As part of HuffPost BlackVoices weekly series counting down the top eight power couples of the year, we present “BV Power Couples.” Each week we will highlight what each member brings to the table along with their power ranking. Landing in at the number eight spot is Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys and producer Swizz Beatz.
(A) Full Name: Alicia Augello Cook
(K) Full Name: Kasseem David Dean
(A) Occupation: Singer/Actress/Director
(K) Occupation: Producer/Fashion Designer/Brand Ambassador
(A) Big Wig Affiliation: Has close ties to legendary music impresario, Clive Davis.
(K) Big Wig Affiliation: Has a working relationship with luxury automaker, Aston Martin.
(A) Claim to Fame: Keys’ 2001 breakout album, “Songs In A Minor,” netted five Grammy Awards and reportedly went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.
(K) Claim to Fame: Was responsible for crafting the signature sound of defunct hip hop label, Ruff Ryders Entertainment.
(A) Current Status: Readying the release of her fifth studio album, “Girl On Fire,” set to hit stores on November 27.
(K) Current Status: In addition to accepting his role as the first Global Ambassador for New York City’s public hospitals system, Swizz is currently putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming solo project, “Haute Living.”
(A) Word for Word: "Finding my soul-mate, finding the love of my life has been a freeing experience because of the way we identify [with] each other and understand each other. It’s so rare that you feel like you can be your whole self [with someone]. I can be my whole self, he can be his whole self. I don’t have to be half of myself, he doesn’t have to be half of himself." (Ebony, Sept. 2012)
(K) Word for Word: “She’s just a natural mom. She even surprised my mom, who wanted to give her tips but was like, ‘What tips can I give her?! She’s already ahead of the game.’” (People, July 2012)