R&B Artists React To Whitney Houston’s Death

Several R&B artists are sharing their thoughts on Twitter following the news that Whitney Houston had been found unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon and declared dead after paramedics were unsuccessful performing CPR on the singing legend. Houston was 48. Among the Tweets:

Willow Smith (@Willow_Camille1): R.I.P Whitney… :) we will always love you<3

Rihanna (@rihanna): No words! Just tears #DearWhitney
I honestly can’t think of anything else!!!
Feels so strange being at the Grammy rehearsal right now!!
If I should die this very day… Don’t cry!!! #DearWhitney

Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW): I don’t know what to say….

Jawan Harris (@singerjawan) Im not even gonna believe Whitney Houston just passed away… Nope?? Not having it.
My heart dropped when I heard about her… Smh.
R.I.P Whitney Houston
Life is short… Thank GOD for what you have, Even if you feel it’s not enough. GOD BLESSED YOU with 1 life. Live it and Enjoy it!?? # ItsOn

Aaron Fresh (@AaronFresh1): I am deeply hurt by Whitney Houston’s death… I love u and u will forever be tee best! #teamfresh

Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys): I feel sick…. Life is precious, we are fragile souls. Let’s love each other! I miss you beautiful Whitney, the whole world misses you!!

Chrisette Michele (@ChrisetteM): It was hard to sing tonight and think of Whitney at the same time. Chicago you were a beautiful audience. I love you.

Kelly Rowland (@KELLYROWLAND): I am beyond heartbroken. Whitney Houston was undoubtedly one of the greatest singers & performers of all time & such a huge influence on me. She embraced me when I first started out with Destiny’s Child, with love, with encouragement and with that powerhouse voice. My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to her daughter, her mother and to all of her loved ones.


Alicia Keys Speaks About HIV/AIDS At UN Woman Global Coalition

Alicia Keys spoke at the UN Woman Global Coalition about the topic HIV/AIDS on Tuesday (June 7). The singer supports people who are affected by HIV or AIDS through the organization she co-founded called Keep A Child Alive. In a column at The Huffington Post, Keys writes:

I call for us to empower people on the ground to win the battle. Empower people on the ground to win. That is the whole ethos at KCA.

I call for us to put women in charge of the issues that affect them. We are agents of change to a more compassionate world.

I call for us to educate men that womens’ bodies belong to them. Rape is not allowed, not even if you are married to your rapist.

I call for full gender equality.

I call for a new world that respects the rights of all people including sex workers.

I call for the end of homophobia. For God’s sake, get over it. People are gay. I call for their human rights.

Alicia Keys: I Didn’t Start Seeing Swizz Beatz Until After He Was Separated

Alicia Keys in black and white

Alicia Keys opened up to Essence magazine about allegations from her husband’s ex-wife Mashonda that she began seeing Swizz Beatz when the producer was still married. “If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage,” Mashonda wrote on Twitter in 2009. “You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create… As a woman, I expected so much more from you.”

But Keys offered a different story. “We didn’t start seeing each other until months after they had separated,” the 30-year-old insisted. “I was aware of all the false things that were being said about me. It definitely hurt.”

Alicia Keys On The Cover Of June’s Essence Magazine

Alicia Keys with spiked knees

Alicia Keys is on the cover of Essence magazine’s June issue, where the new mom is glowing and talking about her husband Swizz Beatz and their baby boy Egypt Dean. “I was very closed for a long time. But I feel so open now,” the 30-year-old said. “To feel open like this means you’ve found the center in yourself. You’re not hiding; you’re not worried about anything. Everything’s going to be just fine.” Check out the covers at essence.com.

Alicia Keys ‘Songs In A Minor’ 10th Anniversary Preview

Alicia Keys 'Songs In A Minor' 10th Anniversary preview video

Alicia Keys is out with a preview to the 10th Anniversary edition of her debut album ‘Songs In A Minor’, which features previously unreleased material and a brand-new documentary which chronicles the making of the Grammy winning LP. “I never thought that it would happen, but here I am, and it did,” Keys says in the clip. Watch it via Vevo below.

Alicia Keys Pens ‘Speechless’ For Her Baby Son Egypt

Alicia Keys has opened up about her overwhelming love for her baby son Egypt in her new track ‘Speechless’. The singer told her Twitter followers:

Speechless is alittle freestyle treat 4 the holidays.It’s not a new album, not a single its something special 4 U!

Thank u 4 all the love 4 Speechless!I’m glad u loved our gift!Big Shout 2 @therealswizzz & @therealeve wait till u c the docu-vid soon come

Watch a report from ITN, featuring a clip from the song, below.

Alicia Keys Is Pregnant, Engaged To Swizz Beatz

Alicia Keys lays down

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz announced their are expecting their first child together, and the couple are also engaged. People.com reports the R&B singer and the music producer are “very happy”, according to a friend. Their reps say Alicia and Swizz Beatz are set to tie the knot “in a private ceremony later this year.”

Alicia Keys ‘Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)’ Video

Alicia Keys 'Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)' music video

Alicia Keys is out with the video to his new single ‘Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)’, off the New York City R&B singer’s fourth studio album ‘The Element of Freedom’, out now on J Records. The promo clip highlights the past and present stigmas surrounding interracial dating. Watch the Jake Nava directed treatment via MyPlay below.

Alicia Keys Performs With Jay-Z And Beyonce At MSG

Billboard.com’s front row camera captured Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz performing ‘Empire State of Mind’ for a packed house at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (March 17). They also have Keys joined by Beyonce on ‘Put It In A Love Song’, the first time the pair have performed on stage together.