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307 - Alicia Keys

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She’s just a girl and she’s on fire... A moça dessa canção é obviamente ela própria, Alicia Keys no seu melhor momento. Aos 31 anos, Keys cresceu, amadureceu, casou, tornou-se mãe e acima de tudo conquistou uma coisa importante que lhe faltava: confiança plena em si. Ouça ela mesma contando como foi essa grande transformação!
by MARCEL ANDERS



ENTERTAINMENT

When Speak Up interviewed American R&B singer and actress Alicia Keys in 2008 [issue 274 - ed.], she told us that it had been a difficult year. She had spent much of it nursing a sick relative and she felt exhausted. Since then she has, however, bounced back . She has married and become a mother and she is working on a number of film, theatre and musical projects. Pride of place goes to . her album, Girl on Fire, which was released in November on the RCA label. Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello-Cook to a biracial couple in New York. She was in born in 1981 and this means that she has entered her thirties since our last interview. Yet she doesn’t seem to be worried about growing older:

Alicia Keys (Standard/African American/New York accent)

Women, I think, just get naturally, increasingly , more delicious with time. Like I find that I’ll sometimes look at women who are 50 or 60, and I’m like : “ Man , there’s something about them,” that there’s like a regality or like a confidence . That I used to look at them and be like : “What is that? What is that? How do they have that thing?” And it’s like really cool. So I look forward to just getting better over time!

SHOW BUSINESS
Alicia Keys has been a star since her early twenties, but she reckons that she is now better at dealing with life in the entertainment industry:

Alicia Keys

Now being a mother and being married, like it is the next chapter of my life. And there’s certain things that come with that. Like you’re not going to do the same things that you did before. And you’re not going to take the same crap that you took before , to be honest, you know. You become in a place where you’re like: “You know what? Here’s my life, and I don’t really want to deal with that extra stuff any more!” I think when I first started in this business, or when I was in my early twenties, it’s like you’re kind of be more willing to take people’s crap because, one: you don’t probably know that much better , or, two: you feel like you have to, to do whatever. And it’s like then you get to a place where you’re like: “I don’t have to do this!” And it’s not just because I’m me or because I’m quote, unquote “successful” or something like that. It’s just period . It’s just a life understanding that like I don’t have to deal with things that I don’t feel comfortable with, you know. You just... it’s a life choice.

FREEDOM?
She also feels that she is handling stardom better these days:

Alicia Keys

This interesting world, this interesting entertainment world, it can free you or it can jail you. And it’s so crazy, you know, how that can happen. And it happens for many reasons, and different reasons for different people. But I think that it’s so interesting because here you have this opportunity to speak and say and sing and reach so many people. And that in itself is a freedom, you know. That in itself is a privilege, it’s a freedom, it’s a power. And then, at the other side, sometimes I think, you know, you could end up feeling so restricted at the same time. And so I think, in some ways, in certain periods of my life, I did feel restricted or misunderstood or unable to be fully myself or whatever. And, you know, it’s different now, though.

More from Alicia

Q: So what is “a girl on fire?”

AK: What makes me “a girl on fire” is finally finding my place, finally standing confidently in my space . And this is what makes anyone a “girl on fire”. Maybe you’re not a girl, but you’re still “on fire.” It means you’re a 100 per cent confident. That doesn’t mean you’re perfect, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have any insecurities. It just means that you are confident and comfortable being yourself.

Q: Is it different from before?

AK: It’s totally different and I like it. What I like the most is just being able to have an opinion that is clear and it’s mine. I don’t think everyone has to agree with me. And I don’t want you to agree with me – if you don’t. But I feel proud of having a strong sense of what I feel. And to be honest, I think many people do not have this sense. And I know that for a long time I didn’t have it. I had strong ideas, but if someone pushed hard enough and convinced me I would have probably backed down . But now I don’t back down so easy!

ON BROADWAY

Q: Of course, music is only part of your professional life. You recently co-produced a Broadway play and you directed (along with Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore) one of the five episodes in Five, the TV movie about the effects of breast cancer .

AK: Yes, I’ve been doing more on the production side of film and television. The Broadway play is called Stick Fly, and I made my directorial debut in Five. I’m also the executive producer on an independent movie, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete. It’s about two boys surviving the summer in Brooklyn and it stars Jennifer Hudson. I’m also doing the score for the film. I really like this kind of work, where I can be a little bit more behind the scenes. Maybe I’m moving into a new creative realm . And I still have a great passion for acting...

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