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“It’s About The Kids”: Alicia Keys Talks Burying The Hatchet With Mashonda Tifrere And Building A Friendship
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:
In celebration of his 36th birthday, Alicia Keys threw her husband, Swizz Beatz, a Coming To America-themed birthday bash. According to Daily Mail, the shindig was hosted at Capitale in New York. Attendees consisted of relatives and friends of the producer-turned-business-student, including ex-wife Mashonda, fellow Ruff Ryda DMX, Naomi Campbell, Diddy and Lala and Carmelo Anthony. After his celebration, Swizz took to Instagram to share photos with fans and to brag about how lovely his wife is.
“My wife is the best 1of 1 look at my Dad , Mom , Gmom. Wow #kings & #Queens #myfam #bdayvibes #virgoseason #comingtoamerica #party thx my love @gradyspivey #kingDre,” he gloated in one post.
“My wife is awesome thx my love for the best Bday party everrrrrrrrrerr,” he wrote in another.
As you’ve probably heard by now, Swizz and Alicia are expecting their second child together.
Check out photos from their swanky party below and on the following pages.
Well here’s some news that we definitely did not see coming. Yesterday, Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys announced that she is expecting her second child with husband, Swizz Beatz. The announcement came in the form of a very sweet Instagram message from Alicia celebrating their wedding anniversary.
“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!”
This will be the couple’s second child. They’re already the parents of adorable Egypt Dean, who is 3 years old. While the singer’s big announcement came as a bit of a surprise to most, she has expressed a desire to have more children in the past.
“I definitely want more kids,” Alicia told Wendy Williams in last year. “I do actually want more children and sometimes I think it does feel like, ‘Oh man, what if I could just spend every waking minute with Egypt. [I’ve] learned to really cherish those small moments and not rush so much everywhere.”
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A few months ago, Swizz Beatz was photographed on vacation with his two sons, wife Alicia Keyz and his ex-wife, Mashonda Tifrere. For many, this was a particularly peculiar sight because of the well-know love triangle between the trio. As you may recall, Mashonda accused Swizz and Alicia of carrying on a romantic affair while she was still married to the mega producer. During a recent interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Swizz dished on the story behind the photograph.
Firstly, Swizz says that the group didn’t actually get together and decide to go on vacation. It was one of those things that just happened.
“Mashonda, she didn’t like fly on vacation. She happened to be over there already. She happened to be over there and she wanted to see our son.”
The group did, however, spend time together, which resulted in the photograph that attracted so much attention.
“I thought that was a very positive message but even in that people still want the waters to be dark. They was saying all types of stuff. People was saying, ‘Oh, Mashonda stupid or Alicia stupid.’ No, man there’s kids involved. We got to go to graduations for a long time. We got to go to games for a long time. And our personal things that we threw in the past, that’s the past. It’s going on 5 years already.”
“There were a lot of frustrating times for us. But to see us come together in a positive place, I think that’s what people should focus on. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. These two amazing women are coming together.”
It’s nice to see that the trio were able to put their differences aside for the sake of their children. And speaking of infidelity and love triangles, Swizz also dispelled a cheating a rumor that had been making its rounds among media outlets. In case you missed it, Swizz invited a fitness instructor to direct message him on Instagram a while back. According to Swizz, he was simply looking to hire the woman to train Alicia, but folks took it to another level.
“I don’t have no bad intentions, so I’m not thinking like that. I knew it was on there, but I was like let me hook this person up with my wife on the training vibe and it was cool. She’s very professional. Her work is well-respected. It’s just like man, all of these things I have going on and you gonna take two letters and make it a headline, out of everything?”
“I don’t really respond to a lot of different things, but it’s like how much are you gonna slide under the rug. I went through a lot of different situations that I didn’t want to talk about because of kids involved. I had to hold a lot of things and let people feel how they wanted to feel even though they don’t really know the whole story. My goal is, there’s a kid involved, there’s a family involved in this, I gotta deal with this a different type of way instead of fueling back and forth. How long you gonna just be quiet and just take those shots.”
“I’m in love with my wife, like for real for real. I don’t got time to just play games with fitness trainers on Instagram. That’s crazy.”
On a more positive note, Swizz also discussed enrolling at Harvard Business School.
“I just felt like you got to keep graduating your brand. A lot of people get complacent with their success and things that they have done before and I just wasn’t comfortable with that because I started transitioning from being a producer to being a business owner. And I would be in theses rooms and no matter how big the deal is or how good it is people would still look at me like ‘oh, he’s the rapper guy,’ ‘he’s the rapper friend.’ I was like we all in this meeting because of what I’m bringing to the table. Being that I really didn’t have those credentials to go with those different things, I didn’t feel I was getting the respect I deserved so I said you know what, let me go sharpen my pencil a lil bit. Really walk back in these rooms a different person and a different man. And really invest that time into myself.”
Watch the full interview below.
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How cute is this little guy?
While mom Alicia Keys, and dad Swizz Beatz are known for their music, little Egypt Dean entered into the world of modeling earlier this week with both proud parents looking on. He was one of many kids who hit the catwalk in Ralph Lauren designs for fall, and he looked quite snazzy in his plaid green pants, sweater, button down, tweed jacket, and his signature mohawk. The show took place in NYC, and all the children walked in support of the New York Library, helping to spread the word in their own way about the importance of literacy. Dean is doing his part to be a little philanthropist, like his mom, who has done great work over the years with her charity, Keep A Child Alive, which raises awareness about AIDS. And we can’t forget about Swizzy, who gives to a variety of charities, including hosting fundraisers for the Bronx Charter School For The Arts.
Alicia Keys couldn’t hold back her excitement over her son’s first big runway show, saying on Instagram, “Egys[sic] first runway show!!!!! Wooooowwww!!!!! My lil baby!!!! #proudmamamoment!!!”
And Swizzy had this to say: “Egypt said to tell uncle Kanye he’s walking with that Ralph tho. our lil guy 1st show”
Check out more pics, as well as a short clip of Dean doing the finale walk hand-in-hand with designer Ralph Lauren. Too cute!
Kasseem Dean, better known as Swizz Beatz may soon be able to add Ivy League grad to his already impressive resume. The producer was recently accepted into Harvard’s School of Business and took to Instagram to post his enrollment message. In the fashion of model Tyra Banks, Dean is enrolled in The Owner/President Management Extension Program.
“This might be one of the happiest days of my life. From the BX to Harvard,” he posted on social media.
Dean has a number of accomplishments to his credit. In addition to producing hit singles for everyone from Nas to Nicki Minaj to Beyonce to Bono. He also is a fashion and shoe designer, art collector and brand promoter. He was named the first “Producer in Residence” at New York University, for the 2010 – 2011 academic year.
Before folks start throwing shade (kind of like what happened a few years back when Tyra Banks was bragging about being a Harvard grad), let’s be clear: A prestigious honor nonetheless, The Harvard Owner/President Management program is a non-degree granting certificate course that has no formal education requirements. It’s taught in three week units with each unit costing $33,000. It’s application doesn’t include space to list any kind of GMAT scores but it does inquire about applicants annual compensation. The school’s official site reads:
“Admission is a selective process based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. We look for professionals who have demonstrated business talent and leadership potential.”
The program focuses on navigating the global economy, maximizing financial resources, aligning strategies and sales and other business skills.
So what if Swizzy is buying his degree/certification? He’s not doing anything the rest of America isn’t doing. He could be spending his money on much worse things like weed and gold Jesus pieces. At least he’s trying to learn something. We wish Swizz the best of luck in his studies.
Kaseem Dean is not known for fading into the background. He’s usually, as Suge Knight would say, dancing all up in the videos, making his presence known. When you put your all into your work, there’s nothing wrong with letting people know you’re the one that did that. And while we usually can hear a Swizz Beatz song from a mile away, here are some you probably didn’t know he wrote and produced.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The well-known women on this list took to social media, to the media, and sometimes even to the work email of their spouses to let the world know that their man was a cheater, and they were done with them. Sometimes they even called out the mistress involved too. In some cases, the scorned wife or girlfriend was able to be friendly with their ex after a lot of time had passed, but for others, the love was lost. Here are 10 ladies who put their cheating spouses on blast for their behavior.
Mashonda and Swizz Beatz have come a long way. While the two can go on vacations together–and with his wife Alicia Keys–for the sake of their children, a few years ago, Mashonda put her ex-husband and Alicia Keys in particular on blast. She claimed that she had asked Keys to stop having involvement with the producer while they were trying to work things out in their marriage, but that didn’t happen, so she put out a scathing open letter.
“My concern with AK is no longer the fact that she assisted in destroying a family but that she has the audacity to make these selfish comments about love and wanting to be with someone, even after knowing their situation. How is this the same Superwoman that I sang out loud with in my truck? I ask myself sometimes. If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. 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.”
‘He Acted Like A Single Man:’ Mother Of Swizz Beatz’s Daughter, Jahna Sebastian, Offers Clarity On Their Affair
A few weeks ago we told you about London-based recording artist and mother to Kaseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean’s daughter, Jahna Sebastian. In a telling interview, Jahna argued that her daughter, Nicole, was not the reason for Swizz’s split from Mashonda because she made sure that she did not reveal that she’d given birth to Swizz’s child until after the troubled couple announced their divorce. Since our initial report, many of you still had questions regarding the logic behind Jahna’s decision, what prompted her to even sleep with a married man and how she can say that things are “all good” with the producer’s now-ex-wife. We were recently given the opportunity to chat with Jahna, who offered answers to some of your burning questions.
“I don’t want to be associated with those women who look out for a rich man, a baller or any other successful man to help them have an easy ride in life,” the singer/songwriter told me. “That behavior is totally the opposite of who I am and what I represent, I have always chosen to get what I want through hard work myself, even though there have always been great men around. I have always relied on myself. I work hard for my career and my child.”
Unlike the way it is now, the single mother explained that her former lover’s personal life was nowhere near as publicized as it now at the time of their relationship. In fact, Jahna says that his personal life was so under the radar in the UK, that she had no idea he was even married.
“I was not aware of him being married at the time, I thought he was single like myself and he acted like a single man,” the “I Am Free” singer explained. “He was not that well-known here anyway at that time, his private life was nowhere near as publicized in 2007 as it is now.”
“I don’t really follow other musicians lives anyway. I saw this as a meeting of equals,” she resolved before revealing that their affair had taken place prior to her learning of his marital status. “I found out that he was married after things had already happened, but it was too late.”
Shortly after this major revelation, Kaseem returned to the States and Jahna received more shocking news.
“He left to US and I was absolutely shocked to learn a few weeks later that I was pregnant as I did not plan to have children until the age of thirty and definitely not to be a single mother in a situation like that. Career, marriage, then children – in that particular order – was my plan. When things happen not as you planned, the only explanation to that is fate. A child is a blessing regardless.”
On top of learning that she would be bringing a child into the world alone, the Russian refugee was detained during her pregnancy due to immigration issues. However, instead of reaching out to Kaseem for help, she went through the process alone out of her refusal to destroy his marriage.
“When I was unlawfully detained for two months by a major mistake of the Home Office while being pregnant with Nicole, I came out of it without her father’s help or even child support at the time even though I knew from the start who the father was. If I made claims at that time, it would have created a scandal all over the place and caused the divorce, so I chose the hard way. I dealt with all my immigration problems which were actually Nicole’s as well since she could only stay in UK as my dependent, without bothering Swizz or anyone on the other side with lawsuits.”
“I wrote to every person in UK I could think of instead of sending lawyers to Swizz and destroying his marriage. I chose to go without child support for two years and the help of someone who could have easily resolved the situation with his connections.”
“My immigration case was publicized at the time but there wasn’t even one mention of his name, although with that situation it could have made even bigger headlines, but I had to save my child from becoming possible reason of the divorce. I clearly imagined how it would hurt to be in a position of a wife learning that her husband went and had a baby on the side, and so I stayed away from this.”
Some celebrity moms have seen their families grow by having multiple children while these stars have closed up shop after having only one child.
When fans met Tamar Braxton as part of the hit reality show “Braxton Family Values,” she was adamant about not having a child at the time. Ready to finally kick off her solo career just right, the baby sibling of six wanted to focus on her singing even though husband Vince was ready to become a father. Last June, Tamar gave birth to her son Logan and insisted this will be her first, her last, and her only.