996 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV Show)

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Music (9)

About Time 2013 (Movie)

("Foolish") (Song Performer)

Dream House 2011 (Movie)

("Never Too Far Away") (Song Performer)

Dream House 2011 (Movie)

("Never Too Far Away") (Song)

Bride and Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

("My Lips Are Waiting (a.k.a. Goa Groove)") (Song Performer)

Bride and Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

("Touch My Body") (Song)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Performer

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

("What's Luv?") (Song Performer)

Biography

Possessing a sweet, soulful voice and innocent good looks, singer-turned-actress Ashanti (born Ashanti Douglas) exploded onto the music scene in 2002 and quickly became one of the top selling R&B artists in the industry. Originally from Glen Cove, Long Island, NY, Ashanti was raised in a musical family-her dad used to sing and her mom was a dance instructor. At six years-old, she began singing gospel in her church choir, and in 1994, while performing at a local talent show, she attracted the attention of industry players. Meanwhile, the singer had other talents: she was a track star at Glen Cove High School, where she was the youngest member on the team after impressing them with her speed in the 100- and 200-meter dash. But it was her skill at the triple long jump that attracted the attention of scouts from Princeton and Hampton University, both of whom offered her scholarships. She turned them down, however, to focus on music-thus the potential derailing of her fledgling music career was averted.

EDUCATION

Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center

Queens , New York
Trained in dance

Glen Cove High School

Glen Cove , New York

Milestones

2009

Made her stage debut as Dorothy in a limited Manhattan stage engagement of "The Wiz"

2007

Co-starred in "Resident Evil: Extinction," the third installment in the series, starring Milla Jovovich

2006

Co-starred with Jesse Metcalfe in "John Tucker Must Die" as one of three girls seeking revenge on the high school hunk

2005

Cast alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the sports drama, "Coach Carter" as the pregnant girlfriend of a college-bound basketball player

2004

Release third album, Concrete Rose

2003

Released second album, Chapter II; nominated for 2 Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album

2003

Appeared on the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" on UPN

2002

Portrayed Dionne Warwick on the NBC series "American Dream"

2002

Featured on Ja Rule's single "Always on Time" and appeared with him on MTV’s "Making the Video"; earned Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

2002

Featured on Fat Joe’s single "What's Luv" from Jealous Ones Still Envy; earned Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

2002

Released self-titled debut album, Ashanti; wrote all 12 tracks; earned Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance for the single "Foolish"

2001

Appeared on the soundtrack for "The Fast and The Furious" with "When a Man Does Wrong" and "Justify My Love" (with Vita) a remake of Madonna’s "Justify My Love"

2001

First announced her presence with the Big Pun hit "How We Roll"

1992

Appeared in the biopic "Malcolm X," directed by Spike Lee

1989

Danced at Carnegie Hall and in the NBC Disney musical "Polly," directed by Debbie Allen and starring Phylicia Rashad

Signed with Irv Gotti of Murder Inc. Records; was the first R&B singer to join Murder Inc.

Began singing in a gospel choir at the age of six

Bonus Trivia

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Was named Best R&B Artist by Rolling Stone magazine readers in 2002.

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