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Also Known As: Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas Died:
Born: October 13, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Glen Cove, New York, USA Profession: singer, actress

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Hustle, The (2007)
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 Coach Carter (2005) Kyra
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 Bride and Prejudice (2004) Cast
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 Alice on Stage (1997) Rudy
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 Prince: The Art of Musicology (2004) Interviewee
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 VH1 Divas (2004) Performer
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Began singing in a gospel choir at the age of six
1989:
Danced at Carnegie Hall and in the NBC Disney musical "Polly," directed by Debbie Allen and starring Phylicia Rashad
1992:
Appeared in the biopic "Malcolm X," directed by Spike Lee
2001:
First announced her presence with the Big Pun hit "How We Roll"
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Signed with Irv Gotti of Murder Inc. Records; was the first R&B singer to join Murder Inc.
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"
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 <i>Jealous Ones Still Envy</i>; earned Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
2002:
Portrayed Dionne Warwick on the NBC series "American Dream"
2002:
Released self-titled debut album, <i>Ashanti</i>; wrote all 12 tracks; earned Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance for the single "Foolish"
2003:
Appeared on the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" on UPN
2003:
Released second album, <i>Chapter II</i>; nominated for 2 Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album
2004:
Release third album, <i>Concrete Rose</i>
2005:
Cast alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the sports drama, "Coach Carter" as the pregnant girlfriend of a college-bound basketball player
2006:
Co-starred with Jesse Metcalfe in "John Tucker Must Die" as one of three girls seeking revenge on the high school hunk
2007:
Co-starred in "Resident Evil: Extinction," the third installment in the series, starring Milla Jovovich
2009:
Made her stage debut as Dorothy in a limited Manhattan stage engagement of "The Wiz"
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Education

Glen Cove High School: Glen Cove , New York -
Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center: Queens , New York -

Notes

In 2002 Rolling Stone magazine readers picked Ashanti as Best R&B Artist.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Foolish/Unfoolish: Reflections On Love" Hyperion

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