Issue 23 Cover-star Alicia Keys releases short film, ‘We Are Here’

We begin with Alicia Keys making breakfast for her two children in their LA home. Everything is pretty standard and I wondered where Alicia would be taking this project.  We hear over the TV that further bombings have taken place in the US and it’s apparent these are different times to which we live today, in the USA anyway…Cut to a bomb going off near the family’s home forcing Alicia and her children to flee.

We jump across the border to Mexico where the radio informs us that the Mexican people are protesting all the US citizens seeking refuge in their country. They fear that the Americans could bring violence to their land because of their love of guns…Starting to sound familiar yet?

 

We return to Alicia with her children boarding a flimsy boat to supposed safety however she is now minus one daughter. The music then begins and we follow the daughter’s journey. Alone and without her family, she is forced to flee border patrols, endure long and dangerous terrain all in hopes of finding safety.

We won’t give too much else away of the story but you can watch the whole feature below

 

 

It’s not hard to see this piece of fiction is based on the very real threat that refugees are facing everyday. It’s a good and well times concept, admittedly it’s not the first time we’ve seen the concept used. Save the Children UK famously released a similar film in the UK earlier this year where we follow a young girl also fleeing her war torn home. Never the less, it doesn’t take away from this body of work.

It’s becoming increasingly hard to put people living comfortably in the shoes of those who are not. Compassion fatigue has settled in and charities are struggling to find ways to connect the viewers with the tragedy of “the other”.

Alicia made a smart decision to remove herself from the video, seeing Alicia (or any) parading as a refugee would be much too unbelievable and distracting; by focussing the video on the daughter character we hone in on her story, her struggle and ultimately, the struggle of thousands of young women who are in the very same situation.

We Are Here and HUMAN present LET ME IN, a Jonathan Olinger film, produced by Mike Peay alongside Chelsea Franklin and Hannah Roodman. It ends with the key figures “There are more refugees in the world today than at any point in history. And half of them are children.”

So, does it work? I think it’d be very easy for me to write a “bloody celebrities asking for money when they’ve got millions”, type of article and the flip side I could also write a “OMG Alicia is the new mother Teresa” puff piece. This is neither. Alicia has found a cause that she feels strongly about and is using the tools at her disposal to tell the word about them. We can do nothing but support her and use the tools at our disposal to shout about them too.

At a time when a tweet & hashtag is all that is expected from famous faces, it is nice to see that some celebrities are willing to take ita step further.

Hats off to Alicia and the We Are Here Movement for bringing further light to the crisis.

 

http://weareheremovement.com/letmein/

 

Sign the pledge to stand as one with people forced to flee conflict and disaster: http://weareheremovement.com/letmein/ or text “Let Me In” to 80077. 

 

Alicia Keys Exclusive Covershoot and interview for FAULT Issue 23

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Editor: Miles Holder + Nancy Lu l Photographer: Zoltan Tombor @ SeenManagement l Stylist: Chaunielle Brown l Make-up: Dotti using SK-II @ Streeters l Hair: Tippi Shorter @Fr8me l Manicurist Michelle Matthews l Styling Assistants: Nyjerah Cunningham, Steven Lasalle, Sphinx Rowe, Catherine Mekondo

 

We’re happy to finally be able to reveal our FAULT Magazine Issue 23 Front Cover Star, Alicia Keys!

It has been fifteen years since the release of her debut album ‘Songs in A Minor’ which scored the singer/songwriter five Grammy Awards and the name Alicia Keys is still a well-respected household name. Playing the role as Skye Summers on the hit TV drama, ‘Empire’, fans were able to see Keys display her acting skills and this autumn Alicia will return to our television screens for her debut season as a judge on The Voice USA.

FAULT caught up with Alicia Keys to discuss the new music and find out just what it takes to carve a long-term career in the modern music industry.

FAULT: What is different between the Alicia Keys releasing ‘Songs in A Minor’ in 2000 compared to Alicia Keys of 2016 working on her “best music yet”?

Alicia: One thing I appreciate hearing from people who have known me for years, is when they tell me “Alicia, you’re still the same.” Of course I’m not, I’m a woman now and much wiser and I have more understanding of my life, music and art but I am still the same spirit. Fearlessness and becoming more comfortable in my own skin and caring less about what I would say or do, was always at the core of my original work – now with all the life I’ve live and all the things I’ve learnt, I am still the very same.

Being a proven singer and songwriter, did that give you more confidence and flexibility with this LP?

I always feel confident in my ability to explore my vulnerability and to do something that I’ve previously never done in hopes that it was going to take me somewhere. As opposed to being too controlled and forced to make it something that’s not. I definitely created this album with real purpose and intention to talk about things I’ve never talked about before.

 

FAULT: You’ve always fought for respect through your music with tracks like ‘Superwoman’ or “A Woman’s Worth’, are you also touching on these issues in the album?

I just feel women are the most magnificent species. We are the creators and closest to God. There’s so much to learn about what women go through and what women of colour go through and what womanhood just puts on you. There’s so much to face and learn, so much still to be respected and so much equality still being withheld. The desire to talk about it and discuss the inequality is there, and it’s definitely a theme for me and I have a desire to talk about it on this album and just go further. I just can’t wait for people to hear it.

 

 

FAULT: We recently lost Prince and who admired you enough to allow you to release a cover of his song and someone you inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame, did it come as a great shock?

It was definitely a great shock and I am still taken aback. I feel like the whole world feels the same. He was definitely an enigma and will always remain that way. He was so fiercely dedicated to the greatness and expanded the level of excellence and that’s what should always be maintained. He pushed himself and I’ll never be as good as Prince but in a positive way. No one can be Prince, he’s the only one but that’s the beauty of him. He set the bar so high that we all have something to strive for.

 

What is your FAULT?

I’m learning to try and let go of the word “perfection”. It’s not real and it’s a word that tears us down. There is no way to be perfect and no fun in being perfect. You can’t be happy unless you let yourself be vulnerable and make mistakes because we’re always evolving. No one knows it all and I damn sure don’t know it all! I force myself to look in the mirror and own who I am and to own MY beautiful. So what that I have breakouts or so what that my knees are pudgy, there simply is no perfect. Once I can teach myself that there is no perfect and that I am meant to have my FAULTS, that is when I become beautiful.

[We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.]

 

 

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