’s top 200 list, making it her fifth consecutive top 10 album.The 34-year-old Long Island native also recently had her first NASCAR experience.You were serving up the sex appeal with those outfits. I had those for the movie I was filming, so I had eight people in my head taking out the braids. We on the clock.” [laughs] EBONY: Speaking of being a sexy woman in charge, there’s been some public debate about that recently. I’m super grateful for a fan base that is invested in me. I think from the moment I hit the scene, I’ve given a down to earth, approachable person, around-the-way girl type of vibe and I’ve remained that. To still be here and be relevant and have fans that have stood by is a great feeling.
I introduce myself and we proceed together down the hall to her publicist’s office.
Ashanti’s known for dodging personal questions, but this afternoon she’s candid and forthcoming, opening up about the impact the epidemic has had on her.
The singer first heard about AIDS at the age of fourteen, when a family member was stricken with it.
But the 30-year-old says he's simply in the business of entertainment – a line of employment that has so far seen him enjoy multi-platinum-selling albums, a number of global hits, including four UK number ones, Grammy, MTV and Billboard success, a Hollywood film role in The Longest Yard, and the growth of two clothing companies (one is the successful Apple Bottoms jeans, with a name that references a woman's, er, apple-shaped bottom).
He's now on his fifth album, Brass Knuckles, which offers an aggressive punch of energetic party anthems and hip-hop stompers, featuring a glittering cast of cameos from the likes of Usher, TI, LL Cool J, Akon, Public Enemy's Chuck D and rumoured girlfriend Ashanti. We can't be mad at the little boy who finds his father's Playboy magazine.