Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
Alicia Keys has just joined the financial bandwagon for this weekend’s upcoming first Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment in New York City. Taking place at the famed Hammerstein Ballroom, Saturday, April 22, the event will feature Keys along with other music celebrities such as LL Cool J, Nas, Russell Simmons, T.I., Fabolous, and is part of the official “Get Your Money Right” National Tour.
Now in its second year, the tour brings together popular celebrities and financial whizzes who break down the money facts for 18-35 year olds and talk about the importance of financial knowledge. Vital topics like home ownership, building credit, credit scores, and owning your own business are covered on the tour which will hit five additional cities, including Miami (May 20), Atlanta (September 16), Los Angeles (September 30) and Dallas (October 14).
The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment is part of the Hip-hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) efforts to educate youth for financial success. According to a statement, recent survey results released in a news conference in the Federal Reserve boardroom showed U.S. teenagers lack the fundamentals of personal financial knowledge. Also, according to Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, results of a survey taken by 5,775 high school seniors in 37 states, shows financial literacy is still a significant area for improvement with youth.
Visit www.hsan.org for tickets and more information.
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Thursday, April 13th, 2006
Alicia Keys has been cast in director duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s big screen adaptation of bestseller The Nanny Diaries for The Weinstein Company, says Variety.
The film stars Scarlett Johansson as a working-class woman from New Jersey who becomes a nanny to a wealthy Manhattan family. Keys takes on the role of Johansson’s best friend.
Keys has just wrapped Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces, for Working Title and Universal. She stars opposite Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Don Cheadle and Peter Berg.
“Diaries” has already booked Chris Evans, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti and Donna Murphy.
The film, which begins shooting in New York this month, is based on Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin’s popular satirical novel.
Keys will also appear in the action comedy “Smokin’ Aces,” starring Ben Affleck and Don Cheadle.
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Monday, April 10th, 2006
She’s a multiplatinum-selling artist, a Grammy winner and now Alicia Keys is adding marathon runner to her resume. The chart-topping singer plans on running a 26-miler in Greece later this year. “It’s something that was calling me,” she tells us. “I wanted to experience something in my life that I probably never would have before and that’s one of them.” To prepare, she’s working her way up by recently completing her first 5K. “I was a little nervous, but I did it and it was fantastic.”
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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
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