Harry Belafonte has fired yet more shots at Jay-Z and Beyonce for their lack of support in the black community.
The King of Calypso accused the Grammy award-winning singer and her hip-hop mogul husband of being "socially irresponsible" for not doing enough to help the disadvantaged in the African-American community.
While Beyonce hit back by 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.
"Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilisation’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience," Harry wrote in an editorial piece for the Daily Beast, referencing a quote from Paul Robeson in 1946.
"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," he continued.
"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."
"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."
While Harry admitted he isn't faulting the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce for their fame, he wishes they would do more with their power.
"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," he added.
Harry certainly does make some valid points. Do you agree with him?
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