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Charitable Celebs! Beyonce, Kerry Washington & More Are 2013’s Most Generous Stars

January 3rd, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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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’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 HumanitiesAs 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 & Kiehl’s Partner, Proceeds Go To Keep A Child Alive Foundation

January 3rd, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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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, filmchildren, 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.

‘When It’s All Over': Alicia Keys’ Last Day With BlackBerry Will Be January 30

January 2nd, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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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.

“I Know I’m A Stan”: Swizz Beats Shares Behind The Scenes Footage Of Wifey, Alicia Keys

December 18th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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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”

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Stars For A Cause: Celebrities Putting Their Money Where Their Hearts Are

December 18th, 2013 - By Michelle Alerte
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Whenever we see celebrity news it usually centers around who is twerking whom and what new blended name we need to remember now that two powerhouses have merged their lives in love.

The truth is while many celebrities do spend racks-on-racks on-racks on the latest Gucci whatever, but they also frequently put their money where their hearts are. Rih Rih, for instance, just donated $100,000 to help storm victims in the Philippines. She let a critic know this on Instagram while calling her “ratchet,” but still. Check out these amazing celebrity charities and let the spirit of giving rub off on you this holiday season.

Alicia Keys Jets To The Philippines To Meet With Typhoon Survivors

November 25th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb

Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited a Philippine air force base Monday to bring cheer to hundreds of evacuees from eastern provinces devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

The singer distributed crayons and coloring books to children at the Villamor Air Base grandstand, where evacuees from eastern Leyte and Samar provinces arrive via C-130 planes.

Social Welfare Department officer Jane Abello says Keys stayed for about half an hour to chat with evacuees.

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The Glow Is Real: Our Countdown Of The Cutest Pregnant Celebrities

November 22nd, 2013 - By M A
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Pregnancy can sometimes be the least glamorous time in a woman’s life, but there’s a lot to be said for the pregnancy glow when it comes to these expectant celebrities. From Beyonce to Alicia Keys to Halle Berry, here’s a look at some of the cutest pregnant celebrities.

Casting Director Shares Why Bey, J-Hud And Others Were Passed Over For Roles In ‘The Princess And The Frog’

November 11th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Every once in a while we hear about actors and actresses who were up for a super popular, über coveted Hollywood roles. For example, Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union has no qualms with admitting that she really wanted the role of Olivia Pope in ABC’s hit political thriller, Scandal.

“I was one of the last five or ten to audition and was absolutely eliminated, for good reason. When Kerry got it, I congratulated her,” Gabrielle said in the December issue of ESSENCE.

Learning after the fact about all of the dynamic talent that went out for certain roles, always leaves us wondering what things may or may not have been like if casting directors decided to go with someone else. In her new book, Confessions of a Casting Director, Jen Rudin dished on the casting process for filling the coveted role of Princess Tiana 2009 Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. Jen revealed that there were some pretty popular singers and actresses vying for the role of Tiana, including Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Tyra Banks.

Jen revealed that Beyoncé was actually passed up for the role partially because she felt a tad too entitled.

“Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one,”said the native New Yorker.

She went on to say that Tyra, Alicia and J-Hud were also passed over for the role for various reasons.

“Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it. Alicia Keys auditioned three times. They had to sing, so we made it clear they needed sheet music.”

“Tyra came in with a CD, but it didn’t matter because she was so pretty and nice.”

Of course, Jen ultimately decided to give the role to Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose.

“It went to Anika Noni Rose, who was the most qualified.”

We certainly agree! Anika did a stellar job as Princess Tiana.

How do you think the other ladies would’ve done as Princess Tiana?

She Did That: Alicia Keys & Celebs Celebrate 10 Years Of “Keep A Child Alive”

November 8th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Say what you want about Alicia Keys but there are few celebrities who use their influence, time and talent to give back on the level that she does. And it was in that spirit that she and her beautiful family, husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt, celebrated 10 years of her charity “Keep A Child Alive,” (KCA).  Keys was inspired to co-found the charity in 2003 after she visited Africa for the first time. Each year the charity spends $5 million to help clinics in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and India with the cost of treatment programs, food and orphan care.

In celebration of those efforts KCA hosted a ball last night where Pharrell Williams, Carole King, Laura Mvula and Roy Ayers performed.

Bloomberg spoke with KCA’s CEO, Peter Twyman, about the need for the organization and the role Keys plays:

“It’s particularly challenging with kids. Only 3 out of 10 who need treatment in middle-income countries are actually getting it. It’s a horrible situation for kids who are infected para-natally. About 50 percent will die by age 2 if they don’t get treatment and 80 percent by the age of 5. It’s an astounding figure. A lot of people think that HIV has been taken care of, but for kids it’s a desperate situation.”

How Keys contributes 

“She’s our co-founder and global ambassador and she helps us in every way. She helps us with fundraising, she hosts the Black Ball, she engages her celebrity friends and she talks whenever she can about the issue. She’s written letters to the president about HIV funding.”

Kudos to her. Check out Keys’ family and the other celebrities including Pharrell, Grant Hill and Tamia and more who made an appearance last night.

Source: WENN

Source: WENN

From Angelina Jolie To Olivia Pope: Real And Fictional Side Chicks Who Get A Pass

November 6th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Side Chicks Who Get A Pass
In fiction, and in real life, cheating is wrong — except for when we decide it really isn’t. From Olivia Pope to Angelina Jolie, when some chicks become the other woman, we have a hard time being mad. These are the mistresses who’ve gotten a pass.