Alicia Keys Says She Lives By Her Mom’s Golden Rule “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”

Ahem, wonder what Mashonda would say about that one.

Alicia Keys was recently interviewed by iVillage as part of her current undertaking as guest editor at the blog. She speaks at length about the power of women, the preciousness of Egypt and her new project, as well as her rule of thumb!:

On the reporter who influenced her latest single and album title:

Jeannine Amber (Essence) is an incredible journalist…and when I read (her piece)…she said she was like ‘a girl on fire,’ and I was like ‘ahh,’ I am so writing this song because I am. That is me. That is what I want to be…. Who knew a year later that here it is and it’s my first single and the name of the album.


What is a “girl on fire” and what is your favorite line of the song you wrote?

A girl on fire is somebody who is completely themselves…. You don’t have to be like anyone. All you have to do is be like yourself. Find your passion.

There are so many (favorite lines)…I think my favorite part of the song is “she’s got feet on the ground and she’s burning it down. She’s got her head in the clouds and she’s not backing down.” She’s not backing down – for me that’s everything right now.

On son Egypt:

He’s the best collaboration I’ve ever done, he’s the best song I ever wrote, the best experience I’ve ever had, the best show I’ve ever performed. He’s the best everything.

On female inspirations:

(First Lady) Michelle Obama is definitely an inspiration for me. She’s the most graceful, intelligent, fierce, no-nonsense but still so kind hearted person. Maya Angelou is a big inspiration for me…she’s a magnificent person. Oprah…she’s the first person to show me that you don’t have to be a greedy jerk to be successful. You can be just as successful doing things that really do something for someone.

On the Golden Rule:

My mother, what she taught me most, was empathy…. She had this poster of the golden rule “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” She would always reference that in different ways.

Accepting Her First Grammy – the Two Things That Went Through Her Mind:

Part of becoming a girl on fire is having something to say…. I remember the first time I won…a Grammy…. The whole time I prayed for two things: please don’t let me trip (up the stairs) and please let me have something to say.

On Voting and feeling that “Women are the most influential people on the planet:”

(Not voting) is a huge cop out…. You don’t have the right to complain about anything if you’re not out there doing something to change it. I really believe it’s been taught to us in many ways…as women…. I forgive us for sometimes reverting into these positions of feeling like we’re powerless or no one is really listening to us, but we are not powerless. We are the most influential people on the planet. Women. We influence everyone.

On speaking up for women who cannot speak for themselves and voting:

How many women in the world can’t take ownership of their lives, but we can. It’s our obligation to them to do that. So there is no excuse…I beg you. Go and vote.

We’re all for the voting message and what she had to say about Egypt was so beautiful but… we know folks have something to say about living by Mom’s golden rule. What do y’all say?

You can check out Alicia’s first blog for iVillage HERE where she talks all about tapping into creativity.

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