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Alicia Keys Says Annual Black Ball Is One of the Proudest Nights of Her Life


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Alicia Keys is looking forward to her 12th annual New York City benefit event, the Black Ball, taking place at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday. The benefit concert, which was established in 2003, raises money for children and families in Africa and India affected by HIV.

“The Black Ball is one of the proudest nights of my life. Not only does it unite creativity and humanitarians, but also it really opens the door to what we’re doing and what is happening around the world,” Alicia Keys told Women in the World.

She continued, “We’ve actually come a long way and many African governments, including South Africa, have shown tremendous leadership and made a big dent in reducing HIV transmission, and getting people on treatment. It hasn’t always been the case of course — governments have too often failed people living with HIV because of stigma, discrimination and apathy.”

Alongside Chris Rock, Keys will co-host and perform at the event, which also will include showcases from Lionbabe, Wizkid and others.

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