Harry Belafonte Accuses Beyonce and Jay-Z of Ignoring 'Social Responsibility'

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Don't expect to hear "Jump in the Line" sampled on Jay-Z's next big hit. Crooner, actor, and humanitarian Harry Belafonte name-checked the Brooklyn-born rapper in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, citing Jay and B as examples of performers who have abandoned their communities.

Asked if he was happy with the image of minorities in Hollywood today, Belafonte opined:

Not at all. They have not told the history of our people, nothing of who we are. We are still looking. We are not determinated. We are not driven by some technology that says you can kill Afghans, the Iraqis or the Spanish. It is all -- excuse my French -- s**t. It is sad. And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.

Coincidentally, Belafonte's assertion comes the same week that Beyonce and Jay-Z were named Forbes' highest-paid star couple. The two pulled in about 78 million between May 2011 and May 2012, 6 million more than power couple Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady.

Though the married performers have spent a lot of time, money, and energy on noble and charitable causes, this isn't the first time they've faced scrutiny over how much they give back to the community. In February, The Daily noted that the rapper had donated a relatively paltry $6,431 to his own Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund in 2010, a year when he earned an estimated $63 million. Remember: Beyoncé has probably spent more than that on her daughter's socks, at this point.


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