Jennifer Aniston to direct, produce Lifetime movie
March 30th, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Jennifer Aniston to direct, produce Lifetime movie

Jennifer Aniston and a few other famous females are teaming up to make a movie that makes a difference.

Singer Alicia Keys, actress Demi Moore and filmmaker Patty Jenkins will all join the former "Friends" star as directors on the Lifetime Original Movie "Project Five," the network has announced.

The movie is a collection of humorous and dramatic short films that explore the impact of breast cancer on people's lives, from the way diagnosis affects relationships to how those diagnosed perceive themselves.

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Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz welcome baby boy
October 18th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz welcome baby boy

Alicia Keys is singing the praises of being a first-time mom.

The 12-time Grammy winner delivered Egypt Daoud Dean, her son with husband Swizz Beatz, on October 14 in New York City, and recently took to Twitter to gush about her latest project.

"There is no word to properly describe LOVE, to describe BLISS, to express a FEELING like this!!!" 29-year-old Keys tweeted to her followers on October 17. "Thank U 4 your love, support & prayers!"

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April 21st, 2010
05:49 PM ET

'Idol Gives Back' and takes away

The stars will be out Wednesday night for “Idol Gives Back.”

This year’s show is scheduled to include performances by Elton John, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox, Jeff Beck, Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige. Tuesday night’s guest mentor, Alicia Keys, will also perform.

Watch a review of Keys’ time as a mentor:

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April 7th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Looking for a job? Alicia Keys is hiring

Attention job seekers: Alicia Keys is now hiring.

The superstar singer has teamed up with job search Web site Monster.com to find a blogger for her new site, IAAS.com, which stands for I Am A Superwoman.

“With IAAS.com, I’ll be displaying my ‘voice’ in a different way and need just the right person to help me express a point of view that I don’t think exists yet in the blog world,” Alicia Keys said in the press release.

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Filed under: Alicia Keys • Celebrities • Music
January 11th, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Charles Barkley impersonates Alicia Keys on SNL

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Retired NBA player Charles Barkley channeled his inner lady in a promo for his Saturday Night Live hosting gig that aired on NBC during one of the NFL Playoff games on Saturday.

Barkley donned some jewels, makeup and heaps of fake hair to play musical host Alicia Keyes pounding the ivories for a version of her hit song, “Empire State of Mind.”

The spoof never made it onto the actual live show later that night, maybe because the producers realized that Charles, while good at basketball and surprisingly funny as a host, makes one ugly woman.

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December 2nd, 2009
12:59 AM ET

Alicia Keys launches more than an album

Alicia Keys doesn't mince words when it comes to the legacy she hopes to leave. "I want to be known as an incredible global citizen, and a person who has made their mark in an inspiring, positive way," she told CNN this year.  That desire was fueled by Keys' first trip to Africa, which prompted the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter to co-found Keep A Child Alive.  The charity is dedicated to providing life-changing treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.  So far, the group says, it's helped 250,000 people.  That sounds like a lot – and it is – but when you consider an estimated 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have HIV/AIDS, you realize how much more needs to be done.

Keys knows you can't solve such a problem merely by throwing money at it, and she knows first-hand the power of actually seeing the problem, and the victims, up close.  So Tuesday – World AIDS Day – as she launched her new album, "The Element of Freedom," she announced a contest through Keep A Child Alive: five winners will get to travel to Africa with her.  Fans can enter online at the foundation's Web site, or by sending a text.  The $5 text fee will be donated to the charity.

When we cover international relief efforts in this blog, we hear from some readers who think our resources should go to solving domestic problems, not overseas.  Often, there's merit to that argument.  But in this case, the severity of the crisis is unquestionable, and unparalleled in the U.S.: more than 13 million Africans have been orphaned by AIDS.

I congratulate everyone who enters this contest.  Even if you're not one of the five winners, you've volunteered to meet a problem head-on, and "risk" letting it change your life as it changed Keys'.  That kind of spirit, more than donations, is what's needed to solve all manner of problems, foreign and domestic.

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