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4 Things to Know About Alicia Keys



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It’s no secret that Alicia Keys is one of the most well-known household musical artist names of all time. As a 15 time Grammy winner, she is the epitome of true talent.  Although you may think of her as a pop star now, the truth is it all started for a love of playing the piano. Alicia Keys started as Alicia Augello Cook and was a classically trained pianist. 

Despite selling over 90 million records worldwide, making her one of the best selling music artists in the world, she’s also paved the way for African Americans. She is the ultimate success story of someone who came from a rough neighborhood and climbed her way to the top.  But that’s not all. 

Here are some of the most important things you should know about Alicia Keys.

She is a Philathropist


That’s right, not only is she a Grammy winner and one of the most beautiful faces on the planet, but she is also a philanthropist. She is known for her dedication to many causes from social justice to criminal justice reform. 

You’ll also see her name pop up as an activist for gender equality, not to mention she co-founded the nonprofit organization known as Keep a Child alive which provides medication to HIV/AIDS affected families in Africa and India. So, if you were looking for reasons to love her just a little bit more, you can add that to your list.

She Can Act

As if we didn’t love her enough as it was, not only can the girl sing, but she can act. She started venturing into acting in 2006, when she debuted in the action movie known as Smokin’ Aces. Following this film she played a role in the movie The Nanny Diaries, and The Secret Life of Bees. 


She’s also made several television appearances on shows such as Charmed and Empire. For the most part her performances were very well received by critics and appreciated by audiences around the globe.

She Is a Mom

While many people think of her as a recording artist, many don’t realize that she’s also a mom. In 2010, Alicia Keys married producer/rapper Kaseem Dean and they had two children together. She prides herself in teaching her children the importance of self acceptance and natural beauty. She is committed to an authentic approach to parenting and wants her children to know that life is about so much more than just fame and success.

She Doesn’t Wear Makeup


Several years ago, Alicia decided that she would start embracing natural beauty to its fullest. Not only does she appreciate a natural look, but she resists makeup altogether. You’ll never see her wearing anything more than a little bit of face cream. 

That’s right— no false lashes, no lip injections, and not even a little blush. She’s all about the process of embracing who we are in our natural form, which for her means no makeup whatsoever. 

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