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Jay Z went from being a Brooklyn drug dealer to a rapper to a business mogul worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Though some might consider the Bed-Sty native crude and self-serving, once upon a time he didn’t have a problem helping a few ladies climb the ladder to success right along with him — or at least climb the charts for a few weeks. In case you didn’t know, here’s a list of women Jay Z helped put on throughout his career.
For more on Jay Z, check out A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized story of Jay Z.
They say you can’t go wrong with a track when Pharrell is in the mix and Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar are seeking to prove that with a new track they just released. Titled “It’s On Again,” the song, which is being pegged as a “Neo-soul Superhero Anthem,” according to Shadow and Act, will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
The disco beat is the biggest giveaway that Pharrell produced the song, which only features a short verse from Kendrick. Otherwise the song is all A. Keys, singing about being a lonely hero trying to fight her battles. In a press release she said of the single:
“I’m very excited to be a part of such a powerful collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. This is the next chapter in the ‘Spider-Man’ legacy and we really feel ‘It’s On Again’ captures the experience, the story — and most importantly — the meaning behind the film, which is that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. There’s a little bit of a super hero in all of us.”
Listen to the track below and tell us what you think. Does Pharrell have another “Happy” on his hands or is this “Girl on Fire” part two? See behind-the-scenes pics of Alicia, Kendrick, and Pharrell on set for the music video for “It’s On Again” on the next few pages.
Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh, it’s a new daaay! And Alicia Keys has a new haircut.
Yesterday, Alicia Keys posted a pic on Instagram with a simple “Hi….;-)” showing off a new haircut. A. Keys still has a bit of a short pixie, but she updated it with shaved sides and a tail that makes us say we most definitely approve.
Proud hubby Swizz Beatz reposted the pic of his wife on his own IG page with the simple hashtag “#motivation” which we assume is supposed to be a message for the ladies out there. We’re not 100 percent sure what that’s about, but we’re happy to see him shout out his lady and we can’t wait to see more pics of Alicia’s new style.
Are you feeling Alicia Keys’ new haircut?
As a Kanye fan I’d heard Warryn Campbell’s name and I learned he was a producer when I started watching Mary Mary’s reality show. But I never really made the correlation. And while I watched him craft Mary Mary’s Grammy winning song, “Go Get It” and knew he’d worked with Death Row in the past, I had no idea that Warryn’s work was so heavily reflected in my personal musical collection.
Though he got his professional start under the tutelage of DJ Quik, Campbell began playing music at a young age. By 15 he’d mastered the drums, bass, guitar and the piano. By 16, he joined a gospel group called New Vision where he discovered his gift for musical production. Afterward he met Quik. From there he worked with Death Row and the rest is history.
Check out the songs you probably had no idea he helped to write, produce or both.
Some celebrity moms have seen their families grow by having multiple children while these stars have closed up shop after having only one child.
When fans met Tamar Braxton as part of the hit reality show “Braxton Family Values,” she was adamant about not having a child at the time. Ready to finally kick off her solo career just right, the baby sibling of six wanted to focus on her singing even though husband Vince was ready to become a father. Last June, Tamar gave birth to her son Logan and insisted this will be her first, her last, and her only.
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Alicia Keys recently chatted with WonderWall for an interesting interview in which she claimed that having a son made her a feminist. As you know, the 33-year-old is the mother of 3-year-old Egypt Dean with hubby Swiz Beats, and according to the singer, motherhood has been the most empowering experience of her life, as she realizes she has become the true example of what a woman should be for her young boy. Check out some of the highlights of her Q&A:
On how having a son has made her more of a feminist:
“I am honored to be raising a son and to be the example [for him] of what a woman is, should be or can be — I find that to be a really powerful position. … My mother was an absolute self-pronounced feminist. I think I have that same desire to uplift the female race, so to be able to raise a man who can also uplift and respect women in the world is a really big honor.”
How her perspective of the world changed when she became a mother:
“Things become so much more poignant and so much more real to you. I’ve always been empathetic. I’ve always been a compassionate human being who sees people in struggle and wants to supply a friendly ear, conversation, assistance, love, a voice, something. …[But] the things that are going on in the world, you feel them more closely knowing that your son or daughter has to go out in that world and win or function or have a positive outcome. So it really does change things so much.”
On the most difficult part of motherhood:
“The trickiest part of being a mom is the balancing act of [doing] all the things that I love like producing films … and making music and going on tour. It’s just a balancing act between all the work and family and life and things that all of us, any woman who’s a mother and has a family, understands and has to go through. That’s probably the most difficult part.”
On the part of motherhood that she surprisingly finds easiest:
“The most unexpectedly easy part is really — insanely enough — the really early mornings and late nights. [Laughs.]”
Check out more of Alicia’s Q&A on WonderWall. What do you think about her interview?
Aside from picking up awards and watching some dope (and sometimes wack) performances, the Grammys are always good for fashion. It’s the night for stars to dress up like the rock stars they are–or to come out the house looking a mess. You never know what you’ll get. Let’s take a look at some fashions that had us talking and made us want to steal the looks or stop them dead in their tracks.
I guess after all that random backlash Erica Campbell received from some about the tight white dress she wore in a photoshoot for a new single, Campbell decided to stay covered up. She hit the red carpet with her daughter in this pink lace ensemble, and while I’m loving the hair and the makeup, I get “First Lady” vibe from this look. That’s not a bad thing…just not a good thing for the Grammys. Stop.
Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.
Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority the founded at Howard University on January 15, 1908. The founding group comprised of 20 women and was led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. The sorority consists of college-educated women who come from diverse backgrounds. There are more than 250,000 women who are AKA sisters and the sorority has branched out to Europe, Africa and Asia. The mission and purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority is to improve the quality of life for world citizens. Here are 15 celebrities who crossed or are honorary, who embody their sorority’s giving mission and purpose.