Muzland.info on Facebook

News

January, 23

Alicia Keys: AIDS changed me forever

 
 
 
 
Alicia Keys: AIDS changed me forever

Singer Alicia Keys “was never the same” after she was exposed to people dying of AIDS in Africa.

The Girl on Fire Singer is co-founder of Keep a Child Alive (KCA), a philanthropic organisation dedicated to providing healthcare to poor patients infected with HIV or AIDS who can’t afford to buy medication.

The charity was launched in 2003 and Alicia, 36, credits KCA co-creator Leigh Blake with opening her eyes to the problem.

“MTV invited me to South Africa to do a programme called Staying Alive, on which they talked about the AIDS issue,” she recalled to People magazine. “Leigh and I visited clinics where women were either pregnant or had just given birth to babies with HIV or AIDS. At the time, a lot of women didn't realise that if you are positive and you breastfeed your baby, your baby will contract it. The mums just wanted medicine to keep them alive.

“That was the first time as a 20 year old that I was aware of the injustice. I thought, ‘How can something be available, but you can't have it because you're poor?’ I just felt like that was a death sentence. That's what outraged me and motivated me. When I came back, I was never the same.”

Alicia hosts the KCA’s Black Ball fundraising event annually and in 2014 she raised $2.4 million for the charity through the lavish affair.

She finds providing sick people with the medicine they need to survive very fulfilling.

“Even from when we started, when I was just 20 years old to now, we've been able to service 300,000 people,” she said. “That's not just me. I'm part of it, but so is everybody who donated any amount of money; anybody who did a lemonade drive for their school; any college chapters that let their school know this is important. That's an important message, too; it's not just all horror stories.

“It's important to talk to our kids about having compassion and not ostracising people who are infected or affected by AIDS.”

 

Source: www.msn.com
Added by AutoAdmin
236 views

January, 24

Orlando Bloom was apparently mesmerised by Katy Perry’s chest at a Golden Globes after party.

January, 23

Singer Alicia Keys “was never the same” after she was exposed to people dying of AIDS in Africa.

January, 23

Tinie Tempah's third studio album is a "nostalgic" record.

January, 23

Adele has reportedly been asking Beyonce for tips on how to take her son on tour.

January, 23

Celine Dion's 14-year-old son Rene-Charles made his mum proud at the funeral of his father Rene Angelil in Montreal, Canada on Friday (22Jan16) by delivering a heartfelt…

January, 23

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's stepfather appears to have further confirmed his son is a first-time dad in a telling tweet.

January, 22

Beyonce is rumoured to be planning to release her sixth solo album in February.

January, 22

Shift K3Y is going into the studio to work with Craig David.

January, 22

Celine Dion greeted hundreds of mourners who paid their respects to her late husband Rene Angelil in Montreal, Canada on Thursday.

January, 22

Fans of Kesha are planning to show their support for the pop star as by protesting outside a New York City courthouse.

1 2 3 4
5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 all
  1. Guitar Chords
  2. News 2016
  3. January
  4. Alicia Keys: AIDS changed me forever