Ten years in the music business changes some artists, but Alicia says she's managed to stay grounded because of her family and her foundation, Keepa Child Alive.
"I think really being conscious about others is a very big part of what keeps me grounded," she says. "I'm able to really see what happens in the world. … I understand people's experiences."
Alicia says her work in Africa helps her understand life's big picture.
"It makes you feel good, and I feel like you learn so much about yourself. You learn that there's more than just what meets the eye, in our four walls," she says. "It makes you feel like kind of superfly."