Alicia Keys Discusses the Importance of 'Caring About More Than Just Yourself' in New Interview

Alicia Keys photographed on Nov. 2, 2016  in New York City.
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Alicia Keys photographed on Nov. 2, 2016  in New York City.

In a recent interview with Glamour, Alicia Keys spoke in-depth about activism. 

The singer-songwriter has always used her voice for the greater good, as an ambassador for the non-profit organization Keep A Child Alive (which provides assistance to families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa). 

“I’m sensitive to other people’s feelings, which I think comes from my mother," Keys said. "She raised me; it was just her and I. She would drop jewels on me and call me on sh--, like, ‘You know, it’s not all about you... I think that’s the basis of activism: caring about more than just yourself.”

She further expressed how she manages to merge both of her passions, music and activism: "For a while I thought the two things were separate, because people told me they should be separate... But I think conveying the emotion of the collective 'we,' something those artists were able to do, is pretty incredible. Especially in tumultuous times like we are in now.”

Keys also reflected on other aspects of her life, including motherhood, remaining makeup-free, and spending a second season as a judge on The Voice. Read the full interview here.


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