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Out & About: Alicia Keys & Swizz Beats – Beyoncé & Jay-Z and more at The 7th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball

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Even the heavy New York City winds couldn’t dim the star power at Keep a Child Alive’s 7th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night (Sept. 30). The star-studded charity gala, which raised money for HIV/AIDS treatment, featured appearances and performances by Sade, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Usher, Swizz Beatz, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monáe, and more.

The belle of the ball, host Alicia Keys, lived out her dream by singing with Sade. “It was the most difficult thing I ever had to do in my life, to try to pick one song,” revealed the pregnant songstress, who finally decided upon “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.” “I lost sleep over it actually.”

Janelle Monáe gained new fans with her “Tightrope” walking and Swizz Beatz joined Jay-Z for “On to the Next One,” as his pretty in pink wife looked on. Alicia helped Jay cap the evening in their hometown by channeling Frank Sinatra with an impromptu performance of “New York, New York,” before closing with “Empire State of Mind.”

Keep a Child Alive charity brought in a little over $2.4 million for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.

Check out some more photos and a few videos from the event below….

Alicia Keys & Sade – Love is Stronger Than Pride – Keep A Child Alive Black Ball 2010.

Sade – Soldier of Love (Keep A Child Alive Black Ball 2010 )

Alicia Keys & Jay-Z Perform Sinatra At annual Black Ball 9-30-10

Source: Rap-Up.com/Global Grind.com

Posted in Sade, Sade Adu, Tour Dates, Touring It Up

Touring It Up: Sade Announces North American Tour Dates

Coasting on the success of their platinum-selling album ‘Soldier of Love’ released this past February, U.K. outfit Sade is shaping up to have a busy 2011. The band, led by singer Sade Adu, will hit the road for its first global tour in over a decade, kicking off the 50-city North American leg on June 16 at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena.

Sade already has U.S. dates scheduled for Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with additional dates to be announced soon.

Below is the schedule for her current tour dates:

Jun. 16 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
Jun. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Jun. 21 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Jun. 24 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Jun. 28 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Jun. 30 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Jul. 06 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Aug. 05 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Aug. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Aug. 30 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center

Additional dates will be announced in the following markets soon: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Calgary, AB; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Paul, MN, Vancouver, BC.

We will keep you posted.

Info. Source: Rap-Up.com