Alicia Keys’ Black Ball Raises $1.3 Million for Charity


After rescheduling her ball due to Hurricane Sandy, Alicia Keys’ annual gala was in full swing Thursday (Dec. 6) as the event raised $1.3 million for the Keep a Child Alive foundation.

“There are places in the world where Keep a Child Alive serves where they have a Hurricane Sandy every day,” said the “Superwoman” singer. “They don’t have electricity, they don’t have heat…and that made me more invigorated to make sure this Black Ball happened.”

The Apollo Theatre hosted the stellar event that was established to bring awareness and raise funds for those living with HIV/AIDS in India and Africa. The honorees were Oprah Winfrey and singer Angelique Kidjo.

With her burgeoning school The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, Oprah said, “When I look at African girls I see myself. I continue to work for them to have the same opportunities that I have.” She added, in terms of Keys philanthropic efforts, “You try to keep a child alive and I try to educate them as best as I can.”