If there's anything you ever wanted to know about singer Alicia Keys, make sure you pick up the April/May 2012 issue of VIBE magazine on newsstands April 16.

One thing that you probably didn't know is that Alicia believes in omens or signs. It was one such sign that convinced her that lothario music producer Kasseem Dean, aka Swizz Beatz, was the man she would one day wed. It didn't matter to Alicia that Kasseem was already involved with another woman at the time.

“It was the craziest thing,” says Dean, leaning forward in his chair. “We had a work lunch with some people, and I get home and look in the back pocket—"

"My credit card was in his pocket,” Keys ?nishes the story, eyes wide. “Why was my credit card in his pocket?”
One explanation might be that he’d grabbed it by accident when they split the check, but that would be too prosaic. They saw the credit card debacle as a sign, the ?rst of many. Well, second, if you count the time, 14 years ago, when they ?rst met and Dean tried unsuccessfully to get her number from his friend. “It wasn’t our time yet,” he says with a smile.

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  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    OOOH I love that pic of her!!! :thumbsup:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    :yawn: at Alicia....

  • CD FENTY

    :coffee:

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Thanks Sandra for giving a new post... The previous was making my Good Friday really bad...

  • NaijaGal

    :coffee:

  • Iheart

    Love that pic of her :yes:

    I'm out for the day :waves:

    :peace: and be good and don't do nothing I wouldn't :lol:

  • CD FENTY

    :bye: Iheart

    I guess that means we can act fool then :rofl: :rofl:

  • Flawless

    :coffee:

  • Angiegirl

    14 years ago, when they ?rst met and Dean tried unsuccessfully to get her number from his friend. “It wasn’t our time yet,” he says with a smile.

    __________________________________________________________

    Riiiiiiiiight, but when u were married with 2 kids and she was a single heaux was the "right time" silly me.....here I thought when both parties were single was the "right time" lemme start picking em up at the altar, get em while they are fresh! GTFOH :mad:

  • NaijaGal

    I heard the Rickey Smiley Love & War this morning and all I can do is smh at ole girl

  • NaijaGal

    :cya: iheart

  • http://Www.yallaintchit.com Man, I just don’t care™

    When will she come out of the closet?

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    NaijaGal says:

    I heard the Rickey Smiley Love & War this morning and all I can do is smh at ole girl
    --------------
    I laughed at that bish trying to yawn like she just woke up... crazy bitch.
    :rofl:

  • http://Www.yallaintchit.com Man, I just don’t care™

    @Angie
    "Riiiiiiiiight, but when u were married with 2 kids and she was a single heaux was the “right time” silly me…..here I thought when both parties were single was the “right time” lemme start picking em up at the altar, get em while they are fresh! GTFOH "
    ________________________________________________________________________

    :rofl:
    Women....
    That nigga being married and had chit to do with Alicia.

  • https://twitter.com/Mizz_Dallas mizzdallas

    I hope they both happy :coffee:

  • NaijaGal

    @WUT I was like is she really trying to pretend like they didn't have a 5 minute conversation...dude said he should've listened to his momma, yeah well your bad

  • Vanguard Reese

    I just don't care for Alicia Keys. It ain't got Nathan to do with her flucking a married man tho. I just don't like her cankle having arse.

  • NaijaGal

    They're soulmates until the divorce

  • I Go There

    I dig ole Piano Hips...

    :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    The fact that she's talking about Toucan Sam so much gives me pause...makes me think shyt ain't all good on the home front so she has to get all fantastical about their relationship and shyt...bish please...

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    NaijaGal says:

    @WUT I was like is she really trying to pretend like they didn’t have a 5 minute conversation…dude said he should’ve listened to his momma, yeah well your bad
    ----------------
    Girl I laughed so hard. She was like "I don't know a darryl? Her husband was hurt like hell! She was like "Did I win something?" I was like yeah bitch a divorce! :rofl:

  • Eazy

    Good Morning Everybody :waves:

  • Vanguard Reese

    Thanks for the new post, Aunt Sandra. Because my Southern arse was about to show my hindparts.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    I Go There says:

    I dig ole Piano Hips…

    :coffee:

    ______________

    You mean pillow legs... :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    :hugs: @Eazy

    Mawnin' sugah....

  • NaijaGal

    @WUT his simple ass ain't going no where...you tell me your wife starts wearing sex drawers & lingere to work and it took you calling Rickey to bust her??? yeah right...she'll just give him some and he'll fall back in line

    @FeFe #20 you've been hanging around man too long :rofl: *but I :cosign: your statement*

  • Eazy

    :hugs: @Fefe Mawnin' :lol:

  • NaijaGal

    Eazy does it :waves:

  • Vanguard Reese

    So uh ain't nobody read my story in the last post? :cuss: Shall I repost it in here?

  • brownskin A.K.A Creamy

    CD FENTY says:

    Iheart

    I guess that means we can act fool then
    ___________________________________________________________ I left u a message in the older post and SAID are you agonna act right today it's friday :yes:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    @Naija

    :lol: iono about hanging around Man, but I know when you gotta start over-compensating on conversation regarding your other half then shyt ain't like it needs to be somewhere somehow...

  • NaijaGal

    @Vanguard outside my 3rd comment I haven't read the Zimmerman post...what's up

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    NaijaGal says:

    @WUT his simple ass ain’t going no where…you tell me your wife starts wearing sex drawers & lingere to work and it took you calling Rickey to bust her??? yeah right…she’ll just give him some and he’ll fall back in line
    -------------
    What had me crackin up was when he asked him... "Dog.. she must be lightskinned.. Is she lightskinned?" Dude said all soft n chit... "yeah.." OMG :rofl:

    Darryl is that bitch work husband. They taking nooners and chit. Why els would she wear cute draws to work for his ass to have a treat a lunch! Her husband is dumb!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    @Naija

    She's starting to talk about Toucan Sam like he's the sun and moon and stars and shyt...GTFOOH....

  • I Go There

    Feline Feminine says:

    I Go There says:

    I dig ole Piano Hips…

    ______________

    You mean pillow legs…
    __________________________

    Yeah they're a lil stumpy.
    But they cant all be nice and sleek now can they
    :coffee:

  • Ni ni

    My dad watched whitney houston funeral and asked me who was the lady singing on the piano. His face was all frowned up he said, whoo she cant sang

  • I Go There

    Yo Eazy whats up

  • Bibi

    @Vanguard I hope are differing opinions didn't offend you. :hug:

  • Vanguard Reese

    @Naija, I copy and pasted it from the other post

    On last Friday my mom had a business meeting in Raleigh. When she went to exist I-40 she accidentally rear-ended this woman’s car. She didn’t do any damage to the lady car but she did do some damage to her own. Anyways, the lady says it was her fault the sun got into her eyes. But as soon as my mom asked her did she need an ambulance she went crazy asking was there blood on her face and how much pain she was in. So my mom called her an ambulance.

    Fast forward a few days, one of my moms sorors had been blowing my mom’s phone up. So she finally got around to calling her back. This particular soror was picking her kids up from the daycare and overheard the owner and the owner’s daughter talking and laughing about how this lady in this big expensive Benz had rearended her mom but it didn’t do any damage. But she told her mom to go to Duke hospital because the lady that hit her was loaded and if she played her cards right she could get a big Benz too. She went on to tell the person where the lady that hit her mom was from and my mom’s soror instantly knew it was my mom. So she told the lady that she was talking about her sorority sister. How bout the bitch went to limping and chit.

    The moral of that story is, God don’t like ugly.

  • Vanguard Reese

    @Bibi, no it didn't offend. I don't take the North/South arguments personal.

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    that's a hot pic. ion rly care for her tho. & it certainly aint got nathan to do with her boodwah activities. she's just overrated IMO :coffee: she has made a song or two that was dope. #creditwhereitsdue

    GOOD FRIDAY SR & FAM :waves: <---incense chalice

    FeFe
    WUT
    IGO (such a naughty boy u r!)
    NAIJA
    Creamy
    EZ
    MizzD
    ERRYBODY!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    I Go There says:

    Feline Feminine says:

    I Go There says:

    I dig ole Piano Hips…

    ______________

    You mean pillow legs…
    __________________________

    Yeah they’re a lil stumpy.
    But they cant all be nice and sleek now can they
    :coffee:

    ____________

    Nope, I guess your right...

    *crosses legs*

  • Eazy

    :waves: Naiji

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    Ni ni says:

    My dad watched whitney houston funeral and asked me who was the lady singing on the piano. His face was all frowned up he said, whoo she cant sang

    :rofl:

    despite my grief that day i was CRINGING she sounded so bad :(

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    @Ni ni

    Honestly, I was SURPRISED that folks did not comment more on how terrible she sounded at Whit's funeral...she was YELLING and she sounded HORRIBLE....

    :waves: @Fayla

    @Vanguard

    I saw your story, not sure what to say about it, stuff like that happens... :shrugs:

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    Bibi :waves: GM!!!

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    2 more hours to go :cheer: :yahoo:

  • Vanguard Reese

    @Feline, it was just so random because we live like 2 hours from Raleigh and we were like what are the chances that someone we know would overhear the story.

  • Bibi

    @Fay :waves:

  • I Go There

    Hey Fay whats up

  • Eazy

    Hey there Igo :hi:

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    My Fayla!!!
    *Runns and squeeze the whipfinity outcha! :hug:

  • Angiegirl

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    @Angie
    “Riiiiiiiiight, but when u were married with 2 kids and she was a single heaux was the “right time” silly me…..here I thought when both parties were single was the “right time” lemme start picking em up at the altar, get em while they are fresh! GTFOH ”
    ________________________________________________________________________

    Women….
    That nigga being married and had chit to do with Alicia.

    ________________________________________________

    Men......
    That comment had to do with both parties involved, not just Alicia
    :spank:

  • Bibi

    My coworker was in love with Alicia. Till he saw her cankles. :hahaha:

  • Eazy

    :waves: Fayla how are you

  • FoxE

    Nice pic! :yes:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    @Vanguard

    It is random and God always has a way of re-aligning things the way they are supposed to be..I rear-ended someone years ago and thank goodness they didn't get crazy about it...

  • http://Www.yallaintchit.com Man, I just don’t care™

    Im lost on this Darly situation. Someone give me the full story

  • Angiegirl

    Feline Feminine says:

    @Ni ni

    Honestly, I was SURPRISED that folks did not comment more on how terrible she sounded at Whit’s funeral…she was YELLING and she sounded HORRIBLE….

    ________________________________________________

    to me she sounded horrible at the BET awards singing the prince tribute but it was a lil overshadowed by her climbing her big pregnant swole feet behind on top of that piano and throwing her hair around

  • NaijaGal

    FAYLA :yahoo: sin- :kiss: ed beauty

    @FeFe I expect a statement real soon where they've decided to terminate their relationship amicably and want privacy for their children and oh yeah they'll remain the best of friends

  • Vanguard Reese

    @Feline, yeah some people are cool about it. A lady rearended me a few years ago, no damage was done to my car so I just let it go. I believe in karma.

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    :dead: WUT u finna squeeze the HELL outta me! :rofl: how u doing on today?

    IGO :coffee: i think Adobe flash player is gonna be my friend this afternoon (tee-hee ;) i'm friggin fantastic thanks for asking. my supv is gone, gonna eat good for lunch, & i got 1:52 mins left in this workday. God ILL good :)

  • NaijaGal

    @Vanguard she'll be fcuked up when your mom's insurance offers her a couple of hundred dollars to go away

  • NaijaGal

    @WUT IKR!?! that's why I say dude ain't going nowhere...he knew who he married, was probably excited to get a light-skinned woman on his arm even though she wasn't about ish...trust, he ain't going no where

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Feline Feminine says:

    @Vanguard

    It is random and God always has a way of re-aligning things the way they are supposed to be..I rear-ended someone years ago and thank goodness they didn’t get crazy about it…
    --------------------
    I did too! He got out look at his bumper and said baby this thing is old no worries! (Old YT man too) Got in his car and left... I was shaking about a good 10 minutes... and thanking God cuz I had just turned 21 and my insurance would have been crazy!

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    She looks nice. I like her music; don't care about her or Beaks. :shrugs:

  • Vanguard Reese

    @Naija, that's the same thing my mom said. I just told my mom her new car is bad luck, brings the wrong kind of attention and gives people the wrong idea.

  • http://Www.yallaintchit.com Man, I just don’t care™

    @ANGIE
    :rofl:
    Yeah... Alicia was soooooo wrong for "taking" the worlds greatest nigga from Moesha big rotund azz.

    Women. The greatest thing men ever did was convince women to fight themselves over bullchit.
    :coffee:

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    Angiegirl says:

    Feline Feminine says:

    @Ni ni

    Honestly, I was SURPRISED that folks did not comment more on how terrible she sounded at Whit’s funeral…she was YELLING and she sounded HORRIBLE….

    ________________________________________________

    to me she sounded horrible at the BET awards singing the prince tribute but it was a lil overshadowed by her climbing her big pregnant swole feet behind on top of that piano and throwing her hair around

    so true. ion think she's all that good at live performances :coffee: i do think she's a great writer tho :yes:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    Angiegirl says:

    Feline Feminine says:

    @Ni ni

    Honestly, I was SURPRISED that folks did not comment more on how terrible she sounded at Whit’s funeral…she was YELLING and she sounded HORRIBLE….

    ________________________________________________

    to me she sounded horrible at the BET awards singing the prince tribute but it was a lil overshadowed by her climbing her big pregnant swole feet behind on top of that piano and throwing her hair around

    ___________

    :yes: she sounded bad and she looked RIDICULOUS! Alicia has never been a vocalist to me...she's more along the lines of a musician/composer/song-writer...her voice is good enough to get by and sell a record, but it isn't a powerhouse voice by far...

  • JustB

    It's Friday!! :buttshake: Alicia looks pretty.

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:) says:

    WUT u finna squeeze the HELL outta me! how u doing on today?
    ------------------
    :yes: Until I start smelling pepermints! :rofl: Im good got a loooong week end my son's birthday weekend! how about you?

  • NaijaGal

    @Man Rickey Smiley morning show has a segment called 'love and war' where people suspect their person is cheating so they set them up...dude called in about his wife, said she started wearing sexy underwear and lingere to work but wasn't giving him ass...they call her and told her she won some free ish and could bring a guest, she said she'd bring Darryl (not her husband) and that's when dude came on the line and said she was busted...she hung up...the show called back where she pretened she was sleep and this was the first time her phone rang all morning and she didn't know anyone named Darryl :huh:

  • https://twitter.com/Mizz_Dallas mizzdallas

    :waves: @fayfay!!!

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    YSHO! #Brown'sfont (maybe iffin i keep typing her name she'll pop up)
    :hug: hey mama how the hell are ya?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    @Wut

    The folks I rear-ended were driving an old Suburban, it was an old white lady and her son or grandson...couldn't tell....she kind of had a nervous condition too (she was one of those people who shakes their head uncontrollably), and I was scared it was gonna be some shyt...but they did not put up a big fuss and it was over fairly quickly...

  • https://twitter.com/Mizz_Dallas mizzdallas

    @naija

    I was listening to rickey and I must have missed that, :lolol: ---> damn she couldnt even come up with a good azz lie!!

  • http://Www.yallaintchit.com Man, I just don’t care™

    @Naija
    "IKR!?! that’s why I say dude ain’t going nowhere…he knew who he married, was probably excited to get a light-skinned woman on his arm even though she wasn’t about ish…trust, he ain’t going no where"
    _____________________________________

    or he could be "in love" with her and all that.
    Oh, we know thats bull chit huh? :lol:

  • NaijaGal

    ion think Alicia is a great singer either...great with words, but always straining imo

  • Ni ni

    I missed the funeral and was about to google her performance but it just didnt make sense because I knew without a shadow of a doubt that alicia sounded horrible. I used to think she could sing when she first came out but thankfully I woke up after seeing her live performances. I think thats why she be bringing people on stage with her (TLC) to throw folks off.

  • Angiegirl

    @Man......okay tink-tink, I think at this point it's just :violin:

  • NaijaGal

    @MizzD she put no effort into that lie...she did yawn though, 1/2 point for effort

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    NaijaGal says:

    @Man Rickey Smiley morning show has a segment called ‘love and war’ where people suspect their person is cheating so they set them up…dude called in about his wife, said she started wearing sexy underwear and lingere to work but wasn’t giving him ass…they call her and told her she won some free ish and could bring a guest, she said she’d bring Darryl (not her husband) and that’s when dude came on the line and said she was busted…she hung up…the show called back where she pretened she was sleep and this was the first time her phone rang all morning and she didn’t know anyone named Darryl

    :hahaha: OMG LMAOOOO!!! :rofl: #hilarious

    EZ i'm good whatchu got planned for this weekend?

    WUT what is lil WUT got coming his way for his bday?? :waiting:

  • https://twitter.com/Mizz_Dallas mizzdallas

    ;waves: at Vanguard!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    @Ni ni

    If you do look up her funeral performance be prepared for your ears to bleed...she actually made me cringe...

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    @Naija
    “IKR!?! that’s why I say dude ain’t going nowhere…he knew who he married, was probably excited to get a light-skinned woman on his arm even though she wasn’t about ish…trust, he ain’t going no where”
    _____________________________________

    or he could be “in love” with her and all that.
    Oh, we know thats bull chit huh?

    ------------------
    Man! :rofl: This trick picked up the phone afterwards :yawn: all loud an shyt! Talkin bout "Did I win something?" pretending to sound sleepy in shyt. Funny!

  • http://Www.yallaintchit.com Man, I just don’t care™

    @FeFe

    I think of Keys as a songwriter too. But is it me or did she sound better when she first. ame out? Her first two albums she sounded pretty good IMO. Not earth shattering but good. Its like she has lost range after those first two albums.
    :shrugs:

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    :hugs: @FAYLA

    I'm okay. Getting a headache but that's not new. How about you?

  • Ni ni

    @Angie that whole prince tribute was a mess imo and I bet he thought it was too

  • http://Www.yallaintchit.com Man, I just don’t care™

    @Angie
    Uh huh.
    :coffee:

  • NaijaGal

    @ni ni now don't you include Ms Patti Patti in that...Patti gave Prince life that day sanging purple rain

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI Feline Feminine

    @Man

    I can agree that she sounded better when she first came out...maybe it was studio tricks or something... :shrugs:

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    @ Fayla

    Girl I am spoiling him rotten do you hear me! He deserve it he is a Great Student Great Kid! He don't ask for anything. He is not the kid who begs for the latest name brand anything or newest game. When he really needs something he come and say something like "Mom if you have the money left from paying bills.. can you see if you can find me a cheap whatever.." (girl I almost cried right now)

    So for his 16 B-Day He is getting
    A party at a the Residence Inn
    Three pair of Chucks
    Clothes
    Games for his Wii and PS
    New controllers
    cologne
    He is going skating tonight
    tomorrow he is going to the movies and Dave and Busters
    He is getting a cell phone
    and last night I just bought him two Blackfin Sharks and an a starter aquarium.. :coffee: nothing big...

  • http://wineandgummybears.blogspot.com/ gypsyeyes

    I wish that I could get the Ricky Smiley show. We can't streamline it here at work :(

  • http://wineandgummybears.blogspot.com/ gypsyeyes

    Gonna start the master cleanse on Monday...wish me luck!

  • JustB

    I think of Keys as a songwriter too. But is it me or did she sound better when she first. ame out? Her first two albums she sounded pretty good IMO. Not earth shattering but good. Its like she has lost range after those first two albums.
    ________________________________________________________________________

    I don't think her range changed. It seemed as if she was trying a new sound on her "As I am" album. The way she sang "No One" :No:

  • http://wineandgummybears.blogspot.com/ gypsyeyes

    @WUT-Sounds like he deserves all of that! Happy Birthday to him!

  • Ni ni

    @Fe fe...im gonna take your word for it. I dont want my ears to bleed : :

  • Ni ni

    @najai I love patti but she didnt come with it that night...to me. idk she seemed to be lit or something

  • https://twitter.com/Mizz_Dallas mizzdallas

    Gonna start the master cleanse on Monday…wish me luck!

    what is the master cleanse?? Im on my 500 calorie diet and so far so good I also have been taking the hcg drops and drinking my green tea every morning!!

  • http://wineandgummybears.blogspot.com/ gypsyeyes

    that's the lemon.maple syrup and cayenne pepper. I want to cleanse my system of the red meat and pork. Gonna go for 10 days and see how that goes and then I'm going to do 21 days.

  • Ms.Fashion

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    When will she come out of the closet?

    __________

    :rofl:

    Nice pic though...

  • Ms. Everything

    #teamcankles :coffee: that being said I don't see anything spectacular or mind blowing from this excerpt but :shrugs: