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Alicia Keys Flaunts Her “Power” On The Cover Of Origin

Submitted by on September 24, 2013 – 11:38 amNo Comment

Alicia Keys opens up about heartbreak, inspiration, and passion in the latest issue of Origin. The 32-year-old singer/songwriter has written some of the most moving songs of the last decade from “Empire State of Mind” to “Girl On Fire,” but Keys says that it is her family that move her the most.

“Many things inspire me,” she said. “First and foremost, my family, my husband and our son Egypt. I find that the love we share fills me up and makes me see and appreciate life in a different way. I’m also inspired by many of my friends, colleagues, and the extraordinary people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet along the way. Through my organization, Keep a Child Alive, I’ve met many young women who are HIV positive and courageously fighting the disease. Their determination to live a full life and see their children live in a better world is deeply inspiring to me.”

With her non-profit organization Keep A Child Alive, Keys hopes to help women and children deal with the debilitating disease and somehow heal the world. “What breaks my heart is suffering of any kind,” the Grammy Award-winning singer says. “Too often our world is divisive and cruel where it needs to be uniting and loving. We have the potential to help people out of poverty, out of disease, out of slavery and out of conflict. Too often we turn the other way because we think there’s nothing we can do. If we took the time to learn more about different places and people, perhaps we would have more empathy for each other. I’ve seen so many lives turn around from the impossible. I have come to embrace the idea that even the simplest act of understanding, love, and attention can produce the biggest results.”

So how does Keys define love? “Unconditional and reciprocal,” she says. “It’s accepting people for who they are and what they are, regardless. There is a love song on my newest album called ’101.’ It’s about a woman who loves a man even though everyone else thinks she’s crazy for doing so. He’s acted a certain way towards other women, but she sees something inside of him that’s deeper and truer and unconditional. Love is giving of yourself in a way that is free of fear.”

And for Keys, her greatest love continues to be her music. “There’s a song on the new album called ‘Not Even the King,’ which is about the true value of having real love in your life,” Keys says. “You could have all the riches in the world, but it doesn’t mean much without family. I’m very blessed to have a phenomenal husband, son, and beautiful family and friends around me.”

Read Alicia’s full interview inside Origin here. How do you define love?


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