Ashanti Ashanti
Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer,
Ashanti Ashanti
Ashanti is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the early 2000s. Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish", and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release throughout the U.S. in April 2002. The album set a Soundscan record as the biggest opening week sales for a new female artist, outselling debuts by Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill.
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70 Glorious Tweets From Women About The 2017 Golden Globes
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Another year, another glamorous night of the Golden Globe Awards ― the annual show where we get to watch some of the most glamorous celebs in Hollywood get drunk and celebrate our favorite moments on the big and small screen ― and occasionally say something powerful and profound.  Highlights of the night for women ranged from Tracee Ellis Ross finally winning her first Golden Globe for “Black-ish,” “The Crown” winning all the awards, and Meryl Streep’s poignant, political acceptance speech for Lifetime Achievement.  But the best part of any awards show is, without a doubt, the tweets, and the ladies of Twitter were in fine form tonight. Check it out:  I like the Barb bit BUT I WOULD. — emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) January 9, 2017 FINALLY BARB GETS THE AIRTIME SHE DESERVES #justiceforbarb — Julia Bush (@jabush) January 9, 2017 I'm traumatized by lace clothing. It's just too representative of Christmas table clothes stained with fa ...
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Bank of America and Cempra Stumble; Sears and AngloGold Rise
ABC News - about 2 months
Bank of America and Cempra dip while Sears Holdings and AngloGold Ashanti jump
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The Full Tracklist For 'The Hamilton Mixtape' Is Finally Here
Huffington Post - 4 months
Hello hello hello! Been working on a mixtape for years. It's finished. You can pre-order it TOMORROW.#HamiltonMixtape — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 3, 2016 As Broadway hero Lin-Manuel Miranda stated in a tweet earlier today, he’s been working on “The Hamilton Mixtape” for years. And his fans ― probably, the ones who celebrated #Hamilween earlier this fall ― are past patiently waitin’ for the record to drop.  Thankfully, the man who brought America’s first Secretary of the Treasury to the stage has good news: You can preorder the damn thing starting Friday, Nov. 4. But you can gaze upon “The Hamilton Mixtape” full tracklist (finally!) now. But wait there's more! #HamiltonMixtape — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 3, 2016 There are tons of names to geek out over: The Roots are there, of course. Busta Rhymes, Sia, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Nas. Regina Spektor and ...
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What's a game day like for Aroldis Chapman?
ABC News - 4 months
When Aroldis Chapman was traded to Chicago in July, Cubs brass made it clear: They were going for a title. Now, after a tumultuous offseason in which he was involved in a domestic violence incident and suspended by MLB for 30 games, he has made his new life in Chicago and, after recording three saves in three Cubs NLDS wins, is hoping he's on the road to a championship. We followed him through a game day in August to find out what it's like to be the new guy in town. "My mom, my dad, my children, my sisters, they are everything to me. Thank God we have been together since I was little, we all grew up together, together all the time. We have always been very close, the five of us. Do [we] all live together? Yes. Thank God I was able to bring them here [to the U.S.]. The only one missing is my other sister, who lives in Italy. "Ashanti is my sweet 'negrita'. She's so smart. She's gotten so big. She speaks perfect English. I am...
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Grandpa Deserves Gold For Best Olympic Celebration After Usain Bolt's Win
Huffington Post - 6 months
A Jamaican grandfather couldn’t contain himself after his hero, runner Usain Bolt, scooped up yet another Olympic gold medal for the 100-meter dash on Sunday. Byron Edwards was caught on camera jumping up and down, dancing and running around his living room after watching his track star idol storm to victory for a third consecutive time. Edwards possibly exerted the same amount of energy as Bolt did when he won the title in just 9.81 seconds. Watch the video here: My grandfather reaction when Bolt just ran lol..... — ♧ Aug 15 ♧ (@ShantiDaGOAT) August 15, 2016 “He’s followed Bolt for a long time,” Edwards’ grandson Ashanti Stewart, who filmed his grandpa’s glorious reaction and posted it to Twitter, told Mashable. “He’s a HUGE fan,” Stewart added. The 28-second clip has now gone viral, much like the hilarious Usain Bolt smiling face meme.   For more Olympics coverage: Usain Bolt’s Smiling Face Is The Newest Olympic ...
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AngloGold H1 earnings rise; South Africa safety stops hit output
Yahoo News - 6 months
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's top gold producer AngloGold Ashanti said on Monday its interim earnings more than doubled because of higher prices and weaker currencies where it operates, but said government safety stops in South Africa hit production. * Adjusted headline earnings (AHE) of $159 million, morethan double the $61 million generated last year. * Gold production of 1.745Moz, in line with full yearguidance range of 3.6Moz – 3.8Moz. * Net debt at June 30, 2016, was $2.098 billion, comparedwith $3.076 billion a year earlier, reflecting a net debt toadjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.44 ...
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Anglo American, AngloGold reach $30 million silicosis settlement with miners - 12 months
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Anglo American and AngloGold Ashanti have reached a $30 million settlement with 4,400 gold miners who contracted the fatal lung disease silicosis while working underground, the companies and lawyers said on Friday.
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AngloGold Ashanti's Widening Net Loss Beats Forecasts
Wall Street Journal - 12 months
AngloGold Ashanti reported a loss of $70 million in 2015, compared with a loss of $39 million a year earlier, beating expectations as the company continued to focus on reducing debt and improving margins.
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Nigerian Supermodel Oluchi Is the Scent of Africa [INTERVIEW]
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Yesterday, I came to a personal conclusion, that I'm living my AfricanDream. Dreams I envisioned yearssss ago...! To 'model' and be the female representative of #ScentOfAfrica is only a small part of my many dreams! And some of my dreams came with difficulties, obstacles and many delays but I will NOT stop living my dreams. Even if I must personally create my dreams to LIVE it in Africa! #HappySunday"--@oluchi1 (Instagram) Regal, pepper soup and purpose are the first words that spring to mind when I think of Oluchi. I consider her one of the realest, most official of souls in an industry founded on vanity and outward appearance. She has a heart of pure Ashanti gold. It's that genuine character which has allowed her to flourish for almost two decades. Oluchi is a success story. In 1998, at the age of 17, she entered The Face of Africa, the first continent-wide modeling competition. What followed reads like a fantasy. She won the competition, moved from Lagos to New York with a thr ...
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AngloGold Ashanti Pushed to Loss by Low Gold Prices
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
AngloGold Ashanti reported a loss of $72 million, missing expectations as low gold prices continued to challenge the world’s No. 3 producer of the precious metal.
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On the "A" w/Souleo: On New Album, Angie Stone is Still a Dreamer at Heart
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Soul singer-songwriter, Angie Stone has an unshakeable faith in herself, in love and in the power of dreams and music. But over the past year that faith has been tested in the public eye. Last year her relationship with boyfriend/manager, Ashanti Graves ended after allegations of him cheating with a production team member on Stone's reality TV show R&B Divas: Atlanta. Then the singer made headlines this past March following a physical altercation with her daughter Diamond. Like any singer worth their title, Stone turned to the recording studio and exorcised her demons on wax. The result is the introspective and honest album Dream, which is out on Friday, November 6. Tracks such as lead single, "2 Bad Habits," "Magnet," and "Begin Again," featuring Dave Hollister find Stone owning up to her own shortcomings while still finding time to dream about a love to call her own. Courtesy: Shanachie Entertainment Stone - whose lengthy career includes serving as a member of pioneeri ...
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South Africa's AMCU union votes to strike in gold sector - Reuters Africa
Google News - over 1 year
South Africa's AMCU union votes to strike in gold sector Reuters Africa CARLETONVILLE, South Africa Oct 11 (Reuters) - South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) voted on Sunday to strike at the operations of AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold . "The whole gold sector has ... and more »
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AngloGold in talks to sell part, all of U.S. mine
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Africa's top gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is entering second-round talks with two potential partners or buyers for its Cripple Creek & Victor (CC&V) mine in the United States, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. Newmont Mining Corp and Canada's Kinross Gold Corp are discussing a deal with AngloGold for part or all of Cripple Creek, the paper said. At least two other Canadian mining companies Iamgold Corp and Goldcorp Inc are also interested in acquiring all or part of the mine, the paper reported. AngloGold has said it wants to reduce debt and that the sale of a stake in the U.S. mine and two others in Mali are part of an "objective to simplify and improve the overall quality of its portfolio".
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IT News Africa delivers successful IT Leadership Workshop
It News Africa - almost 2 years
Eileen Wilton, CEO Gijima, lecturing at the IT News Africa: Principles of IT Leadership Seminar. (Image Credit: Darryl Linington) Industry leaders facilitated discussions at IT News Africa‘s Principles of IT Leadership Seminar, which was held on 17 & 18 March 2015 at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. These highly influential leaders included: Pieter Du Toit Oosthuizen, who is the Vice President for IT Strategy and Portfolio at AngloGold Ashanti. Eileen Wilton, CEO at Gijima as well as Professor Jan Kruger and Professor Otto Jansen van Vuuren. Also in attendance at the leadership seminar was: Sachin Surajbali, Head of IT Security Services at Liberty Life; Sandy Morris Head of Regional Services for Afrox; Mish-Al Anver IT Director at Marsh; and Lehuka Maseng CIO for FNB Botswana. The Principles of IT Leadership Seminar covered crucial topics, which included: - Your Strategy to Win over the CIO - Navigating to the CIO: Top Down and Bottom Up Approaches - Organi ...
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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Spike Lee, the old guard of black indie filmmaking, gets his mojo back with this classy, urbane, bloodsucking art film that is a beauty to behold. Sophisticated, demented, eerie, erotic--prepare to be shocked and flabbergasted. (Photo courtesy of Marc Bond) Stephen Tyrone Williams and Zaraah Abrahams co-star in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus The root of the script is Bill Gunn's 1973 blaxploitation film, Ganja & Hess. Lee takes some liberties, but Gunn's stable, jaded storytelling holds its own 40 years later. An anthropologist, Dr. Hess Greene (Stephen Tyrone Williams), is stabbed by an art curator, Dr. Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), with an Ashanti artifact. Mysteriously that event changes his drink of choice to hemoglobin, and he prefers the brand that runs through women's veins. Greene, a wealthy erudite man, alternates his time between a swank New York apartment and a tony house in Martha's Vineyard, where he has a "Man Friday," Seneschal (Rami Malek, Ain't Them Bodies Sai ...
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Gold mining shares lead South African stocks lower
Yahoo News - over 2 years
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African stocks ended lower for the second straight session on Wednesday, with gold mining shares among the biggest decliners as the price of bullion slid to its lowest in more than three months. Industry leader AngloGold Ashanti declined 2.8 percent to 160.86 rand, while Harmony Gold tumbled 4.1 percent to 28.82 rand and Gold Fields lost 3.1 percent to 38.05 rand. Investors have become increasingly bearish, believing the market's recent strong run - the main indices hit several records highs this month - was not justified by corporate earnings prospects. ...
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AngloGold Ashanti to sell Namibian unit for $110 mln - about 3 years
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Africa's top bullion producer AngloGold Ashanti is selling its Namibian unit for $110 million to private mining group QKR, it said on Monday, the disposal being part...
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Stars Sport Stunning Side-Swept Waves On This Week's Best & Worst Beauty List (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Our go-to sporting event beauty look usually consists of a middle ponytail, tinted moisturizer and lip balm. But when you're a celebrity, of course, you have to glam it up. And at this year's Super Bowl parties, stars sported stunning side-swept waves. Brooklyn Decker was absolutely beaming with her blonde, side-swept waves and radiant makeup, and Heidy de la Rosa's take on the trend with her thick hair was flawless. Meanwhile, Miranda Kerr popped up on fashion red carpet sporting her signature side-swept hairdo with bold coral lips. Get swept away by these wavy hairstyles (and see more standout hair and makeup looks below). BEST: Brooklyn Decker We just can't take our eyes off of Brooklyn's side-swept waves, bronze eyeshadow, glowy skin and that gorgeous olive green blouse. BEST: Miranda Kerr Kerr looks picture-perfect with her brunette ringlets, long lashes and that glossy coral lip color. BEST: Heidy de la Rosa This young model proves that girls with thicker ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ashanti
  • 2011
    Age 30
    The lead single from her fifth studio album, The Woman You Love featuring American rapper Busta Rhymes was released online on December 15, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Ashanti said on her official Twitter account that the song would be released onto iTunes on 16 December with a new promo picture. Ashanti released via UStream snippets of some songs from her upcoming 5th studio album which included 'The Woman You Love', 'Never Too Far Away', 'She Can't', 'Paradise', 'Blow' and 'Get Lost Together'. Ashanti is in talks to be in the sequel to Coach Carter and is executive producing and starring in a movie called I Love Cinema. “The character that I play is very different for me,” she shared. “It’s a little bit more risqué, more sexy than I’ve ever been. It’s weird because she almost has a split personality. She’s a teacher, but she has one of those sides.” Ashanti is known for her lyric soprano voice type. People magazine referred to her voice as "pretty" and her soprano as "sultry" and "sweet but slight." her unique styling of hip-hop soul earned her the title of The Princess of Hip-Hop and R&B, as stated in her song, "Happy." Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic noted her reputation for using her "swooning voice" in duets with Big Pun, Fat Joe and most notably Ja Rule.
    In July 2011 a promo picture was released, rap-up revealed she had been in the studio with big names including Dr. Dre, Game, and Lil Wayne, and Ashanti had said that a single was coming "very soon".
    More Details Hide Details Single titles include “Paradise” and “She Can’t.” R. Kelly joins the singer on a track titled ‘That’s What We Do’, whilst Keyshia Cole appears on ‘Woman To Woman’. Ashanti released her first song in 4 years, "Never Too Far Away", which was featured in Morgan Creek's film Dream House starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz with Naomi Watts. Ashanti also confirmed via her Twitter account that the song will be on her upcoming fifth album but is not her first single. Ashanti announced the title of the 1st single from her 5th studio album, Braveheart, via NBC Today Show, revealing it to be called 'No Good', however the title was later changed to "The Woman You Love".
  • 2009
    Age 28
    In November 2009, Ashanti joined the crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
    More Details Hide Details The singer assisted in the rebuilding of the Powell Family home in Buffalo, New York. The efforts from the show expanded significantly to include not just the family home but the entire neighborhood surrounding it. The episode aired January 24, 2010. Films Television Theater
    In September 2009, Ashanti, along with other artists Mariah Carey, Beyoncé Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, Busta Rhymes, Cheri Oteri, Flavor Flav Queen Elizabeth and Carrie Underwood, teamed up for the song "Just Stand Up!
    More Details Hide Details ". The charity tune for cancer was conceived by Antonio "L.A." Reid, who produced it with longtime creative colleague Babyface. All 15 singers (along with Nicole Scherzinger) shared the stage to perform the song live on Sept. 5 2008 during the "Stand Up to Cancer" television special, which aired simultaneously on ABC, NBC and CBS, and helped raise $100 million dollars for cancer research. As a result of SU2C fund raising endeavors, the SU2C scientific advisory committee, overseen by the American Association for Cancer Research was able to award 73.6 million dollars towards novel, groundbreaking cancer research in 2009.
    On September 24, 2009, Ashanti announced her fifth studio album would be released from her new label, Written Entertainment.
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    In May 2009, Irv Gotti announced that he was officially releasing Ashanti from The Inc.
    More Details Hide Details Records, stating that "The relationship has run its course. The chemistry of what's needed — we're in two totally different places. You're talking to somebody that took her and shaped and molded her and put her out there for the world, and it blew up. We the record for the fastest selling debut by a female R&B artist — 503 thousand. We did it! My views and philosophies and her views and philosophies are not meeting up." Gotti also admitted that he and Ashanti have not spoken to each other in a long time. A rep for Ashanti did not respond.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    In 2008, Ashanti, along with others celebrities, taped a PSA to help stop violence and discrimination towards the LGBT community in response to the death of Lawrence King, an eighth-grader at E.O. Green Junior High School who was shot because of his sexual orientation and gender expression.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she launched a special on-line campaign called "I Declare Me " with Wal-Mart. The campaign's core is a very personal focus on the self-definition and empowerment of women across the United States, with its home base at Ashanti's official website. The campaign creates a safe and inclusive on-line space to for women to share testimonies on the site. Participants are able to openly declare their own breakthroughs, revelations, struggles and victories in every life area they choose: career, birth, death, relationships, and personal situations. "I Declare Me " also invites women to a virtual discussion with Ashanti on such issues as voter registration, teen obesity, and other concerns facing women today.
    In July 2008 Ashanti was named an ambassador of tourism for Nassau County, Long Island.
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    On October 27, 2008, Ashanti took part in The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken, a one night only concert to celebrate the Fifth anniversary of Wicked, featuring songs written by Stephen Schwartz, that were cut from the show.
    More Details Hide Details Ashanti confirmed via Twitter that she was currently in the studio working on her fifth album, that is being released through her own record label Written Entertainment. Ashanti was rumored to be working with a slew of producers and artist, thus far this is all that has been verified... LT Hutton, Dr. Dre, Game, Theron Feemster aka Neff-U, Cool & Dre, Warryn Campbell, Carvin & Ivan, Common, Darkchild and Tank who co-wrote and co-produced with her the song Paradise. The release date was initially April 17, 2012, however, the release date got pushed back to June 19, 2012. It was later pushed back yet again, with a new release date of August 28, 2012. The album then got pushed back again to January 2013.
    Her fourth studio album, The Declaration, was released on June 3, 2008. and sold 86,000 units its first week of release, which were the lowest first week sales for any of Ashanti's studio albums.
    More Details Hide Details In mid 2007, MTV News reported that the first single from The Declaration was "Switch", which was produced by Shy Carter and released digitally in the United States on July 24, 2007. It was later reported that "Switch" may not be included on the album's track listing, and that the first single would be "Hey Baby (After the Club)" it was released to radio and digital outlets on October 16. The song, which does not appear on the U.S. editions of the album, peaked at number eighty-seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "The Way That I Love You", was released to radio and digital outlets in January 2008, was referred to as the "first single" in press material and media reports. It reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number thirty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Ashanti's first song to reach the top forty since "Only U" in 2004. "Body On Me" was recorded not only for Ashanti's The Declaration, but also for Nelly's fifth studio album Brass Knuckles. The track is produced by Akon and Giorgio Tuinfort. It went to number one on Billboard's Hot Videoclip Tracks chart in its first week, becoming the first number one single from Nelly's album." Good Good" was released to urban radio stations on July 16, 2008. The song contains elements of Elton John's 1974 single "Bennie and the Jets", and has the same melody arrangement as Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine".
  • 2007
    Age 26
    Another venture Ashanti has enlisted in is her own handbags and pocketbook, revealed in 2007.
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    Ashanti is set to showcase her style in a book, titled Ashanti Style, which will be published in late 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The book, which is being touted as Ashanti's "life and style guide" will offer fans a behind-the-scenes look into her style, both in her personal and professional life. Ashanti Style will be published by Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney's Hyperion Books for Children.
    In 2007, Ashanti appeared in the sci-fi horror action Resident Evil: Extinction as a nurse named Betty.
    More Details Hide Details The film entered at number one at the box office grossing $53,678,580 in its opening week. To date the movie has grossed $83,648,679 at the US box office and around $197,713,442 worldwide. This is Ashanti's second number one movie, the other being Coach Carter.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    In 2006, she starred in the teen comedy John Tucker Must Die, which opened and peaked at number three at the U.S. box office (competing with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Miami Vice) and grossed $68,818,076 worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details Ashanti played Heather, the head cheerleader who participates in a vengeful scheme against John Tucker, her unfaithful boyfriend and the school's biggest heartthrob. Ashanti can also be found on Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7 episode 14: "First Date" and on Sabrina the Teenage Witch season 7 episode 3: "Call Me Crazy".
  • 2005
    Age 24
    In December 2005, Ashanti released a remix album of Concrete Rose titled Collectables by Ashanti.
    More Details Hide Details It features six remixes of previously released tracks and four newly recorded songs, including the single "Still on It", which features rappers Paul Wall and Method Man. The album was an opportunity for her to fulfill her contract with Def Jam (and have the option of working with another label), and did not fare well on the charts.
    Later in 2005, Ashanti was invited to Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball, which honored some of the most influential and legendary African American women of the twentieth century in the fields of art, entertainment, and civil rights.
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    In 2005, Ashanti graced the stage at the MTV Japan Music Awards, where she performed her hit single, Only U. She also won a Style award during the show.
    More Details Hide Details She performed alongside huge acts like Mariah Carey and Korean star Rain. After the release of Concrete Rose, Ashanti released the DVD Ashanti: The Making of a Star, which was available only for a limited time. The deluxe DVD includes exclusive photo and video shoot footage, music from the albums Ashanti, Chapter II and Concrete Rose, special concert footage, unreleased childhood school performances and behind-the-scenes interviews with family, friends, and fans. The DVD was also repackaged along with the film Coach Carter.
    The movie opened at number-one at the U.S. box office, eventually grossing $67 million in the U.S. Later in 2005, Ashanti beat out Hilary Duff and Jessica Simpson to star as Dorothy Gale in the made-for-television film The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, which pulled in nearly 8 million viewers.
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    In January 2005, she made her feature film acting debut in the film Coach Carter alongside Samuel L. Jackson, which debuted at number one opening weekend.
    More Details Hide Details She played a pregnant teenager named Kyra who has to decide whether or not to abort her unborn child.
  • 2004
    Age 23
    In December 2004, Ashanti released her third studio album, Concrete Rose, the title of which took on Tupac Shakur's pseudonym "The Rose That Grew from Concrete".
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number seven in the U.S with first week sales of 254,000 copies, and eventually became her third platinum certified album. The first single, the gold-certified "Only U", reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her biggest hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number two. A second single, the ballad "Don't Let Them", garnered little chart success after Def Jam refused to fund a music video due to Irv Gotti's legal troubles during his money laundering trial. Ashanti used her own money to deliver the second video to her fans, with Gotti acting as director. The single was released only in the U.S., where it failed to chart, and the UK, where it reached the lower end of the top forty.
    In 2004, Ashanti was invited back to perform at VH1's Divas 2004.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared on stage with Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson, and others. She performed Diana Ross' single "I'm Coming Out", and she performed a soul-influenced rendition of Chaka Khan's funk driven "Ain't Nobody". Later that year Ashanti collaborated with male R&B newcomer and labelmate Lloyd on the song "Southside", which was released as his debut single and was a moderate hit. "Wonderful"—with Ja Rule and R. Kelly—peaked at number five in the U.S. and at number one in the UK, and "Jimmy Choo" with rapper Shyne reached number fifty-five on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Alongside artist such as Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, Eve, Brandy, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Missy Elliott, and many others, Ashanti participated in a cover of "Wake Up Everybody" in support of ACT, the left-leaning political action committee.
    Before Concrete Rose was released, Ashanti did some major promotion for her single Only U, when she premiered it at the 2004 Vibe Music Awards.
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    Chapter II was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, respectively.
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  • 2003
    Age 22
    Ashanti went into the studio to record the album during the summer of 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Ashanti's Christmas was released that October and sold just around 100,000 units in the U.S.
    In November 2003, Ashanti's Christmas album, Ashanti's Christmas was released.
    More Details Hide Details The album containing 10 Christmas songs, six classic covers and four she wrote herself. To coincide with the release Ashanti premiered a "Christmas Medley" video for the album. While on BET's 106 & Park, Ashanti said the concept of the Christmas Album came from a guest spot she did on Steve Harvey's radio show. While playing a game with Stevie Wonder, he began playing Christmas medleys on the piano and Ashanti began singing them, giving her label head the idea to push for a Christmas Album.
    In May 2003, Ashanti appeared on VH1 Divas and performed her single "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)".
    More Details Hide Details She also participated in duets with Stevie Wonder (who later gave her the nickname Little Libra) on "Do I Do", and the Isley Brothers on "That Lady". That same year, she began dating rapper Nelly.
    At the end of 2003 in November, Ashanti performed at The American Music Awards and was nominated in two categories.
    More Details Hide Details In the "Rain on Me" mini-movie music video—directed by Hype Williams and co-starring Larenz Tate—Ashanti portrays a troubled young woman in an abusive relationship. Her song and lyrics combined with William's visuals to impart the power and horror of the cycle of domestic violence. Ashanti partnered with LidRock to distribute this mini-movie using LidRock's unique platform. This promotion, in conjunction with heavy rotation on MTV, BET and other music video programs, brought the film and her cause to the attention of millions of fans. It also helped to raise money for the cause, with proceeds from the $5 mini-disc going toward helping to stop domestic violence. She received a Lifetime Channel Achievement Award for her message speaking out against domestic violence. Ashanti was scheduled to join Mariah Carey on the U.S. leg of her Charmbracelet World Tour, but due to scheduling issues, she, instead, became the opening act for R. Kelly's five-date tour in mid 2003 instead.
    Its video, which showed Ashanti in a bikini frolicking on a beach and riding an elephant named Bubbles, was nominated for two 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details A remix of the song contains interpolations of Michael Jackson's "Rock with You". The second single, "Rain on Me", reached the number-seven spot on the Hot 100 and number two on the Hot 100 R&B Songs chart.
    In July 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 326,000 copies in the U.S..
    More Details Hide Details The album went Platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in U.S. The album's success was somewhat eclipsed, however, by all the negative drama surrounding the Murder Inc. camp at the time (i.e., the FBI investigation and the G-Unit feuding). Chapter IIs first single, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)", became a hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
    In February 2003, the self-titled debut album had her win her first Grammy award for Best Contemporary R&B album.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
    In 2003, Ja Rule and Ashanti collaborated on another hit song, "Mesmerize", the music video for which was a parody of a scene from the film Grease.
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    By early 2003, Ashanti had performed at every major award show there was: Soul Train Awards, Grammy's, BET Awards, MTV Awards and the American Music Awards.
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    Ashanti's debut album earned her many awards, including eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
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    In 2003, the self-titled debut album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album.
    More Details Hide Details As of 2008, Ashanti has sold over 15 million records worldwide. Ashanti ended the decade (2000–09) as the third top new R&B artist behind Alicia Keys and Beyoncé. She also ended the decade at number 38 on the Top Artist of the Decade list. She ranked #17, with Foolish selling more than 7.4 million copies in the U.S.. Ashanti has an estimated net worth of $40 million dollars USD. Ashanti wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", which reached number one on Billboard Hot 100, which was also in the top 10 chart at the same time as "Foolish", "Always on Time" (with Ja Rule), and "What's Luv" (with Fat Joe). Later that year, she was acclaimed as the "Princess Of Hip-Hop & R&B" by her label and capped off her successful debut by winning eight Billboard awards and two American Music Awards. Within seven years of Ashanti's career, she has scored 16 top 40 hits on the Hot 100. Ashanti has endorsed numerous products including Gap, Herbal Essences and Mudd Jeans.
  • 2002
    Age 21
    In September 2002, Ashanti and her sister Kenashia appeared on the first DisneyMania CD, which was released under Walt Disney Records and features contemporary Disney songs.
    More Details Hide Details Ashanti and her sister sang "Colors of the Wind" from the Disney film Pocahontas.
    FHM credited her as the "Sexiest Woman in Music" in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details She also received a Comet Award and two Soul Train Music Awards that same year. Ashanti became the subject of controversy when it was announced that she would receive the Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award for "Entertainer of the Year", a high school student took offense and started an on-line petition against her, explaining to The Seattle Times that she was too new to deserve the award. Nearly 30,000 people agreed with him, signing the petition. Many said that established artists such as Mary J. Blige and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott or critically acclaimed singers like Alicia Keys and India.Arie were more deserving of an award that carries the name of a musical legend. Despite the petition, the Soul Train committee and Don Cornelius stuck by their decision and Ashanti. Ashanti was applauded by her musical peers as she entered the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to accept her award and she was supported onstage by legendary singer Patti LaBelle, who stated "she's a baby and we have to support our babies."
    During mid 2002, Ashanti appeared on Ja Rule's "Down 4 U" with labelmates, female rappers Vita and Charli Baltimore.
    More Details Hide Details The song appeared on a Murder Inc. compilation titled Irv Gotti Presents The Inc.
    Ashanti's dominance of the R&B world was certified as she had a song in the top ten of the R&B/hip-hop charts every week from January to November 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Ashanti's follow-up singles, "Happy" and "Baby", were not as successful as her debut single but peaked inside the top ten and top twenty in the U.S., respectively.
    Ashanti wrote the album's twelve tracks, most of which were written on the spot in the studio. 2002 saw the birth of the careers of many new R&B artists and 'rivals' against Ashanti including Amerie, Tweet, and Nivea.
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    Ashanti's self-titled debut album, Ashanti, was released on Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. record label in April 2002.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 albums chart. The album has been certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide.
    She appeared as a background vocalist on "I'm Real (Murder Remix)", a collaboration by labelmate Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez (she also appeared in the music video for "Aint It Funny (Murder Remix)", the second duet between Lopez and Rule, for which she wrote and also sang background vocals on), and was featured on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" and Ja Rule's "Always on Time". "What's Luv?" and "Always on Time" were released simultaneously and became two of the biggest hit songs of 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Ashanti became the first female to occupy the top two positions on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously when "Always on Time" and "What's Luv?" were at numbers one and two, respectively.
    Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish", and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release throughout the U.S. in April 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The album set a Soundscan record as the biggest opening week sales for a new female artist, outselling debuts by Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill. In the same week, she became the first female performer to simultaneously hold the top two places on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Foolish", and "What's Luv?" (with Fat Joe). Ashanti broke records again by having three top ten songs, "Foolish," "What's Luv?" and "Always on Time", on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the same week, being the first woman to accomplish this feat and being second only to the Beatles.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    She also appeared on the 2001 The Fast and the Furious soundtrack as a featured artist on Vita's 2001 hip hop remake of Madonna's "Justify My Love" and on the solo track "When a Man Does Wrong".
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  • 1998
    Age 17
    She put college pursuits aside when Epic Records approached her with a contract in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details However, the label's management changes quickly made Ashanti a low priority. She continued to perform at local New York clubs and began hanging out at the Murder Inc. recording studio, hoping for another big break. Ashanti was first noticed by Irv Gotti because of her vocal skills. Ashanti initially asked him to produce a few demo songs for her to record so she could say she had some strong tracks by the big time producer but Gotti had a different idea. He asked her to pen hooks for his rap artists and to perform with them in duets. Ashanti provided the melodic response to their call. Ashanti was first featured as a background vocalist on rapper Big Pun's song "How We Roll". In the same year, Ashanti was featured on fellow labelmate Cadillac Tah's singles "Pov City Anthem" and "Just Like a Thug".
  • 1994
    Age 13
    She also performed at the 1994 Caribbean Awards and dancing with Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
    More Details Hide Details With actress and choreographer Debbie Allen at the helm, Ashanti also performed in the Disney television film Polly alongside stars Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jomecia Moore and Phylicia Rashad. When she was 3 years old, Ashanti sang in a gospel choir called having some fun and the handsome pigeons, but her mother discovered her full singing potential when she overheard Ashanti singing Mary J. Blige's "Reminisce" at age 12. By the time Ashanti hit puberty, her mother was sending out demo tapes of her singing and dancing. The family could not afford to go to a studio and record a formal demo, so when labels called, Ashanti would have to sing 'i'm a little teapot' in front of the record company executives. While attending high school, she began to write songs. As a teenager, she performed in a local talent show and at the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Caroline's Comedy Club and Greek Fest 2000. In her first major singing performance, Ashanti performed Yolanda Adams's "More Than a Melody". She also appeared in a number of big-name music videos, in addition to other dance work.
  • 1983
    Age 2
    Following the success of her collaborations with Ja Rule and Fat Joe, Ashanti released her debut single, "Foolish", which contains a sample of the 1983 song "Stay with Me" by DeBarge (also utilized by The Notorious B.I.G. in his 1995 single "One More Chance", and by Big L in "MVP").
    More Details Hide Details This is her biggest song to date, spending ten weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. She became the second artist (after The Beatles) to have their first three chart entries in the top ten of the Hot 100 simultaneously.
  • 1980
    Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas was born on October 13, 1980, in Glen Cove, New York.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother, Tina Douglas, is a former dance teacher, and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is a former singer. Ashanti is of African-American, Dominican Republic, and Chinese Descent. Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women had power and influence, and Ashanti's mother wanted her daughter to follow that model. Her grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s. Growing up, Ashanti took dance lessons and joined the church choir. Ashanti went to Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied different dance styles, including tap, jazz, ballet, African, modern, and hip hop. She danced with the Senior Pro Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Black Spectrum Theater.
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