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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pregnant Alicia Keys Dons Navy Belted Maternity Frock To Perform At Ruby Dee's Memorial Service In NYC


Pregnant Alicia Keys donned a navy belted maternity frock at Ruby Dee's memorial service at Assembly Hall of the Riverside Church in Manhattan Saturday.

The expecting 33-year-old - who's due in December - paired her baby bump-hugging dress with a matching hat and patterned pumps.

The 15-time Grammy winner has returned to styling her locks in the same beaded braids she rocked for her Fallin' music video debut in 2001.

Keys - born Cook - pointed to the heavens as she serenaded the star-studded audience celebrating the Oscar-nominated actress and activist.

The R&B diva recently debuted her new song We Are Here, which should appear on her forthcoming sixth studio album.


Back in 2007, Alicia and Ruby were featured on the Sundance Channel's Iconoclasts series where they discovered their childhood Harlem homes were only a few blocks apart.





Ruby (A Raisin in the Sun, Do the Right Thing, and American Gangster) died of natural causes June 11 in her New York home at age 91.



Along with her late husband Ossie Davis, Dee was a civil rights activist who was friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

According to AP, the celebration of Dee's life also featured musical tributes from Audra McDonald, Wynton Marsalis, and Peter Yarrow.

Speakers for the star-studded memorial included former Mayor David Dinkins, Sonia Sanchez, Harry Belafonte, Angela Bassett, Tyne Daly, Kim Fields, S. Epatha Merkerson, Phylicia Rashad, Pauletta Washington, and Lynn Whitfield.

The baby will be the second child for the Girl on Fire crooner and her husband Swizz Beatz, who also has three children by three other women.



'[As a stepmother, I'm] another ear, another eye, another person they [the children] can come to,'Alicia said on Angie Martinez's Power 105.1 show Tuesday.

And rumour has it that Keys will be giving her son Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean - who turns four next month - a little brother.