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“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 

Alicia Keys Says Her First Opinion Of Swizz Beatz Was ‘He Is So Annoying’

June 6th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Alicia Keys is Marie Claire UK‘s July cover beauty and inside she has one of the prettiest photo spreads we’ve seen in a long time. The singer, who is in the midst of her world tour, talked to the mag about “setting our world on fire” and was very candid about her first opinion of her husband Swizz Beats, how their relationship has grown over the years, and learning how to stand up for herself and create balance between work and home life.

Here are a few highlights from her interview:

Her first impression of Swizz

Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewellery, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, “He is so annoying”.

On making music for her husband

That’s When I Knew is definitely an ode to my husband… Honestly I didn’t really like him that much. I thought he was too ostentatious.

What makes their relationship work

I think we’ve taught each other a lot,’ she says of her husband. He’s taught me to live more fully and I think I’ve taught him to live more deeply.

On speaking up for herself

You have to speak up. To say, ‘I don’t like that, it’s not cool, don’t do that to me’, but it’s not easy, especially with people you love. I think getting older has made me evolve in a lot of ways and made me more relaxed about saying how I feel, no matter what.

Finding balance

I realize you have to have a balance – you can live life and have more experiences as well as working.

Check out behind the scenes video of Alicia Keys’ photo shoot below and a few shots on the next couple pages. What do you think about her interview?

Is a Good Man Really That Hard to Find? Not For These Celebrity Women

December 13th, 2012 - By Meg Butler
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In and out of the limelight we hear sisters complaining that a good man is hard to find. But is he really? These celebrities seem to be doing OK and you know it’s not easy to have an established relationship in Hollywood. Maybe it’s our standards that need to change because we’ve found at least 15 good men out there.

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose

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Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa

Amber Rose may have bounced around a bit before she found Wiz Khalifa, but this pair is holding it down. Wiz put a ring on it as soon as she found out Amber was having his baby and he even said that his fiance inspired his new album. They sound like a match made in hip-hop hollywood heaven.

‘We Were Not Apart Or Separated’: Mashonda Addresses Alicia Key’s JET Interview

November 21st, 2012 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last week, we reported on an interview done by Jet Magazine in which Alicia Keys addressed allegations made against her that implied she was romantically involved with her now husband, Swizz Beatz, while he was still married to ex-wife Mashonda and that she was indeed a key factor in the demise of his marriage. In the interview, Alicia claimed the allegations were not true and even took a slight stab at Mashonda insinuating that she was simply looking to “knock” her down, saying:

[They] were apart for some time before we ever got together…that doesn’t matter to those who take pleasure in trying to knock others down…there’s no need to fight what’s not true…

Many waited to see if Mashonda would respond to Alicia’s claims considering the fact that she was very adamant about telling her side of the story when news of the alleged affair and the divorce first broke. It appears that their waiting has not been in vain as Mashonda recently discussed  the statements made by Alicia in an interview with Global Grind. Here is some of what she had to say:

Her first reaction to Alicia’s interview

Not much surprises me anymore when it comes to this situation. I truly thought that everyone’s priority was the well being of the children involved. I don’t see the sense in throwing oil on a fire, it just takes us back to point A. The Jet interview just added insult to injury. I can’t figure out how this makes us better. How is it a positive, humanitarian gesture? But artists must protect their reputation and I get that.

Whether she and Swizz were together when he hooked up with Alicia

There have been many stabs and shots taken, thankfully they don’t bother me the way they used to. I’ve never lied about one thing involving the demise of my marriage. No, we were not “apart” or separated, and that’s just a fact that can be proven in many ways. Blessings have a way of disguising themselves. This situation has helped me to understand life and what really matters.

How she’s been affected by Swizz’s infidelity

There is a level of humiliation and criticism that the average person wouldn’t be able to conceive, it really altered my life, but gave me a super thick skin. It’s been a rollercoaster ride. I’ve lost weight, gained weight, lost some hair and almost lost hope and mental focus. For months I saw a therapist because I needed someone to assist me in putting the pieces back together. There was a lot of stress and pain, it’s been challenging. I’ve found ways to cope and not get consumed in a dark space. You have to take care of yourself and move forward. In my case, I have a child and live for him. I have a purpose and I won’t give up on it.

We all thought this entire situation was over, but it seems that Alicia’s interview may have re-opened some old wounds. Now, I’m no Olivia Pope, but something in my gut tells me Mashonda is the truthful party in this whole fiasco; however, the only person who should rightfully have to bear the title of “homewrecker” is Swizz and he seems to be the one saying the least.

Do you think Mashonda should have responded to Alicia?

Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

‘There’s No Need To Fight What’s Not True’: Alicia Keys Still Isn’t Paying The Homewrecker Talk Any Mind

November 16th, 2012 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Alicia Keys has reportedly finally stopped dancing around those homewrecker allegations and address them head-on in her most recent interview with JET Magazine. Keys, who has been on a drama-filled roller coaster since 2010 when her new hubby, producer Swizz Beatz’s ex-wife Mashonda rang the alarm stating that the singer had been messing with her ex while they were still married and that Keys is actually the reason why their marriage fell apart in the first place. For a long time Alicia chose not to address the allegations but she has recently become a bit more vocal about them. She shared that she didn’t bother going back at Mashonda in the press because her allegations simply weren’t true. Check out some more of what she had to say in her recent JET interview.

Why she pays homewrecker allegations no mind

[They] were apart for some time before we ever got together…that doesn’t matter to those who take pleasure in trying to knock others down…there’s no need to fight what’s not true…

Why she and Swizz are a good match

I’d never met a person where I could be fully myself…Swizz and I live in each other’s shadow. So we can occupy the same space and there is nothing but equality. There’s something really powerful about that.

Though Mashonda, Swizz and Alicia have all seemed to move on and let go of past drama for the sake of the children involved, Alicia’s image has been tainted in the eyes of many of her female fans. It could be because so many find Mashonda to be a person whom they can relate to. She seemed to be a mom who was just trying to hold her family together when her fairytale got snatched from beneath her. But, I suppose it depends on how you look at the situation. The stories contradict each other so much that it is clear that someone isn’t being 100% truthful, but I guess no of us will ever know because we weren’t actually there.

What do you think of Alicia’s response?

Jazmine Denise is a freelance writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @Jazminedenise

Single Black Male: Defending Your Woman’s Honor In An Age Of Disrespectful Men

August 27th, 2012 - By WisdomIsMisery
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“Should you defend your woman’s honor?” Yes.

The question is simple; the answer is complex, which is why it comes up all the time. Many of us have had friends, male and female, ask for advice on some variation of the following story, “X disrespectful man did Y and my man failed to do 1,2,3. How should I feel about that? Am I with someone who can’t or won’t defend me?”

Honestly, half the problem is that men and women don’t define disrespect in the same way. If they did, at least 75 percent of these discussions would be null and void. Let’s be clear, if someone disrespects your woman, they are disrespecting you too because you should feel that you are an extended representation of each other. But, if I’m walking down the street with you and some random guy yells, “You have a nice A$$!” Is that a compliment or a diss? Is he being disrespectful or simultaneously complementing her nice A$$ and my taste in nice-A$$ having women? In some major cities, there might even be a bit of confusion around if he is talking about your A$$ or mine. But, I digress.

It is no secret that, generally speaking, men are more disrespectful towards women than ever. Increasingly, the level of disrespect is tolerated, which encourages more disrespect and creates ever-greater disrespectful men. At what point does the disrespect cross the line and need to be addressed?

Is it a comment on Facebook? An off-hand remark on Twitter? Should you attack the first man or woman that, as you perceive it, disrespects your woman as Swizz Beats did last week on Instagram? Whether you agree or disagree with his methods, there is no doubt that Swizz tried to defend his woman’s honor.  However, he was negatively judged for doing so by many online observers. Despite the fact that more women wish men would defend their honor, many did not agree with the way Swizz went about defending his. What did he do wrong?

Is disrespect ‘OK’ as long as it is limited to the confines of the Internet? What happens when these people leave the safety found in e-anonymity and take their disrespect into the real world? Are you only responsible for defending your woman’s honor as opposed to all women’s honor?

NYU Producer-in-Residence Swizz Beatz Inspires, Critiques Students

December 8th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(New York Daily News) — Swizz Beatz is a jack-of-all-trades: colorful rapper, producer for the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, designer for brands such as Aston Martin and Christian Louboutin. He’s also Mr. Alicia Keys.  But to NYU students, he’s a dreammaker.  The 32-year-old hip-hop veteran — who was just nominated for three Grammys last week — was recently named a producer-in-residence at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. Since his tenure kicked off last month, the Bronx native has been holding schoolwide lectures while also offering 30-minute critique sessions to individual students.  “I feel superblessed to be able to give them back certain things I learned throughout my life,” he says. “A lot of these programs in all of these schools, sometimes they can be a little outdated. That’s why I feel I play such an important role because I represent the now, and these kids, they need to know what’s going on now.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/12/08/2010-12-08_nyu_producerinresidence_swizz_beatz_inspires_critiques_students_at_clive_davis_m.html#ixzz17WARpoxI

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