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Oscar Buzz? Alicia Keys Is Executive Producer Of The New Film, “The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete”

October 11th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Alicia Keys was about to show off her acting chops but decided instead to  executive produce the film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & PeteBlack 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.

So far, the reviews have discussed the emotional duality of the film, the strength of the acting, and the moving story.

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.

Are Maxwell And Alicia Keys Actually Working On A Duet Album?

October 11th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Maxwell and Alicia Keys

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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.

They Look The Part: Our Actor Picks For Biopics That Need To Be Made

September 25th, 2013 - By Meghan Reid
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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.

Actor Picks For Biopics

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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.

Celebrity Publicist Patti Webster Dies At 49 From Cancer

September 16th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From BlackVoices 

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.

Read more at BlackVoices.com 

 

Fail: Songs Singers Thought Would Blow Up But Didn’t

September 12th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Sometimes a musician will strike gold with a song but more often than not, the song will fall quickly out of the minds of fans and radio stations. These singers thought they were releasing a hit but then the track failed to keep them in the spotlight. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent musical flops

#BondGirlFlow: Alicia Keys Shows Off Beach Body In Brazil

September 12th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Alicia Keys Shows Off Beach Body In Brazil

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Has 32 ever looked so good?

Alicia Keys is about to have women running to the gym after looking at her bronzed body on the sands in Brazil. Her proud husband, Swizz Beatz, uploaded this shot of A. Keys to Instagram with the caption:

Yeah baby❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤#BondGirlFlow:)

Somebody likes what he sees!

Swizz and Alicia headed to Rio de Janeiro for a birthday week celebration for Swizzy. The New York producer will turn the big 3-5 tomorrow and of course they couldn’t leave their adorable son at home. In other IG shots, Egypt looks right at home laid back on the nose of a large boat with mommy and daddy.

Alicia Keys Swizz and Egypt

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See what we mean?

Swizz also shouted out his “life partner” as she popped champagne for them on board their chopper to Brazil.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

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Happy early B-Day to Swizz. Oh, and kudos to Alicia for retiring that bowl cut we saw her with a couple of weeks ago. You’re looking fierce mama!

Alicia Keys

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Are They Thieves? Artists Accused Of Stealing Music

September 6th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Many feel all great artists get their inspiration from other great artists but there’s a thin line between using someone’s song as a muse and outright ripping them off. These 15 musicians have been accused of stealing another artist’s music.

Artists Accused Of Stealing Music

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Alicia Keys

R&B singer Alicia Keys took a break from making music to start a family. Returning to the scene with a brand new image and a new album, the New York native lit up the charts with her single “Girl On Fire.” Too bad the song that helped re-launched her career would lead her right into a courtroom. Songwriter Eric Shurman has accused the “Foolish” singer of using his 1962 song “Hey There Lonely Girl” that was used by Eddie Harmon for her hit song. Last December Shuman filed a lawsuit against Keys, who is now a girl getting sued.

It’s A New Day: Alicia Keys Debuts New Bowl Cut

August 30th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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alicia keys debuts new bowl cut

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Today Alicia Keys took the stage during “Good Morning America’s” summer concert series. We didn’t catch the actual vocal performance but looking at the pics, there are a couple of highlights. One, she brought Maxwell out to perform what I believe to be the strongest song her Girl On Fire album “Fire We Make.” And two, she debuted this new bowl cut. There may have been a better way to explain that but this is the only style that comes to mind right now.

At first glance, I didn’t know quite what to think about it, so if you too find yourself confused, check out some more images on the next couple of pages.

Mo’ Money: Celebs Who Mastered The Art Of The Side Hustle

August 21st, 2013 - By Stacy Ann Ellis
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The art of the celebrity side hustle. When notorious gig-juggler Nicki Minaj said, “It’s Mac, OPI and a fragrance too/Apparel, I’m dominating every avenue,” she had the right idea. Mixing the hustler mentality with a personal passion is more often than not a win-win situation for celebrities. In addition to typical spin-off clothing lines, one-hit-wonder singles and product endorsements, some celebs make time to do (and make a little pocket change from) the hobbies they love, in addition to their main job. These stars make both their Plan A and Plan B work for them.

 

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JAY Z

Day job: Rapper

Hobby-turned-hustle: All-Around Businessman

C’mon, there’s really nothing that Jigga Man can’t do. After his faux retirement in 2003, he only got deeper into the game. Besides still pushing chart topping music (Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum by default after a lucrative partnership with Samsung), he’s adding indelible feats to his already flourishing resume. He scored the music for The Great Gatsby, curated the Made in America Festival, was part owner (and visionary) of Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center and their home team the Brooklyn Nets, still owns the 40/40 club, jump started his Roc Nation Sports Agency, and teamed up with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for the remake of Annie. He’s a business, man.

Alicia Keys Couldn’t Save BlackBerry As The Company Seeks A Buyer

August 14th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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via BlackBerry website

BlackBerry tried to add a little star power to its marketing by enlisting Alicia Keys as global creative director back in January. And they’ve tried to make a splash with big events to launch new devices. But the hoped-for comeback just isn’t happening, and now the company is seeking a buyer either for the entire business or some of its assets.

“The struggling smartphone maker carries valuable assets that could entice potential buyers, including a broad suite of services aimed at businesses and several key mobile patents. [Edward Jones analyst] Kreher says smartphone companies that don’t develop their own operating system, like Samsung or HTC, might show interest,” reports USA Today. The article proposes that any sale will most likely go to a private person or organization. That would give the purchaser the chance to work with the company without having to report quarterly earnings or answer to the markets and shareholders.

The company’s slide from the top happened so swiftly, you can almost remember when BlackBerry was riding high like it was yesterday.

“Four years ago, BlackBerry had 51 percent of the North American smartphone market, according to the research firm Gartner. And Mike Lazaridis, BlackBerry’s co-founder who was then its co-chief executive and co-chairman, was promising an even brighter future,” says The New York Times‘ Dealbook blog. “But then the company responded slowly to new iPhone and Android devices and the company’s sales evaporated. Now, the company has 3.4 percent of the market and Mr. Lazaridis is gone from BlackBerry.”

The path back (if there is one) is made more difficult by the saturation in the market. There are so many phones to choose from and so many apps that aren’t available to BlackBerry users, that the road wouldn’t be an easy one. And we haven’t heard too much about that partnership with Alicia Keys lately.

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