Tag: activism

The Jay-Z-Belafonte controversy: Do blacks need more celebrity activism?

An activist is defined as one who is an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause—especially a political or social cause. The most celebrated and effective activists of the 20th century were especially devoted to their activism; it was their life’s work. Mr. Belafonte represents the rare celebrity whose life is as much about activism as it is entertaining—perhaps even more so.

Harry Belafonte wants to sit down with Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte’s 2012 criticisms of superstar couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s perceived lack of activism have sparked a war of words in the media between he and Jay. The hip-hop superstar fired back at Belafonte, both in song (on Magna Carta Holy Grail’s track “Nickels and Dimes”) and in a recent Life+Times interview, where he defiantly declared that his “presence is charity.”

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