[pic] Alicia Keys Recreates Iconic Jamaica Tourism Photo

She definitely pulled it off. Here she discusses her early tomboy look.

“You are allowed to be smart,” she affirms. “You are allowed to be tough. You are allowed to be sexy … You are allowed to be yourself!!”

“I don’t have to hide anymore, I don’t have to pretend and hold back, I don’t have to think that my intelligence, beauty and sensuality are intimidating to others,” she said.

[video] Swizz Beatz Talks Attending Harvard Business School

Vlad TV links with the Monsta to talk about his ongoing experience in Harvard.

Swizz Beatz opens up about his decision to take a break from music so he could go to Harvard University Business School. He explains that after having a hand in changing billion dollar companies, it was time to go to college and learn the real language of business.
He admits that his classmates didn’t recognize him as an artist until his wife, Alicia Keys, came in one day toward the end of class. Swizz adds that he was already cool with everyone in his class, so he wasn’t treated any differently.

[video] Mashonda Confirms One of Blogosphere’s Biggest RUMORS

Its official. Mashonda has spoken on the seperation of herself and Swizz Beatz and laying out thre role that Alicia Keys played in this melodrama. She said she became suspicious after finding receipts and her intuition lead her to the truth. Well, lets hope that for the sake of the beautiful newborn child involved that they reach some common ground on their seperation.

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Swizz Beatz Responds to Alicia Keys ‘Homewrecking’ Rumors

We’ve taken a vow over here at STREET KNOWLEDGE to steer clear of all rumors, but I guess it ain’t a rumor no more once you respond to it, so with no further ado…

via Yahoo

Grammy Award-winning producer and hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz says singer Alicia Keys is not to blame for his marital breakup, he tells Usmagazine.com.

“I can no longer ignore the harmful rumors, that my friend Alicia Keys is in any way linked to my marital circumstances or to the decision that [my wife] Mashonda and I have made to separate,” Beatz tells Us.

“I am disappointed that some have chosen to try and tarnish Alicia’s reputation by irresponsibly implicating her in a situation that she has absolutely nothing to do with,” Beatz, a father of two, says. Continue reading

Tax Man Wants Swizzy to Pay Up

Source : The Life Files

It seems that stories like this are definitely the norm with news of tax problems with multi-millionaire Joe Francis(Girls Gone Wild) and Wesley Snipes having used the same attorneys to deal with there tax evasion cases.

Why is it that celebs have such trouble paying taxes? They also have the worst record with picking reputable and honest accountants or are all of them corrupt anyway.

Well mega producer Swizz Beatz has been added to the list and owes a bunch of money to the wrong people.

via TMZ

The IRS records show there’s a tax lien of $842,644.52 against Swizz (real name Kasseem Dean) and his estranged wife, Mashonda. By comparison, former NFL legend Bernie Kosar owes $228K, and Mini-Me has a $300K lien.

We put in a call to Violator Management, but haven’t heard back yet.

First Jordan, Now Alicia Has Swollen Cords

In a surprising twist to a story reported earlier this week about Jordin Sparks dropping out of a planned tour with Alicia Keys due to vocal cord hemorrhage, Keys has now cancelled her first two shows due to swollen vocal cords.

Reuters :The 27-year-old R&B singer scrapped Tuesday’s show in Pittsburgh, the third stop of the tour, and has also pulled the plug on Thursday’s concert in Cleveland.
The tour is expected to resume in Columbus on Saturday. Tickets for the Cleveland show will be honored at Columbus, said J Records.

Hope fully these two will be back in great form and give their fans the powerful performances they are famous for giving.
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Clive Davis Davis Steps Down as Sony BMG Head..

Source: International Herald Tribune

Music industry legend Clive Davis is stepping down as head of Sony BMG Music Entertainment as the industry reshapes and looks to tighten budgets and focus on more lucrative things like ringtones. The old guard definetly is on its way out and artists will not enjoy big budgets when sales are down and digital sales have not yet replaced falling cd sales:

On Thursday, Sony BMG Music Entertainment said that Davis would give up his corporate role as head of its BMG division and control of its RCA Label Group for a new creative post.

Barry Weiss, the chief of the company’s Zomba Label Group, will become chairman and chief executive of the BMG Label Group, overseeing RCA and Zomba, and an array of artists like Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, OutKast and Kelly Clarkson.

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Alicia Keys : “Gangsta Rap Ploy to Make Black People Kill Each Other”

Alicia keys stars as Georgia Sykes, a seductive yet ruthless assassin, in Smokin� Aces, a high-octane, ensemble flick co-starring Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Andy Garcia and Common.
Source: My Way News/AP via Blender

Ohh how sweet it is to find out that some of your most sanitized commercial artists are really not as squeaky clean and dumb as you would like them to be. With political season in high gear, it is only right that a R&B mega-star would add some of her most controversial theories to an image that has always been just shut up and sing.

There’s another side to Alicia Keys: conspiracy theorist. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine:

“‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”

Keys, 27, said she’s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing ’em dead,” according to an interview in the magazine’s May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.

Another of her theories: That the bicoastal feud between slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.”

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