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

dvanilla March 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

If she choose to claim black more than her other part of Ethnicity that’s her choice. She do not have to own up to what others want her to be.

denice February 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

my mom is lighter then her and my grandparents are black. so you can’t really say who what ethnicity anymore its best not get stuck on people ethnicity or race because later on in the future is it even gonna matter.

boss February 17, 2012 at 7:23 am


SHE IS NOT mixed

Cedtavious February 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Ashanti is Dominican, Chinese, and African American
she says that that’s her ethnicy but she rather be called Black
she says when people ask her what is her ethnic she say i just call myself black even though I’m Dominican, Chinese, and African American. and Mostly Multi-racial people in america call themselves black
Ashanti’s mom is Dominican majority od Dominicans live in New York and Her father is Chinese and African American…..
It has been prove that she’s mixed Ashanti looks more Dominican and Chinese mixed…. majority of her is Dominican though…

ghj February 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm
chrid356 February 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

ha nice try kid

chrid356 February 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

you a dumbass shes say shes black asshole fuck you you racist

Lisette February 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm
Lisette February 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm
sdf January 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

WRONG, her father is has asian and black, and her mother is black. She said it in a interview awhile back when she came out with her first album.

lisa February 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

you know shes not mixed i saw all her interview her father
black and her mother just deal with it

dvanilla March 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

She choose black.

novemberr January 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

She’s very pretty but her makeup is wayyyyyyy to light for her skintone #justsaying

Maria January 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Ya i agree she need to get a new make up

Jem January 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I agree with you Sunny B, I am a mixed trini and so my complexion has a yellow overtone when I am not exposed to the sun and when I travel, white people always want to know where I am from….Just because you are black it does not mean you have to be really dark skinned and wear weaves, i think in this day and age it is just plain ignorance. But to me Ashanti looks dougla (east indian and black), usually us trinis can tell because we are integrated

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

West Indies people usually can tell because as Jem has mentioned, they are use to seeing it so they know. It is only here is the US that too many black and white people are constant asking senseless questions.

The truth the the matter is enough black americans have a similar mixed race background like the people of the West Indies. It is the history of our nation, embrace it, it is not going away.

Everyone in my family is a different skin color, we have different textures of hair and we all have our own look, there are no cookie cutters here. That is what a diverse gene pool does for one.

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 1:10 am

I hate when people on this site say things like, “Well, she or he is obviously not pure African.” It’s like stating the obvious. African-Americans are descendants of slaves and the ethnicity itself recognizes that the descendants of slaves in the United States are not purebred African. I also hate how they only do it for the African-Americans who do not have dark skin. Newsflash, African-Americans with dark skin are not pure as the driven snow either. Oprah, Don Cheadle, Chris Rock, Tyra Banks’ mother, father, and brother (who are all dark-skinned) are not purebred Africans. I think it’s because the aforementioned people fit their stereotype of “blackness” and that is why they do not bother them. It’s the same with white people. White people with blonde hair and blue eyes fit their stereotype of “whiteness.” Anyone who deviates from these stereotypes must be bothered because it bothers them that they do not look like what they think a black or white person SHOULD look like. And yes, African-Americans have the right to call themselves black, even if somewhere down the line, they have a ancestor of another race.

But I thought this was common sense.

Or do people actually believe in that “racial purity” mess?

betty boo February 25, 2013 at 2:02 am

You should be the one to use that common sense, African Americans were taken to America as slaves, some were harrassed sexually”which was unfortunate and im sorry for that”, some intermarried. Thsi however doesn’t neccessarily mean that all the afrcan americans are mixed. In the case for Africa, the colonizers were there and they experienced the same experience, some of the africans are mixed and most are pure black. You say you are all mixed?? where? accept your black roots,stop placing yourself where you are not. if you are mixed fine but some cases are just outrageouse, people saying that they are not black and they look atleast 90%.why is this so? why do you dilike the black race? Afrians look up to African Americans and speak hightly of them,if only they knew how the feeling is not mutual, not wanting to associate yourself with the black roots? however in the past 20 years or so, the races have really mixed which is a good thing, it will promote peace amongst all. GOD BLESS THE BLACK RACE. FYI im 100 percent black and married to a white american.

SunnyB January 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I agree with the person before, why do people focus on complexions all the time. I am considered dark complexion with reddish undertones, and people ask me all the time where my parents are from, what country, what ethnicity or nationality. I think that’s irritating because I look exoctic I can’t be black. Because I’m beautiful I just can’t day I’m black. People have become obbssesed and people need to stop it. It’s crazy!

Lia January 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Why Can’t You White People Face The Fact That She Is Just Black! She Have No White Blood, And You White People Always Try To Take Ownership Of An Full Black Person. Every Time There Is An Full Blooded Beautiful Black Woman, White People Assume They Have White Blood. Black People Come In All Shades, So Stop Jumping To Conclusions.

S.T. January 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

They do that AS IF white blood means that’s where the beautiful black women who do happen to be mixed with white got their beauty. Truth is, all the “beautifying” features come from the BLACK side of the family. For example, the full voluptuous lips, the NATURAL big round behind/breasts, the tanned/dark skin, the curly hair. So trying to paint every beautiful sista as “mixed” or in other words, supposedly NOT black, really does nothing to help their obvious low self-esteem. Though it does seem to help (thanks to some black people’s continued slave mentality) in their scheme to use physical features to divide one group of blacks from the other.

Acadiana January 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

How exactly do you know it is whites who are implying she is mixed? For all you know, many of these people could be mixed or if another race.

Trisha February 14, 2012 at 1:09 am

That is so fucking true! Thankyou for saying that! Us black people provide the honey shade, the arse and boobs, the lips and the wacy hair! Say no more! :D

betty boo February 25, 2013 at 2:07 am


arianna January 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

well she only looks mixed because she doesn’t know how to put on makeup.. if you compare the tint of her face with that of her arms or any other part of her body you will see that the light make up gives her skin a brighter hue.

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 2:12 am

She has an exotic look because of her facial features not because of the horrible mismatch of foundation.

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 1:11 am
keke January 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

why everytime someone is lightskin and black white people or other people say she got to be mixed like it aint red bones or brown skin black bitches that come from two black parents that make these so called mixed mufkaz luk like shit like dam society is so fuked up people always ask am i mixed like wtf

Jose Lomba January 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Keke, cans you translate this into English please?

Pricesszz January 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

Lord she is African American

Wow January 4, 2012 at 1:06 am

No offence, but, when I first seen her, I never would’ve guessed she’s African American. This shows that you cannot determine one’s race, by appearance.

amie January 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

terrence howard says in her Video foolish he says a spanish girl as some thing agianst black guys

amie January 3, 2012 at 7:57 am

in her Video foolish he says a spanish girl as some thing agiants black guys s hes cearly mixed probaly does nt want 2 explain herself i have a bi raical parent my mom is black and indian and Purto Rica and i always say im black but people that r more black den me or fuller asked me if im mixed den get mad when i explain ,
a light skinned black looks differnt den a mixed person
my dad is light skinned and his grandma was half irsh half black that would make him less den a quarter b cause his dad would only be 25% irsh
black blood over powers it! so my dad is light skinned black person if ur less den a quarter mixed
the black blood over powers it! im 60 % black i been told look exotic
f.y .i a dark skin black person an be mixed 2

Love Dove December 30, 2011 at 12:01 am

Um…am I the only focused on the make up? It looks..pale…Idk. But yeah, there’s nothing wrong with aa claiming only black. What I don’t understand is why its such a big deal and effect on ppl who aren’t…so what if we don’t get in detail of our complete heritage. The fact of the matter is mass majority of AA has some kind of mixture. Seeing how most of it got in our bloodline, some choice not to, or don’t know about it. The idiots that keep trying to deny that we come in differnt shades sounds really ignorant. Obviously, we are one of the biggest varity of shades and features. It kills me now that we become a better society or sucessful, us wanting to just be labled as black has to be a big deal…this topic is none sense. Get over it. We are allowed to take pride in our culture/heritage.

Keisha December 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

Not to sound dumb. But I think most of african americans today have some sort of european ancestry, even if they know it or not. I’m african american and I believe thats where my green eyes came from. plus i’m too light to be ‘just black’. dont get it twisted. I’m proud to be black but I def think thats whats up.

Lynne Harrison December 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

As an AA and a very light skinned one, I can understand why she just says black. Its less complicated and for me its more about what my culture is. Its not African, but instead is African American, which by my understanding and many others are differant and seperate from all other types of black ppl becuase we are in large part a mixture of lots of things. For me it really is not offensive to be Just AA, even though one might look at me and assume I am mixed.

Liam O'Connel December 27, 2011 at 5:59 am

there’s no way in hell this woman is just black…I bet she’s even less than 50% black..and dont give me any of this bull about “blacks come in all shadeds” because the fact is the blacks that were taken to america were west african hence darker complected…this woman looks lighter than a 50/50 black/white person..DNA tests would confirm I’m right

ashley December 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

African Americans come in all shades of color as you can see. Africans come in all shades of color if you pay attention.

Jase December 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Man you are crazy I knew you were Crazy Liam / Ashanti is a black lady
Liam get some black friends

mike January 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Not the ornginal color!! all africans were dark always dark is because of the european gene and others that why some of you have some color and better hair.Have you been to sudan or any seb seharan african country?

Seba January 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Mmmmmh! I get so irritated when people use complexion alone to determine ones background! I am considered to be light skin and my siblings are mocha in complexion. We have the same mother and father! This is why I always explain to some African-Americans as well as other Americans who have so much input about black people in this country. Why in the hell are we acting so stupid about all these complexions when the truth of the matter is that African-Americans are not 100 percent African!!!!!! Then you read stupid comment after comment of folks pointing out this feature and that feature and this complexion and that complexion. All I can say is damn people we know African-American are a multi-ethnic group of people just like any other race in America! So please people stop with this nonsense about who looks mixed and who doesn’t damn all of you are mixed (African-Americans)! Go read a book this is no secret!!!! Wow now I see how historically how people told lies and the lies were infused into society as truth and people were so racist that they were determined not to tell the truth even though they knew the truth!!! Saying that African-Americans are not multi-ethnic group is like saying black people only slept with other black people. Hell we all know that’s a damn lie!!! Oooh! I just can’t take it! Listen to how ignorant society sounds! Oh and by the way you can be dark complexion and still be mixed so stop the nonsense!!!! Look within your own families particularly African Americans you can have the same parents and some siblings can be very dark and another sibling could be very fair! I know this because this is within my own family! So this is why you can’t say they must be mixed because of the complexion! Yes people a darker skin person can be mixed as well!Geez!!!

Keys January 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

@Liam Just because she is “light skinned” does mean she isn’t completely African American. I have a aunt thats lighter than her and both my grandmother and grandfather was medium/dark brown. African-American refers to ALL shades of black. I agree with Jase ..GET SOME BLACK FRIENDS..or read a book!

flo March 26, 2017 at 5:36 pm
kcnono December 18, 2011 at 2:39 am

well she’s pretty and,she’s proud of her black heritage and didn’t alter or bleach her self .She’s what you call real

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