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:
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.