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Alicia has shared a picture of her family, including new born son Genesis. Aren’t they are cute?

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ADDED BY Natalie ON December 28, 2014
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Alicia Keys gave birth to son Genesis Ali Dean early on Saturday morning. It’s baby No. 2 for the Grammy-winner and her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who are also parents to 4-year-old Egypt Daoud.

The 33-year-old singer shared the news on her Instagram account Sunday with a photo of Genesis’ footprints. The image also details that the baby was born at 1:52 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

Keys expressed excitement in her social media captions, saying that “the joy of joy is joy” and that she is grateful.

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Alicia Keys quietly released her latest song on Youtube video and social media yesterday, referencing recent events in New York City and Ferguson, Mo.

According to Andrew Chow of the New York Times, her three-minute song pleads for strength and peaceful protest. Along with a 10-second portrait of Eric Garner, the YouTube video combines photos of civil rights protests from the past and present; also included were images in regards to “Free Palestine” and quotes from historical icons such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi.

“I wrote ‘We Gotta Pray’ a while ago, yet the lyrics have never meant more to me than during this time,” Keys wrote on Twitter.

In the music video, she focuses on the themes of humanity, strength, unity, love, hope and the fact that we are all extraordinary people. Keys also keeps the theme of nonviolence prominent throughout the short clip, including images of protest leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Ghandi and King while adding some of their famous quotations.

“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind,” Ghandi said in the video.

Keys has inserted a quote from King that could resonate with those protesting the grand jury decisions in New York City and Ferguson.

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him,” King said in the video.

At the end of the music video, after the picture of Garner fades, a rough sketch of the American flag is shown with the words abuse, hate, injustice and war crossed out. The words that remain behind are supposed to invoke emotional feelings such as love, joy, change, freedom, truth, peace, “we are here,” education, harmony, education, equality and beauty; some of the words are repeated several times.

Keys added that she was moved to write the song in response to the deaths of Garner and Michael Brown, unarmed black men who both died at the hands of white police officers.

“We absolutely feel disregarded as human beings,” Keys said in comments about America’s justice system.

Helen Regan of Time Magazine noted that her ballad featured such lyrics as “Fire in the air, what the hell going on? Sirens everywhere, singing that street song,” mixed with images of protesters in New York and Ferguson, tear gas and riot police.

Keys admitted to the New York Times that her song was a homemade production.

“I recorded the song in a room one night, all alone,” she said.

Chow noted that her song “has a hymnal quality and features a single sparse piano accompaniment.” The lyrics also included declarations of uplift and self-admiration, such as “We are extraordinary people / Living ordinary lives.”

“The most important thing is that we look at each other and see these magnificent beings that can create the changes and movements we dream of,” she said.

The grand jury’s decision regarding Garner made Keys, a New York native, upset on many levels.

“There is that New York camaraderie, but it’s bigger than that,” Keys said. “There’s injustice going on, and it seems so blatant.”

Keys is not the only music artist speaking up about recent events in New York City and Ferguson. According to the New York Times, other musicians such as John Legend, J. Cole, Run the Jewels and Questlove have reacted both on social media and in person to the grand jury’s decision.

Although she may be pregnant with her second child, Keys wants to join the protests in person.

“We will continue to be loud,” she said. “I hope that this is our 21st-century civil rights movement. You shouldn’t be surprised if you see me out there.”

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Co-Founder of Keep a Child Alive and 15 time Grammy Winner, Alicia Keys created her rockstar bear. Following the idea of “biker chic”, she put her bear into a black leather jacket, combined with stylish boots. Classic aviator sunglasses perfectly round off the outfit. The red bow on the ear of the unique bear is a colorful eye-catcher. It is not only a fashion accessory, but also a signal for tolerance and solidarity with people living with HIV and AIDS around the world.

Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, and a whole list of celebrities have partnered up to participate in Operation Bobbi Bear, an organization that helps sexually abused children in South Africa. They have each designed a unique stuffed bear, courtesy of Build-A-Bear, that will be auctioned off Dec. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Sotheby’s New York.

The Life Ball Charity has teamed up with “Arms Around the Children” for this special benefit, with funds going towards Operation Bobbi Brown. By providing aid to sexually abused children in Africa, they are hoping to minimize the risk of HIV/AIDS infections in youth.

Bruno Mars, Bill Clinton, Eva Longoria and designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Vivienne Westwood are also among those who’ve created their own special bear for the cause. If you can’t attend the auction, you can see and bid on the bears online at bobbibearauction.com.

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According to a report from Design and Trend, the pregnant singer even spoke to the United Nations in line with the said worldwide event held last December 1.

The singer spoke to the United Nations about her HIV and AIDS related initiatives during the worldwide event on December 1. Among the Grammy winner’s initiatives is her advocacy group called We Are Here Movement. The organization finances therapy for victims of AIDS and supports orphanages for HIV positive children.

Another initiative of Alicia Keys that has made news is her Keep a Child Alive foundation. The organization looks after children of HIV positive parents who cannot take care of their sons and/or daughters.

The CEO of Keep A Child Alive, Peter Twyman, told MSNBC: “Alicia realized early in her career that her extraordinary talent and her growing celebrity could be a powerful force for good.”

He continued: “And for over a decade now, she’s been a tireless fighter for the rights of those living with HIV and AIDS, her efforts having a real, positive impact on lives hanging in the balance.”

“That kind of dedication is a rare and beautiful thing,” Peter Twyman added about the R&B star.

Always one to speak up about current affairs, recent Alicia Keys news reported how she posted a simple but powerful Instagram message following the Ferguson Grand Jury.

According to a report from The Guardian, the award-winning singer stood out among all the supporters of Michael Brown.

The R&B star’s post stood out amid rants and defensive explanations about the riot that ensued after the verdict. Alicia Keys uploaded on Instagram a simple image that read “MIKE BROWN” in big, bold, white letters against a plain black background.

Aside from the said Alicia Keys news, other musicians who took to social media to express their dismay over the verdict were Beyonce, her sister Solange Knowles, and rappers Killer Mike, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, and Macklemore.

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The New York Times

ALICIA KEYS is a superstar singer who has mostly kept her clothes on and gossip off. So what is she doing in this photo, dressed only in a peace sign?

Her answer has to do with the purpose of life. Last month, as she was sickened by grim news — from the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., to the toll in Gaza and Syria — a friend of hers lobbed a provocative question about the meaning of our existence: Why are you here?

“Nobody had asked me that question before,” Keys recalled. It got her thinking about her mission in life, her legacy. She is one of the world’s best-known singers, but many of her songs have been about love or heartbreak. She has 35 million fans on Facebook and almost 20 million followers on Twitter, but she wasn’t leveraging that audience for some broader purpose.

So she is now starting a We Are Here movement to channel her music and her fans to social justice causes, from stricter gun laws to criminal justice reform, from gay rights to global girls’ education.

“I want to gather an army,” Keys told me. She wants to galvanize that infantry of fans from feeling frustrated about the world to improving it.

Keys is expecting her second child in December — the movement arises partly from her concern about the world that the child will inherit — so she decided to be photographed nude with a peace sign on her belly as an image of amity to kick off the effort.

“It’s time to get people’s attention,” she said. “People won’t be able to ignore this visual.”

She plans to kick off the We Are Here Movement on Sunday at the Social Good Summit, a grass-roots version of the annual United Nations General Assembly.

Keys says she will encourage her fans to support 12 specific groups: All Out, a gay rights organization; CARE, the aid group; Equal Justice Initiative, which combats racial inequity in the criminal justice system; the Future Project, which empowers high school students in America; Girl Rising, which supports girls’ education around the world; Keep a Child Alive, which helps children affected by H.I.V. and AIDS; Moms Rising, which supports universal prekindergarten, maternal leaves and tighter gun laws; Oxfam, which fights global poverty; Partners in Health, which tackles disease worldwide; the Trevor Project, which prevents suicide among gay and lesbian youths; the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which fights racial profiling; and War Child, which supports children in conflict areas.

To get the effort started, Keys is donating $1 million of her own money, to be divided among the 12 groups, and she hopes that her fans will make their own donations directly to the charities. A website, WeAreHereMovement.com, provides information.

There is, of course, a tradition of socially conscious musicians, and Bono has done as much as anybody to highlight the challenges of global poverty. Keys seems less inclined to lobby at Group of 8 summit meetings; rather, she says, she wants to work with fans at the grass-roots level.

As a theme for the effort, Keys released a new song, “We Are Here.” She says that her songs henceforth will do more to address racism, injustice and poverty; she aspires to be a moral voice as well as a musical one.

Keys is biracial, the daughter of a white mother and black father, and she says she has black relatives and friends who have been unjustly imprisoned. But her concerns far transcend race and gender.

So what will her fans think of her advocating on hot-button issues like stricter gun laws? On the whole, she thinks her audiences welcome such direction. Many are frustrated about social inequities, she says, but feel helpless to make a difference.

“We’re in the same head space. We think the same things,” she said. “This is bothering us, so how can we take that to the next step and do something about that, as opposed to just being angry?”

The next steps, she says, will include petitions, rallies, protests and public awareness efforts, as well as fund-raising. She also hopes to bring other artists into the effort, and she has already reached out to some.

I don’t know whether a youthful musical audience can be easily deputized into a posse for social justice. But Dr. Helene Gayle, the president of CARE, is optimistic.

“Whether or not it’s a huge financial gain, who knows?” Dr. Gayle told me. “What she’s able to do is get people to pay attention to these issues. I can talk about these issues until I’m blue in the face and do cartwheels, and I can’t get people to pay as much attention as she can. This is a huge opportunity to raise visibility.”

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Alicia Keys attended the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City.

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Pregnant Alicia Keys donned a navy belted maternity frock at Ruby Dee’s memorial service at Assembly Hall of the Riverside Church in Manhattan Saturday. The expecting 33-year-old – who’s due in December – paired her baby bump-hugging dress with a matching hat and patterned pumps.

The 15-time Grammy winner has returned to styling her locks in the same beaded braids she rocked for her Fallin’ music video debut in 2001. 

Keys – born Cook – pointed to the heavens as she serenaded the star-studded audience celebrating the Oscar-nominated actress and activist.

The R&B diva recently debuted her new song We Are Here, which should appear on her forthcoming sixth studio album.

Back in 2007, Alicia and Ruby were featured on the Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts series where they discovered their childhood Harlem homes were only a few blocks apart.

Ruby (A Raisin in the Sun, Do the Right Thing, and American Gangster) died of natural causes June 11 in her New York home at age 91.

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Last week Alicia was doing some radio promo in NYC. Check out pictures from her appearance at The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show.

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Lately Alicia has been giving us the 2001’s tease with her braided look. And I’m loving it. Check out her pictures out & about in New York City couple of days ago!

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EXCLUSIVE: Birthday boy Swizz Beatz and pregnant wife Alicia Keys seen leaving Capitale where they celebrated the musicians birthday in style

First of all please excuse me for falling a little behind with the updates. Let me start with adding pictures from Swizz Beatz’s surprise birthday party.

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