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Girl On Fire: Alicia Keys ‘A Revelation’

August 11th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Scrolling through my Instagram timeline the other morning, I was stopped in my tracks by an awesome image of Alicia Keys boxing underwater. It’s a recreation of Flip Schulke’s iconic series of Muhammad Ali boxing underwater, originally published in Life magazine in 1961. Under her pic by Brendan Forbes, she wrote:

I only got 28,000 of those days. So what the F**K am I waiting for?? 😉 Let me elaborate: (click link in bio) #inspiredbythegreatest #Ali #28000days

Yes, 28,000 days is the name of Alicia’s new single but it’s also a call for everyone to think about what you’re doing with your life and the precious time we have here. Are you wasting time hating on someone or feeling sorry for yourself, or are you enjoying life and attacking the challenges like they could be your last?

Alicia took to her site, AliciaKeys.com, to pen this revelation she’s had about life and I know I could relate, so I thought it would be great to share her with you moms who maybe feeling like you’re not giving life your all.

Here’s some of what’s in Alicia Keys ‘A Revelation’:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hidden myself. It might have started in school when I realized that I caught on to things a little quicker, and teachers started to show slight favor to me, or use me as an example. I remember feeling like my friends would make fun of me or look at me as if I was different from them and so… I started hiding. Not intentionally, I didn’t mean to, but I did. Little pieces at a time.

I remember feeling that same way when I first started to get recognized as an artist. I had the baggy/braided/tough NY tomboy thing mastered, that was who I was (or who I chose to be) and I felt good there. Then, because of the way I spoke or carried myself, people started calling me gay and hard and I wasn’t gay, but I was hard and although I felt comfortable there, it made me uncomfortable that people were judging me and so slowly I hid that side of myself. I put on dresses and didn’t braid my whole head up, so people could see more of the “real” me, even though at that point I’m sure I was more confused then ever of what the real me was.

I became comfortable hiding, my intelligence, my physical appearance, my truths, my thoughts, myself.

And just the other day it hit me! OMG! Alicia!!! Why are you choosing to be that person?? That is so old and outdated!! STOP!!

You are allowed to be smart
You are allowed to be beautiful
You are allowed to be radical and have strong thoughts that others might not agree with
You are allowed to be tough
You are allowed to be sexy

 

Read the full text here.

 

Alicia Keys Gets Real About Her Insecurities: “I Hid That Side Of Myself”

August 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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We all have our insecurities, but there’s always something particularly interesting and inspiring about celebrities who choose to let their guards down and get real about their issues and missteps. Perhaps it’s because we live in a society that worships public figures and views them as superhuman.

In a personal blog post titled A Revelation, Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys discussed overcoming her own personal demons and insecurities. She begins:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hidden myself. It might have started in school when I realized that I caught on to things a little quicker, and teachers started to show slight favor to me, or use me as an example. I remember feeling like my friends would make fun of me or look at me as if I was different from them and so… I started hiding. Not intentionally, I didn’t mean to, but I did. Little pieces at a time.

I definitely started hiding when I got old enough to walk down my NY streets alone. I started to notice a drastic difference in how men would relate to me if I had on jeans, or if I had on a skirt, or if my hair was done pretty. I could tell the difference, I could feel the animal instinct in them and it scared me. I didn’t want to be talked to in that way, looked at in that way, whistled after, followed. And so I started hiding. I chose the baggy jeans and Timbs, I chose the ponytail and hat, I chose no makeup, no bright color lipstick or pretty dresses. I chose to hide. Pieces at a time. Less trouble that way.

Sadly, the mother of two’s attempts to hide herself didn’t end at childhood.

I remember feeling that same way when I first started to get recognized as an artist. I had the baggy/braided/tough NY tomboy thing mastered, that was who I was (or who I chose to be) and I felt good there. Then, because of the way I spoke or carried myself, people started calling me gay and hard and I wasn’t gay, but I was hard and although I felt comfortable there, it made me uncomfortable that people were judging me and so slowly I hid that side of myself. I put on dresses and didn’t braid my whole head up, so people could see more of the “real” me, even though at that point I’m sure I was more confused than ever of what the real me was.

Her post continues:

I became comfortable hiding, my intelligence, my physical appearance, my truths, my thoughts, myself.

To this day, every time I get out of the shower to get dressed, I swear the first thought that comes into my head is, what can I wear that won’t cause too much attention when I go pick up Egy, or head to the store, or go shopping, or visit a friend, etc.

Thankfully, there’s a happy ending to this story. At age 34, the activist has learned to stop dimming her light.

And just the other day it hit me! OMG! Alicia!!! Why are you choosing to be that person?? That is so old and outdated!! STOP!!

I don’t have to try to go unnoticed
I don’t have to fit in
I don’t have to close up my thoughts and only speak my truth through songs!

I can speak it every day

I can totally relate to this post, as I feel that there was a time in my life when I, too, felt that I needed to shrink and hide myself. Thank God for revelation.

Check out Alicia’s full blog post here. Are you able to relate?

 

Pass Or Play? Alicia Keys Drops New Track “28 Thousand Days”

August 1st, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Leave it to our gal Alicia Keys to pen an empowering track that will leave you motivated to chuck the deuces to life’s trials and tribulations.

Yesterday (July 31) , the superstar dropped a new song entitled “28 Thousand Days.” The upbeat and melodic track produced by none other than her husband Swizz Beatz flaunts her pitch perfect vocals over hard and triumph horns.

“Blood in my eye, hand on my heart/Feet on the ground, head to the sky/’Cause trouble ain’t no friend of mine/I’m not giving it up, no more wasting time,” she sings insisting that living life to the fullest isn’t up for debate regardless of the circumstances.

Take “28 Thousand Days” for a spin.

Can You Guess The Identity Of This Adorable Celebrity Baby?

July 1st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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This little one is too precious! Can you guess who his parents are?

Here are a few clues.

This cutie comes from a very musical family. And is the second child to his parents, though he has several siblings.

That’s it. Too much more would give it away.

Any guesses?

Lucious Lyon’s Fourth Son To Make “Empire” Debut This Fall

May 12th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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“Empire” is set to return this fall and we’re happy to report that Lucious and the gang will be joined by a host of famous faces for season two.

According to Variety, Fox announced Monday in New York that Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz will be making guest appearances on the television series. R&B singer Ne-Yo also took to social media yesterday to confirm that he will be appearing on the series.

“We just signed Ne-Yo who’s going to be writing all new music with Timbaland,” Fox co-chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced.

In addition to all of that, Vulture is reporting that High School Musical actor Zac Efron has been cast as the fourth son of Lucious Lyon, which will certainly add a lot more drama to the mix. As you may recall, we were introduced to the troubled music mogul’s secret daughter last season. Only God knows how Miss Cookie will react to Lucious having another son considering that this means he may have been unfaithful to her during their marriage.

Season two will consist of 18 episodes split into halves by a crazy cliffhanger that will mark the midseason hiatus.

Are you ready for this?

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Met Gala Red Carpet: 17 Flix of Unforgettable Fashion

May 7th, 2015 - By Rich
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Let us be clear, this season’s crop of fashion on the Met Gala red carpet was not our favorite. The theme of “China: Through The Looking Glass” really didn’t work for anybody…or maybe we just didn’t get the references. The MET needs to stop with the themes, it just seems to throw everybody off.

Le sigh. Grap your cup…

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Met Gala Red Carpet: 17 Flix of Unforgettable Fashion

Serious Question: Can “The Other Woman” Ever Start Over With A Clean Slate?

March 31st, 2015 - By Alexandra Olivier
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I like to believe that we are not the sum of our mistakes or past situations. But as women, I’ve realized that we are hard on each other and play forgiveness close to the chest. In particular, we’re not too keen on playing nice when it comes to women who have been “the other woman.” They are rarely able to have their slates wiped clean by judgmental people outside of their love triangle, and they often walk around with a permanent marking (figuratively speaking of course) to remind them of their past transgressions.

Even after delivering a great TED Talk last week on cyber-bullying, which she says she was one of the first people to deal with, Monica Lewinsky was still referred to as “trash” by commenters online. As one woman put it, “I cannot forgive what she had done to the family, and I have no sympathy for the shame she had received. She is not innocent, the people who were innocent and being hurt are the child and the wife.”

Even a Heather Wilhem, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, questioned people looking at Lewinsky as something of a “hero”:

“…what does it say about our culture that, in certain circles, Lewinsky is now elevated to a mythical ‘victim’ status, a prototype of ‘slut-shaming’ and potentially even a new feminist champion?”

Even if a woman who was “the other woman” becomes the celebrated mistress-turned-wife, her wrongdoing is rarely forgotten.

Alicia Keys has had two kids with Swizz Beatz. They are arguably one of music’s most adorable couples and have a relationship worth gushing over. But to this day, some women haven’t forgotten how she found her prince charming. If we let Keys tell it, her relationship with the producer began “long after” he separated from ex-wife, Mashonda Tifrere–but she was telling a different story.

The songstress is classy, stunning, and when she isn’t making our ears happy, she is warming hearts worldwide with her community service efforts. She has even found a way to make peace and be friendly with Tifrere! Because of that, you would think people would cut her some slack.

But not all women are so lucky.

Whether it’s a sly comment under the breath, a side-eye cast after complimenting a family picture, or outright calling a spade a spade, it seems that women struggle to forgive and forget with other women.

And while we shade these other women, the men are hardly ever a part of the conversation. What about Swizz Beatz’s involvement in his supposed affair with Keys? Or Dwyane Wade? Or even former President Bill Clinton?

Why do we give the cold shoulder to mistresses, yet we allow these men – who play an even bigger role in these situations – to get away with it?

It’s hard for women to start over with a cheating scandal in their past. But assuming that this is the one and only time something like this has happened, we shouldn’t put a woman down permanently for one misstep. If the situation is in the past and all parties are moving forward, why can’t we allow her to open a new chapter in the story of her life?

We are too hard on ourselves and should afford the next woman – who is deserving – a second chance, as we would all want. We will never know the full story behind the relationships and who played what role in them falling apart; for that reason alone, one relationship and the poor choices surrounding it should not be the defining factor of a woman’s life and how her story will be told.

Peanut, Man Man And June Bug: The Very Interesting Childhood Nicknames Of The Stars

March 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Do you have a childhood nickname given to you by close family and friends? Sometimes such names are embraced, sometimes they’re loathed, sometimes they’re super random, and other times, they are used to describe you, or the way you look. The following stars on this list all are known by those close to them as something very interesting, and after doing some digging, I thought it would be fun to share some of those monikers with you.

 

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Tity Boi

Before he was 2 Chainz, the “I’m Different” rapper was seriously out here going by his childhood nickname: Tity Boi.

“I want to explain this—I wish I could put this on a billboard. Tity Boi is not derogatory towards women, I didn’t make it up, I didn’t get it from a titty-sucking contest or anything like that. The name Tity Boi actually came from my big mama, from me being spoiled and an only child—breastfed. My mama called me Tity Boi, my dad called me Tity Man, my hood called me Tit so when we was trying to rap I had been going by Tit my whole life, Tit, Tity, Tity Man —it’s just like a country nickname —term for being an only child.”

Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Share Adorable Family Photo With Genesis Ali

February 28th, 2015 - By Rich
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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz share a picture of their two month old son Genesis in an adorable family picture. The couple, who married in 2010, announced the pregnancy on an appearance on The View back in September. The singer and her husband whose real name is Kasseem Dean, welcomed their second son, Genesis Ali on Saturday, Dec. 27 2014.

The happy new mom took to Instagram to share a black and white photo captioned  “Blessings and love!!”

In this stylish and classic black and white family photo Alicia is holding Genesis and the family stares lovingly down at their new bundle of joy.  Alicia looks stunning in her ornate applique gown and vintage inspired  turban while all her boys look handsome and debonair in their bow tie clad suits. Alicia and Swizz are in the photo with the couple’s son Egypt Daoud, 4, and Kasseem Jr, Beatz’s son from a previous relationship.

“I think he’s [Egypt] super excited because he’s not going to be the youngest anymore,’ . ‘He’s always kissing my belly.’ Alicia said of her son’s reaction to her pregnancy, in an interview with People.

Alicia talked about family life and how to balance blended families to Wendy Williams a few years ago…

“It’s about the kids. When everybody is able to be an adult and recognize there is a beautiful value about the way we can all influence each other’s lives and the lives of the kids, the kids are able to see that they have more than one woman to look to for guidance and love,” Alicia told Wendy Williams.

“It’s all about fatherhood, motherhood and friendship which is really, really important. It doesn’t always work, but it can work when everybody really wants to do the right thing for the children,” she said.

“It’s such an important thing, I think, the relationship between child, mother and grandparent,” said Alicia. “This one really shows that.”

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Share First Of Newborn Son

February 28th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys are happier than ever.

The beautiful family posted a photo of their new addition to the family. The black and white photo showcases the couple with three of their children. Swizz’s son Kaseem, Egypt and their newborn baby boy, Genesis Ali.

Keys gave birth to their second child in December 2014. This is the first official photo we’ve seen of the bundle of joy. We’re wondering if the couple won’t stop until they get another girl. Swizz already has a daughter from a previous relationship.