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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 singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Her songs include “Foolish,” “Rock wit U (Awww Baby),” “Rain on Me,” “Only U,” and “Don’t Let Them,” in a featured role, “Always on Time” and “What’s Luv?,” and, as songwriter, “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix).” She has also had leading roles in the films Coach Carter, John Tucker Must Die, Resident Evil: Extinction, Mutant World, Mothers and Daughters (2016), and Stuck (2017); and the made-for-tv movie The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.

She is the daughter of Tina Douglas, a dance teacher, and Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, a singer. 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 group in the African nation of Ghana, the Ashanti Empire, where the mother line is of enormous importance. The singer was named after the ethnic group by her mother.

Ashanti’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Gilbert Douglas (the son of Jack Douglas and Alma Campbell). Thomas was born in South Carolina.

Ashanti’s paternal grandmother was named Flora Campbell.

Ashanti’s maternal grandfather was James Davis, a civil rights activist (the son of Issac Davis and Eula Carpenter Jackson). Eula was the daughter of Robert Jackson and Eliza Martin, who were from Greenwood, South Carolina.

Ashanti’s maternal grandmother was named 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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224 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    Eula’s parents were Robert Jackson and Eliza Martin, who were from Greenwood, South Carolina. Eliza’s parents were James Martin and Cicely Pitts. Cicely’s father was named Wash(ington?) Pitts. New York, New York, U.S., Index to Death Certificates, 1862-1948 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT. USA: 2020. South Carolina, U.S., Death Records, 1821-1970 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008.

  2. izzybizzy says:

    I always used to think she was biracial but she’s just a normal African American with some non black mix

    • IMwithout says:

      What the hell is a “normal African American” it’s just African American. Are you telling me anyone who is a mixed African American is abnormal?

  3. bablah says:

    Her paternal grandfather is Thomas Gilbert Douglas:

    His family on the census:

    Paternal grandmother is Flora Campbell.

  4. Luvbug88 says:

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

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