All Articles Tagged "alicia keys"
“It’s About The Kids”: Alicia Keys Talks Burying The Hatchet With Mashonda Tifrere And Building A Friendship
In an interview with Wendy Williams to promote her new children’s book, Blue Moon: From the Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee, Alicia Keys talked about a lot of things, including the estimated arrival of her child (he/she is due at the end of December), pregnancy weight gain (“these babies have been very good to me”), and her relationship with Swizz Beatz (“We’ve known each other forever, and that’s the thing that makes us feel like we just have kindred spirits”). But one part of the conversation that definitely caught our attention and was pretty inspiring was to hear Keys talk for the first time about getting along with Mashonda Tifrere, Swizz Beatz’s ex-wife. Tifrere put Keys on blast in 2009 and said that the singer didn’t give her and Beatz (Kasseem Dean) the space to work on their troubled marriage. But five years, a wedding and two children later, the ladies are making nice, and Keys says she’s happy about it. It’s all about creating a positive environment for all of their children.
“You know what I think it really is? It’s about the kids: When everybody is able to be an adult, which we all are able to be, and we’re able to really recognize that actually, there’s a beautiful value about the way that we can all influence each other’s lives and the lives of the kids. They can really see that they have more than one woman to look to and say, ‘What can I learn here?’ ‘What can I learn there?’ and guidance and love. And it’s fatherhood and motherhood and it’s friendship. It’s really, really important and I think it’s so beautiful. It doesn’t always work but it’s totally possible. And it can work when everybody really wants to do the right thing for the children.”
Big ups to everyone involved for being able to get past what was a messy situation to do what was necessary for all the little ones involved, especially Tifrere. Check out Keys’ chat with Wendy Williams below:
Aretha Franklin Is Asked About Today’s “Divas,” Adele, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj, And She’s Not Impressed
Queen diva Aretha Franklin has been promoting her new hit album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, and stopped to chat with The Wall Street Journal about it. During her conversation with Christopher John Farley, he asked her why she decided to take on the songs of others, including her decision to sing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
“It was Mr. Davis, the chairman’s idea…he brought the list to me, the list of singers and so on. But it was great because I had already bought some of these records and enjoyed them so it was natural.”
“Rolling in the Deep, I liked it when I first heard it…I said, ‘you know what? I like that melody and I like that song.’ So when Clive presented it to me, I said ‘absolutely.'”
Farley also asked her about today’s singers, and how many choose to use auto-tune, something Franklin isn’t feeling: “Oh please. That’s ridiculous.” So when he asked her to tell him the first thoughts that come to her head when she thinks of today’s divas (she did laud the late Whitney Houston: “She had a gift”), she didn’t have that much to say. She gave a thumbs up to Adele and Alicia, but that was about it.
Adele : “Young singer. Good singer.”
Alicia: “Young performer. Good writer. Producer.”
Taylor Swift: “Okay…Great gowns. Beautiful gowns.”
Nicki Minaj: “Nicki Minaj…Hmmm…I’m going to pass on that one.”
Gotta love ‘retha! She keeps it all the way real. Check out her chat with the WSJ below. The conversation about divas starts at the 3:50 mark.
Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April.
Tuesday marked six months since the girls were abducted. Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate general of Nigeria, holding signs that read “We Are Here” and “Safe Schools Now!”
They chanted “Bring back our girls” and “When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!” as New Yorkers walked up the street during lunch hour, while others stopped to capture photos and video.
Keys, who is pregnant, said in an interview that she felt touched to take action because she is a mother. Her son, Egypt, turned 4 on Tuesday.
“Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that’s going on,” the 33-year-old said as others chanted behind her.
Read more about Alicia Key’s protest at BlackVoices.com
Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.
You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.
Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.
Unlike many celebrities, Alicia Keys isn’t working overtime to keep her pregnancy a secret. Instead, she shares what she feels comfortable sharing. One interesting tidbit that she recently shared about her little bundle is that he or she may be a New Year’s baby.
“It’s looking like December. They tell me December 31st. I think that’s kind of cute,” the glowing mom-to-be revealed on “The View” while promoting her new #WeAreHere initiative.
Speaking of #WeAreHere, Alicia says that motherhood is what inspired the campaign.
“Being a mother has definitely given me more of a fierceness and understanding of just what you believe in, that much more,” she explained.
Alicia first announced her pregnancy on Instagram via a sweet anniversary post dedicated to her husband, Swizz Beatz.
“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!” she exclaimed. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”
Swizz and Alicia are already the proud parents of a son, Egypt Daoud Dean, 3. So far, the sex of the new baby has not been revealed, but we’re hoping it’s a little girl!
Celebrity nudes have been a common theme among headlines for the past few weeks. Now, a very pregnant Alicia Keys has been added to the mix—but not for the reason you may think. The mom-to-be recently uploaded a nude photo of herself with the peace symbol painted over her baby bump.
As it turns out, the image was shared to bring awareness to her new initiative, the #WeAreHere movement, which according to the organization’s website, aims to highlight issues across the globe that “cannot be solved in isolation.”
“We are joining together to give birth to a movement based on the idea of social ecology – that we’re all related and need to work in harmony to create a kinder and better world for all,” the site reads.
Alicia also addressed the photo via an Instagram video shared with fans.
Alicia’s famous friends, including J.Lo and Kelly Rowland, are also supporting the initiative.
And if you haven’t heard it by now, there’s also a new song, performed by Keys, to go along with the movement.
From The Grio
Grammy winner Alicia Keys made an appearance this morning on NBC’s TODAY, performing her new single, “We Are Here.”
“Let’s talk about Chi-town / Let’s talk about Gaza / Let’s talk about Israel … let’s talk Nigeria / and the mass hysteria / Our souls are brought together / so that we can love each other,” Keys belted out from behind a piano in studio 1A.
Prior to her performance, Keys opened up about being expecting a second child with her husband, Swizz Beats.
Read more about Alicia Key’s pregnancy at TheGrio.com
In celebration of his 36th birthday, Alicia Keys threw her husband, Swizz Beatz, a Coming To America-themed birthday bash. According to Daily Mail, the shindig was hosted at Capitale in New York. Attendees consisted of relatives and friends of the producer-turned-business-student, including ex-wife Mashonda, fellow Ruff Ryda DMX, Naomi Campbell, Diddy and Lala and Carmelo Anthony. After his celebration, Swizz took to Instagram to share photos with fans and to brag about how lovely his wife is.
“My wife is the best 1of 1 look at my Dad , Mom , Gmom. Wow #kings & #Queens #myfam #bdayvibes #virgoseason #comingtoamerica #party thx my love @gradyspivey #kingDre,” he gloated in one post.
“My wife is awesome thx my love for the best Bday party everrrrrrrrrerr,” he wrote in another.
As you’ve probably heard by now, Swizz and Alicia are expecting their second child together.
Check out photos from their swanky party below and on the following pages.
Well here’s some news that we definitely did not see coming. Yesterday, Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys announced that she is expecting her second child with husband, Swizz Beatz. The announcement came in the form of a very sweet Instagram message from Alicia celebrating their wedding anniversary.
“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz,” she exclaimed. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many, many more years of the best parts of life!”
This will be the couple’s second child. They’re already the parents of adorable Egypt Dean, who is 3 years old. While the singer’s big announcement came as a bit of a surprise to most, she has expressed a desire to have more children in the past.
“I definitely want more kids,” Alicia told Wendy Williams in last year. “I do actually want more children and sometimes I think it does feel like, ‘Oh man, what if I could just spend every waking minute with Egypt. [I’ve] learned to really cherish those small moments and not rush so much everywhere.”
Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise
From The Grio
Grammy winner Alicia Keys joined MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry at the 20th Annual Essence Festival with a message empowering black women to end AIDS.
Keys hosted a special Essence Empowerment Experience panel on Friday, July 4th, called “Through Love of Self, Family and Community, Empowering Black Women to End AIDS.”
Throughout the one-hour conversation, moderated by Harris-Perry, Keys spoke to women whose lives have been impacted by the virus.
Keys was joined by two additional women with incredible stories: Kym, a young professional who found out she was positive when her new husband became sick and died as a result of HIV/AIDS, and Teresa, a mother whose unconditional love of her HIV positive son has helped him to maintain his treatment and thrive in the face of this disease.
Read more on Key’s activism at TheGrio.com