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Harry Belafonte Saying Beyonce & Jay-Z Aren’t Doing Enough For The Black Community!

“King of Calypso” Harry Belafonte has accused Beyonce and her Hubby Jay-Z of being “socially irresponsible” for not doing enough to help the African-American community.

Despite Bey publishing a list of her philanthropic efforts, Harry still believes more can be done by the rich and famous who have the means and profile to be the voice of the people. More details below……………

According to, Harry wrote in an editorial piece for the Daily Beast, referencing a quote from Paul Robeson in 1946:

“Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilisation’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience.”

“Because they sit at the top of the list, I was asked in particular about Jay-Z and Beyoncé. I made the point that the absence of high-profile blacks in the political struggle concerning the issues of race, poverty, and the disenfranchisement of the poor is disappointingly evident.”

“From the highest pinnacles of Wall Street to the kings and queens of entertainment, to the gods and goddesses of sports, never before at these levels have we boasted such large numbers of black participants.”

He also added,

“All this at the same time black America is condemned to be the harvest of the largest prison population on the face of the earth, the most destroyed by the diseases of poverty, the most undereducated, the most diminished for lack of self-worth and the most punished by the prejudices of an unworthy justice system.”

“I have no animus for those who are touched by such heights of fame. I was one of them. But as history has evolved, our individual and collective indifference to the vast suffering of our fellow beings is, for me, unconscionable.”
Harry is saying that he wishes they’d do more with their power. Do you agree with him?

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  1. Anonymous

    September 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm


  2. Anonymous

    September 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Didn't she just have a baby?? She spreading the love thru her music.. Can't hate on Bey, but Jay Z from the streets he should know better.. They competing.. for top ten.. Do something for real!Some places just got it way worse.. some Americans too ungrateful.. fight too much too! Good luck with that.. They know best!

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