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Originally posted 01/19/2012 09:45AM
Celebrating the relaunch of his 40/40 club in New York City, new dad Jay-Z arrived around 11 p.m., taking ample time to greet friends and fans. Despite early rumors, Beyoncé, who gave birth to Blue Ivy Jan. 7, was a no-show. Also likely home with her child: Alicia Keys. Her husband Swizz Beats arrived solo to check out the overhauled space and was spotted chatting with Jay-Z in the security-blocked VIP section. B was there in spirit though. The deejay spun blocks of her music, as well as tunes by Michael and Janet Jackson and Britney Spears. CC Sabitha, Fabolous, Ashanti, Mob Wives star Renee Graziano and model Selita Ebanks were also all attendance. Jay-Z left close to 2 a.m. – but not before he had a fun moment with Warren Buffett.
– Carlos Greer
Originally posted 04/30/2009 12:00PM
There's no place like home – provided you've been to Oz. Ashanti will soon be taking the trip, by starring in a very limited Manhattan stage engagement of the 1974 Best Musical Tony winner The Wiz, reports Broadway World.
The singer-actress, 28, will mark her stage debut as the Toto-toting Dorothy in the soulful version of the The Wizard of Oz, which originally starred Stephanie Mills on Broadway and, in the 1978 movie, Diana Ross. This version runs June 12 to July 5 at the New York City Center, as part of the Encores! Summer Stars series.
Though she's new to the New York stage, Ashanti is no stranger to the role. She played Dorothy in the 2005 TV movie, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.
– Christina Tapper
Originally posted 11/03/2008 06:30AM
The rapper – who has kept mum about his romance with Ashanti for years – is finally ready to dish.
The key to their below-the-radar relationship, he tells PEOPLE, is that they both love to have a good time.
"That's the thing between me and her, we just like having fun," he said Sunday at Las Vegas's Lavo club, where he was celebrating his 34th birthday.
Originally posted 06/16/2008 06:45AM
Ashanti has been famously secretive about her relationship with rapper Nelly. But she broke her silence (a bit!) Sunday night, after a sterling rendition of the National Anthem during game five of the Lakers-Celtics championship series.
"Me and Nelly, we're good friends. We kick it – hang out a lot," the 27-year-old told PEOPLE. "The industry is very hard, so it's good to have fun and lighten it up."
As for those persistent rumors that she and the rapper plan to get hitched? Holding up a ring-free left hand, she told reporters, "Oh no. Noooo! No engagement." Then she added with a wicked smile, "But definitely in the future. Ha! Ha!"
Originally posted 04/17/2008 07:45PM
Is sexy songstress Ashanti's new video for her song "Way That I Love You" a kiss-off to rumored boyfriend Nelly? After all, in the video, a knife-wielding Ashanti gets sweet revenge on a cheating ex.
Ashanti says, "It's not!" She explains, "I wrote that record last summer ... The song is just about real life. It's for every woman who has gone through it."
But that doesn't mean the songbird hasn't experienced the heartache of a good relationship gone bad due to infidelity. "Definitely," says Ashanti, who turns to Mary J. Blige's "Not Gonna Cry" to help her through breakups. "It's a rude awakening when you get used to being happy, but it's a part of life. I didn't kill the person!"
Originally posted 03/11/2008 11:55AM
T.R. Knight, Portia de Rossi and Ashanti are just a few of the celebrities that have lent their voices – and support – to a new anti-hate video for Logo, prompted by the murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King, whom friends say was killed because he was gay. "Imagine if wearing makeup or a dress could get you killed," de Rossi says at the beginning of the powerful clip. Adds Ashanti: "When you see someone being made fun of for who they are or how they look, do something about it." And Janet Jackson adds a poignant coda at the end, saying, "None of us are safe until all of us are safe."
Originally posted 02/05/2007 06:00AM
Ashanti and her rapper beau Nelly, dining at Beverly Hills eatery Mastro's Steakhouse. The two feasted on steaks and colossal onion rings. "They were laughing and smiling and having a wonderful night," an observer tells us.
Originally posted 04/17/2006 07:00AM
Ashanti cancelled a performance headlining a Divas concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday after a drunken teen driver killed her 20-year-old cousin and personal assistant.
Originally posted 12/05/2005 01:00AM
Though she's normally a fixture on the West Coast club scene, Paris Hilton recently hit the New York City party circuit with boyfriend Stavros Niarchos during a whirlwind night out.
Originally posted 10/19/2005 06:00AM
Ashanti thought she was going out for a simple dinner with her family to celebrate her 25th birthday. But instead the R&B singer (whose b-day was Oct. 13) was treated to a surprise party with an all-star guest list of 500 – including her rapper boyfriend Nelly, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Naomi Campbell and Ja Rule – at New York City hot spot Glo.
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