Alicia Keys tells EBONY she doesn’t believe in being “flawless,” yet on the set of the September Issue shoot, the 15-time Grammy Award-winning music artist, philanthropist and judge on the new season of NBC’s The Voice proves she’s still a girl on fire. The fresh-faced star posed perfectly in futuristic attire while maintaining her dedication to the #nomakeup movement.
“We are at a tipping point for major change. Senseless killings are outrageous and unacceptable. It’s like a slap in the face. It’s a constant reminder that our lives—our Black lives—are literally meaningless,” Keys tells the EBONY writer.
She also talks about self-confidence and the cruelty of social media. Her viewpoints are especially relevant as Twitter trolls attack the #blackgirlmagic of Olympians Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Simone Manuel.
“Alicia Keys is one of the artists I respect most because of her dedication to social justice and desire to go beyond lip service to make the world a better place,” says Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles. “Her commentary on race, class and gender were illuminating, and she shared some sentiments with us that you will see few other places.
Be sure to read the full interview with Alicia Keys on newsstands now, and visit EBONY.com for all behind-the-scenes videos.
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) August 17, 2016