Alicia Keys upset over her son being worried about being bullied for painting his nails
Alicia Keys (PHOTO:GETTY/GALLO IMAGES)
It’s often said that the fears
children face at a young age aren’t natural. Instead, they’re created by the
environment they find themselves in and the norms in that particular society.
American singer Alicia Keys
recently posted a video on Instagram in which she talks about an incident that
left her fuming. During a visit to a nail salon with her four-year-old son, Genesis,
where he was excited to have his nails painted in rainbow colours. But once his
nails were done, he told his mom he no longer wanted them painted. When Alicia
asked him why, he said he didn’t think people would like his nails.
“Can you believe this? Four years
old. He’s four! And he already understands the concept that someone is gonna
judge him because he chose rainbow colours on his nails,” Alicia said in the
She captioned her post: “Less
Labels, More Expressions.
“Been thinking about how over
labeled and over judged we all are . . . can u feel me??”
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After telling her son that people
would love his nails because it showed off his creativity, she encouraged him
to keep doing his own thing. She also told him many men love to paint their
“Stick with it. You chose it. You
liked it. You do it,” the 15-time Grammy-winning singer told her son.
The incident made the mother of
two reflect on how society is quick to judge and put labels on people, making
them live in fear of being themselves.
“The way I see it there is
masculine and there are feminine energies inside of us all, period. It gets concerning
to me that we can’t just explore these different sides of ourselves. These
different energies that are within us.”
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“Even for me, myself, I
oftentimes express the masculine energy that’s inside of me. And, all the time,
if that happens, there are the judgments, and there’s the stereotypes, and
there are all the energies that come towards that. And for my boys, it’s
similar if they want to express the feminine energy that’s inside of them.
There’s all of these judgments, and all these rules, and stereotypes and
vibes,” she said.
“It’s really frustrating to me.
I’m actually really, really frustrated about it. I ask myself, ‘Why is that?
Why can’t we just express the different energies that are inside us?’. We
should be able to explore and express our masculine and feminine energies
however we want to,” she concluded.
Her husband and father of her
children, Swizz Beatz, shares the same sentiments as his wife about their
children: “He’s a young King and he can explore and express his creativity at
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