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Alicia Keys & ‘Keep a Child Alive’ Announce 12th Annual Black Ball Event

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Back in 2003, Alicia Keys and AIDS activist Leigh Blake founded an organization deemed Keep a Child Alive (KCA), which served as an emergency push to get life-saving HIV medications to African children and families, who otherwise would not have had access to treatment.

Each year since, the organization has put together a Black Ball event where celebrity and philanthropy unite and millions are raised in support of KCA’s efforts. In the past, the likes of Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Bono, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Common, and several others have performed on the Black Ball stage.

This year’s event has just been announced and the 12th annual Black Ball will be hosted by Alicia Keys and comedian/director Chirs Rock. The event will take place on November 5th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, and the likes of Alicia Keys, WizKid, LION BABE and more are set to perform.

[New York, NY – October 13, 2015] – Keep a Child Alive (KCA) today announced that the 12th annual Black Ball will be hosted by Grammy award-winner, Alicia Keys and actor, comedian and director, Chris Rock. The star-studded evening will celebrate the work of KCA and help raise the necessary funds to provide treatment and care for children, youth and families living with and affected by HIV in Africa and India. The Black Ball will be held on Thursday, November 5th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Artists to perform include Alicia Keys, WizKid, LION BABE and others.

The theme of this year’s Black Ball is Afrofuturism, which celebrates the ingenuity, creativity, and talent of Africa’s entrepreneurs, artists, designers, musicians and activists.

“At this year’s Black Ball, we will bring attention to the young, vibrant and extraordinary people of Africa,” said Alicia Keys, co-founder of KCA. “Their future is bright, but with 25 million people currently living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, we need to get AIDS out of the picture once and for all, for Africa to reach their full potential.”

Learn more about KCA and their efforts at


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