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Cover Girl Hair: 17 Celebs Keep Us Easy, Breezy & Beautiful

November 18th, 2014 - By Rich
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These easy celebrity hairstyles are on fire and on trend! Whether you’re chemical free or not, rocking braids or a baldie there’s a simple fashion-forward style here for you to try.With the holidays right around the corner, we’re going for easy looks that we don’t have to worry about while visiting family or getting ready for a night out.

Take a gander!

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Cover Girl Hair: 17 Celebs Keep Us Easy, Breezy & Beautiful

“It’s About The Kids”: Alicia Keys Talks Burying The Hatchet With Mashonda Tifrere And Building A Friendship

November 12th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In an interview with Wendy Williams to promote her new children’s book, Blue Moon: From the Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee, Alicia Keys talked about a lot of things, including the estimated arrival of her child (he/she is due at the end of December), pregnancy weight gain (“these babies have been very good to me”), and her relationship with Swizz Beatz (“We’ve known each other forever, and that’s the thing that makes us feel like we just have kindred spirits”). But one part of the conversation that definitely caught our attention and was pretty inspiring was to hear Keys talk for the first time about getting along with Mashonda Tifrere, Swizz Beatz’s ex-wife. Tifrere put Keys on blast in 2009 and said that the singer didn’t give her and Beatz (Kasseem Dean) the space to work on their troubled marriage. But five years, a wedding and two children later, the ladies are making nice, and Keys says she’s happy about it. It’s all about creating a positive environment for all of their children.

“You know what I think it really is? It’s about the kids: When everybody is able to be an adult, which we all are able to be, and we’re able to really recognize that actually, there’s a beautiful value about the way that we can all influence each other’s lives and the lives of the kids. They can really see that they have more than one woman to look to and say, ‘What can I learn here?’ ‘What can I learn there?’ and guidance and love. And it’s fatherhood and motherhood and it’s friendship. It’s really, really important and I think it’s so beautiful. It doesn’t always work but it’s totally possible. And it can work when everybody really wants to do the right thing for the children.”

Big ups to everyone involved for being able to get past what was a messy situation to do what was necessary for all the little ones involved, especially Tifrere. Check out Keys’ chat with Wendy Williams below:

 

Aretha Franklin Is Asked About Today’s “Divas,” Adele, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj, And She’s Not Impressed

November 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Queen diva Aretha Franklin has been promoting her new hit album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, and stopped to chat with The Wall Street Journal about it. During her conversation with Christopher John Farley, he asked her why she decided to take on the songs of others, including her decision to sing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

“It was Mr. Davis, the chairman’s idea…he brought the list to me, the list of singers and so on. But it was great because I had already bought some of these records and enjoyed them so it was natural.”

“Rolling in the Deep, I liked it when I first heard it…I said, ‘you know what? I like that melody and I like that song.’ So when Clive presented it to me, I said ‘absolutely.'”

Farley also asked her about today’s singers, and how many choose to use auto-tune, something Franklin isn’t feeling: “Oh please. That’s ridiculous.” So when he asked her to tell him the first thoughts that come to her head when she thinks of today’s divas (she did laud the late Whitney Houston: “She had a gift”), she didn’t have that much to say. She gave a thumbs up to Adele and Alicia, but that was about it.

Adele : “Young singer. Good singer.”

Alicia: “Young performer. Good writer. Producer.”

Taylor Swift: “Okay…Great gowns. Beautiful gowns.”

Nicki Minaj: “Nicki Minaj…Hmmm…I’m going to pass on that one.”

Gotta love ‘retha! She keeps it all the way real. Check out her chat with the WSJ below. The conversation about divas starts at the 3:50 mark.

Alicia Keys Organizes Protest To Find Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls

October 15th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April.

Tuesday marked six months since the girls were abducted. Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate general of Nigeria, holding signs that read “We Are Here” and “Safe Schools Now!”

They chanted “Bring back our girls” and “When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!” as New Yorkers walked up the street during lunch hour, while others stopped to capture photos and video.

Keys, who is pregnant, said in an interview that she felt touched to take action because she is a mother. Her son, Egypt, turned 4 on Tuesday.

“Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that’s going on,” the 33-year-old said as others chanted behind her.

Read more about Alicia Key’s protest at BlackVoices.com

Bring Back Our Girls: Alicia Keys Leads NYC Protest for Abducted Nigerian Girls

October 15th, 2014 - By Rich
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It has been six months since over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram militants and songstress Alicia Keys is making sure that we don’t forget about their fate. In April, marches were held across New York City to bring awareness to the kidnapping and plea for help. Everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai posted their concern with the viral hasthtag of the moment #BringBackOurGirls.

We reported on the terrifying incident within the firsts few weeks of the alleged search, but since very little progress has been made.

From the Huffington Post:

Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April.

… Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate general of Nigeria, holding signs that read “We Are Here” and “Safe Schools Now!”

They chanted “Bring back our girls” and “When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!” as New Yorkers walked up the street during lunch hour, while others stopped to capture photos and video.

Keys, who is pregnant, said in an interview that she felt touched to take action because she is a mother. Her son, Egypt, turned 4 on Tuesday.

“Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that’s going on,” the 33-year-old said as others chanted behind her.

Keys recently launched the movement “We Are Here,” which fights for social justice. She also recorded and released a song with the same name.

So far, Aljazeera reports that 57 girls have escaped but an estimated 219 remain in captivity. Ajazeera spoke with an uncle of two of the missing girls as he shared his frustration.

“As far as our girls are concerned, they have been abandoned,” said Mkeki Mutah, an uncle of  17-year-old Saratu and 18-year-old Elizabeth.

“There is a saying: ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Leaders from around the world came out and said they would assist to bring the girls back, but now we hear nothing. The question I wish to raise is: why?” Mutah told Al Jazeera.

In Nigeria, campaigners are still meeting  daily and have organized a Global Week of Action from October 11-18 to bring the attention and aide back to the 219 missing girls. On Tuesday, protestors marched to the home of President Goodluck Jonathan in the Nigerian capital where they were met with over 100 police guards.

Rueters stated President Jonathan sent the minister for lands and housing, Akon Eyakenyi, to meet the protesters, who were chanting “Bring back our girls now, and alive!”

“The president will do something …. by the grace of God the girls will be brought back home,” Eyakenyi said.

 

Nothing Was The Same: Artists We Thought Would Be Hot Forever

October 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.

Credit: AP Image

Credit: AP Image

Ja Rule

You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.

But alas…

Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.

Alicia Keys Reveals Her Due Date!

October 1st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Unlike many celebrities, Alicia Keys isn’t working overtime to keep her pregnancy a secret. Instead, she shares what she feels comfortable sharing. One interesting tidbit that she recently shared about her little bundle is that he or she may be a New Year’s baby.

“It’s looking like December. They tell me December 31st. I think that’s kind of cute,” the glowing mom-to-be revealed on “The View” while promoting her new #WeAreHere initiative.

Speaking of #WeAreHere, Alicia says that motherhood is what inspired the campaign.

“Being a mother has definitely given me more of a fierceness and understanding of just what you believe in, that much more,” she explained.

Alicia first announced her pregnancy on Instagram via a sweet anniversary post dedicated to her husband, Swizz Beatz.

“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!” she exclaimed. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”

Swizz and Alicia are already the proud parents of a son, Egypt Daoud Dean, 3. So far, the sex of the new baby has not been revealed, but we’re hoping it’s a little girl!

Alicia Keys Goes Nude For A Cause: ‘You Know I Wouldn’t Be Out Here Naked For Nothing!’

September 22nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Celebrity nudes have been a common theme among headlines for the past few weeks. Now, a very pregnant Alicia Keys has been added to the mix—but not for the reason you may think. The mom-to-be recently uploaded a nude photo of herself with the peace symbol painted over her baby bump.

As it turns out, the image was shared to bring awareness to her new initiative, the #WeAreHere movement, which according to the organization’s website, aims to highlight issues across the globe that “cannot be solved in isolation.”

“We are joining together to give birth to a movement based on the idea of social ecology – that we’re all related and need to work in harmony to create a kinder and better world for all,” the site reads.

Alicia also addressed the photo via an Instagram video shared with fans.

Alicia’s famous friends, including J.Lo and Kelly Rowland, are also supporting the initiative.

And if you haven’t heard it by now, there’s also a new song, performed by Keys, to go along with the movement.

Haute Mama Looks: 17 Alicia Keys Good Life Moments

September 19th, 2014 - By Rich
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Alicia Keys is having a great season with the release of her new single “We Are Here” and her second baby due to arrive in December with hubby Swizz Beatz. Over the past few weeks she’s been making the media rounds talking about the inspiration behind the song and how motherhood has changed her. See what this 31 year old,  14 Grammys Award winning soul crooner has to say.

On the inspiration behind her new single “We Are Here”:

Alicia said that the idea for the song came out of a conversation she was having with friends. One of them asked her something she’d never been asked before which is “why are you here?” She thought about it and when she went to the studio to work on her new album, she decided to ask each person she worked with the same question.

She says the answers ranged from funny to very deep. The funniest one was her friend (clearly a writer) who says he is here waiting for “the return of a particular font.” Sadly, we do not know which font he’s waiting for. Alicia says we all have a voice, the only question is how we use it. She wrote the song as an anthem for like minded people to focus on healing the world’s violence and illness. She wrote the song to start a conversation and a dialogue about how to address the many problems, from Ebola spreading in Africa to the rise of ISIS. — TODAY Show

On how motherhood has changed her: 

“Being a parent has made me more open, more connected to myself, more happy, and more creative,” the songstress says in Scholastic Parent & Child‘s December/January issue.

“I’m more discerning in what I do and how I do it. It’s just made me a better person all the way around.”

 

In these sweet life insta flicks, it’s apparent that Alicia and her family are happy and in love!

 

Alicia Keys Says Her Pregnancy Makes Her Feel Stronger And More Inspired

September 16th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio 

Grammy winner Alicia Keys made an appearance this morning on NBC’s TODAY, performing her new single, “We Are Here.”

“Let’s talk about Chi-town / Let’s talk about Gaza / Let’s talk about Israel … let’s talk Nigeria / and the mass hysteria / Our souls are brought together / so that we can love each other,” Keys belted out from behind a piano in studio 1A.

Prior to her performance, Keys opened up about being expecting a second child with her husband, Swizz Beats.

Read more about Alicia Key’s pregnancy at TheGrio.com