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Friday
Dec072012

Alicia Keys Honors Oprah Winfrey at Keep a Child Alive Ball

Ben Hider/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alicia Keys hosted Black Ball Redux Gala Thursday night at Harlem's Apollo Theater, both to honor philanthropists such as Oprah Winfrey, and to raise money for an AIDS-free Africa and India -- a cause dear to the New York native's heart.

The annual fundraiser benefits the singer's Keep a Child Alive foundation, which Alicia launched in 2003 to provide treatment and support to families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.

Keys had originally scheduled her ninth annual Keep a Child Alive's Black Ball for Nov. 1, but it was postponed due to Superstorm Sandy.  The 31-year-old singer told ABC News Radio on the red carpet that she was also personally affected by the storm.

"We did lose a lot of equipment, but that means nothing to people that lost their homes and lost their jobs," she said.

Along with Winfrey, Grammy Award-winning singer/activist Angélique Kidjo was also honored during the ball, which featured performances by Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Bonnie Raitt and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.

"I'm proud to celebrate two incredible powerhouse women.  I'm proud to bring people on the stage that have never been together and perform quite in this way they will tonight," Alicia said of the evening.  "And I'm just really proud of Keep a Child Alive because this is a great accomplishment for me...it's something that's really important and special and I'm just really proud of it."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec072010

Alicia Keys, Friends Digitally Resurrected Thanks to Donations

Photo Courtesy - Keep A Child Alive [dot] org(NEW YORK) -- Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Ryan Seacrest and dozens of other stars have now returned to the digital world of Facebook and Twitter, thanks to $1 million worth of charitable donations.

Keys and her friends all "died" online last week in an attempt to encourage people to donate to Buy Life, her initiative to raise funds for her charity Keep a Child Alive.  Fans were told their favorite stars would return to the digital world when $1 million was raised for the cause.

In less than a week, half a million dollars was raised, but on Monday, billionaire Stewart Rahr kicked in the other half million, allowing the initiative to reach its goal.

Keys said in a statement, “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of the fans, friends and artists who stood together for this cause and saved real lives."  She added, “I am humbled by the outpour of support from everyone.”

Besides Keys, Gaga and Seacrest, other stars who participated in the event included Kim Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Serena Williams, Elijah Wood, Usher and Keys' husband Swizz Beatz.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec012010

Alicia Keys Leads Celebrity Charity Campaign For AIDS

Photo Courtesy - Keep A Child Alive [dot] org(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday, Alicia Keys and her celebrity friends will stay silent on Facebook and Twitter, for a good cause.  The stars will log off all social networking websites in an effort to raise money for Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive, which assists people who are affected by AIDS.  The campaign launches on World AIDS Day.

So far, the celebrities who are participating in the campaign, aside from Keys, include Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Elijah Wood, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Diddy, Jay Sean, Serena Williams, and Keys' husband, Swizz Beatz.

The stars won't log back onto their respective social networking sites until one million dollars is raised.  You can make a donation at BuyLife.org.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct012010

Pregnant Alicia Keys Presides Over Annual Black Ball Charity Concert 

Photo Courtesy - KeepAChildAlive.org(NEW YORK) -- Singer Alicia Keys, who's about eight months pregnant, walked the red carpet Thursday night to attend her annual charity event, the Black Ball.  The event raises money for Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive, which provides medicine to children and families living with HIV/AIDS in Africa and the developing world.

The singer was most excited to talk about a new way in which people can donate to the organization, called "Buy Life."  The way Keys explains it, she and other celebrities have posed for a series of ads wearing t-shirts with barcodes on them and the slogan "Buy Life."  Scanning that barcode with your cell phone triggers a donation to Keep a Child Alive.  She explains, "You're literally saving a life.  [It's just like] you go to the store and you get your juice and your cereal and your chicken, and you scan it and you pay for it.  Now you can scan this t-shirt and you're part of changing the world."

Keys also talked about the example she hopes to set for her unborn child.  She told reporters, "The baby is going to see everything that I do, and that we do, and I think that being a giving individual, being a person that knows that we can all do something...reaching out to one person in the world....is changing that one person...and that's a big deal.  So I plan to show that in every way."

Performers at the event included Jay-Z, Sade and Janelle Monae, while guests spotted on the red carpet included Uma Thurman, Usher, Deepak Chopra and 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski. 

Singer Jay Sean, who just became an ambassador for Keep a Child Alive's work in India, spoke about how excited he was to be involved with the charity.  Sean, who nearly became a doctor, told reporters, "This is a wonderful way of me being able to still fulfill that side of me.  I wanted to become a doctor because I wanted to...spend my life trying to help others. And I think to be able to tie that in with my music is just the most incredible thing." 

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