Birth Name: Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas
Place of Birth: Glen Cove, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 13, 1980
Ashanti is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress. She has also had leading roles in the films Coach Carter and John Tucker Must Die.
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).
Ashanti’s maternal grandmother was named 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