Birth Name: Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas
Place of Birth: Glen Cove, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 13, 1980
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 – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Ashanti’s paternal grandfather, Thomas Gilbert Douglas – http://www.hinesfuneralhome.com
Obituary of Ashanti’s maternal grandfather, James Davis – http://www.antonnews.com
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