Secret Life of Bees: Nate Parker and Alicia Keys

L-R: Nate Parker and Alicia Keys / Photo Credit: Sidney Baldwin

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ALICIA KEYS (June Boatwright)
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Alicia Keys has changed the face of popular music since she burst onto the scene in 2001. Now Keys has also made her mark on the silver screen as well.

Keys returned with her long-awaited third studio album, AS I AM, in November 2007. Within 10 hours of being serviced to radio, Alicia’s first single, “No One,” became one of the fastest moving and highest charting singles on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. This also marked the highest first single debut for a female artist in 2007 on the R&B Monitor’s Urban Mainstream chart.

Keys made her motion-picture debut in Joe Carnahan's SMOKIN' ACES as Georgia Sykes. She also appeared in the big screen adaptation of the best selling book THE NANNY DIARIES, opposite Scarlet Johansson, Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti.

Keys also recently signed a multiyear first-look film production deal at Disney. Through her production company, she will develop live-action and animated projects, participating as producer and actor. The company will also spearhead soundtracks and music supervision for the projects.

Alicia Keys first appeared on the music scene in June 2001 with her debut album, "Songs In A Minor," on Clive Davis' J Records. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart, selling over 235,000 copies in its first week, and went on to sell more than 10 million units worldwide.

Keys' critically acclaimed sophomore effort, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," was released in December 2003 and sold over 618,000 copies during its first week of release in the United States. The album is currently seven times platinum.

In her music career, Alicia Keys has won eleven Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards™, two MTV Europe Awards, one NAACP Image Award 2004, two Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards, one BET Award, three Soul Train Music Awards, one Soul Train Lady of Soul Award, and a My VH1 Award. Keys is currently signed to MBK/J Records.

In 2005, Keys also became a New York Times Bestselling author when she released her first published work, "Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems & Lyrics by Alicia Keys." In 2004, Alicia also became a travel correspondent for The New York Daily News, writing monthly travel columns throughout the summer detailing experiences from her world tour.

She generously gives her time and energy as an Ambassador and spokesperson for "Keep A Child Alive," which provides anti-viral drugs to the millions suffering from AIDS in Africa. She also works closely with "Frum Tha Ground Up," devoted to equipping America’s youth with the tools essential for achieving success on all levels; as well as "Teens in Motion," a non profit organization created to offer teens the opportunity to develop their minds and bodies in a safe and secure environment.

Born and raised in New York, Alicia graduated from the Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan at age 16.


Nate Parker is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought after young actors. Having moved to Los Angeles just two years ago, Parker has already starred in a Golden Globe nominated film and was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the NAACP Image Awards for his role in The Weinstein Company’s THE GREAT DEBATERS. He starred with Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker in this feature based on the true story of the first all black debate team to beat the champion Harvard debate team in 1935. The film was directed by Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey’s HARPO Productions.

Parker recently wrapped production on his next feature, BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME in North Carolina. He stars in the film based on a true story of the civil unrest that surrounded the alleged murder of a black Vietnam vet by a white business man in 1970.

Parker has two other independent films completed and soon to be released. First as the star of TUNNEL RATS, a feature that looks at the Vietnam War and focuses on a special US combat unit that hunted Viet Cong in the endless tunnels under the jungles of Vietnam and second in FELON in which he stars alongside Val Kilmer as an officer in the penal system who is led by his strong morality instead of the corrupt system that surrounds him. FELON had a limited opening July 18, 2008 in the United States.

Among Nate’s other feature film credits are PRIDE with Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, DIRTY CRUEL WORLD, and the title role of Rome in the independent feature ROME AND JEWEL. His television appearances include the Turkish television hit Valley Of The Wolves, opposite Sharon Stone, Cold Case and The Unit.

Nate also writes screenplays, television pilots and continues to be an avid athlete. In his free time he donates his time as a wresting coach and mentor for a local high school in Los Angeles.