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Chris Rock, Alicia Keys And Lenny Kravitz Raise Big At Black Ball Charity

The 12th Annual Black Ball scored big in its fight for HIV/AIDS awareness with great help from a number performers and influencers. The Alicia Keys and Chris Rock-hosted event enlisted top-notch talent like Lenny Kravitz, Wale, Lion Babe and Swizz Beatz to raise $3.8 million for the campaign.

Alicia Keys co-founded the Keep A Child Alive charity in 2003 and has sought to raise global awareness concerning the urgent HIV/AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. “Almost 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and a lot of them have no access to treatment. None at all. So everyone needs to come together, and we've gotta end this once and for all,” Chris Rock said.

The charity provides financial support to nine grassroots partners in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda who have succumbed to the economic and physical impact of HIV/AIDS, as well as offering programs and services to 300,000 people.

Aside from its year-round efforts, the organization strived to meet its ultimate goal of ending the epidemic by 2030 at the Black Ball with a star-studded guest list. “Tonight is about letting go and feeling good. I need you to just like be free for tonight. We don’t know how may days we have. We can’t count ‘em. We have to live ‘em. We have to make sure everyone has a chance at life,” Keys said of the event. And the night definitely had some feel good moments.

Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz joined forces to perform "Let Love Rule." Kravitz also performed "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "American Woman" in a set of his own. Wale and Lion Babe joined in the celebration, performing Alicia Keys' hit single, "No One." And Swiss Beatz also supported his wife on the spin tables at the "Afterglow" after party.

Keys told Billboard in an interview that she wants to create a lasting impact to make a difference. “I am hoping people really recognize the power that we have to make a difference in people's lives," she said. "We don't have to do big things. We can do a series of very small things that change people's world. Together we can really make big differences in the world.”

Although she speaks of small strides, it appears that the charity function made a big impact for changing "people's world."

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He added: "I respect the family…and Doc Shirley. I spoke to the studio and the family and at the end of the day you wish everyone was happy and you don’t want to offend anyone in any capacity."

This is Mahershala Ali's first Golden Globe win. Check out his acceptance speech above.

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Regina King Makes Vow To Employ Women On Everything She Produces

Regina King took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk on Sunday (Jan. 7). While it was the Hollywood star's time to shine, King took a moment during her acceptance speech to acknowledge other women in the industry with a courageous pledge.

After thanking various contributors who helped her nab the win, King addressed a more important issue. "The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we are speaking for everyone," she said. "And I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years, everything that I produce, I’m making a vow — it’s going to be tough — to make sure that everything that I produce that is 50% women."

She concluded: "And I just challenge anyone out there — anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries — I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same."

King is now a two-time Golden Globe winner. She previously won the award in 2016 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in American Crime. She was also nominated this year for her performance in Seven Seconds but did not win.

Watch Regina King's acceptance speech at the 2019 Golden Globes n the video above.

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Virgil Abloh Launches Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé In NYC

Fashion powerhouse Virgil Abloh has joined forces with Moët & Chandon to re-design two limited edition bottles of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne.

Launched on Wednesday (Oct. 17), the creative visionary and #1 best selling rosé champagne hosted an exclusive event at New York City's New Museum to preview the exclusive designs. Working closely with Moët to curate the experience, Abloh debuted a  3L jeroboam, available exclusively to the friends and family, as well as a 750ml “ready-to-wear” design at the high-profile event.

Marking the creative's first-ever liquor brand collaboration, Vice President of Moët & Chandon USA Renaud Butel and Abloh toasted to the “new wave” of  Moët & Chandon, nodding to Abloh's signature  “DO NOT DROP” styling.

The event was soundtracked by DJ Venus X, who provided energetic beats while guests enjoyed a four-course meal designed to pair with Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne, with the final course being paired with two custom cocktails–“The New Classic” and “The Drop”–created specifically for this event.

The special and celebratory night ended on a high note, when the crowd was treated to a surprise DJ performance by Abloh himself.

A jack of all trades, Virgil Abloh has a passion for DJing and producing and recently debuted his own Beats 1 Radio Show on Apple Music dubbed 'Televised Radio." This latest collaboration continues a blockbuster year that has seen him become the artistic director of Louis Vutton menswear, and continued success with his series of collaborative sneakers with Nike and his company Off-White.

Originally announced in September, the 750ml "ready-to-wear" design is now available for $60 at retailers nationwide, as well as online at Clos19.com.

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