Alicia Keys on the role she's been eyeing, new app
October 29th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Alicia Keys on the role she's been eyeing, new app

Alicia Keys has stepped in front of the camera to appear in films like “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Nanny Diaries,” but there’s one role the musician has been particularly eager to play.

“I’ve had my eye on the role of Lena Horne for awhile, and it’s been a little bit of a discussion in different ways for awhile as well,” Keys told CNN. "And I’d really love it if that came together because, what a beautiful woman, a beautiful story, such an incredible time, and that would be a cool thing to explore.”

Keys said it’s her current role as mom to 2-year-old Egypt that has “definitely changed me.”

“I think that it’s just made me more powerful and more clear,” she said. “And more, like, just focused on what I want to do and how to do it. So that’s been a good feeling.”

One thing Keys wanted to do was create an animated storytelling app called “The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee,” about a young New York City girl’s relationship with her grandmother, which is loosely based on Keys’ relationship with her own grandmother.

“You know my relationship with my grandmother is just one of the most special relationships I can ever recall, she said. “And we definitely read stories; she was big on teaching and learning.”

Keys has also written music to go with the app, with some help from her son.

“Egypt and I have written these songs, so it’s really cool,” she said. “It’s a collaboration between the two of us.”

“The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee” is currently available for $3.99 on iTunes.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Jacquetta Gossen

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    All the best

    June 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Albert Yeldon

    alicia keys is really a very beautiful singer, i love her looks.*

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    January 9, 2013 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. spelling nazi

    how about a role she's "eyeing"?

    October 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kelvin

    Alicia would be great for it!

    October 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alecia

    she's not what we call a class act....she's not a people person.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alecia

    is a dud

    October 30, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alecia believes her people


    October 30, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. bronxhubcall?

    alicia is not too swift-you know what mean?

    October 30, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    Tony you are way off. I have no idea who this Tracy you speak of is. Although i probably wouldn't mind meeting them since it sounds like they enjoy a good poop joke. Thanks for so readily identifying yourself as an idiot that is quick to jump to conclusions. I have a special nutty turd cooking up just for you.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Anybody

    call alecia's unx yet.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Margaret

    see you soon Alicia

    October 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jay

    She's the most talented female artist out right now. I think she would make the perfect Lena Horne.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tendofreak

    ummmmm to keep it clean I'll just leave it that I'd take her home to meet Momma!

    October 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. greenlightattachment

    wrong fat sooooooooooooooooo

    October 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    Ah yes Alicia Keys. She makes such good music and movies......FOR ME TO POOP ON!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      New name Tracy? Your poop stuff is so old. You are still disgusting as ever.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. bagladyboutique

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

    October 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. cynassja

    Lena Horne was cute but not really pretty like the lady that played Carmen she was beautiful there was something too expressive about Lena's face that made her slightly unattractive but she was very talented and didn't get the proper stardom she deserved. I have said for years that Alicia Keys had Lena's smile and should play her some day Alicia is attractive but not in the beyonce sort of way the same way Lena was NO Dorothy Dandrige so good luck to Alicia I can't wait to see the movie!

    October 29, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  18. Louisa

    She was great in the Secret Life of Bees. She's pretty enough to play Lena Horne and she has the talent. It looks like the sky is the limit for her.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Ah evidently your idea of greatness is vastly different from my own. Her movies and music stink. Almost as bad as the cleveland steamer i want to give her.

      October 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonyafun

      Well my idea of greatness is in agreement with Louisa. Alicia was great in The Secret Life of Bees and she is beautiful and very talented. She would make an excellent Lena Horn, except I believe she is much more beautiful and talented. Her music is undeniably the best.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |

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