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Alicia Keys

Source: JD Barnes / Essence Magazine

Alicia Keys Covers ESSENCE

Another day, another ESSENCE slay. Alicia Keys is covering the pages of ESSENCE for their June issue cover story titled Into The Light. In it, she speaks on her new music and book on the way, while chatting with ESSENCE’s “Yes, Girl” podcast hosts Cori Murray and Charli Penn.

In the unfiltered conversation that took place 17 years after Alicia’s first ESSENCE cover, she discusses her journey, the way husband Swizz Beatz loves her and the joy she’s constantly discovering.

Alicia told “Yes, Girl” the secret to her abundant joy and it’s simple; good vibes only.

Keys tells ESSENCE:


“I think we have to come to an understanding that it’s okay to state what you need and state your piece and be clear, because if you don’t know what you need and you’re not able to say it, you’ll never get it. That’s been a deep, beautiful process for me…I just have always been able to be what I believe is just cool, man, because everything doesn’t have to be so damn dramatic all the time either. Things can just be cool. So I’m blessed for that…”


The cover was photographed by J.D. Barnes with styling from ESSENCE Fashion Director Marielle Bobo. Additionally, Keys is decked out in a photo spread featuring her in designers such as Lanvin, Roland Mouret, Rachel Comey, The Row and more.

The full conversation between Keys and the podcast hosts will also be featured on ESSENCE’s Yes! Girl podcast, available for streaming and download on iTunes, Spotify, and Google. The June issue of ESSENCE hits newsstands on Friday. For more on this month’s cover story, visit

Alicia Keys

Source: JD Barnes / Essence Magazine

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