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Alicia Keys, Andra Day Perform at Democratic National Convention

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On the second night of the Democratic Nation Convention (July 26), in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party was supported by two powerful female R&B voices.

Kicking off the early evening speeches was rising star Andra Day, who has been one busy lady, performing all across the U.S. this year. She helped escalate the already positive atmosphere  in the arena by belting out her break-out hit single “Rise Up.”

Following the headlining speech by former President Bill Clinton, Alicia Keys closed out the evening with a strong set, including “Superwoman” and “In Common.”

Both ladies delivered riveting performances with messages of unity. Check them out below.

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Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Maxwell, Rihanna & More Participate In Mic’s ’23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America’ PSA

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Many of music’s biggest artists have participated in Mic’s new campaign “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America,” to use their voices in support of the many black Americans who’ve lost their lives due to racially-motivated biases.

One by one, artists such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, Pharrell, Adam Levine, Bono, Janelle Monáe, Pink, Queen Latifah, Common, Swizz Beatz, Lenny Kravitz, ASAP Rocky, and more list the everyday, mundane things that victims were doing at the time that they were killed.

Non-music celebs who also participated in the video are Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tracee Ellis-Ross, and more.

It’s all for a petition at WeAreHereMovement.com to demand the government take action for a “radical change to heal a long history of systemic racism.”

Watch the PSA below and sign the petition at the link above.

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Alicia Keys Performs “In Common” at BET Awards

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Alicia Keys put on her musical hat for a one-woman performance of her new single “In Common” during Sunday’s BET Awards.

“Microphone check,” she repeated into the numerous mics around the front of the stage, surrounding a setup that included three keyboards and an acoustic guitar. Rocking a head wrap and sunglasses, as well as a glittery red jacket, the songstress switched up instruments throughout the set, cueing up beats and adjusting tempos.

Keys most recently released her other new single “Hallelujah,” performing both that and “In Common” on “Saturday Night Live.” She also just dropped a new short film Let Me In on World Humanitarian Day on June 20, shining a light on the world’s refugee crisis.

Her sixth album, the follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire, is due later this summer.

Check out the performance below.

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Alicia Keys Talks New Music, Insecurity, Son’s Production, Family Life with Swizz Beatz and More

Alicia Keys swung double interview duty at Hot 97 on Monday. First, the R&B superstar, who just released her powerful new short film Let Me In, caught up with the whole Ebro In The Morning crew. Speaking with Laura, Rosenberg and Old Man Ebro, the “In Common” singer talked about her new music and anticipated upcoming album. She also spoke about the purpose and creation of the Let Me In film, her no make-up movement, how her 5-year-old son Egypt made a track that Kendrick Lamar used on his surprise project Untitled Unmastered, and how she spent Father’s Day with hubbie Swizz Beatz.

Additionally, Alicia hit the couch for a second interview of her visit with Nessa. During their chat, she continued to elaborate on some of the similar topics, but also she discussed her experience being insecure about herself and why she became so honest in her music.

“One of the reasons I started talking so honestly, and so clearly and trying to understand because I found out I became so…censored,” she said. “I became so politically freakin’ correct it was like too much. I can’t even have an opinion. I was so annoyed at myself for valuing peoples opinions of me so much that it would change the choice I would make naturally for myself so that they would approve of my choice, or my opinion. And it started to become too much. I feel like we do this as human beings, but especially as women.”

Alicia’s currently-untitled new album may drop in August, and we might even get some beats from her son on there, although she hasn’t went that route yet.

Check out both new interviews below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys Releases Powerful Short Film ‘Let Me In’

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In honor and celebration of World Humanitarian Day, Alicia Keys is shining a light on the refugee crisis with her new short film, Let Me In.

The film reimagines the refugee crisis on America’s shores, displacing thousands in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who must seek safety and well being by crossing the border into Mexico. Starring Alicia Keys, the nearly 12-minute film follows her and her family’s struggle to reach safety in the midst of conflict.

“I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” said Keys. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”

The Jonathan Olinger-directed film was created in partnership with Keys movement We Are Here, along with CARE, Oxfam, and War Child, to raise awareness and reinvigorate the conversation around the refugee crisis currently affecting 65 million people. It features Alicia’s brand new song, “Hallelujah,” which is off her upcoming, currently-untitled album.

Watch the powerful film below.

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New Music: Alicia Keys – Hallelujah

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After premiering the song on ‘SNL,’ Alicia Keys releases a stream of her commanding new song “Hallelujah.”

Over the cinematic track lead by subtle piano and light percussion, Keys looks for a place where “feelings and faith begin.”

“When all hope disappears, please protect me from my tears / I need you right by my side / Hallelujah, hallelujah let me in,” she sings.

Alicia is prepping for the release of her sixth studio album, which has been preceded by the first single “In Common.” Keys continues her natural, no make-up movement on this single artwork as well, showing off her natural freckles.

Take a listen to the studio version of “Hallelujah” below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys Pays Tribute to Prince with Outstanding “How Come You Don’t Call Me” Performance

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Back in April, we reported that Alicia Keys had paid tribute to Prince during her Tribeca Film Festival performance at the Highline Ballroom.

She was there to celebrate the release of her new short film, The Gospel, and play new songs from her forthcoming album. 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.”

Toward the end of her set, she returned to her idol, describing how they spoke on the phone at the beginning of her career. “I was scared!” she recalls. “He was a very cool dude — the swaggiest that there ever was.”

A. Keys then played her soulful cover of Prince’s classic piano ballad “How Come U Don’t Call Me,” from her 2001 debut album Songs in A Minor. “There was nobody like him before,” she told the crowd afterward, “and there’s not going to be anybody like him after.”

Now, to continue celebrating the music icon on what would have been his 58th birthday, Alicia has shared some amazing official footage of her tribute performance.

Watch her special gift to Prince and us below.

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Alicia Keys Performs “In Common” on ‘Graham Norton’

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Alicia Keys gets live in London.

After performing her brand new single “In Common” on “SNL” and “The Voice” last month, the R&B songstress took a trip across the pond to perform on BBC One’s “The Graham Norton Show.”

Standing behind her piano, and still celebrating the #NoMakeUp movement, Keys delivered a rousing rendition of the head bobbing cut. Donning a sparkling black jacket, she stepped out from behind the piano to sing about what she’s got “In Common” with her lover.

Her anticipated sixth studio album, which follow’s 2012’s Girl on Fire, is due later this summer.

Also while visiting the U.K., Alicia stopped by 1Xtra for a new interview, where she discussed natural confidence and female imagery, her upcoming LP, her 5-year-old song Egypt and how he already has produced for Kendrick Lamar.

Check out the performance and interview below.

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