By Jack Barnes

GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, actor and author Ashanti is Executive Producing her first movie, “Mothers and Daughters,” and making an appearance  in the film set for a May 6 release.  Ashanti joins Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox, Christina Ricci, Mira Sorvino, Eva Amurri Martino, Paul Wesley and Selma Blair in the Screen Media Film. Ashanti’s song “Mother,” from The Declaration Album which she wrote for her Mom, is also featured exclusively  in the movie.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with this great cast and crew on my first feature film executive producing efforts,” commented Ashanti.  “I have such a close relationship with my Mom, who is also my Manager, aka Momanger so I really related to this project.”

“Mothers and Daughters” features interwoven stories about what it means to be a mom, which are tied together via single gal Rigby Gray, a rock photographer who’s riding a career high when an unlikely and unexpected pregnancy forces her to turn her lens inward.  As Rigby slowly comes to terms with what it might mean to change her life forever, she discovers with fresh eyes her own relationship with her estranged mother.  Through a series of photographs documenting motherhood in all its varieties, she considers what it means to be maternal at all. Director Paul Duddridge’s film is a celebration of the unparalleled love between mothers and their children and the myriad ways they connect in today’s modern world.

Ashanti has also moved to the 2nd phase of her Drink Up campaign a part of FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s  PHA Let’s Move initiative.  She will have Drink Up limited edition T-Shirts designed by her sister Kenashia “Shia” Douglas’s Dymes Only clothing line May 2nd the week of the film release. That week please check out Ashanti’s website for further details and updates!

Ashanti is currently recording new music for her forthcoming album and teases some of the music out to her fans via Snapchat Ashantiworld.   She is touring doing both solo dates and adding another 10-city leg to her co-headlining tour with Ja Rule.  See Ashanti’s website for more details:

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