Ashanti Guest Stars on ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Ashanti and Taylor Hicks

Ashanti showed off her acting chops last night as a guest star on NBC’s drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

In the episode, “Dissonant Voices,” a singing coach and popular TV personality is accused of sexual abuse by his students. Ashanti plays a celebrity judge alongside “American Idol” alums Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks on a singing competition called “American Diva.”

The singer is also set to star as a store consultant named Teanna in the Lifetime movie Christmas in the City, premiering Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

In addition to acting, she is readying her Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It” for release this month. A previous version with Future leaked in July.

The song will be featured on her upcoming album BraveHeart, due this winter.

Watch the full episode of “Law & Order: SVU” below.

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Ja Rule and Irv Gotti Talk Prison, 50 Cent, & Ashanti with Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez, Ja Rule, and Irv Gotti

Nearly four months since completing his prison sentence, Ja Rule sat down with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 for his first post-prison interview. With Irv Gotti by his side, the New York rapper reflected on his experience behind bars, his “roller coaster” ride in the music industry, beef with 50 Cent, the fall of Murder Inc., and relationship with Ashanti. Plus, find out where he’s at now and his plans for the future.

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Kendrick Lamar, Ashanti, & Trey Songz Kick Off Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas

Kendrick Lamar

Las Vegas was the place to be for Labor Day. The stars flocked to the party capital for the weekend-long festivities, which took place up and down the Strip.

On Friday, Kendrick Lamar popped bottles and performed poolside at Ditch Fridays at Palms Casino. The sweaty crowd stripped down and turned up to his hits including “Backseat Freestyle” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

Later in the evening, Ashanti held court at Moon nightclub at Palms, performing her hits including “Only You,” “Happy,” and “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)” as her momager Tina Douglas filmed on a camcorder.

Trey Songz took over TAO nightclub at The Venetian and Ray J enjoyed a cocktail at Sugar Factory American Brasserie before making his way to Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.

See more pics from the Sin City celebrations below.

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Ashanti and Her Mom Twerk on ‘Watch What Happens Live’

Andy Cohen, Ashanti, and Tina Douglas

The family that twerks together, stays together. Ashanti taught Andy Cohen some twerking moves when she appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” The talk show host caught the R&B singer off guard by showing one of the Douglas family’s twerking videos.

After sharing a laugh, he asked Ashanti and her momager, Tina Douglas, to teach him to twerk. Ashanti’s mom got from behind the bar and started booty popping, while Ashanti joined in. But the show’s fellow guest Christina Ricci sat out.

Ashanti’s album BraveHeart was originally due July 30, but has been pushed to September.

Watch the twerking trio below.

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Ashanti Goes to Bat at All-Star Softball Game


Ashanti stepped up to the plate at the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Citi Field in New York on Monday. The R&B diva traded her designer wardrobe for sneakers, shorts, a sports bra, and Yankees cap while playing for the American League.

During one of her turns at bat, she hit a grounder, but wasn’t able to make it to first plate in time. Her team lost 8-5 to the National League, but Ashanti still enjoyed the experience.

“Had a blast at the 2013 Celebrity Allstar Game!!!” she tweeted.

Her new album BraveHeart, which features Keyshia Cole and R. Kelly, has been moved to September 3.

See Ashanti in action below.

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New Music: Ashanti f/ Future – ‘I Got It’

Ashanti and Future

Future has worked with Ciara, Rihanna, and Kelly Rowland, and now he adds another sexy lady to his résumé. The Freebandz rapper brings Ashanti into his world on their breezy R&B duet “I Got It.”

The seductive song debuted on DJ Ty Boogie’s mixtape STR8 RNB, Part 6.

Ashanti’s new album Braveheart is due July 30 featuring the single “Never Should Have” and collaborations with Keyshia Cole and R. Kelly.

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Ashanti Performs ‘Never Should Have’ on ‘Marie’


Ashanti made the television rounds this week to promote “Army Wives” and her upcoming album BraveHeart. Following her appearances on “The Chew” and the “Today” show, the R&B songstress returned to “Marie” on the Hallmark Channel to discuss her international touring plans and launching her independent label, Written Entertainment.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s a wonderful thing,” she told Marie Osmond. “It’s a wonderful experience to have your hands all over your own project.”

She also performed her new single “Never Should Have” for the first time on television. She poured her heart out as she delivered the emotional R&B ballad off her first album in five years.

Watch her stirring set below.

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