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Women’s History Month: Alicia Keys



Alicia Keys is an R&B singer known for her hit song, “Girl On Fire.”  You may also have seen her as a judge on “The Voice”.  She has been a role model for several people, helping them with their everyday life struggles.  Her new album “Here”, talks about the issues we are fighting today, and empowering women, genders, races, and all ethnicities, that we are all equal.


She supports using your voice in a nonviolent way.  In her speech at the Women’s March, she recited poem, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.  After her speech, she performed her hit song, “Girl On Fire”.  She is known for giving good speeches, like the one at the MTV music awards, where she sang parts of her new song, “Holy War”.  It came as no surprise to see her perform her inspiring words.


Through her lyrics to her songs, it becomes apparent that she supports all type of people.  Certain songs shed light on such matters like women’s rights, like in her song, “Girl Can’t Be Herself”, she talks about what society expects women to look like in order to be accepted, and how we don’t have to look a certain way to be accepted.

She herself has faced struggles with society and their definition of beauty.  She started to not wear makeup and told the world, “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing,”(E News)  She stated,”Women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women.” (Cosmopolitan)


Alicia Keys is an unforgettable figure that used her voice to inspire the world to become better people.



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