As she was unveiled as the ARISE October covergirl, last night, superstar musician Alicia Keys hosted the 6th annual ‘Keep A Child Alive’ Black Ball. The event is an annual benefit to raise funds dedicated to providing life-saving treatment and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Stars at the event including Halle Berry accompanied by partner Gabriel Aubry, Iman, Robin Thicke with wife Paula Patton, Queen Latifah, Estelle, Mary J Blige with hubby Kendu Isaacs, Usher, Samuel L Jackson, Alicia’s beau Swizz Beatz, Tyson Beckford, Richard Branson, Angelique Kidjo, Tyler Perry, John Mayer and many others! ARISE mag was a proud media partner of the event, according to Nduka Obaigbena, chairman and publisher of ARISE Magazine “As a chronicle of African achievement, ARISE is proud to support Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball…Keep a Child Alive provides HIV treatment, surrounding care and support all of which empower families and communities to achieve their full potential. ARISE’s support of Keep a Child Alive reflects the magazine’s promotion of Africa as a region on the path of great growth.”
Leigh Blake, co-founder and president, Keep a Child Alive said “We are thrilled to have ARISE as a sponsor…We believe fully in what they stand for, breaking the old stereotypical imagery of Africans and instead showing what amazing talent and artistry comes from that extraordinary continent.”
The event was co-hosted by Alicia Keys and Padma Lakshmi. Former president Bill Clinton was to be honored for his foundation’s work, alongside Sir Richard Branson and Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour. See photos below.