Broken heels, flat tires, runny makeup, torn stockings, a dancefloor tumble, and a DJ who walked right in from the Old Town Bingo Night. That’s every kid’s recipe for a nightmare prom. But what happens when all goes well, and then some. . .and then some more!
For one lucky school, the St. Francis Prepartory School of Queens, this is just what they got, this weekend at the Grand Hyatt in New York. The ingredients for their Ultimate Prom?
Multi-Platinum Artist Ashanti as host? Check.
JoJo as emcee? Check.
Lloyd and crew as musical entertainment? Check.
Guests Jada, Suai, and DJ O’Neal McKnight?Check, check and check!
And CGG was there, so we can say with certainly that UniversalMotown, teaming up with CosmoGirl, Seventeen, and Teenmag, as well as e.l.f. cosmetics, gave the Class of '08 a night to remember.
And Ashanti was just as excited to be there with the soon-to-be grads. She's a huge advocate of teens, having recently worked with the Boys and Girls Club and Cartier on a program that saw $75,000 donated to clubs across the country.
She’s also a big spokeswoman against domestic violence. The singer has said that she tore up her boyfriend's Timberlands when he hung up the phone on her, leaving nothing but the soles. We know, we know, that's a low blow. So we had to ask Ashanti: What are some non-violent ways of dealing with problems in relationship?
“Well, actually we have something called a Gotcha-gram,” she told us. “If you go to TheWayThatILoveYou.com, basically it’s an email blast, and whoever it is that’s cheating on you, instead of getting physical with them, you send them that email blast and you tell them ‘I caught you cheating and this is how you’re gonna get it. I’m gonna use a [virtual] sledge-hammer or a Timberland boot or a high heel, and I’m gonna get you.’”
And besides promoting her new album, The Declaration, what else is the lovely Ashanti working on? “Well I have a website called IDeclareMe.com. It’s a platform that allows females, even males, to blog, and explain the obstacles that you’ve overcome in life, whether it’s a disease, or if it’s getting out of a relationship, or if it’s getting your degree after you never thought you’d be able to,” she says. “And it’s basically giving [teens] the chance to go over it and claim themselves. It’s a confidence builder and we’re going to work on trying to give out scholarships to the best stories.”
Ashanti told us she's been to four proms and this was by far been her favorite. Check out MyPromStyle.com later on this week for exclusive video footage from the pink carpet. And stay tuned to CGG for more interviews with the Ultimate Prom's stars!