Q&A with Alicia Keys

With her first major film role and two books on the way, Alicia Keys is conquering new territory. But on Aug. 29 the soul princess of Queens will return to more familiar turf: performing with her piano at MTV's Video Music Awards.

You're set to star in a movie about Philippa Schuyler, a half-black, half-white classical pianist who grew up in New York City. That sounds like a stretch...

There are so many things I can relate to. But she grew up in the '30s and '40s, and to play classical music and be black was very, very difficult....

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