Having called out two of the biggest names in the entertainment industry recently (Beyonce and Jay-Z), accusing them of not doing enough in charitable acts; Belafonte’s recent editorial in the Daily Blast expounds upon this theme, this time, taking aim at African Americans in the entertainment industry in general.”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. The list goes on.” He continues:
“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. The gift of art is a gift of opportunity to change the landscape. Artists can do remarkable things.”
When Belafonte singled out Beyonce and Jay-Z in a prior “rant,” Beyonce’s camp responded with an impressive list of the star’s charitable contributions. Notwithstanding is Beyonce’s undeniable work with First Lady Michelle Obama on her anti-obesity initiative. The president continues to show his appreciation for the couple. He appeared at Jay-Z’s “Made in America” festival via video message this weekend.