Ashanti is slated to release a new album soon; that makes it the former Murder, Inc. princess’ fifth EP since she debuted in 2002. She teased a sneak peek at her new material with her latest single, “The Woman You Love” featuring Busta Rhymes (hear it below) and the track reminds us of everything we ever loved about Ashanti’s sound. It’s also introducing us to the new woman she has become. We’re loving this major comeback, so here are three reasons why Ashanti’s determined to be the woman you love.
1. She’s a Boss
Ashanti dealt with label woes when she was released from Murder, Inc. in 2009 when label owner Irv Gotti decided that their relationship had run its course. It only took a few months for Ashanti to announce she got her own label – Written Entertainment – which is where she will release her latest album. Ashanti understands the importance of ownership in being a businesswoman and through her new label, she’s working with eOne Music as a worldwide distributor.
2. She Knows Hits
Ashanti broke records with her eponymous debut album. Selling over 500,000 copies within the first week back in 2002 was a feat that even Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys couldn’t accomplish. As of last year, Ashanti has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
3. She Gives Back
Not limited to making hits, Ashanti uses her power and influence for good. She’s been named the National Youth Of The Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Club of America. As an alumna of the Glen Cove (N.Y.) Boys & Girls Club, where her mother Tina Douglas taught dance, Ashanti performed for the very first time on the Club’s stage–so being an ambassador brings her life and career full circle. There’s a richness in being able to wholeheartedly do for others.
Check out Ashanti’s latest single, “The Woman You Love” and decide if she’s the woman you love with her comeback.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"