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In her new book, Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family, Mashanda Tifrere details her journey of forgiveness and finding peace, while co-parenting her 11-year-old son Kasseem “KJ” Dean, Jr. with the Grammy-winning couple Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.

It has been more than a decade since she and the super producer divorced, and she says that time has definitely played a part in the healing process.

“Time has a way of healing things, but we also had to heal ourselves,” Mashonda shared. She said that writing the book “reopened old wounds. Many weeks I’d drop my son off at school, come home, hibernate, write and cry.”

Alicia Keys along with her husband and Tifrere, took to social media to show that they have in fact “blended”:


Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family is available everywhere books are sold.

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