Ashanti (singer)

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Ashanti in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAshanti Shequoiya Douglas
Born (1980-10-13) October 13, 1980 (age 43)
Glen Cove, New York, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
DiscographyAshanti discography
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Nelly (2003–2014, 2023–present)

Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She was first discovered as a teenager and signed to Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. Records, an imprint of Def Jam Recordings in 2002.[4] That same year, she was featured on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" and Ja Rule's "Always on Time", both of which were two of the biggest hit songs of 2002. She became the first female artist to occupy the top two positions on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously with "Foolish" and "What's Luv?" at numbers one and two, respectively.

In 2002, Ashanti released her eponymous debut album, which sold over 505,000 copies throughout the U.S. in its first week of release. The album received eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The album has since been certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide by the end of 2003.[5] Its lead single, "Foolish" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and made her the second artist (after The Beatles) to have their first three chart entries peak within the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. Ashanti wrote and provided background vocals for Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", which also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[6]

In 2003, Ashanti released her second album Chapter II, which became her second album to peak the Billboard 200—with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U.S.—and ultimately received platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 1.5 million copies.[7] Its lead singles, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were commercial successes, peaking at numbers two and seven respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Chapter II was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, while "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were each nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In November 2003, Ashanti released her third album Ashanti's Christmas, a Christmas album which was met with largely unfavorable reception.

In 2004, Ashanti released her fourth studio album Concrete Rose, the title of which took on Tupac Shakur's pseudonym "The Rose That Grew from Concrete". The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200—with first-week sales of 254,000 copies—and became her third platinum-certified album. Its first single, "Only U" reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart (becoming her most successful song in that country). Its second single, "Don't Let Them", garnered minimal chart success after Def Jam refused to fund a music video due to Irv Gotti's money laundering trial and encompassing legal troubles.[8] Her fifth album, The Declaration (2008) was met with moderate reception and marked her final major label release; her sixth album, Braveheart (2014) was released independently.

Aside from music, Ashanti has also acted in various productions. In 2005, she made her feature film debut in Coach Carter alongside Samuel L. Jackson. She also starred as Dorothy Gale in the made-for-television film The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, which attracted nearly eight million viewers when it premiered.[9] She has since appeared in the films John Tucker Must Die (2006) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).[10][11] Throughout her career, Ashanti has sold nearly 30 million records worldwide.[12]

Early life[edit]

Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas[13] was born on October 13, 1980,[14] in Glen Cove, New York.[15] Her mother, Tina Douglas, is African American and a former dance teacher. Her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is also African American and a former singer. She is the oldest of her parents' children, with a younger sister named Kenashia "Shia" Douglas.[16] Ashanti's mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women had power and influence, and Tina wanted Ashanti to follow that model.[17] Her grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who was associated with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.[18]

Ashanti's mother discovered her full singing potential when she overheard Ashanti singing Mary J. Blige's "Reminisce" at age 12 (after the song was released on Ashanti's birthday).[19] While attending high school,[20] Ashanti began to write songs. As a teenager, she performed in a local talent show and at several small festivals.[21] She got her first taste of acting as a child extra in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) and in Ted Demme's Who's the Man?.[22] She also had a couple of minor appearances in music videos, such as KRS-One's "MC's Act Like They Don't Know" as well as 8-Off's "Ghetto Girl".[23]

Ashanti struggled to find success as a singer after being courted by several record labels, including Bad Boy and Jive. Despite this, she continued to perform in and around New York and began hanging out at the Murder Inc. recording studio, hoping for a big break.[4]


2001–2003: Ashanti, Chapter II and Ashanti's Christmas[edit]

Ashanti was first noticed by Irv Gotti because of her vocal skills.[24] He asked her to pen hooks for his rap artists and to perform with them in duets. Ashanti provided the melodic response to their call. Ashanti was first featured as a background vocalist on rapper Big Pun's song "How We Roll". In the same year, Ashanti was featured on fellow labelmate Cadillac Tah's singles "Pov City Anthem" and "Just Like a Thug". She also appeared on the 2001 The Fast and the Furious soundtrack as a featured artist on Vita's 2001 hip hop remake of Madonna's "Justify My Love" and on the solo track "When a Man Does Wrong". She was then featured on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" and Ja Rule's "Always on Time". "What's Luv?" and "Always on Time" were released simultaneously and became two of the biggest hit songs of 2002. Ashanti became the first woman to occupy the top two positions on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously when "Always on Time" and "What's Luv?" were at numbers one and two, respectively.

Following the success of her collaborations with Ja Rule and Fat Joe, Ashanti released her debut single, "Foolish", which contains a sample of the 1983 song "Stay with Me" by DeBarge (also used by The Notorious B.I.G. in his 1995 single "One More Chance", and by Big L in "MVP"). This is her biggest success to date, spending ten weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. She became the second artist (after The Beatles) to have their first three chart entries in the top ten of the Hot 100 simultaneously. Ashanti's self-titled debut album, Ashanti, was released on Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. record label in April 2002. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. The album has been certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide.[5] Ashanti wrote the album's twelve tracks, most of which were written on the spot in the studio. Ashanti's follow-up singles, "Happy" and "Baby", were not as successful as her debut single but peaked inside the top ten and top twenty in the U.S., respectively. Ashanti's debut album earned her many awards, including eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Ashanti was the first artist to win Best Contemporary R&B Album before the category was last awarded in 2011.[25] She was nominated as Best New Artist and "Foolish" was nominated in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category. She also received a Comet Award and two Soul Train Music Awards that same year.

Ashanti became the subject of controversy when it was announced that she would receive the Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award for "Entertainer of the Year". A high school student took offense and started an online petition against her, explaining to The Seattle Times that she was too new to deserve the award. Nearly 30,000 people agreed with him, signing the petition.[26] Many said that established artists such as Mary J. Blige and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott or critically acclaimed singers like Alicia Keys and India Arie were more deserving of an award that carries the name of a musical legend. Despite the petition, the Soul Train committee and Don Cornelius stuck by their decision. Ashanti was applauded by her musical peers as she entered the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to accept her award and she was supported onstage by Patti LaBelle, who stated "she's a baby and we have to support our babies."[27][28]

Just before the release of her second album, Ashanti headlined VH1 Divas Duets alongside Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, and Lisa Marie Presley. During the concert, she performed duets with the Isley Brothers and Stevie Wonder and participated in the all-star finale performance of Wonder's "Higher Ground."[29]

In July 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U.S. The album went platinum, selling over 1.5  a million copies in the U.S.[7] Chapter II's first single, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)", became a hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Its video, which showed Ashanti in a bikini frolicking on a beach and riding an elephant, was nominated for two 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. A remix of the song contains interpolations of Michael Jackson's "Rock with You". The second single, "Rain on Me", reached the number seven spot on the Hot 100 and number two on the Hot 100 R&B Songs chart. Chapter II was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, respectively. In the "Rain on Me," mini-movie music video—directed by Hype Williams and co-starring Larenz Tate—Ashanti portrays a troubled young woman in an abusive relationship. She received a Lifetime Channel Achievement Award for her message speaking out against domestic violence.[30] That same year, she began dating rapper Nelly.[31]

In November 2003, Ashanti released a Christmas album titled Ashanti's Christmas. It contained 10 Christmas songs and was a modest commercial success and sold just around 100,000 units in the U.S.[citation needed] The album peaked at No. 160 in the Billboard charts.[32]

2004–2007: Concrete Rose, Collectibles by Ashanti and acting[edit]

Ashanti in 2005

Before Concrete Rose was released, Ashanti did some major promotion for her single "Only U", when she premiered it at the 2004 Vibe Music Awards. She featured on "Wonderful"—with Ja Rule and R. Kelly—that year, which peaked at number five in the U.S. and at number one in the UK. In December 2004, Ashanti released her third studio album, Concrete Rose, the title of which took on Tupac Shakur's pseudonym "The Rose That Grew from Concrete". The album debuted at number seven in the U.S., with first-week sales of 254,000 copies, and eventually became her third platinum-certified album. The first single, "Only U", reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her biggest hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number two. A second single, the ballad "Don't Let Them", garnered little chart success after Def Jam refused to fund a music video due to Irv Gotti's legal troubles during his money laundering trial.[8] The single was released only in the U.S., where it failed to chart, and the UK, where it reached the lower end of the top forty. After the release of Concrete Rose, Ashanti released the DVD Ashanti: The Making of a Star, which was available only for a limited time. The deluxe DVD includes an exclusive photo and video shoot footage, music from the albums Ashanti, Chapter II and Concrete Rose, special concert footage, unreleased childhood school performances, and behind-the-scenes interviews with family, friends, and fans.

In 2005, Ashanti focused more on her acting career, making her feature film acting debut in the film Coach Carter alongside Samuel L. Jackson, as well as starring as Dorothy Gale in the made-for-television film The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, which pulled in nearly 8 million viewers when it premiered. She sang "When I'm with You" for the film which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Music and Lyrics category.[33] In Coach Carter, she played a pregnant teenager named Kyra who has to decide whether or not to abort her unborn child. The movie opened at number-one at the U.S. box office, eventually grossing $67  million domestically.[34] Later in 2005, Ashanti was invited to Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball, which honored some of the most influential and legendary African American women of the twentieth century in the fields of art, entertainment, and civil rights. In December 2005, Ashanti released a remix album of Concrete Rose titled Collectables by Ashanti. The album was an opportunity for her to fulfill her contract with Def Jam (and have the option of working with another label). It did not fare well on the charts.

In 2006, she starred in the teen comedy John Tucker Must Die, which opened and peaked at number three at the U.S. box office (competing with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Miami Vice) and grossed $68,818,076 worldwide.[35] In 2007, she played a supporting role in the action film Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).[10]

2008–2010: The Declaration, departure from The Inc. and The Wiz[edit]

Ashanti at the Heart Truth Fashion Show in 2008

Her fourth studio album, The Declaration, was released on June 3, 2008,[36] and sold 86,000 units its first week of release, which were the lowest first-week sales for any of Ashanti's studio albums. In mid-2007, MTV News reported that the first single from The Declaration was "Switch",[37] which was produced by Shy Carter and released digitally in the United States on July 24, 2007. It was later reported that "Switch" may not be included on the album's track listing, and that the first single would be "Hey Baby (After the Club)" it was released to radio and digital outlets on October 16. The song, which does not appear on the U.S. editions of the album, peaked at number eighty-seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "The Way That I Love You", was released to radio and digital outlets in January 2008, and was referred to as the "first single" in press material and media reports.[38][39][40][41] It reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number thirty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Ashanti's first song to reach the top forty since "Only U" in 2004. "Body On Me" was recorded not only for Ashanti's The Declaration, but also for Nelly's fifth studio album Brass Knuckles. The track is produced by Akon and Giorgio Tuinfort. It went to number one on Billboard's Hot Videoclip Tracks chart in its first week, becoming the first number-one single from Nelly's album."Good Good" was released to urban radio stations on July 16, 2008.[42] The song contains elements of Elton John's 1974 single "Bennie and the Jets", and has the same melody arrangement as Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine". In July 2008, Ashanti was named an ambassador of tourism for Nassau County, Long Island.

In May 2009, Irv Gotti announced that he was officially releasing Ashanti from The Inc. Records,[43] stating that "The relationship has run its course. The chemistry of what's needed — we're in two totally different places. You're talking to somebody that took her and shaped and molded her and put her out there for the world, and it blew up. We [hold the record] for the [fastest] selling debut by a female R&B artist — 503 [thousand]. We did it! My views and philosophies and her views and philosophies are not meeting up." Gotti also admitted that he and Ashanti have not spoken to each other in a long time. A representative for Ashanti did not respond. On September 24, 2009, Ashanti announced her fifth studio album would be released from her new label, Written Entertainment.

Ashanti headlined the cast of The Wiz in the New York City Center Encores! Summer Stars staging from June 12 to July 5, 2009.[44] Ashanti's role as Dorothy has since received mixed reviews from critics as most praised her vocals but was less pleased with her acting ability. BET and Entertainment Weekly both praised the singer's performance[45] as The New York Post and New York Times gave lukewarm reviews. Though the first night was sold out, some of the other shows were unable to follow its success.[46] On October 27, 2008, Ashanti took part in The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken, a one night only concert to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Wicked, featuring songs written by Stephen Schwartz, that were cut from the show.

2011–2014: Hiatus and Braveheart[edit]

Toccara Jones and Ashanti at the New York Fashion Week of 2012

After a four-year hiatus, Ashanti released the song "Never Too Far Away", which was featured in Morgan Creek's film Dream House starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz with Naomi Watts. The lead single from her fifth studio album, "The Woman You Love" featuring American rapper Busta Rhymes, was released online on December 15, 2011.[47] Ashanti teamed up with Meek Mill and French Montana for the second single "No One Greater", which was produced by 7 Aurelius, Irv Gotti and Chink Santana. In April 2013, she released another single called "Never Should Have",[48] which later won "Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance" at the 2013 Soul Train Awards.[49] A music video for the track was also released.[50]

In November 2012, it was reported that she had landed her first series regular role in the seventh season of Army Wives, playing Latasha Montclair.[51] The series was canceled on September 24, 2013.[52] In the fall of 2013, she appeared in a guest spot on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit alongside Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks.[53] She also starred in the Lifetime film Christmas in the City which premiered on December 7, 2013.[54]

In August 2013, Ashanti announced her plans to once again work with Ja Rule, who'd been released from prison in July of that year following a six-year sentence stemming from a gun charge.[55] On January 8, 2014, she revealed the official cover art and release date for Braveheart, her fifth album, which was released on March 4, 2014.[56] In January 2014, Ashanti shot the video for the official first single from Braveheart titled "I Got It" featuring Rick Ross. The video was shot in Miami, Florida, and was directed by Eif Rivera.[57] In July, Ashanti announced that the second official single from BraveHeart would be "Early in the Morning" featuring French Montana.[58] Upon release, the album garnered favorable reviews, with music critics describing Braveheart's sound as an "evolution of R&B" and praising the themes of empowerment but criticizing the romantic clichés and lack of interesting moments on the album. On the charts, Braveheart opened at number ten in the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming Ashanti's fifth consecutive top-ten album, as well as her first Independent Albums chart-topper. It also debuted in the top thirty of the UK R&B Albums Chart and top-forty of the UK Indie Albums Chart.

2015–present: Collaborations[edit]

Ashanti performing at the 2023 WNBA Finals in Las Vegas in October 2023.

In 2015, she announced that she had worked on new music for her seventh album, with an unknown release date. Ashanti collaborated with Michelle Obama for her #Let'sMove campaign to spread awareness of drinking water with her new video and song "Let's Go" released in 2015.[59] In 2016, she collaborated on the song "Seven Day Love" included in the album "Inzombia" by Canadian singer Belly.[60] She has also worked with numerous artists, including Sia, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Usher and Kelly Clarkson to interpret the songs of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" for the compilation "The Hamilton Mixtape".[61]

In 2017, Ashanti announced her seventh studio album, revealing it would be released in 2018. She denied this in June 2018, confirming the future release of an album in collaboration with rapper Ja Rule.[62] Between 2017 and 2018 she returned to the music scene with several collaborations including the single "Say Less" with Ty Dolla Sign, the track "The Road" by Machel Montano, and the song "Start This Shit Off Right" with Mack Maine, from the album "Tha Carter V" by Lil Wayne.[63]

Ashanti released the collaboration "Pretty Little Thing" with Afro B in August 2019.[64][65] She was also featured on the soundtrack of the film Stuck, which she produced.[66] In November 2019, Ashanti guest-starred as herself in two episodes of the third season of The CW's Dynasty reboot: "Mother, I'm At La Mirage" and "Something Desperate".[67]

In January 2021, Ashanti released her single "2:35 (I Want You)".[68] On March 10, 2022, Ashanti's single "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" was heavily sampled for British rapper Aitch's single "Baby".[69] In October 2022, Ashanti was featured on Diddy’s “Gotta Move On” remix which also features Bryson Tiller and Yung Miami.[70] In February 2024, she was featured on Jermaine Dupri's single "This Lil' Game We Play" alongside Nelly and Juicy J.[71][72][73]


Ashanti has a lyric soprano voice type.[74] Critics have referred to her voice as "pretty" and her soprano as "sultry" and "sweet but slight".[74][75] Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic noted her reputation for using her "swooning voice" in duets with Big Pun, Fat Joe, and Ja Rule.[76] As a young girl, Ashanti was influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Tupac Shakur, but she cites Mary J. Blige as the main reason she wanted to pursue a singing career. Further musical influences include Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, and Blue Magic.[77][78][79]


In 2003, Ashanti partnered with LidRock and the San Francisco-based Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to distribute the "Rain on Me" mini-movie using LidRock's unique platform. Proceeds from the $5 mini-disc went towards helping to stop domestic violence. Ashanti also recorded a public service announcement that appeared in more than 4,000 film screens and reached millions of people.[80] Ashanti also gives back by raising money for sickle cell research and she is active in helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation stating, "I'll go and do just about anything for them."[81] In 2005, Ashanti helped by recording public service announcement and raising money for the Southeast Asia tsunami disaster.[82] Later that year, she helped raise money for the Hurricane Katrina victims and storm evacuees.[83]

Ashanti receiving Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year Ambassador Award in 2012. Also pictured is Representative Terri Sewell.

In November 2009, Ashanti joined the crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In the episode, which aired on January 24, 2010, the singer assisted in the rebuilding of the Powell Family home in Buffalo, New York. The efforts from the show expanded significantly to include not just the family home but the entire neighborhood surrounding it. In 2013, Ashanti featured on the 19-track compilation album Songs for a Healthier America, a collaborative project by the Partnership for a Healthier America, whose honorary chair is Michelle Obama, and Hip Hop Public Health. Her song "Just Believe" also featured Artie Green, Gerry Gunn, Robbie Nova and Chauncey Hawkins. Additionally, she is affiliated with the Jumpstart reading program, the Tupperware Brand and the Boys and Girls Club of America.[84]

Personal life[edit]

On January 7, 2003, Ashanti met rapper Nelly at a press conference for the 2003 Grammy Awards,[31] and the two later began dating. They split after a decade together,[85] rekindling their relationship in 2023.[86] In December 2023, it was reported the couple were expecting their first child together.[87] In April 2024, Ashanti confirmed her pregnancy and the couple's engagement in Essence magazine.[88]


Studio albums



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Malcolm X Student in Harlem Classroom
1993 Who's the Man? Kid No. 4
1997 Bouge! Rudy
2004 Bride and Prejudice Herself
2005 Coach Carter Kyra
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Dorothy Gale TV movie
2006 John Tucker Must Die Heather
2007 Resident Evil: Extinction Betty
2013 Christmas in the City Teanna Musk TV movie
2014 Mutant World The Preacher [89]
2016 Mothers and Daughters Kelly
2017 Stuck Eve [90]
2019 Winter Song Clio
2021 Honey Girls Fancy G
2022 A New Diva’s Christmas Carol Aphrodite TV movie
2023 The Plus One Lizzie Anders
TBA No Address Violet


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Disneyland Herself/Child Dancer Episode: "Polly"
2001 Saturday Night Live Herself Episode: "John Goodman/Ja Rule"
2002–05 Top of the Pops Herself Recurring Guest
2002 The Saturday Show Herself Episode: "Episode #1.41" & "#1.54"
Diary Herself Episode: "Ashanti: Princess of Her Domain"
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Herself Episode: "Call Me Crazy"
American Dreams Dionne Warwick Episode: "Silent Night"
2003 Punk'd Herself Episode: "Episode #2.4"
Intimate Portrait Herself Episode: "Ashanti"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lissa Episode: "First Date"
The Proud Family Randi (voice) Episode: "It Takes a Thief"
2004 Driven Herself Episode: "Episode #3.1"
Style Star Herself Episode: "Ashanti"
2005 Las Vegas Herself Episode: "Magic Carpet Fred"
2006 TV Land's Top Ten Herself Episode: "Top Ten Musical Moments"
Access Granted Herself Episode: "2Pac ft. T.I. & Ashanti 'Pac's Life'"
2007 HypaSpace Herself Episode: "Episode #6.186"
2009 Access Granted Herself Episode: "Plies Feat. Ashanti: Want It, Need It"
2010 The Biggest Loser Herself Episode: "Episode #9.16"
2013 The Chew Herself Episode: "Camp Chew"
Army Wives Latasha Montclair Main Cast: Season 7
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Herself Episode: "Dissonant Voices"
2014 The View Herself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "Episode #18.43" & "#18.62"
2015 The Meredith Vieira Show Herself/Panelist Episode: "Episode #1.63"
Unforgettable Stella Episode: "Behind the Beat"
2016 The Real Herself/Guest Co-Host Recurring Guest Co-Host: Season 3
2018 Amazingness Herself Episode: "Episode #1.8"
RuPaul's Drag Race Herself/Guest Judge Episode: "Evil Twins"
Steve Herself/Panelist Episode: "Episode #1.100" & "#1.159"
Feed Me TV Herself Episode: "Ashanti Digs In"
2019 Unsung Herself Episode: "Lloyd"
Dynasty Herself Episode: "Mother? I'm at La Mirage"
2020 To Tell the Truth Herself/Panelist Episode: "Ashanti, Gary Cole, Michael Ealy, Sherri Shepherd"
Love & Listings Herself Recurring Cast: Season 2
2021 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself/Celebrity Player Episode: "Ana Gasteyer vs. Luke Kirby and Ashanti vs. Clay Aiken"
2022 I Can See Your Voice Herself Episode: "Episode #2.4"
Supreme Team Herself Episode: "Truth & Consequences"


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Wiz Dorothy

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