MediaTakeOut.com told you a few days ago that Blender magazine published a scathing article of Alicia Keys - portraying her as having some very radical beliefs. But now Alicia has come out blasting the magazine - claiming that they misreprestnted and lied in the article.
Here's Alicia's official response:
I feel it is necessary to clarify the comments that were made during my recent Blender magazine interview since they have been misrepresented.
Anyone who knows me and my character, knows that I am not a conspiracy theorist or, by implication, a racist. My comments about ‘gangsta rap’ were in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music. The point that I was trying to make was that the term was over-sloganized by some of the media causing reactions that were not always positive. Many of the ‘gangsta rap’ lyrics articulate the problems of the artists’ experiences and I think all of us, including our leaders, could be doing more to address these problems including drugs, gang violence, crime, and other related social issues.”
“Additionally, regarding the AK-47 reference, AK-47 is a nickname given to me by some of my friends in jest, as an acronym for Alicia Keys and a metaphor for wowing people with my music and performances, “killing ‘em dead” on stage. The reference was in no way meant to have a literal, political or negative connotation.
The recent implications about me are too radical and too dramatic a departure from whom I have continually demonstrated myself to be. I work so hard and give so much of myself to bring about positive change to this world, and I only wish those efforts received as much press and attention as the misinterpretations of the Blender article.
We're with you Alicia ... don't let them try and hold you back...
SHE KNOW I PUT OUT A HIT ON HER....GET HER YAYO, GET HER BANKS.....GET HER MOP...
Alicia is so beautiful. The epitome of what a musician should be...
Good response by Alicia.
Always lying and trying to ruin people! I knew what she meant and I know she isn't a racist! I still love A.Keys!
JUST SING AND LOOK PRETTY. DON'T START TRYIN TO BE A SOCIAL COMMENTATOR. THESE DEVILS IS WAITING FOR THE "BLACK CONSCIOUS" SIDE OF YOU TO TAKE CENTER STAGE, SO THEY CAN START THROWING ROCKS AT YOU....
i love alicia she did her thang on smoking aces. I LOVE MY HOOD S.W.PHILLY STAND UP BABY
go head AK-47
Please tell me which media outlet doesn't misrepresent topics/stories from time to time.
WHO GIVES A *** ABOUT THIS ***. STICK TO EATING CARPET.
Sounds like PR control!
NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS.....................
HERE'S THE DEAL....
I don't think they lied....just MISSPOKE!
Besides who doesn't misspeak?
This is a non-issue.
NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS..............
LOL! Awll Blender :-( yall *** up.
Gone then Alicia. Beauty with brains. Doesn't get any better than that.
Represent for all us beautiful, black, intelligent sisters, who are just trying to make the world a better place, little by little.
I love this chick. Other females in the game would have tripped over their own tongues during that conversation. Heffers take notes. LOL
That's the media for you...
Guess she wont be doin anymore interviews with Blender for a while.
Now that's how you do damage control!! What a responce, intelligent and to the point. That's how you do, it entertain their a$$es w/o entertaining their a$$es!! She's HOT and smart! Wow!!
Alicia, I read and heard the interview...People can really misconstrue things. I totally understand where you were coming from. What they publized was far from the truth. Speak your mind Girl!!!!
She's tap dancing now!!
Stand strong Alicia...Don't back down under pressure.
this was on p.e.r.e.z h.i.l.t.o.*** yesterday... do you always copy their stories MTO???
How is she going to be racist with a white momma? I mean I know there are some people who hate being half black or white but come on! She has always been cool. Tell 'em to get it right Alicia. Her comments make sense.
Not my favorite artist but you gotta respect her. I wanna see her do more collaborations, especially with Beyonce.
Reporters are known for cutting and pasting interviews. That's how they sell magazines. It's kind of like when a website takes an innocent pic and builds a "story" around it. That same site might post a pic of a celebrity who is in an interracial relationship, so they can get a few hundred hits and people can vent about how wrong it is. Hmmmmm. That does sound familiar.
Alicia Keys is a stunning, intelligent, positive woman, and it is unfortunate that Blender twisted her words so that she has to clean up their mess. Because she handled this right away, I doubt that this will damage her career in the long run.
I respect her for standing behind what she said. Some artists' would have changed their stories about a million times by now, and apologized for having a friggin' opinion. Stay strong and true Alicia.
"Spartans never run. Spartans never surrender..." LOL-I couldn't help it.
I LOOOVE A KEYS
I knew it. I know how coniving the press could be. Just it's all selective editing.
Go AK. LOVE the charm on her necklace! I knew her statement was taken out of context, that is so unlike her to say something foolish like that.
Since music is so universal, I think it's great that she's interested in using hers to make positive change in the world. MANY, MANY artists have done this, including James Brown (a side nobody hears about), Ray Charles, how about Common and Lyfe Jennings? Alicia is doing great things in Africa too, she is using her gift to the max...love her! She is going down in history as one of the greats, hear me?
wow, you see what education does for a person, this lady graduated early at age 16, intelligence oozes out of her...speak yr mind...
lOVE lICIA.. tRUE fANS (sUPPORTERS oF hER aND hER mUSIC rATHER) kNOW wHATS gOOD..
Blender magazine is vapor...Alicia keep doing you...the media is all hype...all lies and no substance!!!
Tellem Alicia, we will leave it to the morons to believe the blender article.
dey do dis type of stuff to artists all da time dats y u should be careful on wut u say durin ur interview cus dey real flip it makin u sound like a bad person..look wut happened to will smith
I STILL FEEL YOU ALICIA!!!
THEY GOT PARIS ON TAPE SAYING *** LIKE ITS THE WORD "THE" BUT THEY DIDNT MAKE A BIG HYPE ABOUT IT AND SHE DIDNT CLARIFY A *** THING... ITS JUST THE WORLD WE LIVE IN...
Wow... I guess I have to read the article to fully grasp this one....
But at least her photoshoot was good for it... lol
Alicia Keys is an awesome individual.. someone to look up to if your are young African-American female w/ no role model.. as far as her misquotes.. ya know how the media can be.. always printing ***$%$# and not the REAL @#$$.
You gotta watch those magazines because they will twist your words in a minute. Alicia is a smart woman and would not rant about "conspiracies" and make up weird theories. There's always something trying to throw our people under the bus!! ***! Lol
The best way for her to get back at Blender Mag is to never & I mean never grant them an interview again! From now on when she does give an interview, make sure she has final approval. Blender is trying to sell magazines, since when does the media not take peoples words out of context?
You see, that's why I love this woman. And she should never do an interview with those *** again!
Okay, you saw her in that movie where she plays an assassin..baby..that a real life movie...AK will bust a cap in yo azz...with her pretty azz...'nuff said dre of Caramelhoneys.com
my girl knock them dead with your intllience!!!!!!
I think she's a wonderful artist...boring...but great nonetheless...kinda like the female John Legend...great but boring...LOL! Give us some DRAMA & EXCITEMENT Alicia!!!
She didn't say that the magazine misinterpreted what she said, she was basically saying that readers did.
In the actual radio interviews, she was on the Ryan Seacrest radio show and the Tom Joyner radio show on Tuesday, the only thing that she said was misleading was the AK-47 comment.
But, as for her comments about gangsta rap and Biggie and 2Pac, she never said that the article twisted her words or that those quotes were incorrect.
She said that she didn't fully clarify, to the interviewer, what she meant by those statements. So, really that was her fault for assuming that everybody understood what she was trying to say.
So, now she is kind of cleaning up this situation, before things got too out of hand.
please, hiphop still needs to die. it's not a plot made by the govt, it's a plot made by BLACK PEOPLE to kill other BLACK PEOPLE and only praise others for what they have and who they are. and black folks wonder why white people always think of us as n1gg3rs...while these corny azz kids are trying to emulate them, they could be reading a book right now
alicia is an intelligent, beautiful, and talented woman
@Mophead: I didn't think anyone born after 1912 said "***" anymore. Wowsers!!!
We're with you Alicia!
I hate when people twist people's words around. Strike back Alicia...don't let them bring you down!