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Pass The Popcorn: Our Vote For Lifetime’s Next Biopics

January 27th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart Lifetime biopic drew 3.6 million viewers, becoming the network’s most-watched film in a year.  Did you enjoy it? Because we sure did. Narrated and executive produced by Toni Braxton (who sang her own music in the movie), Unbreak My Heart followed the success of Lifetime’s much talked about Aaliyah and Whitney Houston biopics.  Whose life story would you love to see on screen next? From Missy Elliott’s comeback to Brandy’s interesting career and love live and Jennifer Hudson’s incredible story, here are some candidates we think Lifetime should consider.

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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams made headlines as the first Black winner of Miss America, a title that she would later relinquish after a Penthouse scandal threatened her burgeoning career.  But Williams bounced back and conquered virtually every sector of entertainment: the musical charts, Broadway, film, and television.  If that doesn’t scream biopic, I don’t know what does.

Alicia Keys Wants To Help End Racially Motivated Mass Incarceration With Viral Campaign & Petition

November 22nd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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More than just a chart-topping soul chanteuse, Alicia Keys dedicates lots of time time, emotion and energy to activism and philanthropy.

After running the TCS New York City Marathon in support of the Keep A Child Alive cause, the “Superwoman” singer announced on Friday (Nov. 20) that she would be taking on another challenge: mass incarceration. Keys, who has created her own social justice movement, titled “We Are Here” has decided to partner with prison reform group #cut50 — a group wants to cut the prison population in half over 10 years — to bring audiences a new viral video campaign, which calls on both Congress and the White House to pass “meaningful” criminal justice reforms before the end of the year.

The newly released campaign also is a call to action for alternatives to incarceration, including ” drug treatment and rehabilitation programs, as well as programs to help prisoners upon release,” according to PEOPLE.

“Too many families – and our communities – are being destroyed by mass incarceration,” Keys said in statement to PEOPLE. “We need policy reforms that can keep people out of prison who don’t need to be there, and ensure that our justice system helps to heal communities, families and individuals.”

Van Jones, a former Obama administration advisor and founder of #cut50 said, “They could have no better spokeswoman than Alicia Keys, who knows how to make change.” “[W]hen Alicia gets involved in an issue, she moves the needle in a major way.”

Watch the newly released campaign video above and if the spirit moves you, sign their petition.

Alicia Keys & Jay Z To Serve As Keynote Speakers For Harvard’s African American Student Union Conference

November 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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It has been six years since concrete jungle natives Alicia Keys and Jay Z teamed up to rep their hometown with “Empire State of Mind,” but the duo have big plans up their sleeve for the new year.

Both Keys and Z have been named as keynote speakers for Harvard Universities H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference, which is being launched by the business school’s African American Student Union. The two will share wise words of wisdom they’ve gained throughout their life and career with students at the event, alongside American Express CEO Kennth Chenault, and managing director of Bain Capital, Deval Patrick.

The annual conference, which is titled “Transcend: Redefining Expectations,” will take place from Feb. 5 – 7, 2016 and focus on owning and operating Black businesses, impactful networking events, TED talks and panel discussions.

“We aim to celebrate African-American achievements, inspire many new milestones, and provide a forum for attendees to take on issues facing our community such as: What is the African-American business community’s response to social injustice? Where do African-Americans fit in to the ever expanding definition of diversity?” the AASU website reads.

Congratulations to both Alicia Keys and Jay Z for making an impact on the culture and continuing to spread their wisdom on various platforms.

Have The AIDS Talk With Your Kids, Because Alicia Keys Said So

November 2nd, 2015 - By Clarissa Joan
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection  (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are a spectrum of conditions that affect over 35 million people worldwide. According to the Center for Disease Control, African Americans have the most severe burden of all racial/ethnic groups by accounting for 44 percent of new cases. Also known as HIV/AIDS, these conditions destroy the body’s immune system’s ability to protect its self against harmful bacteria and other illnesses.

In 2003, Grammy award winning superstar, Alicia Keys, co-founded the Keep A Child Alive organization to realize the end of HIV/AIDS. Now, 12 years later, she believes its time for parents to talk to their kids about the impact of HIV/AIDS. PEOPLE magazine interviewed Keys about her thoughts on the subject as it relates to parenting.

“It’s important to talk to our kids about having compassion and not ostracizing people who are infected or affected by AIDS. We must understand this is something we still are fighting and we can make tremendous strives if we keep this at the top of our list. We’ve come so far, and it would be such a shame not to take it all the way. My dream – the dream we all have – is to know we have created an AIDS-free generation. And we can do that. I hope that people who read this will be inspired to join us, learn more and be part of the end.”

This coming November 5, 2015, Keys and her staff at Keep A Child Alive will be hosting their annual fundraising gala, The Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Last year alone the event raised $2.4 million for the organization. In it’s 12 year long history fighting the epidemic worldwide, KCA has served over 300,000 people and they have witnessed improvements in the lifestyles of those living with disease. Medications now exist that make it 96 percent less likely that a person with the conditions will pass it on to a partner or loved one.

But what does all of this have to do with you and your child? Is it Alicia Keys’ business, how you communicate social issues in your home, and why does she care?

When Keys was young, her mother’s good friend passed away from HIV/AIDS.

“My mother’s friend passed from AIDS,” the singer, 34, told PEOPLE. “I think I was eight or nine-years-old. I was old enough to know that he wasn’t there anymore and to ask for him. My mother, of course, couldn’t really explain to me what it meant.” 

In the PEOPLE interview Keys, now a mother herself, shares how she speaks to her own children about her work with Keep A Child Alive,

My oldest is only five, so I definitely talk to him about being compassionate for people in different circumstances. When I leave, he’ll say, “Mommy, where are you going?” or “When are you coming back?” I’ll tell him, “I’m helping some kids who are just like you and they need us to help them because they’d be really sick if we didn’t.”

She acknowledges that her toddler children are too young to understand the complexities of the illnesses, but that laying the foundation for compassion and understanding is still a priority of hers.

All children are different and they process new information on their own accord no matter what similarities they may have in age or grade level. With that being said, when should we speak to our children about death, sickness, poverty, illnesses, and common concerns about the preservation and the dignity of human life?

Are you ready to talk to your kids about HIV/AIDS? Do you believe this conversation will make a difference in their lives?

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Clarissa Joan is a spiritual life coach and editor-in-chief of The Clarissa Joan Experience. She resides in Philadelphia, Pa with her Husband, their two girls, and a yorkie named Ace. Clarissa is also an expert in impact investing. She is the Communications Associate at Impact America Fund.

 

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