Alicia Keys has some serious thoughts when it comes to equality. The 38-year-old singer spoke about women’s representation in the entertainment industry while at the Billboard x Amex Impact Brunch on Thursday.
While at the event, she kept it stylish in Michael Kors wearing a simple navy ribbed tank top and gold pinstripe pants with a gold chain hanging from the belt.
‘If I want to find a female lighting designer, how can I find that person? If I want to find a female sound engineer, how can I find that? If I want to find a female business manager or female lawyer,’ she said on stage while speaking with Billboard’s Gail Mitchell. ‘
I think what happens is people get used to working with who they’re used to working with, and then you go and ask for a recommendation and they’ve been used to working with John for 100 years, so John gets recommended.’ She continued: ‘It’s not that Lucy or Terry shouldn’t be recommended, but we get into this systemic style of how we operate. We just get used to it, as opposed to starting to break it and think out of the box and be conscious about the choices that we’re making.’
She went on to discuss the statistics of female artists and explained they women only make up 17% of artists in the Top 100 on Billboard this year.
The “No One” singer called it ‘deep and disturbing gap’ and said ‘it’s really about all of us recognizing that when things are unbalanced they have to be rectified and corrected.’
Alicia says she’s making a difference herself by employing woman and giving them the opportunity to make waves in their careers.