Back in 2002, an AIDS activist named Leigh Blake asked the singer Alicia Keys, a newly minted pop star, to join her on a tour of HIV centers in South Africa. “I started meeting these kids who had been so isolated and alone, and not much younger than me,” says Keys, who is now 31. “It was so deep to me. Leigh had a very clear vision, that if we could get these kids the right antiretroviral medication, we could allow them to lead a full life,” she says. “I dedicated myself to that vision right then.”
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