Legendary singer, songwriter, actor and Civil Rights activist Harry Belafonte talks about the death of Trayvon Martin, the occupation in Florida and Jay Z.
For those of you who don’t know last year Belafonte accused Jay Z and his wife Beyonce of turning their backs on social responsibility. This rattled the jigga man and he responded by calling the 86 YEAR OLD a “boy” on the track called Nickles And Dimes (featured on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail).
Check out the lyrics below.
I’m just trying to find common ground
‘fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a nigga down
Mr. Day O, major fail
Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now
Hublot homie, two door homie
You don’t know all the shit I do for the homies
He later said during an interview with Rap Radar editor / Jay sycophant Elliott Wilson:
I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough. Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything he should be left alone…I felt Belafonte he just went about it wrong. Like the way he did it in the media, and then he big’d up Bruce Springsteen or somebody. And it was like, “whoa,” you just sent the wrong message all the way around…Bruce Springsteen is a great guy. You’re this Civil Rights activist and you just big’d up the white guy against me in the white media. And I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m just saying what it is. The fact of what it was. And that was just the wrong way to go about it.
Watch both interviews featuring Jay Z and Harry Belafonte below:Vodpod videos no longer available.
“… and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough. Just being who he is.My presence is charity .”
LOL – Really? Who does this former waste man from Marcy Projects think he is?
Last week Jay and his wife turned up at a rally for Trayvon Martin and then posed for photographs. So I suppose Trayvon’s grieving parents should feel grateful that Jay decided to grace them with his presence.
“My presence is charity” – This remark says a lot about his character.
The man is so rattled that his response to Belafonte barely makes any sense.
Shawn Carter aka Jay Z has been put high up on a pedestal and now believes his own hype. One of these days he will be dragged off that pedestal (by an individual that he considers a close ally) and come crashing back down to earth.
Rest In Peace Trayvon Martin.
Your thoughts please….