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Usher, Harry Belafonte, and Soledad O’Brien lead a discussion on today’s activism, entitled “Usher Raymond: Breaking the Chains of Social Injustice.” The evening, which took place at 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, acknowledged Usher’s new song and video dedicated to injustice, “Chains,” featuring Nas and Bibi Bourelly.

Usher’s ‘Chains,’ inspires social injustice forum with Harry Belafonte, Jay Z

Kacie Whaley

I'm a writer and philosopher.


  1. KnutesNiche on October 25, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Growing up in the 60s my dad was constantly playing HB’s music. Not once did I hear Harry Belafonte perform music that characterized women, aka our moms, sisters, grandmas, daughters, Aunts and nieces as *itches and *hores, or essentially less than human creatures and people unworthy of respect.

    I wonder what happened that caused many local and nationally popular America rapper performers, beginning in the 80s, to start characterizing in their music performances the MATERNAL HALF of our population as *itches and *hores?


  2. Edisha on October 26, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Usher boldly raised awareness with this Art.

  3. KnutesNiche on November 29, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    My dad was a big HB fan. I spent a lot of hours listening to and enjoying his music.

    Mr. B’s comments about “cutting back on everything” make me wonder if Baltimore Mom of The Year had responsibly built a smaller family she could more easily supervise and provide for, would her son have become depressed and attempted to cause grave harm to police charged with protecting their peaceful neighbors…though more importantly, would there be more funds to assist their [email protected] if eighteen-year-old Ms. Graham choose to build a smaller family while at the same time depending on her neighbors to support and feed her family.

    Same for Tavis Smiley’s mom who at eighteen-years-old began irresponsibly building a family of ten children. In a May 2015 interview on FN Tavis revealed his nine now adult brothers and sisters continue struggling with poverty to this day.

    Does Mr. Belafonte believe there would be more funds available for the good of entire communities if immature, selfish teen girls and young women “cut back” on building families until they acquire the skills, PATIENCE and means to raise and nurture a fairly happy child who experiences and enjoys Safe Streets to travel and play on?

    Black *(Children’s)* Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; End Our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect; End Community Violence, Police Fear & Educator’s Frustrations