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Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April.
Tuesday marked six months since the girls were abducted. Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate general of Nigeria, holding signs that read “We Are Here” and “Safe Schools Now!”
They chanted “Bring back our girls” and “When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!” as New Yorkers walked up the street during lunch hour, while others stopped to capture photos and video.
Keys, who is pregnant, said in an interview that she felt touched to take action because she is a mother. Her son, Egypt, turned 4 on Tuesday.
“Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that’s going on,” the 33-year-old said as others chanted behind her.
Read more about Alicia Key’s protest at BlackVoices.com
Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.
You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.
Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.
Unlike many celebrities, Alicia Keys isn’t working overtime to keep her pregnancy a secret. Instead, she shares what she feels comfortable sharing. One interesting tidbit that she recently shared about her little bundle is that he or she may be a New Year’s baby.
“It’s looking like December. They tell me December 31st. I think that’s kind of cute,” the glowing mom-to-be revealed on “The View” while promoting her new #WeAreHere initiative.
Speaking of #WeAreHere, Alicia says that motherhood is what inspired the campaign.
“Being a mother has definitely given me more of a fierceness and understanding of just what you believe in, that much more,” she explained.
Alicia first announced her pregnancy on Instagram via a sweet anniversary post dedicated to her husband, Swizz Beatz.
“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!” she exclaimed. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”
Swizz and Alicia are already the proud parents of a son, Egypt Daoud Dean, 3. So far, the sex of the new baby has not been revealed, but we’re hoping it’s a little girl!
Celebrity nudes have been a common theme among headlines for the past few weeks. Now, a very pregnant Alicia Keys has been added to the mix—but not for the reason you may think. The mom-to-be recently uploaded a nude photo of herself with the peace symbol painted over her baby bump.
As it turns out, the image was shared to bring awareness to her new initiative, the #WeAreHere movement, which according to the organization’s website, aims to highlight issues across the globe that “cannot be solved in isolation.”
“We are joining together to give birth to a movement based on the idea of social ecology – that we’re all related and need to work in harmony to create a kinder and better world for all,” the site reads.
Alicia also addressed the photo via an Instagram video shared with fans.
Alicia’s famous friends, including J.Lo and Kelly Rowland, are also supporting the initiative.
And if you haven’t heard it by now, there’s also a new song, performed by Keys, to go along with the movement.
From The Grio
Grammy winner Alicia Keys made an appearance this morning on NBC’s TODAY, performing her new single, “We Are Here.”
“Let’s talk about Chi-town / Let’s talk about Gaza / Let’s talk about Israel … let’s talk Nigeria / and the mass hysteria / Our souls are brought together / so that we can love each other,” Keys belted out from behind a piano in studio 1A.
Prior to her performance, Keys opened up about being expecting a second child with her husband, Swizz Beats.
Read more about Alicia Key’s pregnancy at TheGrio.com
In celebration of his 36th birthday, Alicia Keys threw her husband, Swizz Beatz, a Coming To America-themed birthday bash. According to Daily Mail, the shindig was hosted at Capitale in New York. Attendees consisted of relatives and friends of the producer-turned-business-student, including ex-wife Mashonda, fellow Ruff Ryda DMX, Naomi Campbell, Diddy and Lala and Carmelo Anthony. After his celebration, Swizz took to Instagram to share photos with fans and to brag about how lovely his wife is.
“My wife is the best 1of 1 look at my Dad , Mom , Gmom. Wow #kings & #Queens #myfam #bdayvibes #virgoseason #comingtoamerica #party thx my love @gradyspivey #kingDre,” he gloated in one post.
“My wife is awesome thx my love for the best Bday party everrrrrrrrrerr,” he wrote in another.
As you’ve probably heard by now, Swizz and Alicia are expecting their second child together.
Check out photos from their swanky party below and on the following pages.
Well here’s some news that we definitely did not see coming. Yesterday, Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys announced that she is expecting her second child with husband, Swizz Beatz. The announcement came in the form of a very sweet Instagram message from Alicia celebrating their wedding anniversary.
“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz,” she exclaimed. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many, many more years of the best parts of life!”
This will be the couple’s second child. They’re already the parents of adorable Egypt Dean, who is 3 years old. While the singer’s big announcement came as a bit of a surprise to most, she has expressed a desire to have more children in the past.
“I definitely want more kids,” Alicia told Wendy Williams in last year. “I do actually want more children and sometimes I think it does feel like, ‘Oh man, what if I could just spend every waking minute with Egypt. [I've] learned to really cherish those small moments and not rush so much everywhere.”
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From The Grio
Grammy winner Alicia Keys joined MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry at the 20th Annual Essence Festival with a message empowering black women to end AIDS.
Keys hosted a special Essence Empowerment Experience panel on Friday, July 4th, called “Through Love of Self, Family and Community, Empowering Black Women to End AIDS.”
Throughout the one-hour conversation, moderated by Harris-Perry, Keys spoke to women whose lives have been impacted by the virus.
Keys was joined by two additional women with incredible stories: Kym, a young professional who found out she was positive when her new husband became sick and died as a result of HIV/AIDS, and Teresa, a mother whose unconditional love of her HIV positive son has helped him to maintain his treatment and thrive in the face of this disease.
Read more on Key’s activism at TheGrio.com
Some women can’t afford to stay at home after becoming a mother while others are career-orientated and look forward to returning to work. However, these celebrity moms decided to take some time off and raise a family.
Christina Milian teamed up with producer/songwriter The Dream to work on some music together but things turned into something more in no time. Soon after rumors began to make their way around that the two were dating, the couple eloped and then announced they were expecting a baby. Milian gave birth to little Violet in early 2010 but by that time, she and The-Dream had split up. Taking some time off from her career to become a first-time mother, the “Dip It Low” singer was hired as the social media correspondent for the reality singing competition show “The Voice” in 2012. Marking her return to music, she also signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label.
It’s the most important date in a person’s life. But for celebrities, their wedding day is more than just making a commitment to someone they are — or think — they’re in love with. It’s a chance to break out the finest in bridal fashion and strut their stuff. So as your Facebook becomes cluttered with summer wedding photos and engagement announcements, we decided to add to the pile with our favorite celebrity wedding looks.