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Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited a Philippine air force base Monday to bring cheer to hundreds of evacuees from eastern provinces devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
The singer distributed crayons and coloring books to children at the Villamor Air Base grandstand, where evacuees from eastern Leyte and Samar provinces arrive via C-130 planes.
Social Welfare Department officer Jane Abello says Keys stayed for about half an hour to chat with evacuees.
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Pregnancy can sometimes be the least glamorous time in a woman’s life, but there’s a lot to be said for the pregnancy glow when it comes to these expectant celebrities. From Beyonce to Alicia Keys to Halle Berry, here’s a look at some of the cutest pregnant celebrities.
Casting Director Shares Why Bey, J-Hud And Others Were Passed Over For Roles In ‘The Princess And The Frog’
Every once in a while we hear about actors and actresses who were up for a super popular, über coveted Hollywood roles. For example, Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union has no qualms with admitting that she really wanted the role of Olivia Pope in ABC’s hit political thriller, Scandal.
“I was one of the last five or ten to audition and was absolutely eliminated, for good reason. When Kerry got it, I congratulated her,” Gabrielle said in the December issue of ESSENCE.
Learning after the fact about all of the dynamic talent that went out for certain roles, always leaves us wondering what things may or may not have been like if casting directors decided to go with someone else. In her new book, Confessions of a Casting Director, Jen Rudin dished on the casting process for filling the coveted role of Princess Tiana 2009 Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. Jen revealed that there were some pretty popular singers and actresses vying for the role of Tiana, including Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Tyra Banks.
Jen revealed that Beyoncé was actually passed up for the role partially because she felt a tad too entitled.
“Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one,”said the native New Yorker.
She went on to say that Tyra, Alicia and J-Hud were also passed over for the role for various reasons.
“Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it. Alicia Keys auditioned three times. They had to sing, so we made it clear they needed sheet music.”
“Tyra came in with a CD, but it didn’t matter because she was so pretty and nice.”
Of course, Jen ultimately decided to give the role to Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose.
“It went to Anika Noni Rose, who was the most qualified.”
We certainly agree! Anika did a stellar job as Princess Tiana.
How do you think the other ladies would’ve done as Princess Tiana?
Say what you want about Alicia Keys but there are few celebrities who use their influence, time and talent to give back on the level that she does. And it was in that spirit that she and her beautiful family, husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt, celebrated 10 years of her charity “Keep A Child Alive,” (KCA). Keys was inspired to co-found the charity in 2003 after she visited Africa for the first time. Each year the charity spends $5 million to help clinics in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and India with the cost of treatment programs, food and orphan care.
In celebration of those efforts KCA hosted a ball last night where Pharrell Williams, Carole King, Laura Mvula and Roy Ayers performed.
Bloomberg spoke with KCA’s CEO, Peter Twyman, about the need for the organization and the role Keys plays:
“It’s particularly challenging with kids. Only 3 out of 10 who need treatment in middle-income countries are actually getting it. It’s a horrible situation for kids who are infected para-natally. About 50 percent will die by age 2 if they don’t get treatment and 80 percent by the age of 5. It’s an astounding figure. A lot of people think that HIV has been taken care of, but for kids it’s a desperate situation.”
How Keys contributes
“She’s our co-founder and global ambassador and she helps us in every way. She helps us with fundraising, she hosts the Black Ball, she engages her celebrity friends and she talks whenever she can about the issue. She’s written letters to the president about HIV funding.”
Kudos to her. Check out Keys’ family and the other celebrities including Pharrell, Grant Hill and Tamia and more who made an appearance last night.
In fiction, and in real life, cheating is wrong — except for when we decide it really isn’t. From Olivia Pope to Angelina Jolie, when some chicks become the other woman, we have a hard time being mad. These are the mistresses who’ve gotten a pass.
Famous people do everything bigger and celebrity engagement rings are no exception! Beyonce said “Put a ring on it” and the fellas lined up, with their wallets of course. Engagements are a symbol of love and commitment, but they can be costly, ranging from $70,000 to $5 million if you’re a celebrity. Check out 15 celebs who literally have million dollar homes on their ring fingers.
Future knew what he was doing when he chose a beautiful 15-carat emerald cut diamond ring by Avianne & Co for Ciara. Yes, she had the birthday celebration that many girls dream of. Her man got on one knee in front of everyone to pop the question with a three-stone cut ring made of flawless diamonds with a price tag of $1 million to 1.5 million.
Oscar Buzz? Alicia Keys Is Executive Producer Of The New Film, “The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete”
Alicia Keys was about to show off her acting chops but decided instead to executive produce the film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. Black America Web reports that the “Girl On Fire” singer was considering a role in the film before she choice to help back the movie.
The film hits theaters today in select cities and tells the story of two inner-city New York children who have to fend for themselves after their drug-addicted mothers are out of the picture. The movie has some star-power in its cast: Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie and Jordin Sparks all appear in the movie. In the roles of Mister and Pete are newcomers and young actors Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon. It was directed by George Tillman Jr., the director behind the hit films Faster, Notorious, and Soul Food.
“I felt very confident continuing on the producer front and really being focused on that realm,” the Grammy-winning singer said in an interview last week. According to Keys, the script captured her heart. She said she read the script for Mister & Pete in a day and her heart was “totally wrapped up in one piece.” She and Tillman worked on Mister & Pete for five years. Keys also scored the film — a first for the 32-year-old Keys — with Mark Isham.
It is not the first time she has produced a film; Keys was executive producer of the 2012 TV film Firelight. And as an actor, she has appeared in the films The Secret Life of Bees and Smokin’ Aces.
If you were feeling that sultry duet “Fire We Make” by Alicia Keys and Maxwell, we have great news. The soul-singing duo are thinking about coming out with a collaborative album. Back in July Maxwell told Billboard that he and Alicia and definiately going to collaborate for an EP.
“We’re definitely working on an EP that’s sort of Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrrell. We got a thing musically. That’s like my little sister. What’s funny is Swizz [Beatz, Keys' husband] is the champion of all of it. He’s like, ‘You guys have a thing when you make music together.’ We had a really successful tour together when she first came on the scene and she’s like family. She’s someone that I trust. I’m like that, by the way. Most of the people you see me working for me are actually with me. And I’m proud to say that I’ve known them for 20 years almost. I’ve written songs with, produced songs with them a lot of times. I don’t deviate form my comfort zone. I feel like when God brings people to you it’s good to keep ‘em around. Not to say I haven’t cut a few fools off [laughs], but for the essential I keep it close,” Maxwell said.
While out promoting her new film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, Alicia revealed to Essence that her pal was a bit premature in his duet announcement.
“Maxwell has such a big mouth! (Laughs jokingly) We’ve spoken about a couple of different things. We’ve spoken about definitely doing something creative together. But which way that comes together… I’m not sure yet.”
Hopefully they can iron out the details and make this happen! Speaking of music and creativity, Alicia also revealed that what her hubby, Swizz Beatz, loves most about her is what a great producer she is and the way that she holds their family together.
“I think what he likes most about Alicia Keys is that I really put my time into [music]—that I produce, that I create, that I write the songs. He’s always bragging that I’m a better producer than most producers. He likes that I create my own thing. What he would say he likes most about Alicia Dean… I think he would say how good of a mother I am. He would also say how I care about him and our family.”
Would you like to see a collaborative album happen between Maxwell and Alicia Keys.
There have been many times when a biopic was made and you wondered how a particular actor got the lead role. You know, you said something like,”they look nothing alike” or “they can’t even act,” that’s why if we could be in the director’s chair these would be our 15 actor picks for biopics.
Zoe Saldana as Phylicia Rashad
Zoe Saldana sure doesn’t look like Nina Simone, but if a director ever casts for a young Phylicia Rashad—she’s it! No word that there is a biopic on Mrs. Cosby, but it would be great to see. Phylicia Rashad’s poise and elegance can surely be pulled off by Zoe.
Patti Webster, a longtime publicist who represented stars including Usher, Janet Jackson, Chris Paul and Alicia Keys, died Friday. She was 49.
Webster was suffering from brain cancer. She died at a hospital in Somerville, N.J., her firm announced.
Webster founded W&W Public Relations in 1991. She represented celebrities in almost every field, including Halle Berry, Dwight Howard and Steve Harvey, and organizations including Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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