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The topic of black Americans systematically being gunned down by police has been thrust into the spotlight due to the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Plenty of celebrities have voiced their outrage and frustration on social media. has corralled several of them for a powerful PSA titled “23 Ways You Can Be Killed If You Are Black In America.”

Alicia Keys kicks things off by saying, “Failing to signal a lane change,” referring to the Sandra Bland case. Beyonce, Rihanna, Pharrell, Janelle Monaé, A$AP Rocky, Pink, Chance The Rapper, Common, Queen Latifah, Talib Kweli, Swizz Beatz, Lenny Kravitz, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson and Adam Levine then follow with other cases where African-American citizens were shot doing non-aggressive actions including making eye contact, selling CDs, missing a front license plate and so on.

Watch the devastating clip below which sheds light on this horrific statistic.

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Alicia Keys Debuts ‘In Common’ Music Video

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Alicia Keys has been hustling hard the past couple weeks promoting “In Common” on a series of television appearances. Makes sense given “In Common” is her first single in four years. And a fantastic one at that. I’ve been a fan of the sultry Latin-infused track since I first heard it.

The 35-year-old just debuted the accompanying visual and she looks absolutely effervescent in it. She stands on a fire escape, serving up hippy chic with her hair lightly tousling about. Meanwhile, a bunch of dancers get wrapped up with the infectious beat and execute some fun choreography. Check out the Pierre Debusschere-directed clip below.

“This video is about celebrating our individuality, and how in the brilliance of our uniqueness, the magic of it all is at the core, we are all the same,” she told The FADER. “We want the same things. We all want to experience love, the freedom to be our truest selves, to love whomever we want and to be accepted and celebrated for all of our nuances and so called imperfections that make us, us.”

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Alicia Keys Returns Will Sensational ‘In Common’

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Well, this is a surprise in more ways than one. Alicia Keys swaps out her signature soulful piano-driven ballads for a sultry Latin-infused new sound. It’s unexpected but I like this saucy new Keys.

“We all have our issues, our challenges,” Keys said in a statement. “We are all kind of messed up and that’s all right. In fact, that’s what helps us understand each other. To me, that is what’s so beautiful.”

Produced by Illangelo, “In Common” is the first taste off the 35-year-old’s forthcoming sixth studio album, due out this summer. It’s the first song she’s released in four years. Thank God the drought is over. She’ll perform the track on Saturday Night Live on May 7. Give it a listen below.

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NBC is shaking things up over at The Voice. For the first time in the singing competition’s history, two women will be occupying the red swivel seats. If Christina Aguilera doesn’t break the girl curse this season and eke out a win, at least the ladies have a 50/50 shot next year.

“The musical expertise and energy these two incredibly talented women will bring to the show is remarkable,” said Paul Teledgy, president of NBC’s alternative and late night programming, in a statement. “We’re thrilled that they’ll be joining Adam [Levine] and Blake [Shelton] in what we know will be a magical 11th season.”

Sitting out for Season 11 will be Pharrell Williams, after serving on the panel for four straight seasons, and Christina Aguilera. The latter has lately sat out the following season after returning.

Miley Cyrus makes her Voice debut this week to mentor the singers during the knockout round. Clearly, producers were impressed with her performance. The “We Can’t Stop” singer has been promoted to full-time judge. She’ll sit alongside Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for Season 11. Find out who else has been tapped to share their vast musical knowledge.

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Not to quote one of her songs but this girl is on fire. There is no other way to describe it. Alicia Keys‘ contribution to the 12 Years A Slave soundtrack is a soulful masterpiece. The 32-year-old singer chose traditional instruments from the pre-Civil war era to accompany her trusty piano. The result is a powerful emotional ballad about a queen of the field who was born among the cotton.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you definitely have to. It’s deserving of all the Oscar buzz it’s generating. Perhaps it might even snag Alicia one as well for her beautiful track. Along with Keys, Alabama Shakes and Chris Cornell appear on the John Legend-curated album. Listen to “Queen of the Field (Patsey’s Song)” below.

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American Idol alums Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks, along with Anthony Mackie headline The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, but the gritty film is all about its young two newcomers. Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) are left to fend for themselves when their prostitute drug-addicted mom heads to the slammer. The boys received the strongest praise and response when the George Tillman, Jr-directed flick premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

The film also features new music by Alicia Keys. It will be in theaters in limited release starting October 11. Seeing Hudson all tatted up is definitely a far cry from her Dreamgirls days. Check out the trailer below.

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She may be in Europe currently on her Set The World On Fire tour, but Alicia Keys is all Vegas in her latest clip. Her fifth in fact from her platinum-selling album, Girl On Fire. The 33-year-old is really milking the album for what it’s worth. I’m glad Keys decided to film a video for this powerful ballad. “Tears Always Win” was produced by Jeff Bhasker and written by the man with the Midas touch, Bruno Mars. It definitely deserves a bit of chart success.

Alicia plays double duty in the visual directed by Robert Hales. She works hard for her money as a glamorous Las Vegas showgirl and lounge nightclub singer. Keys is a natural beauty who doesn’t need much in terms of glitz and glamor but I have to say, the feathers, fishnets and extravagant headdresses really suits her. Check out her latest clip below. It’s one of my favorites from this era along with her duet with Maxwell.

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Before we get to the results, a shocking development. I honestly thought Randy Jackson was the cockroach you couldn’t get rid of. Turns out I was wrong. The last original American Idol judge standing announced via E! News that he’s leaving the FOX talent show.

“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” Randy told E! News. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”

With him officially going, plus rumors that FOX isn’t exercising any of the second year options on Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey, the network has a lot of hiring to do. To boot, there’s also speculation that Nigel Lythgoe isn’t being asked back. Season 13 could either be the end of the veteran singing competition or the dawning of a new era. It all depends on what direction production goes with casting.

Apologies for not recapping Wednesday’s performance show. I was at a restaurant opening and too tired to watch the show when I got home. When I finished watching it, I felt it was ridiculous to post it so late. Instead, I’m going to quickly give my thoughts on last night’s performances. I agree with Jimmy Iovine that Angie won Round 1, but I have to disagree with him and put Candice on top during the second round and again for the last round. If she goes home tonight, it’ll be a huge travesty.

I wholly believe Kree is going home. Though I think it’s time for Harrison to go, she was sabotaged big time last night. All three song choices picked for her didn’t allow her to shine. I can’t believe production is so evil to not let the contestants pick at least one song of their own. To have no power at this stage of the game is completely ridiculous. Without further ado, let’s get to the results.

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