Alicia Keys is a woman on a mission. She is in town for a very special concert that benefits more than just her fans.
”I have been blessed to travel around the world. I have spent a lot of time in Africa, and during those trips got to see firsthand the needs of people suffering with AIDS,” says Keys, 27, who has noted in past interviews that she was born the year the epidemic began. “I knew I needed to do something.”
So Keys joined Leigh Blake — a humanitarian activist who has helped raise millions for AIDS through art and music organizations — in founding Keep A Child Alive. The organization provides medication, support and orphan care to families battling the HIV/AIDS pandemic.Keep A Child Alive has helped more than 40,000 people and provided funding to 14 clinical and orphan care sites in seven countries.”You go there and see how AIDS has affected the people there. You see orphans and 13- and 14-year-olds who are having to raise their families because the parents have died,” says Keys, who is in the midst of a national tour promoting As I Am.
“Once you see the need for access to medicine, it’s hard not to be personally moved.”Keys will screen a preview of her new documentary, Alicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland before her concert Sunday at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. The film chronicles Keys’ monthlong trip to visit communities affected by HIV and AIDS in South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.Keys is also encouraging fans to make a $5 donation to Keep A Child Alive by texting the word ”Alive” to 90999.
She will be at the American Airlines Arena tomorrow night at 8 p.m. with special guests Ne-Yo and Jordin Sparks. For more information go to http://www.keepachildalive.org