mySTYLE Celebrity of the Week: Alicia Keys

As the lyrics in her latest song suggest “I am a Superwoman. Even when I’m a mess, I still put on a vest with an S on my chest,” R&B superstar Alicia Keys continues to inspire us all via song, film, and philanthropy.

Breaking ground with the Grammy Award winning debut “Songs In A Minor(2001),” Alicia Keys has proven, in just seven years, what it takes to shine on the charts while also utilizing the gift of song and celebrity to aid others.

Serving as an Ambassador for ‘Keep A Child Alive’ since its inception in 2003, Keys has shed new light on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the need for donors. With headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, Keep A Child Alive provides life-saving medication to children and families around the world and in African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa.

“Keep A Child Alive’s mission is to empower and inspire people to act and save lives,” says Keys.

Keys’ “Superwoman” powers were tested earlier this month with the organization’s 5th Annual Black Ball. Stars like Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake were pulled to the event by Keys who laughs “I bat my eyes and I wink. We have great conversation and they show up,” when asked how she was able to pull off attendance from major stars like Tyra Banks and John Mayer.

While the “Superwoman” singer has tons of awards on her mantle including a 2008 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (“No One”), Keys says she is clearly more focused today than she’s ever been before.

“I’ve come more into my own, and really, with experience comes confidence and a little bit more of awareness of how I would like to do it, having learned from the past.”

Former ‘Honey’ star Jessica Alba agrees with Keys’ growth and her amazing work with ‘Keep A Child Alive:’ “What she’s done with this organization, the money and awareness she’s raised, is incredible.”

Even if she’s not quite a ‘Superwoman,’ Alicia Keys is certainly proving that nothing is impossible, as the lyrics in “Superwoman” state “Yes I will. Yes I can !” —— By: Njai Joszor


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