Adopting children is not only a Hollywood thing. Wealthy Americans have long taken orphan children abroad and domestically into their homes. What’s more, recent adoption trends show ordinary women and men, with or without millions are adopting children at increasing rates.
Stars like Angelina Jolie, Madonna and most recently, Sandra Bullock are constantly criticized for allegedly seeking to gain publicity by adopting international children, and particularly children from Africa. When Bullock adopted an African American baby boy from a post-Katrina New Orleans, the Hollywood actress received a mix of contention and applause from Black Americans. But where are the African American stars, should Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Denzel and Pauletta Washington or Jay Z and Beyonce consider adoption?
Alicia Keys, 29, certainly has adoption on her mind.
On the heels of her recent performance at the World Cup opening ceremony in South Africa, the singer and actress took time to visit the impoverished townships that stands stricken in the shadows of the multi-million dollar FIFA stadium. In a recent interview with The Mirror UK, the singer revealed it was an emotional experience when she witnessed how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has affected the country. Reportedly, the star was so moved by her visits to the continent she says she and her finance Swizz Beatz’s might follow in the footsteps of Jolie and Madonna by adopting an African child. Keys shares, “Adopting is definitely not out of the question. I would love to figure out ways that could work for me. I felt I wanted to scoop up the children I met in Africa and take them home.”
Although the ‘Unthinkable’ singer is pregnant with her first child, it could set a positive example to other stars in Black Hollywood if she and Swizz Beatz choose to adopt their next child.
What are your thoughts? Do you think more African American stars should adopt? Would you consider adoption?