LB Branch NAACP Showcases ACT-SO National Hall of Fame, participant – Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. A classically trained pianist, Keys began composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. The album was critically and commercially successful, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. It spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single “Fallin'”, and earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial success, selling eight million copies worldwide, and producing the singles “You Don’t Know My Name”, “If I Ain’t Got You”, and “Diary”.The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards. Ms. Alicia Keys is from the New York ACT-SO program.
What is ACT-SO?
The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.ACT-SO includes 29 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. For the California ACT-SO Program, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.