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  • Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980).
  • Her uncle, Laranzo Landford, was the mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • Ashanti also performed in the Disney television film Polly alongside stars Keshia Knight Pulliam and Phylicia Rashad.
  • FHM credited her as the "Sexiest Woman in Music" in 2002.
  • In January 2005, she made her feature film acting debut in the film "Coach Carter" alongside Samuel L. Jackson.
  • In 2006, she starred in the teen comedy John Tucker Must Die.
  • She released a book of poetry titled Foolish/Unfoolish: Reflections on Love in 2002.
  • Since 2003, Ashanti has been in a relationship with rapper Nelly.
  • In September, 2008, Ashanti, along with other artists Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood, teamed up for the song "Just Stand Up". The charity tune for cancer was conceived by Antonio "L.A." Reid, who produced it with longtime creative colleague Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. All 15 singers 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.


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