Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz set London-Town abuzz on Wednesday, hosting the Black Ball to raise money and awareness for AIDS in both Africa and India. Even without musical guest George Michael, the celebs and invitees hit a high note, raising more than 175,000 pounds for the Keep A Child Alive Foundation.
In typical A-List fashion, Keys showed up to the Black Ball’s carpet in a sweeping black Givenchy dress with ostrich feathers. Though onlookers gawked, the “Superwoman” singer managed to keep reporters’ questions away from the gorgeous gown, and instead focused on the important charity that she’s supported for years — Keep A Child Alive Foundation (KCA).
KCA doesn’t just focus on providing anti-retroviral drugs to children in Africa and India, it sponsors 10 orphan care sites and raises awareness about the epidemic on a global scale. Of her work with KCA, Alicia says, “empowering women and men affected by the AIDS pandemic will come from our investment in them. We need to provide the treatment for life, we need to provide it to everyone and give them opportunity. We need to believe in them and not give up.”
And on Wednesday, with hundreds in attendance at the famous Roundhouse Theatre, giving up on KCA’s kids was not an option. Tinie Tempah, Beth Ditto, Paloma Faith, Ms. Dynamite and more cheered as Mark Ronson and Keys blazed the stage. Though featured guest George Michael was a no-show, the event was a hit, raising nearly $300,000 for the foundation dear to Keys’ heart. Find ways to support her efforts below:
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