On World AIDS Day, Alicia Keys is shining the spotlight on the epidemic by releasing a documentary based on her experience traveling to South Africa with five Americans.
The documentary is called "Keep A Child Alive," after Keys' foundation of the same name. It follows a visit to South Africa during last year's World Cup with a pregnant Keys and five Americans who won a chance to take the trip with Keys after texting the word that best described their feelings about Africa. Over 24,000 people applied and the five were chosen for their words including heartbeat, resilient, ubuntu, strength and conviction.
At a recent screening of the documentary Bono, the lead singer of U2 and fellow AIDS advocate, said Keys has a "lioness energy" and that her role as a new mother won't allow her to "let other mothers suffer."
Keys and husband Swizz Beatz welcomed their first child, a son they named Egypt Daoud Dean on October 14, 2010. Keys, 30, and Swizz Beatz, a 33-year-old producer whose real name is Kaseem Dean, married in July 2001 on the French island of Corsica.
Bono met Keys when they recorded a cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" in 2001.
"I was terrified the moment I met her. I was shaking in my boots," he said, according to the Associated Press. "I was very moved by her singing of course, but what was interesting was the hard questions afterwards, and I think it's those hard questions that she asks that lead her."
Keys began her Keep a Child Alive charity in 2003. It assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.
"Even if you never have been able to travel there, or if you never can, that doesn't mean you can't travel with us and really see it for yourself," she said at the premiere of the documentary.
Check out the trailer for the "Keep A Child Alive" documentary below. It airs on December 1 on Showtime at 9 p.m.