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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:
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.
See what we mean?
Swizz also shouted out his “life partner” as she popped champagne for them on board their chopper to Brazil.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
We march the streets in droves, pitch signs high up in the air and shout out to the masses our stance on certain issues like women’s rights, abortion, gay marriage, and most recently - demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. There is power in numbers, and we know that through speaking out, our voices will be heard and change will come. When celebrities fight for the same causes as us, it gives us a sense of solidarity and humanizes superstars. Here’s a list of some of the most famous celebrity advocates who lend their fame and voice to many social injustices of the world.
At the beginning of the new Millennium, not many people knew who the hell Kanye West was. Though he had been concocting cold beats for folks since the mid ’90s, his hopes and dreams of becoming a major producer in hip-hop and even having the chance to rap didn’t happen overnight. But fast forward to 2013, and he’s one of the biggest artists in the world. Sure, he’s a complete arse at times, but everybody has a Kanye song, or a Kanye-produced song that their iPod can’t live without (just think of the joy you felt when you discovered Bey’s “Party” for the first time…he’s a genius!), and many of the samples he’s used over the years helped bring major musicians and songs from the past back into the forefront. While you know most of his contributions to music, here are a few bangers that you might not have realized he was behind (unless you are a major hip-hop head or stan).
President Obama is enlisting some star power in hopes of getting the public solidly behind his still controversial health care plan.
Earlier this week, the President met with stars and their representatives, to discuss plans to promote the Affordable Care Act with younger demographics, reports Rolling Stone. Obama has reached out to Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Hudson as well as Bon Jovi and others in an attempt to get younger Americans who don’t have health insurance to sign up through the exchanges that will be launched October 1 .
Obama, who has always used social media and Web promotion tactics, also invited YouTube and Funny or Die, as he’s requesting their assistance in creating promotional videos featuring comedians.
“Insurers need healthy young consumers to help offset the costs of older, more sickly ones. The White House estimates it needs 2.7 million young adults to sign up for health coverage in 2014,” reports Essence. The cost of insuring Americans has been one of the sticking points for Republicans, who have tried repeatedly to have the law overturned.
Do you think having stars publicize the health care act will make it more popular?
Hell No We Won’t Go: Artists Boycotting Florida Increases As JT, Rihanna And More Reportedly Take Stand
According to D.C. publication The Hill, the list of of artists joining Stevie Wonder in boycotting Florida over the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws is growing, and doing so fast. After George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Travyon Martin, at a concert soon after, Wonder announced his boycott of that state and other states with “Stand Your Ground” until these laws are struck down:
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”
It’s one thing to be smart, but it’s a whole other to be the top of the class. Before these famous folks were topping charts, television ratings, or setting other records, it was their grades that brought them recognition. Check out these surprising salutatorians and valedictorians.