Say It Loud: Celebrity Activists Who Speak Out On Social Injustices

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Alicia Keys

During Alicia Keys’ first trip to Africa in 2003, she witnessed the drastic impact AIDS can have when left largely unchecked and came to understand AIDS as much more than a deadly disease capable of orphaning children, devastating communities, and stifling economic progress. Ever since, Alicia, along with Leigh Blake, has been the driving force behind Keep a Child Alive.Thanks to Alicia’s tireless efforts, KCA has been able to raise millions of dollars to care for AIDS patients in Africa and India. As a dedicated Global Ambassador for KCA, Alicia’s work includes well-known media initiatives, such as the “Spirit of a Child” campaign, the controversial “Drug Dealer” campaign and the star-studded “I am African” campaign, spearheaded by Iman and featuring David Bowie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Gere, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lenny Kravitz, and many other top artists. Alicia makes a valid point in her June 2008 interview for, “Helping keep a child, or mother, or father or brother or sister alive means turning the worst epidemic of our lifetime into the greatest victory of our generation.”

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