Harry Belafonte

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Harry Belafonte talks about his life—as an actor musician, and passionate activist. In his memoir, My Song, he writes of his close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr.; his role as a conduit between Dr. King and the Kennedys; and his friendships with Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Tony Bennett, Bill Clinton, and turns an admiring and critical eye on our country’s cultural past.

The documentary “Sing Your Song,” about the life of Harry Belafonte, premieres October 17 on HBO.


Harry Belafonte

Comments [12]


"do you feel like it had an effect on your career" leonard,is that a legite question? !
that's not much less silly, than, "other than THAT, mrs lincoln,how did you like the play ?" my obtuse can we be, sir.

Oct. 13 2011 08:36 PM
Shadeed Ahmad from New York City

The incomparable Mr. Harry Belafonte is a consistant soul-mate of integrity, courage and a non-negotiable desire to uphold the preservation of human rights. He's also an under-rated and phenomenal actor, whose performances are always thought provoking.

People like Mr. Harry Belafonte are rare and worthy of being recognized as national treasures.

Thank you, Mr. Belafonte for your selflessness in the causes of freedom, justice and equality.

May GOD Bless you and yours with all the best...

Oct. 13 2011 12:57 AM
Joan Walters

Harry B is My Hero. I adore him, as a professsuinal artist, and activist.

Oct. 12 2011 07:02 PM
gene from NYC

What a champion.

What a life.


Oct. 11 2011 12:50 PM
judy from greenpoint

A close friend of mine is a videographer in Columbus Ohio. He did an event with Mr Belafonte a few years back, and still to this day he sings his praises. He has worked with many many famous people and says hands down Mr Belafonte is the most amazing person he's ever met. By the end of their few days together Mr Belafonte knew everyones name, looked into your eyes when he spoke to you. When the client wanted to get a photo with Mr Belafonte at the end of the event, Mr Belafonte insisted the the whole crew be in the photo because "they were all a team and everyone of them made the event successful." Pretty amazing in this world of entitled celebrity culture.

Oct. 11 2011 12:35 PM
Michael Womack from Jersey City

Can Leonard ask Mr. Belafonte about his experience producing the Hip Hop Classic "Beat Street"? I almost never hear anyone ask him about his evolvement with that film.

Oct. 11 2011 12:33 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

What does Mr. Belafonte think of James Baldwin's scathing critique in "Notes of a Native Son" of "Carmen Jones" - (A movie Mr. Belafonte starred in?)

Oct. 11 2011 12:22 PM
RJ from prospect hts.

My interracial aunt and uncle (Caribbean and white) needed my white parents to try and get an apartment in Ebbets Field. My parents interviewed for them. They ended up in the more progressive Rochdale Village in Queens.

Oct. 11 2011 12:21 PM
Nick from UWS

I just watched the other day the wonderful and very little know movie "The Angel Levine", starring Zero Mostel and Harry Belafonte.

Mr Belafonte gives a fantastic performance in this film.

Oct. 11 2011 12:15 PM
Bob Stone from Westchester, NY

I grew up listening to Harry Belafonte's records. I remember hearing you sing Make an Ugly Woman Your Wife. I can't find the recording of it. I've been trying for years to find out who owns the copyright for, Make an Ugly Woman Your Wife.

Oct. 11 2011 12:12 PM
Kate from Washington Heights.

I LOVE HARRY BELAFONTE. I can't describe how it felt hearing "Jamaica Farewell' just now. When I was a little girl in the 1960's, my parents had an EP of Jamaica Farewell and Day-o on one side, which I played over and over and over again all night every night until I fell asleep. And as an adult, I have been so impressed by Mr. Belafonte's talent and political engagement. We sang his song "Turn the World Around" at my church this past week.

Oct. 11 2011 12:10 PM
Alvin from Manhattan

Nice NYC touch, opening with the song "Jamaica Farewell". The song was written by a guy from Brooklyn.

Oct. 11 2011 12:10 PM

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