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