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Alicia Keys Covers Prince at Tribeca Film Festival: ‘We Lost Someone Very Special’

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Alicia Keys had a bittersweet night at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom on Thursday (April 21). She was there to celebrate the release of her new short film, The Gospel, and play new songs from her forthcoming album at the Tribeca Film Festival. But she was also mourning the death of one of her biggest inspirations, Prince.

“We lost someone very special,” she said onstage. “Prince showed me what it means to be an artist…how to be bold and brazen.”

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Alicia Keys Announces New Music, and ‘SNL’ Performance

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Alicia Keys has announced that new music is finally on the way!

The R&B songstress took to her newly-launched Snapchat account, AKStreetGoddess, to make the big announcement.

“I’ve been dying to share some news with you for awhile,” said Keys in a clip posted Saturday (Apr. 16). “You’ve been asking and asking and it’s finally real. That’s right. I have new music to share with you and I’m gonna be performing in the next couple of weeks.”

Keys is set to showcase her new music on “Saturday Night Live” on May 7. “That’s right,” she added. “I’ll be performing my new music in my city, my hometown city, the best city in the world to me…on an iconic New York stage.”

Alicia has been in the studio with Pharrell and Swizz Beatz working on her first album since 2012’s Girl on Fire.

In addition to unleashing new material, Keys is also gearing up to join “The Voice” as a coach for the show’s upcoming 11th season.

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21 R&B Videos from the 2000s To Get You Ready for Spring Love!

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Ah, spring! The season where the weather is nice, the flowers start to bloom, and R&B songs reign supreme!

As the weather finally went from drab to fab in the blink of an eye, I couldn’t help but play one of my favorite songs dedicated to the spring: Stevie B’s 1988 hit-single “Spring Love”.  Now, in the midst of me bobbin’ my head while the wind blew through and hit my bad hair day chia pet hair, I realized that this is the season that is the precursor to the official choose up season (word to Eric B.). It is in the spring that you engage in the drafting to the choose up season…if you will. It is with spring that you start laying down the good talk game to secure your spot for the playoff season if you’re in the market to be traded or do the trading.

Of course though, we all know that R&B is literally the genre of love (and heartache, but we’ll save that for another list), so it was only right that we delivered a list of R&B songs/videos from the 2000s to get you ready for spring love! What better way to let the one you’re checkin’ for know that they’ve caught your eye then to play them a track from one of the best eras (I’m not here to let you debate me, so don’t try) of music ever made?

Jump into our list of “21 R&B Videos from The 2000’s to Get You Ready for Spring Love” below!

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Alicia Keys Sends Video Valentine to Speaker Paul Ryan

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to receive a video Valentine from Alicia Keys the singer has given us an example with her new message to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Keys has been very active in her passion to help end the mass incarceration of non-violent crime offenders, a situation which constantly breaks up families and affects them forever.

Taking a surprising approach with this video, Keys addresses Ryan (by his first name, asking, “Can I call you Paul?”) with a little sweet talk, saying, “I recently saw a picture of you working out and I was like, ‘Mmm, I never saw the Speaker of the House working out before. He must be cool!’

“Are you cool, Paul?” she asks before daring him to “show me how cool you are. In fact you can even maybe be my Valentine if you help me spread some love.”

The love she is referring to is a vote to reform “excessive incarceration” to “keep families together and reunite those that have been unjustly torn apart.” She then shows off a Valentine’s Day card that says “You have a heart of gold,” and instructs viewers to go to WeAreHereMovement.com where they can send their own Valentines to Ryan.

“You’re welcome in advance for the thousand little love notes that are coming your way,” Keys coos slightly menacingly to Ryan, revealing the real purpose behind the video — to bombard the Speaker with pleas from citizens to enact justice reform.

Watch her seductive video message below.

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Alicia Keys Fights for #JusticeReformNow Through Change.Org Campaign

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Alicia Keys continues to spread her activist wings, following President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, the R&B star has endorsed a new movement on Change.org: #JusticeReformNOW.

The movement is on behalf of the president’s request that Congress pass a criminal justice reform bill as soon as possible to, as Keys notes, “scale back overly harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.” The singer/activist is asking for 1 million signatures on a petition that she will then take directly to President Obama and Congress.

Read Keys’ full letter below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys and Jussie Smollett Perform “Powerful” on ‘EMPIRE’

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On Wednesday night, Alicia Keys made her anticipated guest appearance on FOX’s ‘EMPIRE,’ starring as a pop singer named Skye Summers.

Keys character forms a deep connection with Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and they collaborate on a duet called “Powerful,” which touches on the issue of racial justice, and heralds the power of the everyday man.

“There’s so much strength in you and me… Change comes when we all take a stand,” sing Keys and Smollett.

Watch their performance of the song below, and if you like it you can pick up the duet on Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2 Volume 1, which is on iTunes now.

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New Music: Jussie Smollett and Alicia Keys – Powerful

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Alicia Keys is the latest star to join the revolving guest lineup on FOX’s Empire.

Keys guest stars on next week’s episode (“Sinned Against”) as Skye Summers, a pop singer who forms a “deep connection” with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). The two collaborate on a duet called “Powerful,” which touches on the issue of racial justice, and heralds the power of the everyday man. “There’s so much strength in you and me… Change comes when we all take a stand,” sing Keys and Smollett.

“From women’s rights to gay rights, there’s always an underlying theme,” Keys tells ESSENCE. “James Baldwin said, ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.'”

The song is featured on Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2 Volume 1, which is on iTunes now. The soundtrack is produced by Timbaland, NE-YO, J.R. Rotem and Swizz Beatz. Take a listen to the soaring duet below:

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First Look: John Legend and Alicia Keys Perform for ‘Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America’

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This Friday, November 20, A&E will air the exclusive concert and special “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America” and “Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America,” beginning at 8 PM ET.

Artists including Aloe Blacc, Andra Day, Nick Jonas, Tom Morello, Smokey Robinson and Big Sean will join the previously announced performers including John Legend, Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Tori Kelly, Miguel, Pink, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Pharrell Williams. LL Cool J, Marshall Faulk, Morgan Freeman, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Kurt Warner and Nick Young are among the presenters joining the telecast.

Alicia Keys, John Legend and Pharrell Williams took extraordinary journeys to Baltimore, Ferguson and Charleston, where they met with a diverse group of residents in communities at the center of the national conversation on racial inequality and violence. Joined by NPR’s Michele Norris with John Legend in Ferguson, award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien with Pharrell Williams in Charleston and ABC News’ Byron Pitts with Alicia in Baltimore, these visits included intimate discussions and special private performances by each for those most effected. These incredibly moving, heart wrenching and eye-opening moments will be featured throughout the two-hour concert, as well as in the one-hour special, “Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America,” airing immediately following the concert on A&E Network and AOL.com at 10 PM ET/PT.

Take an early look at Keys and Legends performances during their visits to Baltimore and Ferguson with the clips below:

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