R&B Songstress Alicia Keys On Storytelling App for Kids [Video]
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

(Image: Alicia Keys/AK Worldwide and Bento Box Interactive)

Loosely based on her relationship with her Nana, 14-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys unveils an interactive storybook app, “The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee.” Keys and AK Worldwide have partnered with Bento Box Interactive to create an imaginative tech tool that encourages children to explore through storytelling, games, music and limitless creativity. The app, which is centered on a young girl in New York City named LeeLee and the relationship she has with her wise grandmother, Mama Mae, is available now for download from the Apple App Store for $3.99.

In an interview with BlackEnterprise.com a month before the release of her fifth album, Girl On Fire, the songstress chats with Black Enterprise correspondent Shannon LaNier about the inspiration behind the app, her role as app developer and what her 2-year-old son Egypt thinks of “The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee.”

(Produced by Janel Martinez; Video editing by Shannon Lanier)


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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.

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