Diplômée dès ses 16 ans du prestigieux lycée professionnel Performing Art School de Manhattan, elle poursuit sa formation à l’Université Columbia à New York, qu’elle quitte peu de temps après pour poursuivre sa carrière musicale avec Columbia Records, puis avec J Records (1999) sous la tutelle de Clive Davis et de son manager Jeff Robinson qui l’avait repérée alors qu'elle n'avait que 15 ans.
It's wild -- nearly 5 years ago, Mashonda wrote a nasty open letter to Alicia in the wake of her divorce from Swizz, blaming Alicia for taking part in the affair that destroyed her marriage and family.
From the letter, you'd think Mashonda and Alicia would be enemies for life -- but the photos tell a much different story.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz went with a biblical name for their newborn son, who was delivered early Saturday. Dean is also the father of Nicole, Prince Nasir and Kasseem from previous relationships.
The hip-hop power couple welcomed the birth of baby Genesis Ali Dean, who weighed in at 6 pounds 5 ounces, and Keys took to Instagram to share details alongside a photo of his tiny footprints. Keys, 33, spent much of her latest pregnancy writing new music and in September made headlines when she bared her baby bump for charity while also promoting her song "We Are Here."The Grammy Award-winning singer shared the nude photo with her 2 million followers on Instagram which understandably set tongues wagging.
"The #We Are Here Movement begins today."Earlier this month she released her "We Gotta Pray" song.