At 85, legendary actor and activist Harry Belanfonte does not bite his tongue for anyone. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Belafonte criticized Jay-z and Beyonce for failing to use their celebrity to serve as activists in the African American struggle.
When asked was he pleased with the image of members of minorities in Hollywood today this was his response:
Not at all. They have not told the history of our people, nothing of who we are. We are still looking. We are not determinated. We are not driven by some technology that says you can kill Afghans, the Iraqis or the Spanish. It is all — excuse my French — shit. 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 Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.
Whose side are you on? Other than their humanitarian efforts, should Jay and Bey be more vocal towards social change?