It was a night of music and charity as Keep a Child Alive celebrated its 10th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City last night. KCA founder Alicia Keys hosted the black-tie benefit, which was filled with musical performances from Pharrell, Carole King, Roy Ayers, Laura Mvula, and Kathleen Battle.
The Grammy-winning singer posed for a family portrait on the red carpet with her husband Swizz Beatz and their three-year-old son Egypt. Other guests included Pharrell and his new wife Helen Lasichanh, Tamia and her husband Grant Hill, Maxwell, Clive Davis, and Gayle King.
Alicia joined Pharrell on stage to perform his hits including “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines,” while her hubby served as DJ for the evening’s Afterglow finale.
“I’m in awe of how @keepachildalive has been saving lives for 10 years!! One of the most important fights of our lives!!” tweeted Alicia.
Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball has raised over $18.5 million for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India.
Check out more photos from the glamorous gala below.
Swizz Beatz is one proud papa. The super-producer helped his six-year-old son Kasseem celebrate the launch of his lifestyle brand for creative children, Kasseem’s Dream, at a Halloween-themed party at BKLYN BEAST in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Kasseem and his half-brother Egypt got dressed up for the occasion. Egypt was a prince in an emerald and gold robe, while Kasseem dressed as a zombie. The young boys had a blast partaking in the activities including the warped wall and trampoline.
They even convinced their dad to climb the wall and jump into the foam pit. “I was playing Spider Man @Kasseemsdream Launch party to much fun :) can’t front I was kinda shook for 5secs,” said Swizz.
Swizz’ ex Mashonda also joined the family affair, along with Madonna’s son Rocco Ritchie, Carmelo Anthony, and his son Kiyan.
Check out more photos and footage from the fun-filled day below.
DJ Khaled celebrates greatness on his star-studded anthem “I Feel Like Pac/I Feel Like Biggie.” The Miami DJ enlists Rick Ross, T.I., Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, and Puff Daddy for the Beat Bully-produced cut off his upcoming album Suffering From Success.
“How you gonna compare yourself to greatness if you ain’t ready to be great, man?” asks Diddy on the motivational record.
Due Oct. 22, Khaled’s album also features collaborations with J. Cole, Wale, Future, 2 Chainz, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and more.
BBC’s 10th anniversary celebration continues. After hosting a dinner with Jay Z and Beyoncé in New York, Pharrell brought the party to PURE nightclub in Las Vegas during the MAGIC convention on Tuesday.
The Billionaire Boys Club founder celebrated the clothing line’s decade of success with Swizz Beatz and hit the stage with Rocko before being presented with a 10th anniversary cake.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to Pure Las Vegas tonight, especially my brother Swizz Beatz,” tweeted Pharrell.
The Neptunes producer, who has the No. 1 single in the country with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” has recently been in the studio with Nicki Minaj, Nelly, Future, and T.I.
Jay-Z has some big guests on Magna Carta Holy Grail, but he crafts the most star-studded track of the year with “BBC.” Hov calls on Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Swizz Beatz, and Timbaland for the designer-name-dropping cut, produced by Pharrell.
Nas pays his respects to the late Gianni Versace, while Jay celebrates a life filled with Maybachs, Versace plates, and Basquiats. Bey, Justin, and Tim sing background vocals and Swizz provides ad-libs.
If you weren’t able to download the album on a Samsung device, you can now pre-order it on iTunes. It will be available online and in stores on July 9.
Jay-Z is cranking up the star power on Magna Carta Holy Grail. With five days until the album drops, the hip-hop mogul has revealed the lyrics to his all-star collaboration “BBC” featuring Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell, and Timbaland.
Swizz Beatz’ art will soon be hanging from the walls of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s house. The Roc Nation mogul has purchased a Mercedes-Benz hood that Swizz adorned with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s face. He dubbed the piece “Holy Grail” and dedicated it to Hov. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to art schools.
“Look who purchased my Basquiat on Benz Hood 2day,” tweeted Swizz. “what a honor and Blessing I’m so grateful for the support! July 4 its Showtime ART LIFE!!! I will use proceeds to continue helping kids in need.”
The piece is 1/50 car hoods he plans to create for his art exhibit. The super-producer also designed a Porsche hood with Muhammad Ali’s face, which fetched $24,000 at auction.