Monthly Archives: November 2016

Her sons watch Snow White

HERE’S no denying Alicia Keys is a global superstar with the vocal chops to match.

Her career has spanned decades and includes 15 Grammy wins and 35 million albums sold worldwide — five of which have topped the Billboard 200.

Keys has made a recent return to the music scene after taking a break to raise her two sons which she tells The Edit magazine was “by design [she’s] raising boys.”

When it comes to what movies they’re watching though, Keys draws the line at the 1937 Disney animated classic Snow White.

“It’s totally sexist, misogynistic — she’s cleaning for seven dwarfs. There’s nothing wrong with a woman who chooses to stay at home with her family, it’s a hard-ass job, but it’s the way it’s spoken about.”

One thing her boys Egypt, six, and Genesis, one, mighn’t learn is Keys’ revelation and recent refusal to not wear makeup.

The singer-songwriter’s #nomakeup movement has seen her showered in worldwide praise and adoration after she refused to wear make-up to events, photoshoots and filming for The Voice.

The 35-year old goes on to explain the microscope celebrities are put under. The solution she eventually came to was to stop hiding under a ‘mask’ and embrace who she was.

“It’s the worst time. You become introverted and weird because you’re second-guessing yourself; you want to be everything that other people want you to be. Then you become cloaked in this societal bull**** that’s plonked in your lap and you spend the rest of your time digging yourself out. And that’s my conclusion for life,” she tells The Edit.

According to NY Post readers

WHEN it comes to debating the merits of John Lennon’s Imagine, the world definitely does not live as one.

In late October, British music fan Edward Carter compiled a giant list of 337 nominations for the worst songs of all time from responses he got to a tweet requesting fellow music-fan input. Lennon’s 1971 ballad was mentioned regularly, but Post readers’ opinions were split down the middle.

“I thought I was the only one who can’t stand to hear this song,” said Rebecca Reed. “I find it so depressing, and will practically break my leg running to change the radio station when it comes on.”

Raymond Smith agreed. “Thought it was great when I was a kid. I listen to it now and it sounds like it was written by a 6-year-old,” he said.

But Lennon fans defended Imagine with equal fervour. Adam Hendricks praised the “positive sentiment” behind the lyrics, while Deborah Lindo Zingg called it a “prophets [sic] message.”

Post readers also gave us their own nominations for worst songs of all time, and here are some of the biggest offenders.

STARSHIP’S ‘WE BUILT THIS CITY’

When even the co-singer of the song, Grace Slick, calls it “the worst song ever” (as she did in a Vanity Fair interview in 2012), it has to be pretty bad.

BARENAKED LADIES’ ‘ONE WEEK’

Reader Heather Pink referred to this simply as the song “about Chinese chicken.” It’s not actually about that, but Barenaked Ladies’ one big hit is so heinously grating, it’s enough to spark eye rolls of recognition all ’round.

BOBBY MCFERRIN’S ‘DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY’

Righteously blasted in the lyrics of “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy, McFerrin’s whimsical a cappella hit also attracted withering criticism by reader Dave Richard, who regarded it as a “real steaming pile of crap.”