Alicia Keys Opens Up About Discussing Racism With Her Kids

Written by on September 18, 2020

Alicia Keys believes it’s necessary to speak along with her youngsters about main points in a method that they’ll perceive. That is notably true in 2020, as protests name consideration to entrenched racial biases and fogeys attempt to assist their youngsters make sense of it.

“For us to even be extra acutely aware of the issues folks say that is perhaps, you recognize, not precisely the way it goes or stuffed with stereotyping or, you recognize, racial profiling, or no matter it’s that occurs as a result of it’s been taught, you recognize?” Keys instructed HuffPost whereas selling her new album, “ALICIA,” which dropped on Friday after its unique March 20 launch was delayed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz have two sons collectively ― Egypt, 9, and Genesis, 5. She can be a stepmom to his older youngsters from earlier relationships.

Keys and her son Egypt Daoud Dean perform onstage at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Keys and her son Egypt Daoud Dean carry out onstage on the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.

This yr has introduced a time of much-needed racial reckoning within the U.S. Keys, like many mother and father, is encouraging household conversations about racial injustice, the historical past of race in America, and how you can unravel and proper dynamics which have merely “been incorrect ceaselessly,” she mentioned.

“My youngsters have positively ― we’ve been having it,” Keys mentioned of her household’s ongoing discussions. “Even my infant, he’s solely 5 and you recognize, he’s asking issues, and I spotted that I’m far more direct with him than I used to be with my first simply because I assume I spotted that it’s simply time to be actually clear about this stuff and begin the dialog, after all in an age-appropriate method, however begin it now.

“We will’t discuss it later, we will’t ignore it. Like they’re gonna be those to alter it actually.”

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