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Alicia Keys Talks About Her Limits, Facing Hurricane Sandy

Photo Courtesy of EssenceAlicia Keys is a Girl on Fire, posing on the cover of Essence's January issue in red hot, strapless dress.  The singer, who released her latest album earlier this month, has been feeling pretty unstoppable lately.  But the wife, mom and all-around-superwoman acknowledges that she has her limits, and she's fine with them.

"It’s okay if I can’t do every single thing," Alicia tells Essence.  "I finally understand that it doesn’t make me a lesser artist or human being…" 

When Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City, Alicia was, admittedly, unprepared.  She stuck it out in the SoHo home that she shares with her husband, Swizz Beatz, and son, Egypt, despite not having electricity.  But after scouring the place for foods that didn't require cooking, and not finding much, Alicia knew when to throw in the towel.

"…After the third or fourth tuna fish sandwich, and after we learned we'd be without power for a week, I called my mother, who lives uptown," Alicia tells Essence.  "She was okay and hadn’t lost any power, so we ended up going to her house.  We were pretty lucky..."

For more from the singer, check out Essence's new issue when it arrives on newsstands Friday.

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