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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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New Music: Alicia Keys – 28 Thousand Days

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Alicia Keys has returned with a new single, which accompanies her new campaign with Levi’s Jeans.

Titled “28 Thousand Days,” the new release – which references the average number of days of a human’s life span (76 years) – has A. Keys belting out some uplifting lyrics for those who are in need of motivation.

Cooing out, “There’s only 28,000 days / Who would you love, where would you go, what would you celebrate? / I’m tellin’ you that life’s too short to just throw it away / So have the time of your life,” she gives you the encouragement of a lifetime in just under 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Prepping for the release of her follow-up album to 2012’s Girl On Fire, Alicia has been in the studio with her hubby Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams, among others.

Take a listen to her new song below:

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Alicia Keys Tapped by Levi’s for New Women’s Denim Campaign

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Alicia Keys has expanded her brand into the fashion and technology worlds in the past, but for her latest move she has been recruited by Levi’s to be their new brand ambassador leading a campaign for an entirely revamped women’s denim line.

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Watch: The Weeknd and Alicia Keys Perform on BET Awards

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The Weeknd had a big surprise in store for his first ever performance at the BET Awards.

After opening with his heavy-hitting new single “The Hills,” the lights alternated from red to indigo and the XO star transitioned into his 50 Shades of Grey hit “Earned It.” After singing a few notes, Abel was joined on stage by Alicia Keys who surprised by debuting a new duet of the seductive slow burner.

The R&B songstress belted the sexy lyrics, while The Weeknd returned with ad libs before it became a full-blown duet—with Alicia on the keys and Abel center stage.

Check it out below:

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