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‘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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From StyleBlazer

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 

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.

Read more at EurWeb.com 

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.

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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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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.

He Put A Big Ol’ Ring On It! Celebs With Huge Engagement Rings

November 6th, 2013 - By Meghan Reid
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Famous people do everything bigger and celebrity engagement rings are no exception! Beyonce said “Put a ring on it” and the fellas lined up, with their wallets of course. Engagements are a symbol of love and commitment, but they can be costly, ranging from $70,000 to $5 million if you’re a celebrity. Check out 15 celebs who literally have million dollar homes on their ring fingers.

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Future knew what he was doing when he chose a beautiful 15-carat emerald cut diamond ring by Avianne & Co for Ciara. Yes, she had the birthday celebration that many girls dream of. Her man got on one knee in front of everyone to pop the question with a three-stone cut ring made of flawless diamonds with a price tag of $1 million to 1.5 million.

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.