Atlanta, GA – September 2023 – Ashlee Akins, a beloved cast member from the hit show “Ready to Love,” is making her highly anticipated return to television in the all-new spin-off series, “Ready to Love: Make a Move.” Premiering on Friday, October 13, at 8pm EST on the Oprah Winfrey Network, this exciting new series follows four women from the original show as they embark on a journey to find their perfect matches in the vibrant city of New Orleans.


Ashlee is a fan-favorite reality TV star originally from Season 1 of Ready to Love, black dating series presented by the Oprah Winfrey Network, produced by Will Packer and hosted by Nephew Tommy.

She was a ball of energy on the show with a bubbly and fun personality to match! As the men on the show began to eliminate different women, Ashlee remained a key love interest and major focal point of the show. She finished last, and found love in Alexx. – This connection was very short-lived, due to Alexx’s sudden medical complications and web of lies which unfolded and many still publicly-untold stories that created a world of domino-chaos for Ashlee.

She is Now BACK on the big screen and fully invested in the quest to FIND LOVE through the all-new Spin-off, “Ready to Love: Make a Move”

Hailing from the beautiful city of Jackson, Tennessee, Ashlee Akins has always stood out from the crowd. Throughout her school years, she excelled in extracurricular activities and possessed a drive that promised a bright future. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Ashlee pursued a career as a Speech Therapist, making a positive impact on the lives of others.

However, Ashlee’s ambition did not stop there. Relocating to Atlanta, she became a finalist for the Falcon Cheerleaders twice and a semifinalist for the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders. Additionally, Ashlee showcased her talents in music videos, short independent films, and modeling gigs. She then took the leap into reality TV, captivating audiences as a fan favorite on Will Packer’s “Ready to Love” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.



Wow we are super excited to see you back on the big screen and just as fierce and bubbly! Tell us about how you were casted for the upcoming “Ready to Love: Make A Move!”
Honestly, I received a series of emails inviting me to apply for this new show and I actually was going back-and-forth in my head on whether I should do it or not; being that my first outcome was so theatrical. Although I did find love in the first season, the man wasn’t true to everything we agreed on… so I was nervous about taking this chance again.
BUT! It’s been 5 years with situationships and I felt like jumping off the porch once again ! Again, being my authentic self with an open mind and heart. After a series of zoom calls and emails and interviews and psychological evaluations, they let me know that I was ready to make a move and here we are!
What were some of your initial thoughts about the show concept and dynamic this go-round? 
Some of my initial thoughts about the shows concept and dynamics were hmmm this time the world can actually see me for who I am. Maybe, I can finally have a shot at something solid. This might be something great! Although I said I wasn’t going to do this again, let’s give it a shot!
I got the phone call on my birthday so what better gift than to get back on screen, and if anything, to possibly find love.
What can viewers look forward to in this ALL-NEW series?
Viewers can look forward to great laughs, good vibes and possibly love! Watch the show!
How have you enjoyed working with the cast and crew via Oprah Winfrey Network?
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew of Oprah Winfrey Network. They are so professional, and I have built lifelong friendships.
What have been some of the things you’ve learned about yourself and the dating scene since you’ve explored reality tv and the journey of finding love?
Some of the things that I have learned about myself and the dating scene since I’ve explored reality TV are being patient, paying attention, having fun, living in the moment, not judging, and mostly being myself… not a representative!
Who have been some of your biggest supporters along the way and how important is your village when it comes to balancing business, love life and television?
My family and circle are my biggest supporters they have always let my light shine. No matter what I’m going through I know my tribe has my back. Most of all, God has a plan for me that cannot be blocked by anyone. So, I am simply walking my walk and living my truth.
What’s next for Ashlee!? What can we look forward to in the upcoming year and how can our readers stay connected with you?
The sky is the limit I plan on having my ears, eyes, nose, hands and feet in everything! Stay tuned and follow me on Instagram @_Iamashlee007 and Facebook at Ashlee Akins! Thank you guys!! I appreciate you!!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Ashlee Akins