One of the most talented artists of our generation, the beautiful Alicia Keys speaks candidly to Rob Kenner about the hiatus she took from music to raise her family. She also speaks about being in the public eye for most of her life and the admiration she had for Frank Ocean. Ocean, who co-wrote the song “One Thing” on her new album, impressed Keys with his bravery in the much-talked about open letter he wrote on Tumblr.
“That was super brave and I’m so glad that he wrote it,” she says. “He is the voice for so many people. We’re all boxed in to these stupid things that we’re taught is the way we’re supposed to be and it’s so ridiculous. There are so many people that need a champion to assure them that no matter who you are, you are a beautiful person. That doesn’t change the fact that you’re talented or intelligent. Thank God that we have come to this place where we can actually know and be more open to the fact that people come in all different ways. And that’s great because it’s a very boring world otherwise.”
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