Los Angeles: Harry Belafonte says Hollywood has yet to explore the breadth of black experience and that the industry will "never ever yield to the needs of people of color."
The 84-year-old entertainer made the remarks at a presentation on artists and activism held Wednesday during the 102nd annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Convention.
Louis Gossett Jr., Tatyana Ali, Hill Harper and members of the Black Stuntmen's Association appeared alongside Belafonte at the panel discussion. He urged the NAACP to form a group of artists and thinkers to inspire the kind of "radical thought" necessary for change, and he called on black actors and filmmakers to "come together and create some institutional base that's ours."
"It seems to me that long ago we could have put together black studios, put together a black distribution center," Belafonte said. "Maybe we couldn't reach 100 million, but we could reach 100,000, and have 100,000 exposed to a great truth. I'd rather have that than 100 million exposed to something vacuous and inaccurate."...more
02:26 PM, Jul 28, 2011
Park City, Utah: At age 83, his days of singing calypso tunes to thousands of fans are behind him, but Harry Belafonte says he still has one song to sing for people around the world - his song of justice. Belafonte is at the Sundance Film Festival this week with a new documentary, 'Sing Your Song,' that tells of his life from being born in Harlem and raised in Jamaica...
12:41 PM, Jan 23, 2011
Utah: The Sundance Film Festival opened on Thursday night with a new look -- four feature films instead of only one, including a documentary about calypso singer Harry Belafonte and a teen lesbian drama. The documentary, "Sing Your Song," follows the social activism of the 83-year-old singer of "Banana Boat Song" and "Scarlet Ribbons." Belafonte has been at the vanguard of the US civil rights movement, anti-apartheid efforts in South...
03:45 PM, Jan 21, 2011