Janelle Monae, Serena Williams Sign Off Twitter for AIDS Charity

It's a problematic effort toward raising awareness.

By Jorge Rivas Nov 29, 2010

Keep a Child Alive, an organization co-founded by Alicia Keys that provides support services to families affected by HIV/AIDS has launched a campaign called BUY LIFE. Keys has organized a group of entertainers to sign off of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and commit a digital life sacrifice on Wednesday, World AIDS Day, until they raise $1 million.

The campaign includes Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Serena Williams, Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, Willow and Jaden Smith.

"This is such a direct and instantly emotional way and a little sarcastic, you know, of a way to get people to pay attention," said Keys, who has more than 2.6 million followers on Twitter, to the AP. (Lady Gaga has more than 7.2 million followers on Twitter, and almost 24 million fans on Facebook.)

Keys says she wants the campaign to put things in to perspective. One of the campaign’s goals is to get people thinking about what it means to buy a life beyond HIV treatment meds.

"Keep A Child Alive buys more than just the pills needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. It buys the essential nutrition, shelter, support and education to help ensure those pills are taken properly and effectively,"

The foundation, which began in 2003, will accept donations through text messages and bar-code technology found on ads. Keep a Child Alive works in India, South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.