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Beyoncé Responds to Harry Belafonte’s ‘Selfish’ Diss

Tue., Aug. 14, 2012 7:54 AM EDT
by Nicholas Robinson

Beyoncé may be one of pop’s biggest icons, but she’s not without her detractors. However, it’s safe to say that fan’s of the superstar singer were shocked when acting and singing legend Harry Belafonte recently came out against Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, claiming that they have shirked the social responsibilities. Though Beyoncé is typically mum when it comes to her critics, she recently broke her silence and responded to Belafonte.

The trouble all started last week, when Belafonte did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter and was asked if he was happy about the image of minorities in Hollywood.

“It is sad. And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example,” replied Belafonte.

“Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black,” he added.

However, Beyoncé, who recently performed at the U.N. General Assembly Hall, responded to Belafonte’s words by having her representatives send a dossier of her humanitarian accomplishments to the Wall Street Journal.

In the email, which was called “An abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do,” it was listed that Beyoncé has done such acts as co-founding The Survivor Foundation “a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston”; donating “100K in 2008 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike”; performing in “MTV’s Hope For Haiti Now! Benefit in addition to making a generous monetary donation,” among several other acts of charity.

Well, touché, Beyoncé. It looks like Belafonte may have to reconsider, and hopefully both stars will continue in their humanitarian efforts.

But, thankfully, they’re not alone. Check out some other charitable celebrities below. – nicholas robinson

 

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  • SherriEtienne

    I don’t think he was talking about their behind the scenes contributions thus the need for her reps to send what she’s done on paper, like “See, I do stuff. Y’all just don’t know about it.” LMAO!
    See, back in the day, black artist stood for something, they were on the forefront for change. Nowadays, black celebrities are too afraid of the consequences and repercussions of their upward and outward respect or expression for certain causes. Too many emotional, wishy washy azz fans who love you as long as you agree with them, but disagree and watch what happens i.e. Chik-Fil-A.
    In Harry’s day, they didn’t care about the consequences or backlash surrounding their actions because the people who mattered were in total support of their togetherness. They were the people who fought for us and now that their old and unable to fight, whose fighting for the future? Ni**as today are on some every man for themselves type ish. Yeah they’ll do something like give $100,000 towards domestic abuse or inner city programs, but then they’ll spend millions on a yacht or villa for themselves or their spouses birthday. SMH…
    Therefore, I think that’s more of where Mr. Belafonte was coming from. Not saying she hadn’t done anything, but that she hadn’t done anything outwardly visible that the world could see. Learn to delve deeper into folks statements before you jump on the “Nah, in yo face” bandwagon, What their saying then tends to have substance and relevant meaning when you do…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2SPEKPPLAG5CJCDSCXMDSH2AOM Likewaterforchocolate

    There are definitely other things (monetary donations aside) that she could be responsible in doing. Things regarding skin lightening in photos, photo shoots in blackface, the whole I’m-not-black-but-creole-indian-fench thing despite having a creole mother (really she’s just black) and obviously 100% black father. . These are issues that she has been criticized for and she never has addressed these or offered any type of explanation. And I have always found that to be disappointing.