Alicia Keys and her friends have been resurrected thanks to a very generous donation.
TMZ.com reports that pharmaceutical mogul Stewart Rahr began his week on philanthropic note by giving about $500,000 to Keep A Child Alive’s Digital Death campaign. The hefty donation allowed Alicia, Swizz Beatz, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and others to announce their online rebirths.
For a while, it looked like Alicia and most of those who committed online suicide last week for World AIDS Day would remain silent as the grave for a long time. As of Friday evening, the Digital Death campaign had only raised around $200,000—far below the $1 million goal it had set.
Adding insult to injury was the fact that most of that total was raised on World AIDS Day. Just looking at the collective number of Twitter followers all the participants have, it shouldn’t have been hard to raise the money in a couple days. However the requirement that every donor give at least $10 may have had something to do with it.
The only participant to crawl out of his casket a little early was R&B crooner Usher, who just couldn’t resist the urge to hit up Twitter on Sunday.
— Sonya Eskridge