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February 1, 2015

Reproductive Justice Matters

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"I thought you worked on abortions so how can you also believe Black Lives Matter?" That was the question I was asked when, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I posted remarks, via social media, on the importance of honoring this anniversary.

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Baby on Board: Is Alicia Keys Pregnant?

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Baby On Board: Is Alicia Keys Pregnant?Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys is rumored to be pregnant.

The New York-bred singer has been involved in a headline-grabbing relationship with hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz since 2008.

Keys has been criticized for breaking up Beatz's marriage to R&B singer Mashonda, with whom the producer has a 3-year-old son. (Beatz and Mashonda's divorce was just finalized yesterday.)

BV Buzz first heard rumblings of Keys being pregnant when a reputable entertainment executive attempted to secure the 'No One' singer for an event this fall and was told that Keys would not be available because she was pregnant.Additional pregnancy rumors circulated online and were published by several celebrity tabloids, yet both Keys and Beatz have remained quiet.

Now photos of the Clive Davis protégé from her tour stop in Europe have surfaced, and it appears that Keys has a baby bump in the pictures.

The 29-year-old singer is scheduled to be one of the headliners at the 2010 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans in July. If Keys is pregnant, she'll need additional camouflaging to hide a baby bump by then.

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Many believe that the "home wrecker" allegations have negatively affected Keys' record sales.

Despite five radio singles – among them 'Put it in a Love Song,' featuring Beyonce, and 'Empire State of Mind,' featuring Jay-Z – Keys' latest CD, 'The Element of Freedom,' has only sold 1.2 million copies since its release in December.

Comparatively speaking, her 2001 debut CD 'Songs in A Minor' sold 6.2 million copies; 2003's 'Diary of Alicia Keys' sold 4.4 million copies; and 2007's 'As I Am' sold 3 million copies.

It's suspected that Keys' core fan base, mainly African-America women, have not purchased the CD because it appears she broke up Beatz's marriage.

BV Buzz contacted Keys publicist, who would not comment on our story.

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For related stories, read: 'It's a Boy: Mary Mary Singer & Hubby Welcome New Baby'

& 'Buzz Exclusive: Heather Headley Has A Boy.'



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    3/19/09: Kanye West / The Dream
    Seven years ago this month, music heavyweights R. Kelly and Jay-Z released their highly anticipated collaborative album 'The Best of Both Worlds.' Now it appears Kanye West and The Dream are vying to work on a similar project. "Everybody is trying to talk us into it," Dream told 'MTV News' of his and West's friends and business associates. "It was first thought of by me. I was in Miami at the time, and I gave Kanye a call and said, 'The best thing would be for me and you to do an album.'... Let's take the best of both worlds and put it on a CD and try to make something we can sell to the consumers. He says he's with it. We're gonna try to make it happen." For now, you can catch Kanye on Dream's potential third single 'Walking on the Moon,' which is featured on his newly released album 'Love vs. Money.'

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