Ashanti's little sister, Kenashia, also a singer, took home the grand prize for children on the Showtime at the Apollo television show at the age of six.Ashanti's grandfather, James Davis, was an advocate for civil rights, and served for many years as the head of the Long Island chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).Now I’m like, ‘I got this.'” Still, rising as a pop star, “I knew the storm was coming,” she says.
“I grew up and learned my mistakes in front of everyone.Y., where the singer—born Ashanti Douglas—lives with mom Tina, 50, tour manager dad Thomas, 51, and sister Shia, 15. “She has a chicken dish that is out of this world,” her mom attests. Ashanti’s culinary hobby also happens to help her keep her curvy figure. The thuggish title of her record label—Murder Inc., which was renamed The Inc. And when she was awarded the Lady of Soul Aretha Franklin Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2002, an outraged teen protested the choice with an online petition that mustered 30,000 signatures.Worse, the singer’s 2003 follow-up, , sold a comparatively low 1.5 million copies, and sales of her 2003 Christmas CD barely topped 100,000.As the only woman on her close-knit record label, The Inc., R&B singer Ashanti plays little sister to rappers like Ja Rule.