For its part, Empowered will provide community-based grants of up to $25,000 for programs focused on women. That, Keys hopes, will help open up a meaningful dialogue in this country.
"For a woman and a black woman, you know, this is a conversation that we must have as all women. Again, as all human beings, we have to have this conversation," she said.
"I feel like this is an incredibly wonderful opportunity that we have to have a real dialogue, woman to woman, mother to mother, sister to sister, brother to sister ... father to daughter, daughter to mother, you know, friend to friend. This is what we have to start absolutely being open about."