by ethnic on December 16, 2007

Birth Name: Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas

Place of Birth: Glen Cove, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 13, 1980

Ethnicity: African-American

Ashanti is an American musician, actress, and dancer. Her parents are both African-American. In an interview, she stated, “I’m black”, when talking about her ethnicity.

Ashanti is the name of a major ethnic group in the African nation of Ghana where the mother line is of enormous importance. The singer was named after this ethnic group by her mother.

Ashanti’s paternal grandparents were Thomas Gilbert Douglas (the son of Jack Douglas and Alma Campbell) and Flora Campbell.

Ashanti’s maternal grandparents were James Davis, a civil rights activist (the son of Issac Davis and Eula Carpenter Jackson), and Yvonne Myers.

Sources: Ashanti’s paternal grandfather, Thomas Gilbert Douglas, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ashanti’s paternal grandfather, Thomas Gilbert Douglas –

Obituary of Ashanti’s maternal grandfather, James Davis –

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bablah January 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Her paternal grandfather is Thomas Gilbert Douglas:

His family on the census:

Paternal grandmother is Flora Campbell.

Luvbug88 October 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

I heard she had chinese in her. But why does this site always use unflattering pics of these celebs?

abbracci October 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm

Why do Black people get so offended when somebody says a Black person looks mixed but try to claim non-Blacks who look mixed?

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:21 am

@Abracci because some white people are constantly trying to steal and claim the physical features of West , East black Africans, etc. They are always trying to say every attractive 100 percent black is part white for no reason.

Dlxzvs July 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

correction her middle name is Shequoiya

Bow Down Bitches July 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

ashanti has an adorable face. she looks part filipino

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:27 am

@Bowdownbitches PLEASE stop trying to mix pretty BLACK women, its annoying to us. Why cannot we just be black only????. The aboriginal race of the Filipines is BLACK, so Filipinos look like Ashanti, NOT the other way around.

The aboriginal black Filipinos, the Aeta

midori29 May 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

I like Ashanti because unlike Beyonce she was not trying to play up a fake mixed image just to get popular with white people. It may have hurt her career because mixed black girls like Halle Berry, and Mariah Carey were so popular at the time, everyone was trying to ride on the mixed train or act like they were. Yes people there are MANY unmixed pretty black girls. Mixed meaning two parents of the same black race.

cwm85 July 16, 2015 at 3:20 pm

You sound very racist. Almost like a black supremacy… Your education on ethnicity is limited too.

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:24 am

@cwm85 your education on ethnicity is limited as most every non black person on earth. Black Africans are the first people of the earth, the worlds races have our physical features and NOT the other way around. Non black people get angry when BLACK people are attractive and proud of themselves. I do not care what you think.

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 11:06 am

i agree with you !!

BEYONCE is fake. I knew her from times when she was much darker. She bleached her skin etc. I saw her 1998 in germany at a cheap concert where several then unknown acts performed in germany and she was the blackest of the three girls

And ashanti is gorgeus

neiltennant July 29, 2015 at 4:09 am


yes i totally agree

ashanti is 1000 times more beautiful than beyonce
and if we ask 1000 guys most of them would say that ashjanti looks better

but unfortunately she had not that super management and hit maker-producers like beyonce

abbracci August 23, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Beyonce is half Creole so yeah she’s mixed in a way. A lot of black women don’t look like Beyonce even the light skinned ones don’t. Didn’t Ashanti pretend she was Dominican and Chinese? A lot of Black celebrities claim they are mixed and date white people so they can be accepted by media standards.

WTF November 10, 2014 at 4:58 am

She looks mixed.

midori29 May 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

@ WTF, No she does not. Every black American woman is not mixed. Stop spreading this nonsense. If both her parents are the same race, she is not mixed.

ihatemostpeople July 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Ell oh ell, you say everyone looks just black though, even when they’re not. Please go away, annoying and crazy Afrocentric.

Zatm81 August 18, 2015 at 9:37 pm

I see your ass on every post with an African American, trying your hardest to downplay there Blackness. GTFO.

RuTH bELL September 29, 2014 at 9:32 am

i thought she had some latino in her?

tinasheeeee September 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I heard she is Dominican & Asian too

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:37 am

where the fuck has this trick been? i haven’t heard any news about her in years. another disposable “celebrity”. bitch couldn’t sing worth a shit anyway lmfao!!!!!!

neiltennant May 14, 2013 at 3:50 am

there is a litle bit caucasian in her

she reminds me of eritrean and ethopian people, who are living in germany next to me

those are blacks but not as much like people in nigeria etc,. because they were mixed up over the years

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

eritreans and ethiopians aka habesha people are mixed with white. they’re mulattoes. sometimes they look indian or middle eastern mixed with black.

Multiethnicchick March 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

She’s clearly mixed. People who are just black, as in only of black african descent don’t look like her

txsh July 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

Ok..this response is kinda ignorant. There isn’t a “specific look” for an African American. She said herself she’s “just black”. Look at Scarlet Johanson and her full lips as well as curvatious figure; she’s full white with no black or Hispanic in her. Don’t discredit black people and their looks simply because you want someone on “your side”. C’mon now.

blah448 September 3, 2013 at 1:43 am

Pls ignore @multiethnic she’s some insecure ugly chic hiding behind a computer

Linda November 20, 2013 at 5:34 am

omg u r so so ignorant multiethic, I stay in Africa..please check the real Africa on youtube and you will see people who look exactly like her and even lighter, you get all shades in Africa from dark skin to very light skin and they are all pure africans.

andrew February 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

the better version of Condoleeza Rice

DVEO February 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

wait her middle name is SHAQUOYA? lmao

anakaren November 17, 2012 at 1:04 am

I think one of her parents it’s white!!

Lisette December 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Man stop hating. We’ve seen her parents she’s black theirs nothing to it. Half of my brothers and sisters are lighter than her, and my parents are dark and brown. She’s obviously wearing light make up yet this still has little to do with her being light. DAMN some of us are light while others are brown and dark GET OVER IT. You would know this if you were black. If she walked down my street right now no one would question whether she was mixed or not cause we used to seeing light people that are black you aren’t….lmao

Multiethnicchick July 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Let’s end this debate and just say that everyone in the world is African American, problem solved. That way all the butt hurt people who are sensitive about people not claiming even 1% of “blackness, won’t be offended.

Lisette December 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

She’s black to us cause we no what black looks like you don’t. You just see what’s in the media. Most of them bleach their skin anyways but they know what they are.

sashafierce564 July 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

She is african American and everybody knows it

brittney March 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

Her mothrer is dominican there are white dominicans and latino one’s and black ones with more black blood her mother is a BLACK dominican so that makes her 50% black and only 25% asian so if you went to school 50%is greater then 25% so she is mostly BLACK! most blacks are mixed anyways no black person is fully black african except for the africans that live in africa all of the African Americans that live in america are half white due to slave masters rapping them no matter how dark there complexion is but we claim black because its are roots so Ashanti is Black!!!

roots March 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

the comments are so true! but so sad that when so-called-100% black people in the west are surprised when they have a light skin to white skin child. when both the parents are black! just because you skin is black on the surface does not mean that you wont have a white person blood inside you!

its a shame not enough black people research there history! because the media only sees Black & white! but no one is just one or the other!

NINA DEBREV IS A GYPSY March 16, 2012 at 7:51 am




hmph March 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

omfg thank you brittney!! people are so stupid (especially on this site!) They come here and say, “x and y are not black” when they don’t even know what black is! It’s always someone who’s not black telling us we are not black. Umm yes the hell we are. Even the darkest people in America have mixture (a lot of us know this). Example? Don Cheadle has like 20 % european ancestry and his genetic make up doesn’t even look like that’s possible! People don’t know genes are tricky. You can’t determine race by skin color! Eva Longoria thought she would be more Native American than European. And would you look at that, black was part of her genetic make up! Don Cheadle is still black, because 80% outweighs 20%! Do the math people. They only try to claim you when you’re successful. If you are ghetto, in a gang, etc, they say “oh those (you know what)”. This is the part that pisses me off.

I bet most of you don’t even know your own genetic make up! You think you know, but you don’t! Learn more about yourself before you start stating what someone else is….

Bluetiful April 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Brittney – just because her mother is Dominican doesn’t mean she’s “just black”. For all you know her mother could be biracial, like most of us Dominicans (black and white). 73% of the Dominican population is mulatto (black and white), therefore you do not have all the facts to make your claims. Her mother is more than likely a black and white Dominican. Making Ashanti, black, white and Asian – triracial. Your percentages are off hun, you wouldn’t know these percentages without a proper ancestral DNA test. Try again.

DA X mann April 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Dominicans are blacks that speak spanish. kind of like haitians speak french it don’t mean their damm french.

Shaddaii April 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Bluetiful I’m sorry but have you read a book about Ashanti? Because I have and her mother is clearly a black woman.

Jose Lomba April 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Bluetiful, what are you doing here?

Jose Lomba April 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

@Bluetiful- How’s things at YouTube?

delnegro June 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

She’s a niqqer ! Y’all madd??

Tribe June 27, 2012 at 12:29 am

Not just africans outside of Africa are mixed, it was a surprise to me to learn that many many Ghanaians have Dutch or English ancestry, there is no such thing as a “pure race”.

Tribe June 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

oh by the way Hello Ethnic long time like the new website xxx

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