Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Update: Alicia Keys Live Concert for Keep A Child Alive & New Album

Man! I so impressed with Alicia Keys and how she uses her "celebrity" and her music to impact the world. Truth is, even if Alicia wasn't famous, I get the sense she would still be making a major impact in people's lives through some contribution.

And recently she wielded her star power on World AIDS Day for her foundation, "Keep A Child Alive" by giving a live concert in New York that was streamed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/aliciakeysSME at 8pm EST, 5pm PST. You can read my older posts concerning Keep A Child Alive, Alicia's foundation, HERE.

Now while your grooving to Alicia's music don't forget the reason for this special performance. December 1st was World AIDS Day. Though you nor I are famous, we still can impact a life. Contribute what you can--money, time, expertise, whatever-- to "Keep A Child Alive" or related AIDS charities. But before you go, listen to Alicia explain how she was moved to take action when confronted with dire circumstances surrounding children in Africa impacted by the disease.

Great interview but it didn't move you, huh? Well, if you're unwilling to get out your comfort zone to help someone else, then help yourself. Get informed on how AIDS is spread and treated, then get tested. And yes I've practiced what I'm preaching. I've been tested recently and was happy to be able to donate blood to the Red Cross last week.

Black folk, and especially my sistas, the statistics are staggering in the number of new HIV cases in our community. Yes, numbers and data can be twisted to say anything, but the FACT is, ignorance ain't never been blissful for anyone, take responsibility for your body and your actions. What you don't know can hurt you. In fact, it can kill you and the ones you love. This epidemic of fear and silence in our community must come to an end.

Proceeds from the sale of Alicia's new albumalso help support Keep A Child Alive so help save a life and enjoy some great music in the process! Listen to the ELEMENT OF FREEDOM for yourself!

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