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Mashonda Tifrere Talks Making Up With Alicia Keys And That Awkward Kiss In St. Barts

October 12th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you last week that Alicia Keys released a single called “Blended Family” that was an ode to Mashonda Tifrere and her son, Kaseem Dean, Jr, who Keys became stepmother to after marrying Swizz Beatz. As previously stated, it wasn’t easy for Keys and Tifrere to put aside their differences, but it was something they did to ensure the happiness of all the children involved.

As it turns out, Keys isn’t the only one working on a project highlighting the importance of a healthy blended family situation. As Tifrere shared with Essence Live, she’s been working on something for some time and felt that coming together with Keys to encourage reconciliation was important. Many people have been #TeamMashonda ever since Tifrere publicly scolded Keys years ago for interfering in her marriage with Beatz. Therefore, it’s important for those same people to see them make peace for a greater purpose.

“Once you are willing to let go of those feelings, forgiving becomes easy,” Tifrere said about moving forward after the painful end of her marriage and 2010 divorce. “It’s an evolution to know you can reach that point as a human being.”

Tifrere stated that she had to put her feelings aside for the sake of their children growing up in a healthy and happy environment. When they were able to do so, they found that they were all able to grow closer. “We had no real choice,” she said. “Having them involved means the world to me.”

But there have been hiccups on the road to reconciliation. When people saw that infamous image of Keys and Beatz locking lips on a beach in St. Barts while Tifrere sat nearby in 2014, many were bothered by it and called it disrespectful. In case you missed it:

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Tifrere said she wasn’t bothered by the kiss because they weren’t actually on vacation together. In reality, she dropped in on their beach day while vacationing with a friend to see her son, Kaseem, who was traveling with Beatz and Keys. To Tifrere, they were doing what a married couple does and it didn’t concern her. That’s blended family life for you.

“So that’s funny because we didn’t plan to go on vacation together,” she said. “I was out there with my girlfriend for her birthday and my son was there for Swizz and Alicia for spring break. We all knew we were there together on the same island of St. Barts so I reached out and I was like, ‘Hey, let’s hook up, I want to see Kasseem.’ We made a play date type thing and I came to the beach and met them there. I didn’t know they were going to kiss. He leaned in, he kissed her, and that’s his wife! It didn’t bother me, it didn’t affect me. It’s so bizarre that people find that to be weird or awkward. It’s entertainment for them but it’s actually real life for us. It’s real life. Honestly, from the outside looking in it’s like, ‘Wow, how did you deal with that?’ ‘How could they do that?’ But it’s a natural thing. You kiss your wife, you kiss your husband, you kiss your child, and paparazzi caught the photo. It’s so funny how paparazzi caught that photo [laughs].”

Alicia Keys Celebrates Swizz Beatz’s Ex-Wife, Mashonda Tifrere, And Their “Blended Family” In New Song

October 7th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Alicia Keys has done something pretty unprecedented, folks. Her newest song, “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” is a tribute to Mashonda Tifrere, hubby Swizz Beats’s ex-wife, Tifrere’s son, Kasseem Dean Jr., and the importance of putting aside contention for the sake of your family. And the song is pretty great.

Keys discussed the song’s meaning on social media and via her website before it was released early this morning.

“My new song Blended Family (What You Do For Love) will be available everywhere at Midnight. I’m so excited for you to hear this song. It means so much to me and our whole family,” she said. “The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids… the most important part of our lives. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.”

The song features A$AP Rocky (who shares his own unique family story) and most times, is addressed to Kasseem, affirming the singer’s love of him (“I may not really be ya mother, but that don’t mean I don’t really love ya”) as well as the support he has in his blended family. The lyrics that stood out to me most were the ones that acknowledged their complex beginning:

I know it started with a little drama…

I hate you had to read it in the paper

But everything’s all right with me and your mama

Baby, everybody here you know adores you

And I think it’s beautiful

I think it’s perfect

I know hard it gets, but I swear it’s worth it

That’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love

There ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’ I won’t do for us

It may not be easy this blended family but baby, that’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love

The song exudes positive energy and is quite beautifully produced. The greatest thing about it, though, is that everyone involved in its creation supports it.

Tifrere shared the news of the song on her social media:

Swizz Beatz also praised the progress he, along with Keys and Tifrere, have made over the years. “I am truly proud of all of us 🙏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Blessings and positive vibes only #blendedfamily”

Of course, we know that things weren’t always so copacetic. Tifrere once publicly scolded Keys for carrying on a relationship with the producer while she was trying to repair her marriage to him, writing, “You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create…”

Keys would eventually respond to the drama by saying that she started dating Swizz while he and Tifrere were separated. And while that didn’t sit well with the public, the three slowly started to move toward reconciliation. As Keys told Wendy Williams in 2014:

“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.”

It’s really amazing to see all parties come together for something great. It’s a testament to the power of healing. While many people on the outside still criticize Keys for the way she came to be with Swizz, the woman who would have the most to be upset about has let it go for the betterment of their blended family. That’s truly something to applaud — however you feel about the situation.

The song will be featured on Keys’s new album, Here, set for release on November 4. Check out “Blended Family” below or on your streaming service of choice.


“Do You!”: Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz Respond To Critics Of Her Makeup-Free VMA Look

August 30th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Me: Babe you don’t have any make up on on the carpet 😳😂 Her: I know my love 😂

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There was a lot to talk about online during the Video Music Awards on Sunday. One person who had a lot of people chattering without even having to give a full performance that night was Alicia Keys. The star attended the awards with husband Swizz Beatz, and still holding strong to her decision to forgo makeup, Keys hit the red carpet and delivered the best male video award (as well as a rousing tribute on the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech) with a fresh face. Of course, some weren’t fans of her decision. People said that she should have put on some makeup and tried to look a little more glamorous for the event, stating that she should have done a bit more with her hair and attire as well. Others felt that being adamant about not wanting to wear makeup, even for special occasions, meant that she has an issue with women who do love to wear makeup.

Well, Keys disagrees with all of that. She took to Twitter to say this in response to detractors of her makeup-free and carefree look:

And her husband, Swizz Beatz, was confused by the fact that people would take issue with whatever she does or doesn’t choose to put on her face. So, he also told those individuals to worry about themselves.

At the end of the day, Keys looked beautiful at the Video Music Awards, as she always does. There’s nothing off about natural beauty, and it’s sad that some are so taken aback by the sight of someone embracing the skin they’re in. However, as Keys pointed out, there’s a certain power that comes with realizing that the opinions of others won’t be the determining factor in how you choose to live your life. And when you reach that point where you really don’t care, child, nobody can tell you anything. And such commentary clearly isn’t phasing the singer, as this is her second awards show without makeup. She attended the BET Awards with a bare face:

2016 BET Awards Featuring: Alicia Keys Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 27 Jun 2016 Credit: FayesVision/

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The star also has started taping for The Voice, and continues to appear free of any creams, powders, liners, lipsticks and the like in front of cameras:

Alicia Keys The Voice


Continue to do you, Alicia!

Keep It Real Friday: Alicia Keys’ Revealing Talk With Citizens Of Humanity

August 12th, 2016 - By Tamika Frye
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Photo credit: Norman Jean Roy

Photo credit: Norman Jean Roy

There’s something about her…Alicia Keys has always been in touch with her human side. She has the ability to touch the lives of all she encounters in some way, shape, or form. Whether it’s a song, a speech, or just her presence…people can feel the positivity of her energy. She has been a constant fixture for issues that matter by donating her personal time to help others. After a short hiatus due to the birth of baby boy Genesis, she jumped back into the spotlight this summer for her #NoMakeup campaign. She’s decided to proudly go without makeup, stop covering up, and embrace her natural beauty. She’s since been on a serious roll using her stardom as a platform to speak on a myriad of issues affecting the public. Here’s some of our favorite quotes from her recent interview with Citizens of Humanity.

Alicia Keys talks human rights issues:
Alicia is no stranger to helping others. Between organizations like Keep A Child Alive and We Are Here, she is well aware of the social injustices that people face worldwide. Whether it’s the Global fight to help people with AIDS to speaking on the police shootings plaguing the Black Community, she is on point with it all.

“Keep a Child Alive provides medicine for children and families who have AIDS who can’t afford it. We also provide surrounding care around that as well. There are just not a lot of places you can go and get treated or get tested or get food even, and you can’t take AIDS medicine and not have eaten. It’s important; at this point we’ve helped almost 2.5 million people.”

“With the We Are Here movement I was just personally angry—angered by turning on the TV and every second seeing this constant disrespect or inequality, and that’s really what the main focus of We Are Here is about; it’s really about inequality and justice all over the world. So We Are Here focuses on different organizations that focus on issues that I believe, when we look at them all together, will really be part of what will change the world for the better in so many ways.”

Photo credit: Norman Jean Roy

Photo credit: Norman Jean Roy

Alicia talks her new album:
Aside from being a multi-talented artist, she is a wife and mother who takes all of her roles very seriously. Her new album, due out this fall, is already making waves around the world. She tells Citizen of Humanity, “The music for this album was created so fast — the fastest I’ve ever created music before. It was like raining down every night, like storms of music was just coming out. … We did probably 30 songs in like 10 days.” She found out she was pregnant in the midst of trying to put the album together so that forced her to put things on hold. Her unplanned hiatus forced her to put things into perspective.

Motherhood changes people in many ways. Alicia is real when it comes to motherhood. She admits that when it comes to parenting:

“I’m still figuring it out; I can’t say I’ve mastered it or anything but letting go, letting your kids have their own path. They are going to discover and they have their own journey, their own way they’re going to figure out how to express themselves in the world and who they’re going to be, and I think a lot of times as parents we project our thoughts or fears or images on them, and we have to let them be a little bit. We can’t always answer every question; you don’t have to tell them how to do it. They can figure it out, and we should give them the space to figure it out.”

This right here is such an important piece to the parenting puzzle. A lot of parents will never admit the above and say they are still learning. People think they know it all or need to know it all and they definitely don’t. Parenting ain’t easy and if someone tells you that it is then they’re doing it wrong. If you are not still willing to “learn” as a parent then you already lost the struggle.

Alicia talks relationship success:
Alicia and her husband Swizz Beatz recently celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary. Their relationship is very public but they keep it private at the same time. They work at making it work just like everybody else and their secret to relationship success is simple…presence and communication.

“I think the most important thing in any relationship is presence—being present and really choosing to make the time and take the time for the people that you love … not letting a part of your job be more important or a part of your career be more important, you know? And communication—really talking about who you are, because we grow, and we should be growing together … So you’re both growing and both evolving and learning more about yourself and learning more about each other, and I think when you give each other the opportunity to continue to know each other, that really strengthens it. Me and my husband, we have this thing, we’ll call it Keep It Real Tuesdays if it’s Tuesday, if it’s Friday we’re like Keep It Real Fridays, and we just have to be honest, whatever it might be.”

Success means different things to everybody. Alicia measures success by measuring happiness…”Success to me mostly is happiness, and when I say happiness I don’t mean that in a generic way. I mean if I’m going through a day and I’m feeling good, I’m feeling that I’m on my path, I’m feeling invigorated, I’m feeling inspired, I’m feeling at the end of the night that it was a good day. To me that’s success, because there is so much in the world that wants to take you out of your happiness, you know, and to figure out a way to maintain that and to maintain inspiration and to maintain excitement, vigor for life and the next thing for yourself—whatever that is, to me that’s success. So happiness to me is success. Honoring myself and honoring my family and making sure that those things feel like they’re in the right order and balance, it can be difficult but it’s possible. But to me, that’s success.”

Alicia continues to make awesome power moves and ground herself at the same time. She is a role model for young women everywhere and very much still #OnFire. You can check out the full Citizens of Humanity interview here and look out for her new album to drop early this fall.

Little Egypt Dean And Why You Should Stop Telling Your Children What They Can’t Do

March 4th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night was another good night for Hip Hop as Kendrick Lamar released a new, surprise album called untitled unmastered. Any Kendrick fan knows that it is a sonic and lyrical treat. The boy doesn’t play.

And now that the secret is out, information about its completion is seeping out. Chief among the truth spillers is super producer Swizz Beatz. Beatz himself wasn’t involved in the project, his 5-year-old son Egypt Dean was.

Following in both his mother and father’s footsteps, the little one produced the second to last track on Lamar’s album, which is, as the album name suggests, untitled. It’s just track number 7.

Understandably proud of his son, Swizz got on Instagram to talk about his son’s contribution to the project.

It should have been a moment for us all to marvel at this Black Excellence, wrapped in such a tiny package. Instead, when Beatz’s post was shared by The Shade Room, the comments were alarmingly negative.

People said things like, Yeah, and when I was 2 I competed in the World Cup. or At 5 years old, you can’t even read. How he produce a whole song? or At five years old, you don’t even have all of your motor skills.

Basically, various ways to state that Swizz Beatz was lying on his son’s actual talent and capabilities. Instead of taking Egypt’s talent as an inspiration, these people likely looked at themselves and became discouraged. Doing the hard work to accomplish your own dreams is much harder than tearing someone else down on social media, even if that someone else is a child. 

I don’t know if he read the comments on The Shade Room or he just wanted to stunt a little bit more, but later he included two more videos showing little Egypt putting the song together. And he made sure to note that he had no help.

Check him out.

Part 2

None of us were there when the song was produced but I’m inclined to believe Swizz. Children are brilliant and sadly it’s the people closest to them who extinguish that light. I can’t remember who stated the very real fact that “Parents kill more dreams than anybody.” The same parents who will watch their children take their first steps before they turn a year old, become fluent in a language before two and sing all the words to their favorite song on the radio, will turn right around and doubt that child’s gifts and abilities believing that they’re too young, too unskilled and inexperienced to exceed the limits of their parents’ expectations. Interestingly enough, when these same people see young child prodigies on Ellen playing classical piano, we applaud that. Not really believing that their child is capable of the same.

It’s devastating.

And frankly, the wrong way to raise a child you want to make a difference in the world. The thing about doubting or stifling a child is that the words don’t expire once they are actually old enough to achieve some of the very things you, their parent, believed they couldn’t. Your negative words, predictions and attitudes stay in their heads and create doubts within themselves. We can all understand that basic law of physics. Energy cannot be created or destroyed; rather, it transforms from one form to another.

That’s the very same thing many of us are subconsciously doing with our children, transferring our negative energies. The world doesn’t even have to work to get to our children. Their lights have been dimmed or dismissed before they ever left the house. It’s time we start asking ourselves, what could they achieve if we saw things differently?

If their actions are not going to endanger or harm them, stop telling your children what they can’t do.

Swizz Beatz Appointed Board Of Trustees Member Of Brooklyn Museum

October 25th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Renowned producer and rapper Swizz Beatz has been known to dabble in the world of art.

Being first inspired by the graffiti-clad streets of his native home of New York’s South Bronx, the multifaceted artist’s love for the arts expanding beyond a beat machine and rapping rhymes after reaching success.  These days, you can catch him sharing his favorite installations or newest additions to his extensive collection, which range from fine to abstract.

After landing the title of art collector and curator at SCOPE Miami in 2014, Beatz has tacked on another impressive bullet point to his artistic resume. Announced earlier this week by the Wall Street Journal, Beatz was appointed to The Brooklyn Museum’s esteemed board of trustees.

Beatz’ latest venture should come as no surprised as he’s been privately collecting several of the artists the museums as shown, including KAWS, Swoon, Kehinde Wiley, and FAILE. In addition, he put his musical skills to use by spinning an exclusive DJ set for the museum during a FAILE exhibit over the summer.

As far making a difference with his newly appointed title, Swizz wants to take “art to the next level,” he told WSJ. “I want to be able to pull out my global Rolodex.”


Pass Or Play? Alicia Keys Drops New Track “28 Thousand Days”

August 1st, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Leave it to our gal Alicia Keys to pen an empowering track that will leave you motivated to chuck the deuces to life’s trials and tribulations.

Yesterday (July 31) , the superstar dropped a new song entitled “28 Thousand Days.” The upbeat and melodic track produced by none other than her husband Swizz Beatz flaunts her pitch perfect vocals over hard and triumph horns.

“Blood in my eye, hand on my heart/Feet on the ground, head to the sky/’Cause trouble ain’t no friend of mine/I’m not giving it up, no more wasting time,” she sings insisting that living life to the fullest isn’t up for debate regardless of the circumstances.

Take “28 Thousand Days” for a spin.

Can You Guess The Identity Of This Adorable Celebrity Baby?

July 1st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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This little one is too precious! Can you guess who his parents are?

Here are a few clues.

This cutie comes from a very musical family. And is the second child to his parents, though he has several siblings.

That’s it. Too much more would give it away.

Any guesses?

Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Share Adorable Family Photo With Genesis Ali

February 28th, 2015 - By Rich
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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz share a picture of their two month old son Genesis in an adorable family picture. The couple, who married in 2010, announced the pregnancy on an appearance on The View back in September. The singer and her husband whose real name is Kasseem Dean, welcomed their second son, Genesis Ali on Saturday, Dec. 27 2014.

The happy new mom took to Instagram to share a black and white photo captioned  “Blessings and love!!”

In this stylish and classic black and white family photo Alicia is holding Genesis and the family stares lovingly down at their new bundle of joy.  Alicia looks stunning in her ornate applique gown and vintage inspired  turban while all her boys look handsome and debonair in their bow tie clad suits. Alicia and Swizz are in the photo with the couple’s son Egypt Daoud, 4, and Kasseem Jr, Beatz’s son from a previous relationship.

“I think he’s [Egypt] super excited because he’s not going to be the youngest anymore,’ . ‘He’s always kissing my belly.’ Alicia said of her son’s reaction to her pregnancy, in an interview with People.

Alicia talked about family life and how to balance blended families to Wendy Williams a few years ago…

“It’s about the kids. When everybody is able to be an adult and recognize there is a beautiful value about the way we can all influence each other’s lives and the lives of the kids, the kids are able to see that they have more than one woman to look to for guidance and love,” Alicia told Wendy Williams.

“It’s all about fatherhood, motherhood and friendship which is really, really important. It doesn’t always work, but it can work when everybody really wants to do the right thing for the children,” she said.

“It’s such an important thing, I think, the relationship between child, mother and grandparent,” said Alicia. “This one really shows that.”

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Share First Of Newborn Son

February 28th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys are happier than ever.

The beautiful family posted a photo of their new addition to the family. The black and white photo showcases the couple with three of their children. Swizz’s son Kaseem, Egypt and their newborn baby boy, Genesis Ali.

Keys gave birth to their second child in December 2014. This is the first official photo we’ve seen of the bundle of joy. We’re wondering if the couple won’t stop until they get another girl. Swizz already has a daughter from a previous relationship.