The 12th Annual Black Ball is right around the corner! Keep A Child Alive (KCA) 12th Annual Black Ball will be held on Thursday, November 5 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Hosting the event will be Grammy award winner, Alicia Keys and actor, comedian and director, Chris Rock.
With this year’s theme of Afrofuturism; which celebrates the ingenuity, creativity, and talent of Africa’s entrepreneurs, artists, designers, musicians and activists 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.
‘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.’
‘At Keep a Child Alive, we believe local solutions are key to ending the AIDS epidemic, supporting HIV programs that are implemented by innovative community-based organizations. This approach is key as we work to increase access to treatment for the millions of African people still in need, particularly the children’ said Peter Twyman, CEO of KCA. ‘This year’s Black Ball will allow us to expand our efforts, helping communities tackle the challenges of HIV, and eliminating AIDS as a factor holding them back. We are very thankful to our supporters that join us each year to celebrate this special night, as the Black Ball is so vital in helping us reach our goals.’
Past performers of the Black Ball have included Jay-Z, Bono, Adele, Carole King, Pharrell Williams, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, Chris Martin, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Common, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, will.i.am, Janelle Monáe, Femi Kuti, Bonnie Raitt, Damian Marley, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Usher, Swizz Beatz, Sean Puffy Combs, NAS, David Byrne, Angel Haze and many more incredible artists. Past humanitarians who have been honored at the Black Ball for using their passion, fame, and courage to better our world include President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Richard Branson, Bono, George Harrison, Stephen Lewis, and Riccardo Tisci. At this year’s Black Ball, Alicia Keys will perform special mashup duets with Lion Babe and Wizkid among other live performances throughout the evening.
Keep a Child Alive (KCA) was founded in 2003 by AIDS activist Leigh Blake and Alicia Keys, as an emergency push to get life-saving HIV medications to African children and families, who otherwise would not have had access to treatment. KCA provides financial and programmatic support to 7 innovative, grass-roots programs in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India, serving over 56,000 people annually. With the help of its supporters, KCA continues to use its voice to raise awareness, mobilize people to take action, and rally resources in the global response to HIV. As of this date, Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball has raised over $24.9 million for children and families affected by HIV. For more information, please visit keepachildalive.org. You can also follow KCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.