October 19, 2016


Livestream Black Ball 2016 Feat. Chance the Rapper, Salt-N-Pepa, Alicia Keys & More

Tonight at 9:15 p.m. EST, Tidal is livestreaming the 13th annual Black Ball concert, held by the AIDS-fighting nonprofit Keep a Child Alive (KCA). Tidal subscribers and non-subscribers can watch above as Chance the RapperSalt-n-PepaAlicia KeysA$AP Rocky and Patti Smith take the stage. 

"We have an electric lineup of performers both legends and newcomers this year and I know the energy in the room is going to be ALIVE,” says Keys in a statement. She co-founded KCA in 2003 with AIDS activist Leigh Blake. "I’m so excited for Black Ball to livestream on Tidal, giving so many people the chance to join in the fight against AIDS, and experience this truly magical night where all my worlds come together!”

Last weekend, Keys joined BeyoncéNicki MinajLauryn HillCommonT.I. and more for an also-livestreamed Tidal charity concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Tidal's press release says Keep a Child Alive began "as an emergency push to get life-saving HIV medications to African children and families, who otherwise would not have had access to treatment. [KCA has] since grown to include the critical components necessary for successful, life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive, holistic care that supports the complete health of children and their families, ensuring their physical, mental and social well-being." KCA works with seven programs in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India and helps more than 70,000 people a year.

Held at the Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom, the 2016 Black Ball will give Clive Davis the KCA Humanitarian Award "for his ongoing commitment in the fight against AIDS." His 1985 song “That’s What Friends Are For” drew attention to the epidemic at a crucial time, and "his commitment has helped increase awareness and raise millions for the cause." The release also notes that the event "will aim to evoke the spirit of activism from the '80s, a time when brave activists spoke out and did something before it was fashionable or safe to do so"; the theme will be "reflected through the décor, messaging and musical performances."

Next, watch an old-school Fuse chat with Chance the Rapper: