Fresh from her trip to Kazakhstan, Keri Hilson looked absolutely stunning as she attended the Norman Mailer Center “Meeting of Giants” benefit gala on Thursday night at the Mandarin Hotel in New York. Hosted by “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin, the fourth annual event presented the first-ever Muhammad Ali Ethics Award.
Keri joined Alec and the legendary boxer at the festivities in a chic black, belted gown. “Muhammed Ali is the world’s greatest ego,” she quoted Alec as saying and added, “My night was awesome!”
The “Pretty Girl Rock” singer is a strong supporter of giving back and charitable causes. “My mother was very integral in making sure that we understood the importance of giving back in our community,” Keri told CNN this summer. “In Decatur, we would feed the homeless many, many, many Saturdays. We had to wake up during the ungodly hours and pack their lunches in brown paper bags.”
Keri Hilson has been in the studio recording her third album, but she snuck away for a quick trip to Kazakhstan for a private performance. The “Pretty Girl Rock” singer took her fans along for the journey, posting photos of herself and updating them on her adventures. Upon landing in the airport, she and her crew downed customary shots of vodka before exploring the city.
She smoked the hookah with her friends and even tried new things including horse meat. “Kinda like roast beef, but more gamey. Had to at least taste it. Normal dish here,” she told her followers.
Her experience was far from the Hollywood version. “Kazakhs feel Borat (movie) made their country seem rural, primitive, poor, & stupid. Now I see it wasn’t an accurate depiction, just satire,” she said.
Keri Hilson, Ludacris, and Far East Movement kicked off the first day of summer by giving back to the community as part of DoSomething.org and Bing’s “Summer of Doing” campaign. The superstars took time out of their busy schedules and paid a visit to Osborne High School near Atlanta, working alongside volunteers to help restore Cobb County’s oldest school.
ATL’s own Miss Keri tapped into her creative side while painting a mural outside the school cafeteria. “It gives your life a purpose and you may not realize that when you’re young, but it really does give you a sense of appreciation, a humbleness that you wouldn’t get if you weren’t being so selfless,” said the “Pretty Girl Rock” singer, who was encouraged to volunteer at a young age.
Far East Movement was happy to help. “Osborne high for volunteer work. Do something for ur community this summer! Shouts to miss Keri n Luda,” tweeted the group, who just released their latest album Dirty Bass.
Keri Hilson has been keeping a low profile lately, but the Atlanta songstress stopped by CNN’s ATL studios on Tuesday for a good cause. She appeared alongside a 12-year-old student to encourage youth to do something for their community during the summer as part of DoSomething.org and Bing’s “Summer of Doing” campaign.
The “Pretty Girl Rock” singer credits her mother for instilling charitable values in her. “My mother was very integral in making sure that we understood the importance of giving back in our community,” said Keri, who will dedicate her time to help renovate Osborne High School on Wednesday. “In Decatur, we would feed the homeless many, many, many Saturdays. We had to wake up during the ungodly hours and pack their lunches in brown paper bags.”
Giving back has been a reward in itself. “It gives your life a purpose and you may not realize that when you’re young, but it really does give you a sense of appreciation, a humbleness that you wouldn’t get if you weren’t being so selfless,” she explained.
In addition to working on her third album, Keri will be heading to the big screen in the sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick, a sci-fi movie starring Vin Diesel.
Keri Hilson dedicated her Sunday to a good cause. The “Pretty Girl Rock” singer rose bright and early for the 27th Annual AIDS Walk New York in Central Park. The curly-haired blonde put on her workout gear and trekked across the city with 50,000 participants including fellow celebrities Nick Jonas, Adrienne Bailon, and Wendy Williams. “It’s cool to have friends join in support HIV/AIDS research & prevention!” tweeted Miss Keri.
Keri Hilson sits down with her therapist, or rather an interviewer from Fuse, for “an incredibly intimate interview.” The “Pretty Girl Rock” singer recalls being fired from her job at a restaurant, the last lie she told, the body part she’s most proud of (get your mind out of the gutter), and the worst breakup she’s ever had, which inspired her upcoming third album.
“That’s why it’s midtempo,” explains Keri of the follow-up to 2010’s No Boys Allowed. “That’s why it’s emotional and that’s why it will probably be some of my best work yet.”
She also shares some of her least favorite dreams. “I have these recurring dreams about the end of the world and they’re very, very vivid and very realistic,” she said. “There’s always the sky going black and you’re watching it happen. Another dream it was like a flood. Another dream is there were so many people killing people in the streets, women and children included. … Another time it was UFOs and they were fighting above us and we just knew that this means it’s over.”
Keri Hilson escapes in a good book in a PSA for the Epic Book Drive. The Grammy-nominated singer has teamed up with DoSomething.org to encourage young people to join in the nationwide book drive by bringing books to local people in need.
“Joining DoSomething.org’s newest effort to provide for people in need with Epic Book Drive was the easiest decision ever!” said Keri, who started her own keriCARES! Foundation. “I truly believe providing access to those who want to learn is the key to bettering lives around the country. And helping kids find healthy outlets, such as books, has always been a passion of mine. So my involvement here is a natural fit.”
Keri Hilson kept it classy, yet sexy in a cleavage-baring black pantsuit with yellow nails at the New York premiere of Think Like a Man on Wednesday.
“Acting like a lady, thinking like a man,” tweeted Miss Keri, who appears briefly in Steve Harvey’s romantic comedy. She also contributed the song “Freedom Ride” to the soundtrack.
Other celebrities who came out to support the film included John Legend and his fiancée Chrissy Teigen, a red-hot Adrienne Bailon, “X Factor” contestant Astro, and Chrisette Michele, who looked patriotic in red, white, and blue.