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Alicia Keys Announces Her First-Ever Graphic Novel, A Story About A 14-Year-Old Black Female Superhero

The ability to translate a piece of art into a new medium is one that Alicia Keys has recently executed with her latest project — marking five years in the making. Inspired by her fifth studio album and hit single, “Girl on Fire,” the singer has released her first-ever young adult graphic novel, which she shared in an Instagram post. According to Rated R&B, the new novel follows the story of 14-year-old Lolo Wright, a young Brooklyn girl who discovers she has superpowers. Co-written by Andrew Weiner and illustrated by Brittney Williams, “Girl on Fire” embodies the song’s lyrics. For instance — “She got her head in the clouds, And she’s not backing down.” “When I wrote ‘Girl On Fire,’ I knew I was writing it for that girl in the way back row who needed someone to tell her there’s nothing you can’t do, that nothing is impossible,” Keys shared in a past statement, according to Rated R&B. “When Andrew and I came up...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 2, 2022

How Alicia Keys Proved 'A Woman's Worth' Of $150M Across The Music Industry And Beyond

Born Alicia Augello Cook in Manhattan, NY, Alicia Keys was raised by a single mother in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York City. Yet, despite these inauspicious beginnings, she became one of the best-known — and best-selling — R&B artists of all time. And that career kicked off when a friend of the family gifted the young Alicia a piano. And she credits this auspicious gift with changing the trajectory of her life. “That’s why I wonder why one of my simple, silly misjudgments didn’t turn my life upside down,” she told Oprah in an exclusive interview back in 2004. “It’s like, ‘Oops’ — and your reality is completely different. I was blessed and, in a way, chosen to experience more of the world.” And, she said, her musical style evolved through the years, too. “I decided to discover the kinds of classical music that did move me—like Chopin, Satie, Beethoven, and certain Mozart songs. Mozart would play a counterpart with his left hand while using his right to mock it. It was blue,...

Alicia Keys Teams Up With Deepak Chopra To Launch 21-Day Audio Meditation App

The singer-songwriter is honoring Mental Health Awareness Month with an all-new meditation program. This week, Forbes reported that Alicia Keys announced a partnership with self-care guru Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Chopra Global to launch an integrated 21-day meditation experience titled, “Activating the Divine Feminine: The Path to Wholeness,” which focuses on “collective healing through accessing The Divine Feminine” and restoring joy in users’ lives. “I believe the Divine Feminine is an extremely powerful force within all of us,” Keys says according to ESSENCE. “It helps you grow, it helps you create, it cultivates who you are. There’s a major imbalance in our world, and we can all feel it. To counteract it, we have to open the door to the Divine Feminine in us and its ability to repair and create.” The outlet shares that Keys’ new free program — which exists within The Chopra App — aims to help listeners find the balance between their feminine and masculine powers and “return to peace...

Njera Perkins

May 13, 2021

Will Smith, Alicia Keys Lead YouTube Originals Series For Latest Programming Slate

YouTube has nabbed some big-name entertainers for its latest original programming slate. This week, the video giant announced both new and returning projects at its 10th-annual personalized digital experience, Brandcast Delivered — an event that highlights the magic of YouTube for top advertisers, brands, partners, press and platform creators. As part of its steady strategy, YouTube Originals is building projects around the personalities and crafts of the platform’s top creators in an effort to attract a larger audience, as told by YouTube ‎chief business officer Robert Kyncl. “If you’re a creative person, you want to work with the place that has the greatest reach — that’s the ultimate satisfaction, greater than money,” Kyncl tells Variety in an interview. According to him, the creator economy is “here to stay — and it’s not just YouTube, the whole world has kind of validated it. It’s reshaping Hollywood and other industries around the world.” Among its new programming, YouTube...

Njera Perkins

May 5, 2021

Alicia Keys Announces Digital Songwriting Class to Create Opportunities For Aspiring Music Artists

Alicia Keys — 15-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter — is putting her talents to good use and spreading the wealth of music knowledge to aspiring artists. According to Variety , Keys has promised to share her approach to songwriting with the masses through her newly-launched online-video class, which shares over 19 lessons and three-plus hours of visual learning content. Keys launched her class on MasterClass, a streaming platform that has various courses led by celebrities and experts alike. The platform offers an annual $180 subscription plan and full access to the platform’s catalog of 90-plus classes. According to an announcement from MasterClass, the legendary singer is inviting users into her studio to walk them through her entire songwriting and producing process for creating heartfelt music with authentic emotion. “Alicia is simply a legend,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass, in a statement. “She appeals to and unites her audience with empathy...

Njera Perkins

Nov 25, 2020

Alicia Keys Teams Up With the NFL to Launch $1B Fund For Black Businesses and Communities

As the effects of the pandemic and current events continue to plague America, more artists are stepping up to use their platforms for racial and financial equity. In conjunction with her performance of the Black national anthem at the NFL’s Kickoff event for the 2020 season, singer/songwriter Alicia Keys announced her partnership with the NFL to launch a $1 billion endowment fund for Black businesses and communities, Billboard reports . According to Billboard , Keys stated that she wants to build off of the progress of the protests from the last few months to raise awareness about social injustice and systematic racism by creating a more tangible solution. “We are already seeing the blatant injustices that are going on around us,” Keys shared with Billboard . “As an artist, I’m always thinking about how can I use my platform to further racial equity. This fund is one of the answers and our goal is to empower Black...

Njera Perkins

Sep 11, 2020

Alicia Keys to Launch Lifestyle Beauty Brand Under the e.l.f. Beauty Portfolio

Celebrities are no strangers to the beauty world, and now singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is stepping into the ring to launch her own lifestyle cosmetics brand through a venture with e.l.f., Allure reports . Keys — known for her natural make-up free looks — credits her new beauty line to wanting her fans to embrace their natural beauty. According to ELLE, her decision to create this brand is “the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.” While it is not to be mistaken for a collaboration, the beauty brand will launch under the e.l.f. Beauty portfolio, which acquired W3LL People earlier this year, according to Refinery29 . “We are beyond thrilled to leverage our strengths to help realize Alicia’s vision, as it not only aligns with our mission to make the best of beauty accessible, but infuses it with an even deeper dimension,” said e.l.f.’s chairman and CEO, Tarang Amin, in a press statement . “As a brand builder, I’m excited and very...

Njera Perkins

Aug 6, 2020