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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.
Last year, Beyonce and Kerry Washington fattened their pockets by releasing a surprise visual album and slaying the Scandal series, respectively. Most admirably, these two coined up starlets didn’t forget to give back! Knowles and Washington, listed on DoSomething.org’s 20 Celebs Gone Good, are among the top 10 most charitable celebrities of 2013.
Beyonce landed at No. 3 for donating her vocal cords for the “Chime for Change” concert — a benefit for female empowerment. Organized in London, the “Drunk in Love” songstress helped reel in $4.3 million in ticket sales. The proceeds, according to The Daily Beast, funded “approximately 200 projects in 70 countries around the world.”
Scandal‘s lead actress was placed as No. 7 on the list. Not far off from Olivia Pope, Washington also immerses herself in a few political affairs in real life. She’s currently a board member of the Obama’s President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. As an ambassador, Washington advocates for the importance of art and creativity — particularly in poverty-stricken schools.
Five spots away, Alicia Keys is offered the 12th spot. The “Girl on Fire” singer, along with John Mayer, performed at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. The event, bringing awareness to extreme poverty, drew in 60,000 people. Adding to this, Keys visited the typhoon-ravaged Philippines and distributed coloring books and crayons to child survivors.
Oh and there’s more! The R&B beauty recently partnered with Kiehl’s on a product of which 100 percent of the proceeds will fund her Keep a Child Alive foundation.
Kevin Durant, the only sports figure on the list, was heartbroken over the devastation Oklahoma endured after a tornado ripped through the state. The Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star donated $1 million of his own cash to the American Red Cross to speed up relief efforts in the area. Durant’s compassion landed him in 18th place.
Right next to the NBA player lies Kendrick Lamar at No. 19, the man who shook the hip-hop world with a stinging verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Aside from setting shockwaves in the Twittersphere, Lamar also electrifies when it comes to philanthropy. The “Poetic Justice” artist helped raise thousands of dollars, through his celebrity clout, to help Hurricane Sandy victims get back on their feet.
Overall, six entertainers of color — including Mindy Kaling at No.17 — were featured on this year’s list. A big step up from 2012’s selection which featured only Jay-Z and Beyonce, Lebron James, and Robin Roberts.
We also showcased a list of charitable celebs this holiday season. Check them out here.
Alicia Keys has teamed up with Kiehl’s — a brand known for serving the community — to launch a skin care product to benefit the singer’s Keep a Child Alive foundation. For a limited period, 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the HIV/AIDs charity organization, Refinery 29 reports.
The skin care formula, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, says it works with the skin’s nightly renewal process to “dramatically restore skin” from the day’s harsh elements. The elixir, which is 99.8 percent natural and paraben free, retails for $46.
The first $200,000 in sales, according to Kiehl’s, will go straight to Key’s Keep a Child Alive organization — a foundation that provides treatment for HIV patients in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and India.
“Keep a Child Alive is working towards a world where everyone can lead fulfilling lives, regardless of their HIV status,” Keys said, stressing the importance of her charitable mission.
“Supportive partners like Kiehl’s are part of our extended family. They share our passion for bringing dignified treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV. Every action, big or small, can make a difference and take us one step closer to making healthcare a human right,” she added, Beauty World News reports.
“Wake up to younger-looking skin!” Kiehl’s boldly states. Promoting the skin care elixir, Kiehl’s gloats about its usage of primrose oil, lavender essential oil, and their most special ingredient: Squalane — an oil that helps “restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.”
As we mentioned yesterday, Keys will end her partnership with BlackBerry on January 30. As we mentioned then, it seemed a strange partnership that wasn’t aligned with the strengths and interests of Keys, who is clearly passionate about her music, film, children, and her charity.
So Alicia Keys has provided us with the fountain of youth while simultaneously saving lives in under-resourced countries? This is where the heart-of-gold R&B songstress can do no wrong.
Looks like the fire between Alicia Keys and BlackBerry has gone out. The ailing mobile company has reported to the Canadian news outlet CBC (remember, BlackBerry is a Canadian company) that Alicia Keys will no longer be the company’s global creative director come January 30. That will be one year to the day from when it was announced that she would be filling the post.
From the beginning, it was clear that her role with the company was really meant to be a way to bring in a big-name celebrity endorsement. But after the hype around the announcement died down, it was hard to pinpoint what exactly Keys was doing for the company, besides some Powerpoint presentations. Though CBC says she showed up at some promotional events and appeared on some marketing materials.
The company is now focused on the “enterprise market” and corporate users after a year pockmarked with bad news. BlackBerry had sought a buyer, but that didn’t come through. Just a couple of weeks ago, the company announced another dismal quarterly report, with sales falling 56 percent and a $4.4 billion loss for the period ending in November. Interim CEO John Chen maintains that the foundation is there for a comeback.
The blog Motley Fool agrees that the company could experience a turnaround because of things like a restructuring and a partnership with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, which is best known for making Apple devices. (And employee suicides, but that’s another story.)
Back to the topic of Alicia Keys, the partnership always seemed to be a little off. We don’t really know Keys to be particularly tech savvy or a notable social media player. Which isn’t a shortcoming for her, just a reminder that when you pick a spokesperson, it should be someone who has a connection with the product or the brand they’ll be representing. On the other hand, her music (“Girl on Fire” still haunts our dreams) and her philanthropic work is well known. So perhaps she’ll move on to things more closely tied to the interests that she’s more known for.
Either way, she’s got a soundtrack for her departure.
It’s hard to believe that a couple that came together in such a controversial way, three years ago, seem to have it all together now. Swizz Beatz Instagrammed a video and photo with his wife, Alicia Keys who’s now rocking a shorter haircut.
He Instagrams a video of Keys walking in an all-white look with, “Happy Spy Cam behind the scenes.. I know I’m a Stan.” He also put up a picture of the pair at presumably the same venue with the caption, “Love Attack!!! #thebite”
Watch the footage at StyleBlazer.com