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Asa Lovechild: Beyonce Says “Take THAT Harry Belafonte”

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What diva do you know has the power to hold the world stage like Beyoncé? If you missed it, Beyoncé’s video, I Am Here, was shot on the floor of the United Nations assembly and the star took to twitter to announce that August 19th was “ World Humanitarian Day” . Since the announcement, four days ago, Bieber , GaGa, and Rihanna, to name a select prominent few, all supported the campaign of sharing messages of hope and serving others.

Some people are going to question whether this was already put in place as a genuine humanitarian effort or is this just to show Harry Belafonte that the celebrities of today do have a heart? If you remember, Harry had a lot to say in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about black celebrities and their lackluster effort with social responsibility.

Like it or not, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are at the top of the African American celebrity A-List. Like E.F. Hutton, if they aren’t doing or saying anything, in the way of social responsibility, then the Hip-Hop community will not listen. Good or bad, Beyoncé has made it very clear with this campaign that she does care about someone other than herself or her A-list friends.

Now let’s wait and see if Mr. Belafonte has anything else to say or will he move on to a new victim?

 

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181 Comments

  1. Donna Dawson

    August 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I feel that Mr. Belafonte was correct. He knows more than what he’s telling or he would of never spoke on it.

    • Wanda Louise Jones

      August 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      I agree with you 100%…….

    • kimberly reese

      August 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Beyoune did not have to say take that if it was not for him , she would not be a world diva, it a way you say things to people

    • ccmyplaymate

      August 21, 2012 at 4:33 am

      Belefonte was totally correct. Not only are celebrities such as Beyonce and Jay-Z a huge part of what is wrong with our money hungry society, but they are walking contradictions. Celebrating humanity one day out of the year while the rest of the time you demean humanity through sweat shop labor for your designer duds (i.e. house of dereon) is hypocrisy at its finest. Beyonce donated $100, 000 and built an apartment complex for her extended family from New Orleans(I mean Katrina victims). Jay-z in the last year donated $6000 to his own foundation…I wonder how many kids actually benefited from the Carter scholarships? Throwing money at the issue never solves anything but I compare these efforts to someone like Rosie O’donnell who has donated over $100, 000 million of her own money and has been at the forefront of various social causes. This demonstrates that charity requires action to create change.

  2. None

    August 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    He said Black American responsibility not world responsibility. There’s a difference!

  3. Renee

    August 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Sighs. You clearly miss the point Belafonte was making in his interview. Beyonce’s team initial defense was so weak that it made me realize just how dumb down people are in this country. Donating checks and performing at benefit concerts doesn’t necessarily amount to the same thing as being out there in the field, communicating with people, and advocating for real change to be done. The music video was okay, but you don’t seem to realize that to a degree Beyonce and other artists are carefully crafting an image for the masses. While I am a fan of hers I am not delusional nor would I make a sarcastic comment in reference to a legend who fought like hell on the half for equality for black Americans in this country. Perhaps you should refer to Danny Glover, Ruby Dee, Sean Penn, Oprah, or Angelina Jolie to get a better understanding of what Belafonte was talking about. SMDH.

    • BobCat

      August 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      I totally agree. The only thing that I have to say is that I beleive that she truly believes that what she is doing is activism. She just does not understand. I and many others know that Bono and Angelina are true activist. Beyonce is just an entertainer who is loved and adored by many. I am not a fan, but I do believe she truly doesn’t understand the difference.

  4. blackphoenix

    August 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    and I say, why did it take Harry Belafonte’s comments in order for her to come out to do more? REspect your elders regardless of what is constructively criticized young lady….that’s what I say, get off of the hgh horse and help your people!!!!

  5. Lenny

    August 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Girl get your face outta Beyonce’s ass crack. Kiss a frog, not her ass with this article. You are obviously one of her many deluded stans who have pictures of her in their living room with candles surrounding the shrine. I bet you even dream you are her at night, dontcha?

  6. Frances

    August 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Rene you are right on point, the blind worship is amazing to me as well!! Blackphoenix is also correct, we must all respect are elders, one day you will be one.

    • cmcsears

      August 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      AMen to that !

  7. Regina

    August 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Asa, go home and go to bed. I am sick and tired of people praising Beyonce’s “CATERWAULING.” Performing for the New World Order ain’t helping Black folk one damn bit.

    Respect your elders, Beyonce. You are nothing but a bleached blond, cornbred, catfished ignorant sellout.

  8. Nia

    August 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    So much hate and jealousy on this page. You are part of the problem if all you do is hate. If a celebrity isn’t doing anything for your personal community, you do it. And it doesn’t have to be about money. You have time don’t you? Teach a young black child to read. Start something real and I bet celebrities will clamor to be a part of it. Look at successful community programs that benefit children, the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters. How many of you volunteer with those organizations? Don’t just hate on anyone else if you aren’t doing all you can do or even doing anything.

    Jealousy and envy get you no where, you get to stay at the bottom of the barrel with the rest of the crabs.

  9. Warren Johnson

    August 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I like Harry Belafonte very much, and I admire him for his work and sacrifices during the Civil Rights era, but I don’t know that him taking on Jay Z and Beyonce was the right thing to do. They have had to endure much to make it to where they are, and it would probably have been more beneficial if he had contacted them and attempted to teach them a bit of what he knows about activisim. There are many other artistes out there, who aren’t doing anything, so singling out them does not do it for me. There needs to be a united front, and at a time when the war against racism and prejudices and other social injustices and inequalities is not as intense, it is easy for this generation to take things for granted. Much has changed, and there is an embracing and blurring of the lines that use to divide people racially, so let us teach, reach out and show a united front in all of this. I am sure that Harry’s daughter, Shari Belafonte, is not as active as he was in his day. Come on, let us find more things to unite, rather things to divide. Also, let us appreciate and laud others for their success; and not be engaged in envy. Not everyone is going to make it to where they are earning that kind of money…. One Love!

  10. cmcsears

    August 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I like Beyonce but I think she is blown out of proportion and far too much attention is given to her when there are other artists out here who can out sing Beyonce that are not given the credit they deserve. She is ran in the ground They play her stuff so much I got tired of hearing it ánd looking at her

    • cmcsears

      August 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Of course everyone is not going to make that type of money but i believe i would do more for my community and the city i grew up in i would be more hands on i think that is what Mr. Belafontecis saying He cant be knocked for his views Beyonce or JayZ can never surpass his intelligence no matter how much money
      they make Money is nice to have in abundance but God looks at the heart he could care less about the money if you are only thinking of self

  11. David

    August 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Harry Belafonte does not have to take nothing. This mans record and reputation on social causes speaks for itself. So many of our people who have made it have done very little to financially help those less fortunate or take the opportunity to shine the light on any social injustices. Many who have arrived at the top don’t do or say anything because they fear offending the powers who think that it is in their best interest to not seem to black. While we all no matter where you fall social economically have a responsibility to serve in some manner to address our many needs, it’s definitely important that those in position to make the most impact should use their influence. That I think is what Mr Belafonte was referring too. You would have to admit that it has been pretty quiet at the top.

  12. David2001

    August 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

    No one is expecting her to turn into Angela Davis or Malcolm X but unlike the days of Harry Belafonte black entertainers role in black America today is purely superficial. Many black organizations like the NAACP turn a blind eye to this because they get financial donations from them to look the other way. The sad reality is that most of these wealthy black entertainers have no interest in black people other than to sell negative images of us to the white masses. So long as they get publicity writing tax deductible checks to charity they feel they should be above criticism. Beyonce arrogant reaction to Harry Belafonte is basically I’ll dare you criticize me. Harry Belafonte was 100% right in criticizing her and others.

  13. Phillip Battle

    August 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    World Humanitarian Day— Yeah those entertainers spoke of how the USA send those drones out to kill and mane children and others who are innocent civilians-who happen to be in many cases victims of the military controlled countries that they reside in.
    Take that – what a response- to many of those Black Entertainers of OURS-taste the honey of CAPITALISM and lose their damn minds ( White Folk also)- always skinning and grinning.
    Who in the world told them anyway that they know any thing more other than doing the jig a boo for a living.
    To compare a back in the day conscious Black Entertainer to a many of these lost AFRICAN AMERICAN SHEEP’S-who soon will be led to SLAUGHTER- is like comparing a FIELD NEGRO to a house NIGRO.

    Boycott Christmas 2012

  14. tawanda

    August 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    TAKE WHAT?! JUST BECUZ THEY DONATE TO A FEW CHARITIES DOESN’T MEAN THAT THEY ARE DOING ANYTHING FOR THE CAUSE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE ON THE PART OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY. SO TAKE WHAT?! WHEN HAS SHE AND JAY EVER SPOKEN OUT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY OR RACISM????

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