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Alicia Keys Dedicated Her ‘Blended Family’ Song to Husband’s Ex-Wife

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Blended families are very common nowadays. According to US Census stats 40% of married couples in America are stepcouples with at least one partner having a child form a previous relationship before marriage. And in fact 100 million Americans have a step relationship.

Singer and The Voice coach Alicia Keys is included in this demographic.

She is married and has two son (6-year old Egypt Daoud and 1-year old Genesis Ali) with  producer/rapper Swizz Beatz  (real name: Kasseem Dean) who also has a son 9-year old Kasseem Jr. with his ex-wife Mashonda; a daughter 8-year old Nicole with ex- singer Jahna Sebastian; and a 15-year old son Prince Nassir with ex Nicole Levy. It has been a not -so-smooth road, but today, all has been forgiven and to commemorate their blended family, Keys released a song dedicated to her blended family, but in particular, Mashonda.

In the lyrics, she also sings directly to her step kids. It’s a lovely song. There is a lot of buzz and commentary about it on the net. Have a listen:

Alicia Keys Hops on the Celebrity #NoMakeUp Train; Looks Stunning Doing It

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This week, Alicia Keys launched a mini self-empowerment movement to go makeup free. She wrote an essay on Lenny Letter sharing her journey.

“Women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect,” she wrote. “One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”

“Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.”

Her husband Swizz Beatz joined in the effort and Instagrammed a now widely circulated photo of his wife who looks absolutely stunning without makeup.

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She isn’t the first celebrity to embrace #Nomakeup and shared a selfie on social media to expose their true and real selves sans make up. Cameron Diaz did recently while promoting her new book. Lady Gaga, Gigi Hadid and Cindy Crawford have braved the makeupless route. And as in the photo collage above, Kim Kardashian, Gwynth Paltrow, Tyra Banks and Jennifer Lopez too have gone makeup free in social media.

Michelle Klug curated a few more:

Check out Celebs Who Really Went Makeup-Free for Selfies

by Michelle Klug at Mode

photos: Lenny Letter/Instagram

Alicia Keys gives birth to 2nd son, Genesis Ali

Congrats to Alicia Keys and her husband producer Swizz Beatz on the birth of their second son on Saturday, December 27. 
The couple, who are parents to 2-year old son Egypt, named the new addition Genesis Ali. 


“The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy!! we are so grateful!” the Grammy winner captioned her birth announcement which was the newborn’s feet print, with the  the hashtag “blessings” and six hearts. 

Bono kisses Alicia Keys’ bump, Inside her and Swizz Beatz’ baby shower



Alicia Keys is not scheduled to deliver her second child with hubby producer Swizz Beatz until December 31, but her bump had early blessings in the form of a kiss from legendary US front man Bono
Keys shared the endearing photo on her Instagram amount this week.
While checking out that super cute photo, we spotted some pics from her baby shower earlier this month. 
The couple hosted the blessed event themselves with help from Beatz’ mom. They are parents to 3-year old son, Egypt. 
Nice!

photos: Instagram

9 Times Alicia Keys proved she may be the hardest working pregnant musician

I see Carrie Underwood out here grinding, hosting award shows, performing at concerts all throughout her first pregnancy and I think to myself, “now that’s the hardest working pregnant musician right now.”
Then, last night, I spot Alicia Keys a month and a half from her due date on stage across the pond in Glasgow, Scotland pounding on a baby grande!
I think to myself, well Keys is a true contender with all the globe trotting and bi-coastal criss crossing she has been doing this last trimester in her second pregnancy. 
Above is a photo collage of 9 times, the mutli-Grammy award winning, platinum selling artist was out there grinding for causes, promoting her new single “#WeAreHere” and performing or making appearances at events worldwide.
1. On September 16 Keys who truly broke out with her hit 2001 song “Fallin” appeared  on the The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show in New York City
2. The “Girl on Fire” singer performed during the Ruby Dee Memorial Service at Assembly Hall of the Riverside Church on September 20, 2014 in New York City during the day.


3.  Then she schlepped across country to perform onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada that same day but at night. What?!!?
4. The Secret Lives of Bees actress then headed back to New York City the next day to  the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21 in New York City.
5. The following week, the Billboards chart-topper was back in New York City at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 27.
6. The  next month, Egypt’s mom and dad Swizz Beatz attended the Angel Ball 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street on October 20, 2014. 
7.  Keys was spotted backstage during We Can Survive 2014 on the left coast at the Hollywood Bowl on October 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
8. Then was out again with the hubster at the Keep A Child Alive‘s 11th annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City.
9. Last night, Keys performed during the outside broadcast of the MTV EMA‘s 2014 at the 02 Academy on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Phew! If anyone every tells you pregnancy is a fragile and delicate condition and that pregnant women need to slow down and take things slow, show them this post! That girl is on fire!

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BumpDay: Kate Middleton, Alicia Keys, Jill Duggar, Molly Sims

Here’s what our pregnant celeb stars we’re “bump watching” are up to this week:

Kate Middleton made her first public appearance since her 2nd pregnancy was announced (US Weekly)

Alicia Keys bumped it up at the Angel Ball in New York City on Monday. (Black Celeb Kids)

Jill Duggar and husband Derrick Dillard are expecting a baby boy (E!Online)

Molly Sims also rocked the ‘red carpet’ at the Elle event on Monday (Daily Mail)

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Alicia Keys celebrates son’s birthday protesting to #BringBackOurGirls

Yesterday was Alicia Keys’ son Egypt’s 4th birthday and she celebrated  by protesting in New York City demanding the return of the 276 youngsters snatched from a Nigerian boarding school by members of militant group Boko Haram.
It has been 6 months since the girls were taken and on the anniversary of their abduction, several celebs and advocates marched holding signs reading, “We Are Here” and “Safe Schools Now!” 
They chanted phrases like, “Bring back our girls” and “When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!”.
Keys producer husband Swizz Beatz joined her at the rally. She spoke during the rally indicating that being a parent made her empathetic to the other parents wanting their children’s return. 
“Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing,” she said during the rally. “And it is just outrageous that that’s going on.”
She posted the above photo on her Instagram account of the event. 

Global Citizen Festival: Pregnant Carrie Underwood and Alicia Keys; and moms Beyonce and Gwen Stefani rock the summit concert

Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms and alums rocked the Central Park concert which wrapped the 3rd  annual Global Citizen Summit Festival to end Poverty by 2030 yesterday, Saturday, September 27.  
The event,  is the part of  the Global Citizen initiative, and put on by the Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization whose mission is to grow the number and effectiveness of Global Citizens to achieve the public, business and political commitment and action to end extreme poverty by 2030. 

On Friday, first time mom-to-be Carrie Underwood looked radiant in a navy while performing a 35 minute set! Wow! Pregnant ladies rock.

That performance was followed by the new The Voice coach and recently turned mom to three boys Gwen Stefani  who reunited with her band No Doubt on some old and newer hits.

Another preggers mom, Alicia Keys, crooned and played the piano in a soul-wretching set at the event that focused on global poverty problems.

Finally, Jay Z headlined today’s concert and brought out his wife Beyonce Knowles Carter on a few tracks in the end in a surprise performance.

Bravo ladies (and gent) on doing your part to help fight global poverty!

photo: MSNBC, Getty, Starcast

Alicia Keys poses nude with a public service message

Alicia Keys became the latest in a slew of celebrity women to pose nude while pregnant but Keys’ share on her Instagram account this Saturday was for a good cause. 
In the pic with her only covering her bare breasts with her hands, the singer-songwriter plugged her new world peace campaign linked to her latest song and hashtag movement, #WeAreHere.
“‘It’s you and me on a mission to create a kinder and more peaceful world’: Alicia Keys posted this photo of her bare pregnant tummy on Saturday with a peace sign painted on it to help promote the #WeAreHere Movement,” she captioned the photo. 
Keys and her husband producer/ recording artist Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child. The my are parents to their 3-year old toddler Egypt. The couple announced the news this past July. Keys is 8 months preggers. 
Here are other celebrity women who posed nude while pregnant since Demi Moore did it in Vanity Fair in 1991, including Nia Long, Tia Mowry, Mariah Carey and Kim Zolciak-Biermann

Usher kisses Alicia Keys Bump at iHeart Radio Music Fest

So cute was Usher tonight at the iHeartRadio Music Festival kissing Alicia Keys‘ growing baby bump backstage during the weekend event at the MGM Village in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Keys and her husband producer/recording artist Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child together.
The couple are parents to 2-year old Egypt.
Adorbs!