Black Celebrity Philanthropists Who Support Africa

January 25, 2011  |  

Hate it or love it, Americans need Hollywood to guide us in world affairs and encourage our contributions to countries and organizations in need. While Bono, Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie are celebrities who have used their star power to bring attention to various causes, it may seem like there are only a couple of African-American celebrities who raise awareness and money for Africa without much praise or recognition. Alas, there are more than the media lets on. Here, we’ve assembled a few of the shining stars who give back to Africa and then some…

Alicia Keys


It’s no wonder that Alicia Keys was voted the second most charitable celebrity in 2010. Her organization, Keep A Child Alive, provides life saving treatment and care to those in Africa and India affected by HIV/AIDS, and provides support to orphans and other family members impacted by the disease. Since 2004, the organization has raised over 10 million from its annual Black Ball fundraiser gala. This year, the gala raised $2.2 million, and featured performances from Jay-Z, Janelle Monae and Sade.

On World AIDS Day 2010, Alicia along with her celebrity friends staged a “virtual death” from social media and raised $1 million in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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