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We told you last week that Alicia Keys released a single called “Blended Family” that was an ode to Mashonda Tifrere and her son, Kaseem Dean, Jr, who Keys became stepmother to after marrying Swizz Beatz. As previously stated, it wasn’t easy for Keys and Tifrere to put aside their differences, but it was something they did to ensure the happiness of all the children involved.
As it turns out, Keys isn’t the only one working on a project highlighting the importance of a healthy blended family situation. As Tifrere shared with Essence Live, she’s been working on something for some time and felt that coming together with Keys to encourage reconciliation was important. Many people have been #TeamMashonda ever since Tifrere publicly scolded Keys years ago for interfering in her marriage with Beatz. Therefore, it’s important for those same people to see them make peace for a greater purpose.
“Once you are willing to let go of those feelings, forgiving becomes easy,” Tifrere said about moving forward after the painful end of her marriage and 2010 divorce. “It’s an evolution to know you can reach that point as a human being.”
Tifrere stated that she had to put her feelings aside for the sake of their children growing up in a healthy and happy environment. When they were able to do so, they found that they were all able to grow closer. “We had no real choice,” she said. “Having them involved means the world to me.”
But there have been hiccups on the road to reconciliation. When people saw that infamous image of Keys and Beatz locking lips on a beach in St. Barts while Tifrere sat nearby in 2014, many were bothered by it and called it disrespectful. In case you missed it:
Tifrere said she wasn’t bothered by the kiss because they weren’t actually on vacation together. In reality, she dropped in on their beach day while vacationing with a friend to see her son, Kaseem, who was traveling with Beatz and Keys. To Tifrere, they were doing what a married couple does and it didn’t concern her. That’s blended family life for you.
“So that’s funny because we didn’t plan to go on vacation together,” she said. “I was out there with my girlfriend for her birthday and my son was there for Swizz and Alicia for spring break. We all knew we were there together on the same island of St. Barts so I reached out and I was like, ‘Hey, let’s hook up, I want to see Kasseem.’ We made a play date type thing and I came to the beach and met them there. I didn’t know they were going to kiss. He leaned in, he kissed her, and that’s his wife! It didn’t bother me, it didn’t affect me. It’s so bizarre that people find that to be weird or awkward. It’s entertainment for them but it’s actually real life for us. It’s real life. Honestly, from the outside looking in it’s like, ‘Wow, how did you deal with that?’ ‘How could they do that?’ But it’s a natural thing. You kiss your wife, you kiss your husband, you kiss your child, and paparazzi caught the photo. It’s so funny how paparazzi caught that photo [laughs].”
Kudos to you if you hopped on Alicia Keys’ #NoMakeup bandwagon and realized you had become too dependent on contouring and eyeliners to feel beautiful rather than let your natural beauty shine. However, if you’re feeling like your natural glow and Alicia’s just aren’t the same, don’t worry. The thing is, there is no waking up like this; being naturally flawless still takes a lot of work — and products — and this woman just laid out exactly what it takes to get skin like the 35-year-old artist, mother, and activist.
Dotti, “the one-named makeup artist widely known for her organic ethos and vegan sensibilities,” according to W Magazine, spilled the beans on A. Keys’ #NoMakeup routine from the inside (healthy eating and exercise) out (regular skin care treatments), and it goes a little something like this.
“Alicia gets regular facials, does acupuncture and she eats healthy and exercises,” Dotti told W. “She knows you have to invest internally for your skin to look great externally. It’s also about how you process your energy. She comes from a very strong place and she comes from a very kind place. That in itself is super important. But it’s about the choices she’s making and the products she’s using. It’s the work of a good team.”
Team Member #1: Ice
“Right now, we’re doing a lot of ice work to tighten skin, bring the blood to the surface. To basically give it the pop that you need,” Dotti said. “I stick a jade roller in ice, so it’s basically freezing when I roll it over her skin. I really, really work into all those areas where I want blood and water and energy brought to the surface. It brings her skin to life, it practically makes her skin say, ‘Hi. I love you.’”
Team Member #2: Cucumber
“On some days, I’ll look at her skin and say, ‘You need cucumber today,’ so I’ll grate a full cucumber, then place the pulp no higher than her brow bone and no lower than her under-eye bone, not going near sensitive parts of the eye. If we’ve got time, I’ll put the pulp all over her face until it draws the heat out of the skin and bring the blood to the top. That’s what most of the cooling agents do.”
Team Member #3: Oil
“People get freaked out about oils. They think if they’ve got oily skin they don’t want oil, but yes you do!,” Dotti explained. She first uses MV Organics 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic on Alicia and the brands Pure Jojoba oil when she needs it because “It’s so close to the natural sebum we produce in our skin.”
Team Member #4: Masks
Dotti said she treats Alicia to masks occasionally, “including a special rubber-textured one from a facialist friend, as well as Eminence Clear Probiotic Skin Mask and SK-II Facial Treatment Mask,” W reported.
And there are also a few pseudo-makeup enhancements Alicia uses when judging on The Voice or performing, Dotti pointed out, like filling in her brows with individual lashes or enhancing her freckles with an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. Sometimes Dotti will also give her cheeks a warm glow with Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti-Age Serum or apply Mally Ever Colour Poreless Face Definer Mattifier to control shine.
“Compared to the world of makeup, there is minimal,” Dotti said. “She’s already powerful to look at, with those amazing Cleopatra-shaped eyes, and now we get to see them!”
Alicia Keys Celebrates Swizz Beatz’s Ex-Wife, Mashonda Tifrere, And Their “Blended Family” In New Song
Alicia Keys has done something pretty unprecedented, folks. Her newest song, “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” is a tribute to Mashonda Tifrere, hubby Swizz Beats’s ex-wife, Tifrere’s son, Kasseem Dean Jr., and the importance of putting aside contention for the sake of your family. And the song is pretty great.
Keys discussed the song’s meaning on social media and via her website before it was released early this morning.
“My new song Blended Family (What You Do For Love) will be available everywhere at Midnight. I’m so excited for you to hear this song. It means so much to me and our whole family,” she said. “The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids… the most important part of our lives. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.”
The song features A$AP Rocky (who shares his own unique family story) and most times, is addressed to Kasseem, affirming the singer’s love of him (“I may not really be ya mother, but that don’t mean I don’t really love ya”) as well as the support he has in his blended family. The lyrics that stood out to me most were the ones that acknowledged their complex beginning:
I know it started with a little drama…
I hate you had to read it in the paper
But everything’s all right with me and your mama
Baby, everybody here you know adores you
And I think it’s beautiful
I think it’s perfect
I know hard it gets, but I swear it’s worth it
That’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love
There ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’ I won’t do for us
It may not be easy this blended family but baby, that’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love
The song exudes positive energy and is quite beautifully produced. The greatest thing about it, though, is that everyone involved in its creation supports it.
Tifrere shared the news of the song on her social media:
Tonight, at midnight, the world will experience our journey through song . “Blended Family” is a true testament of love, growth and healing. I’m BEYOND proud of the work that the three of us most consciously applied to bettering ourselves for each other and our children’s sake. This is only the beginning for us. And, it feels so good! Blessings to you @aliciakeys @therealswizzz #whatyoudoforlove #blend #blendedfamily #love #family
Swizz Beatz also praised the progress he, along with Keys and Tifrere, have made over the years. “I am truly proud of all of us 🙏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Blessings and positive vibes only #blendedfamily”
Of course, we know that things weren’t always so copacetic. Tifrere once publicly scolded Keys for carrying on a relationship with the producer while she was trying to repair her marriage to him, writing, “You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create…”
Keys would eventually respond to the drama by saying that she started dating Swizz while he and Tifrere were separated. And while that didn’t sit well with the public, the three slowly started to move toward reconciliation. As Keys told Wendy Williams in 2014:
“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.”
It’s really amazing to see all parties come together for something great. It’s a testament to the power of healing. While many people on the outside still criticize Keys for the way she came to be with Swizz, the woman who would have the most to be upset about has let it go for the betterment of their blended family. That’s truly something to applaud — however you feel about the situation.
The song will be featured on Keys’s new album, Here, set for release on November 4. Check out “Blended Family” below or on your streaming service of choice.
Despite what everyday people may think about Alicia Keys’s decision to do just about everything sans makeup these days via her #nomakeup movement (many of you think it’s ridiculous — we heard you), it’s being fully embraced by other stars. We told you about Keys helping the Today show’s Tamron Hall take off her makeup live, and now, she’s made Gabrielle Union a believer — only temporarily though.
According to People, Union took to Snapchat on Tuesday to show the singer love. She rocked a look similar to Keys’s current style, wearing a head wrap while not wearing a smidgen of makeup. Per the usual, the freckle-faced actress looked amazing.
Union posted a selfie on Snapchat saying, “No makeup, head wrap, hey Alicia Keys I see you!” According to People, she captioned the video “Alicia Keys” and added a few hearts. Soon after, she shared another image of herself, skin radiant, wrap piled on top of her head.
Of course, Union loves a beat face, so the actress was back to wearing makeup as she returned to the set of Being Mary Jane (*squeals in excitement*). Still, seeing her show off a makeup-free look is always nice, and she’s done it more than once in the last week:
In case you’re wondering what the secret is to her glowing skin, Union told Elle in 2014 it’s all about consuming water, an entire gallon if possible, every day.
“The biggest thing that changed my life, the best anti-aging secret weapon, is that in my mid-thirties I started drinking a gallon of water a day,” she said. “It’s made a tremendous difference with my hair, skin, and nails. Everyone is always like, ‘What did you do differently than everyone else? Why are you aging so slow?’ It’s something that everyone has access to and it not only helps with your beauty, it also helps with your fitness and digestion.”
Get to drinking, ladies!
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 2, 2016
Freckles on fleek, Alicia Keys stopped by the Today show this morning to promote all of her many new endeavors, including her new song “Back to Life” for the Queen of Katwe soundtrack, and her work on the latest season of The Voice. While there, a conversation was started about Keys’s no makeup movement with the different hosts.
“You’ve kind of started a movement here. I don’t know if you meant to, but you are, not wearing makeup. You don’t wear it [makeup] so well!” Savannah Guthrie told Keys in the studio before her performance. In response, Keys said that going without makeup has been “empowering” and “freeing.”
“We put so many limitations on ourselves, we put limitations on each other, society puts limitations on us, and in a lot of ways I’m sick of it. I’m over it, to be honest … It’s about being our unique, own selves. We each have something no one else has. It would be so amazing to just embrace each other how we are.”
And when she went back in the studio to speak with co-hosts Tamron Hall, Billy Bush and Al Roker, all three hosts decided to take off the makeup they were wearing for the cameras. There was no pressure from Keys (in fact, they had talked about doing so behind the scenes), but they all agreed that they wanted to change it up. Hall called on Keys to actually help her wipe off her makeup.
“I will do it only if you help me,” Hall said to Keys.
“You don’t have to,” Keys said, before Hall replied that she wanted to do it because she loves Keys and loves her message. Keys reinforced that “It’s not for me, it’s for you” before Hall removed her lipstick, foundation and more in front of cameras (she looked fabulous by the way).
But as Keys pointed out, it’s not really about makeup or no makeup at all. As she pointed out, she loves her lip glosses and liners, but more than anything, “I don’t want to feel beholden [to it].”
“It’s not about makeup. Look, I love makeup, too,” Keys said. “It’s all good. But it’s about how you feel. It’s about who you are. It’s about just being who you are and not letting anybody tell you who you should be. And I think the other thing that’s kind of crazy, even this conversation, it kind of shows our obsession of the standard of beauty that we hold women to.”
Check out her conversation with Guthrie (and Matt Lauer), and the very revealing moment with Hall, Bush and Roker below:
There was a lot to talk about online during the Video Music Awards on Sunday. One person who had a lot of people chattering without even having to give a full performance that night was Alicia Keys. The star attended the awards with husband Swizz Beatz, and still holding strong to her decision to forgo makeup, Keys hit the red carpet and delivered the best male video award (as well as a rousing tribute on the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech) with a fresh face. Of course, some weren’t fans of her decision. People said that she should have put on some makeup and tried to look a little more glamorous for the event, stating that she should have done a bit more with her hair and attire as well. Others felt that being adamant about not wanting to wear makeup, even for special occasions, meant that she has an issue with women who do love to wear makeup.
Well, Keys disagrees with all of that. She took to Twitter to say this in response to detractors of her makeup-free and carefree look:
Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you! 😘😘 pic.twitter.com/Mg0Ug9YA9q
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) August 29, 2016
And her husband, Swizz Beatz, was confused by the fact that people would take issue with whatever she does or doesn’t choose to put on her face. So, he also told those individuals to worry about themselves.
At the end of the day, Keys looked beautiful at the Video Music Awards, as she always does. There’s nothing off about natural beauty, and it’s sad that some are so taken aback by the sight of someone embracing the skin they’re in. However, as Keys pointed out, there’s a certain power that comes with realizing that the opinions of others won’t be the determining factor in how you choose to live your life. And when you reach that point where you really don’t care, child, nobody can tell you anything. And such commentary clearly isn’t phasing the singer, as this is her second awards show without makeup. She attended the BET Awards with a bare face:
The star also has started taping for The Voice, and continues to appear free of any creams, powders, liners, lipsticks and the like in front of cameras:
Continue to do you, Alicia!
There’s something about her…Alicia Keys has always been in touch with her human side. She has the ability to touch the lives of all she encounters in some way, shape, or form. Whether it’s a song, a speech, or just her presence…people can feel the positivity of her energy. She has been a constant fixture for issues that matter by donating her personal time to help others. After a short hiatus due to the birth of baby boy Genesis, she jumped back into the spotlight this summer for her #NoMakeup campaign. She’s decided to proudly go without makeup, stop covering up, and embrace her natural beauty. She’s since been on a serious roll using her stardom as a platform to speak on a myriad of issues affecting the public. Here’s some of our favorite quotes from her recent interview with Citizens of Humanity.
Alicia Keys talks human rights issues:
Alicia is no stranger to helping others. Between organizations like Keep A Child Alive and We Are Here, she is well aware of the social injustices that people face worldwide. Whether it’s the Global fight to help people with AIDS to speaking on the police shootings plaguing the Black Community, she is on point with it all.
“Keep a Child Alive provides medicine for children and families who have AIDS who can’t afford it. We also provide surrounding care around that as well. There are just not a lot of places you can go and get treated or get tested or get food even, and you can’t take AIDS medicine and not have eaten. It’s important; at this point we’ve helped almost 2.5 million people.”
“With the We Are Here movement I was just personally angry—angered by turning on the TV and every second seeing this constant disrespect or inequality, and that’s really what the main focus of We Are Here is about; it’s really about inequality and justice all over the world. So We Are Here focuses on different organizations that focus on issues that I believe, when we look at them all together, will really be part of what will change the world for the better in so many ways.”
Alicia talks her new album:
Aside from being a multi-talented artist, she is a wife and mother who takes all of her roles very seriously. Her new album, due out this fall, is already making waves around the world. She tells Citizen of Humanity, “The music for this album was created so fast — the fastest I’ve ever created music before. It was like raining down every night, like storms of music was just coming out. … We did probably 30 songs in like 10 days.” She found out she was pregnant in the midst of trying to put the album together so that forced her to put things on hold. Her unplanned hiatus forced her to put things into perspective.
Motherhood changes people in many ways. Alicia is real when it comes to motherhood. She admits that when it comes to parenting:
“I’m still figuring it out; I can’t say I’ve mastered it or anything but letting go, letting your kids have their own path. They are going to discover and they have their own journey, their own way they’re going to figure out how to express themselves in the world and who they’re going to be, and I think a lot of times as parents we project our thoughts or fears or images on them, and we have to let them be a little bit. We can’t always answer every question; you don’t have to tell them how to do it. They can figure it out, and we should give them the space to figure it out.”
This right here is such an important piece to the parenting puzzle. A lot of parents will never admit the above and say they are still learning. People think they know it all or need to know it all and they definitely don’t. Parenting ain’t easy and if someone tells you that it is then they’re doing it wrong. If you are not still willing to “learn” as a parent then you already lost the struggle.
Alicia talks relationship success:
Alicia and her husband Swizz Beatz recently celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary. Their relationship is very public but they keep it private at the same time. They work at making it work just like everybody else and their secret to relationship success is simple…presence and communication.
“I think the most important thing in any relationship is presence—being present and really choosing to make the time and take the time for the people that you love … not letting a part of your job be more important or a part of your career be more important, you know? And communication—really talking about who you are, because we grow, and we should be growing together … So you’re both growing and both evolving and learning more about yourself and learning more about each other, and I think when you give each other the opportunity to continue to know each other, that really strengthens it. Me and my husband, we have this thing, we’ll call it Keep It Real Tuesdays if it’s Tuesday, if it’s Friday we’re like Keep It Real Fridays, and we just have to be honest, whatever it might be.”
Success means different things to everybody. Alicia measures success by measuring happiness…”Success to me mostly is happiness, and when I say happiness I don’t mean that in a generic way. I mean if I’m going through a day and I’m feeling good, I’m feeling that I’m on my path, I’m feeling invigorated, I’m feeling inspired, I’m feeling at the end of the night that it was a good day. To me that’s success, because there is so much in the world that wants to take you out of your happiness, you know, and to figure out a way to maintain that and to maintain inspiration and to maintain excitement, vigor for life and the next thing for yourself—whatever that is, to me that’s success. So happiness to me is success. Honoring myself and honoring my family and making sure that those things feel like they’re in the right order and balance, it can be difficult but it’s possible. But to me, that’s success.”
Alicia continues to make awesome power moves and ground herself at the same time. She is a role model for young women everywhere and very much still #OnFire. You can check out the full Citizens of Humanity interview here and look out for her new album to drop early this fall.
#23 Ways: Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Rihanna & More On Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America
I don’t have to tell you what’s going on in our world these days. You’ve seen the news. They’re killing us, often times for nothing at all.
Now is the time for everyone offended by these senseless killings to speak out. And thankfully, there are some celebrities using their platforms for good by speaking out.
In a recent video released by Mic.com, several celebrities spoke out about instances of police brutality, recounting the common actions these Black people were involved in when they were killed by police. Actions like running to the bathroom in your house, playing with a toy gun, asking for help, wearing a hoodie or failing to signal.
There’s also a call to action at the end of video, that directs viewers to WeAreHereMovement.com, where you can tell President Obama and Congress about your desire to address racial injustice in this country, particularly when it comes law enforcement and the government.
Celebrities grace the covers of magazines and partake in photo shoots on a regular basis. No biggie, right? Well, that privilege takes on a completely different meaning for pregnant stars. For some of them who haven’t already shared the good news, posing while pregnant serves as their official baby announcement to the world. For others, a baby bump magazine cover or photo shoot is a chance to document and flaunt one of the most exciting times in their lives. Many pregnant models, actresses and singers have happily posed for magazines over the years, and some of them have even done it with zero clothing on. The result? Artful, classy, timeless images that present pregnant women in a beautiful, vibrant light. The joy and magic of pregnancy is a wondrous thing. Click on for pictures of some of your favorite celebs who bared it all – and in some instances, went fully clothed – while pregnant.
I’ve noticed that when it comes to movements, there’s an assumption that to be a proponent of one aspect of it means you’re against the other. This has been the case when it comes to important things like the way mainstream society (i.e., White folks) view the Black Lives Matter movement and even something as empowering as Black Girls Rock! to things as simple as this whole #NoMakeup movement going on.
It’s gained quite a bit of traction thanks to Alicia Keys, who stated that after being paranoid about leaving the house without makeup and struggling for years with bad skin, she used makeup as a mask. Eventually, after doing a photo shoot makeup-free, she felt empowered, and made it clear that as she promotes her newest album, she’s “not covering up anymore.” She even attended the BET awards last month without makeup.
KeKe Palmer, who has been criticized when makeup-free, is a supporter. And just this past week, Sanaa Lathan said that for the summer, she’s ditching her usual weaves and makeup for a fresh, “au naturel” look.
It was in these declarations from people with influence that I noticed a number of individuals who weren’t here for the idea of encouraging women to forgo makeup. And I also saw people who were proponents for going without makeup, but made their stance clear by saying that they wished more women would stop with the makeup and weaves, claiming that those who embrace such trappings should stop “obsessing” and learn to love their natural selves. And therein lies the problem.
As I’ve already said, too many people think one has to be the antithesis of the other. But the truth is, you can respect and even love a woman’s choice to enjoy playing up her features in makeup while choosing, for yourself, to go without it. And you can be a Beauty Insider card-holding member of Sephora and still appreciate a woman’s realization that she was wearing makeup for all the wrong reasons and wants to leave it alone.
At the end of the day, it wasn’t the intention of either star to make it appear as though one way of doing things is better than the other, which it seemed some people believed was an underlying message. Instead, they used their platforms to share with fans what is best for them. And as people with influence who may have followers who feel attached to certain accouterments for the wrong reasons (because they don’t think they look right without them), they wanted it to be clear that it’s okay to go without. Of course, we’re all adults here, so the pep talk from a celebrity likely gets a side-eye from most. But let’s not act as though there aren’t young people, and grown people, who couldn’t use some encouragement. Namely, encouragement from people who are often criticized heavily if they don’t step out of the house with a full contour job going on just to run errands. They understand the struggle most.
I’ve known many women who forgo wearing makeup. Those who do, they don’t do it as a stance against anything in particular, aside from the discomfort of wearing heavy cosmetics. And I know women who love makeup. Sistahs who take classes to get better at applying it and who shop at Sephora and MAC like they shop at the grocery store. I’ve also been around the folks who are anti-makeup (including some men who say, “You don’t need all of that”), and those who wouldn’t take a picture of me until I put a lip color on (because “a girl always needs a bright pop of color on her lip” and “You never know who you will run into”).
What I’ve learned from all of them is that you have to do what’s comfortable for you. Keyword: comfortable. If wearing a lot of makeup is your thing, do it. If going barefaced is your thing, go for it. But whatever you do, do it for healthy reasons. Don’t cover yourself because you’re uncomfortable with your skin without makeup and you’re worried about how you will be received. Don’t pass up on makeup because other people you’ve never met told you that you look better without it or because a man who couldn’t tell the difference said so. Do whatever works for you and respect other people’s choice to do the same for themselves. Whatever your choice, save your debates for more pressing matters instead of arguing with fellow women and men (who rarely have to deal with the pressure to look a certain way) when none of that does anything to tear down the beauty standards that are really holding us back from feeling comfortable enough to do what the hell we want anyway.