The Black Ball!! Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive Celebrates 11th Anniversary

aliciakeysAlicia was the belle of the ball at her annual gala to raise money for her Keep a Child Alive org that provides HIV treatments and support services to families affected in Africa.

How adorbz is the cute PDA between Alicia and Swizz on the black carpet?

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Diddy and Alicia’s hubby Swizz Beatz co-hosted the event held at the Hammerstein Ballroom,in NYC last night.

Diddy and Swizz Beatz (don’t they look like dapper dons?) brought out Kanye West to introduce participants at the Black Ball’s opening.

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Madge cuddled with the guest of honor at the fundraiser and took selfies with Mr. West.

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The event drew in leggy beauties Joan Smalls, Alek Wek and Selita Ebanks, making it a model affair. And where there are models…

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…that’s where music mogul Russell Simmons’ will be. Joined by niece Angela Simmons and Lala Anthony, Russell took video of Diddy and Nas rocking the stage with “You Can Hate Me Now.”

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But it looks like the real showstopper was  Alicia’s performance of  “Empire State,” seeing how they were in the Big Apple.

And backed up Nas for his “If I Ruled the World” performance at the ball.

Rounding out the ball bashers are Estelle and “Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi.

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And living legend Aretha Franklin graced A.K with her presence.

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No official word on how much the affair raised, but got a very generous donation of $200K during the night. If I was a betting woman I’d say they took in at least $1 or $2 milly for the cause.

Good work, Ms. Keys. I’m sure the preggo glow worked wonders on those with deep pockets.

Nas Raises Money for Homeless Single Father in Washington D.C.

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I think I speak for everyone when I write there isn’t a day that goes by, where I’m reading the morning paper and I hear a heartbreaking story. For most (hand raised) we sip our coffee and just shake our head that a newlywed was mowed down during her honeymoon or the elderly are easy prey for robbers. We whisper, “what has the world come too” and go about our day.

Rapper Nas did more than that when he heard Stanley Young, single father of eight kids living in D.C., became homeless after his house was burned down. Motivated by Young’s tragic tale Nas launched an online campaign to raise money for the family that is currently living in a hotel. Pleading with the public to lend a hand to help out.

I am also a single father, and we don’t get enough credit in this country. I’m committed to helping Stanley and his eight (yes 8!) kids. Moreover, I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this. See if you can’t find a few dollars to help the Youngs get back on their feet with me. We need to raise enough to extend their stay, and maybe even afford a down payment on a new house or something.

So far,  $51,837.76 has been donated on fundraising site CrowdTilt. Check the video below of Stanley Young’s story. Beware video may cause uncontrollable weeping, have a Kleenex handy.

Don’tcha just love these Cinderella stories? Nas makes one helluva a fairy godfather and he is in good company. I remember Tyler Perry shared his inspiring story of giving to his Facebook fans six years ago.

Don’t put away your wallets just yet. Nas tweeted he wants The Help Stanley Young campaign flowing.