ALICIA KEYS Holds 11th Annual Star-Studded Black Ball for Keep A Child Alive
Founded in 2003, Alicia Keys held her annual KCA (Keep A Child Alive Black Ball) just yesterday, in NYC where dozens of friends and A-listers attended the shin-dig—which is in its 11th year going strong.
More than just a formal star-studded gathering, KCA is a charity begun by Alicia to raise money for families stricken with, and for children of women born with HIV from all over: India, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.
Often revered and known for extending her time and talent, the We Are Here singer took bringing awareness far beyond a #BringBackOurGirls hashtag to tangible lengths by organizing a protest in front the Nigerian consulate in New York. to mark the six month anniversary of the 219-Nigerian schoolgirl kidnapping tragedy by Boko Haram militants.
Along with approximately 30 other women, seven months pregnant Alicia rallied to raise awareness-while holding signs that read: “We Are Here To Bring Back Our Girls Now.”
Alicia’s 11thAnnual event was attended to by the likes of: Diddy, Madonna, Riccardo Tisci, Estelle, Padma Lakshmi, LaLa Anthony, Po Johnson, Selita Banks, Russell Simmons, Angela Simmons, Kanye West, rapper Angel Haze, Aretha Franklin, J Records’ Clive Davis, Joan Smalls, Gayle King, Lala Anthony, model Alek Wek, Marina Abramovic, and more.
…As well, non other than Nas showed his support and too, performed in front of the star-studded crowd at the even that is more than just a formal bur too, a gathering of another one of Alicia’s first loves: music
As we reported, Alicia was slated to perform with David Byrne of Talking Heads, and we are told it did go down-the Girl on Fire singer did indeed perform with Byrne singing “Burning Down the House” where the entire audience at the Hammerstein Ballroom was brought to their feet.