R&B singer Ashanti knows we need more than a Blackout Tuesday to support Black-owned businesses. The popular crooner has come forward to announce she’s going to highlight specific African American companies in a new music video.
Ashanti x Black-Owned
On Wednesday, the veteran entertainer went online to announce the huge news to her followers. She also encouraged fans to send over their favorite Black-owned businesses to possibly get featured in her new visual.
“Tag your favorite Black Owned Business to be featured in my new Video! VERY SIMPLE GO TO www.Missingyou1111.com WRITE A FEW DETAILS ABOUT YOUR PRODUCT ALONG WITH YOUR INFO AND THAT GOES DIRECTLY TO MY COMPANY EMAIL! WE WILL BE GOING THRU ALL EMAILS STARTING AT 10AM TOMORROW!!! #Missingyou11:11 July 15th NYC ❤️” -Ashanti’s Instagram
In June 2020, Ashanti went to Instagram to share a must-read open message about supporting global peaceful demonstrations. She compared her involvement in the protests to what her family fought for in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights movement.
“Truly an incredible feeling… bitter sweet… I cannot believe in 2020 that I am fighting the same fight my parents fought my grandparents fought my great great grandparents fought and so on… something in my spirit just didn’t feel right not going out there with the people..as I’ve mentioned before my grandfather James David protested alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery Alabama in 1965… I remember him telling my cousins and I some of the stories, some of the pain, and some of the victory. As an adult today to comprehend the effort and fight in his heart that he, and so many other black people possessed is beyond admirable…beyond honorable. My grandfather slept on the ground in a sleeping bag in the pouring rain at a civil rights camp before his journey. From being beaten, spat on, hosed, lynched, burned, raped and murdered, our people continued to fight and although it has gotten better there is an extremely long way to go. The system must change. That is why I got my black ass out there to march and demand the change that we not only deserve but that we will get. Enough is Enough. RIP Grampa I miss you everyday❤️” -Ashanti’s Instagram
Wait, There’s More
Recently, Ashanti kept fans updated on her involvement in New York protests.
“The energy is just different. I’ve never protested before nor did I think I would ever have to…. we’ve seen the movies we’ve read the books. I come from a family devoted to making change. My grandfather James Davis walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Montgomery Alabama in 1965, and here we are in 2020 fighting the same fight all over the world. The energy is shifting tho. It feels different this time. Enough is Enough. ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽” -Ashanti’s Instagram
Before You Go
Days prior, Ashanti joined celebrities and people across the globe in a publicized Blackout Tuesday. The online protest helped promote the Black Lives Matter movement.