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Alicia Keys ‘W Magazine’ Shoot

Alicia Keys is featured in the latest issue of W magazine.  The “No One” singer showcases an edgy and dark look for the photo shoot. This in-depth interview dives into Keys’ music career and how she felt when she first stepped into the industry.

Here’s what Keys had to say about debuting as an artist:

“I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew. We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up—I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before.”

“I was a young girl with very strong ideas but no experience. I just knew that everything else I was doing was wrong—that all the suggestions weren’t what was in my mind, they weren’t what it was meant to be.”

“How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am? People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began.”


Read the full interview at

Swizz Beatz Takes Kids To UK To Celebrate Daughter’s Birthday

Swizz Beatz is definitely a proud poppa. The rapper/producer took sons Nasir and Kasseem Jr. all the way to the UK to celebrate his daughter Nicole‘s birthday. Little Nicole, who was dressed as a princess, turned three-years-old. To express his excitement, Beatz tweeted a bunch of photos so his followers and fans could see his kids.  Check out some pictures below. If you’re wondering what venue the party was held at, it was  at Kids Space in Croydon, UK.


Selita Banks, Mashonda, Tami Roman & More Attend OK Magazine’s Sexiest Singles Party

Some of Hollywood’s most gorgeous women came out for  OK Magazine’s Sexiest Singles Party in New York City, NY.  Audrina Patridge, Selita Banks, Tami Roman, Tika Sumpter, and Mashonda Tifrere were just some of the ladies that attended the party. Normally, there are a few fashion misses, but all the ladies seemed to dress to impress that night.

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Mashonda Does KING Magazine [Photo Spread & Interview Snippets]

Love & Hip Hop star Mashonda covers the latest issue of KING magazine. The singer and ex-wife of producer Swizz Beatz wasn’t afraid to show off her curves for the cover and feature spread inside the magazine.  More picture s of Mashonda below.

Mashonda on:

… Her Loyalty Tattoo
I got it a year after everything started going downhill. It’s a reminder to me that I have to be loyal to myself for once.
I was so loyal to everyone, and I totally forgot about me. This is what it represents—it represents loyalty to self. Now I have to do things that I love to do, and I have to make myself happy, because I don’t really agree when people say, “I need a man ’cause I want to be happy,” or “I’m not happy because I don’t have a man.” That’s not where it starts. Happiness starts from within, and that’s in my focus.

Love & Hip-Hop.
I did a few episodes [first], then ended up doing a lot of episodes because the chemistry was perfect with me and Emily. I ended up being a recurring guest, and it worked out perfectly, because I’m on the show and people get to see me and hear my stories. But it’s not like a character that’s 100 percent there.

… Being Emily’s Support System
At the time that we shot, I was in a great place, so that’s what made the difference. I felt like that was my therapy, and that’s all I wanted to do. Anytime I’d log in to Facebook or Twitter, there would be tons of women reaching out to me, thanking me for sharing my story. Those messages gave me a lot of strength, a lot of courage. From that point on, I just wanted to help women, and Emily being a good friend of mine, it was easy for me to go on there and talk to her and be honest.

…Having Male Groupies
[Laughs] Oh, Lord, you know what, I show everybody love. But I don’t like the word “groupie”—it’s so harsh. I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with one person admiring another person.

Source — KING Magazine and

Mashonda dishes on Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys wanting a “Mommy” title in ‘Sister 2 Sister’

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Mashonda, ex-wife of Swizz Beatz, opens up in the October issue of Sister 2 Sister Magazine. The singer speaks candidly on  her marriage to Beatz and being disregarded by Alicia Keys. Mashonda also tells the magazine how Alicia Keys wanted  her son to call her mommy. Read the interview below.

On Alicia Asking Kasseem Jr. to call her ‘Mommy’:

S2S: You said that Alicia wanted your baby to call her “mommy”. How do you know that she said that?

Mashonda: My son told me.

S2S: And you told her that is not going to happen?

Mashonda: Yeah. I sent her an email and asked her to please respect what I am to him and it’s not right for her to think that is okay. She never replied. She doesn’t reply to me. She has never given me that respect.

S2S: What does Swizz say?

Mashonda: He said okay, he would stop it. He wouldn’t let her do it.

S2S: That would be kind of confusing for the child.

Mashonda: Oh, it is. It is so unfair to the child. I have been in contact with the little girls mother (the woman in England who has Swizz’s baby). She’s a young girl. She’s a spiritual girl. She apologized to me… I don’t even judge her. I can’t. She’s totally different than the other one. This other one knew. Alicia knew about me 100 percent. Swizz introduced me at prior events. They were signed to the same record company. She knew. And I emailed her and asked her to stop doing what she was doing and she disregarded me. Just like she disregarded me when I asked her to not have my son thinking it was okay to call her “umi.” You’re not his umi. You just met my son.

S2S: “Umi” is like “mommy”?
Mashonda: “Umi” means “mommy” in Arabic. I’m like no. And then after I spoke to the lady in London, she told me that she tried to get her daughter to call her “umi” as well.

S2S: She’s met the lady in London?
Mashonda: Yes. I’m glad she’s having her own child now because now she will have someone to call her “umi”.

S2S: Wow.
Mashonda: Like, if you want to be a stepmother, that’s great. Be a stepmother. But don’t think that it’s okay to make a kid call you “umi” or “mommy.”

On why she continues to talk about this if she moved on

Mashonda: People ask me why am I still talking about this and why don’t I just leave it alone. I’m like, this is going to help somebody. My story is a universal thing. This is not just something that only happened to me: This happens to women every day. Mine was just ugly. If I can help the next woman get through and be positive, then I’m going to talk about it.

S2S: Were you guys dating other people before he got with Alicia? Were you guys separated?

We were married. Sleeping in the same bed and having sex every night while he was seeing Alicia. Okay? It was an affair. 100 percent. I don’t know why people want to change that rule so much. We had just had a kid, for crying out loud. Our child was 8 months. I found out about Alicia two days before my son turned 1. They had been doing their thing for months before that.

Source: Sister2Sister and Singersroom

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