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Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

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Harry Belafonte, born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr. on March 1, 1927, in Harlem, New York, was a pioneering figure in American music, acting, and civil rights activism. Rising to fame in the 1950s and 1960s, he became known internationally for popularizing calypso music, with his breakthrough album "Calypso" in 1956 being the first LP by a single artist to sell over a million copies. Belafonte's iconic songs like "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" and "Jamaica Farewell" captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.

In addition to his music career, Belafonte starred in several films, including "Carmen Jones" (1954), "Island in the Sun" (1957), and "BlacKkKlansman" (2018), showcasing his versatility as an actor. He won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award, and was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Belafonte's activism was integral to his identity. He considered Paul Robeson a mentor and was a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr., actively participating in the civil rights movement. Belafonte's advocacy extended to humanitarian causes, such as supporting UNICEF and raising awareness about prostate cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Throughout his life, Belafonte remained dedicated to using his platform for social justice and change. He faced challenges, including health issues like prostate cancer and a stroke, but continued his activism until his passing on April 25, 2023, at the age of 96. Harry Belafonte's legacy as a trailblazing artist and tireless activist continues to inspire generations.


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Belafonte

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Place of Birth: Harlem, New York,

Long: 73.9465° W

Lat: 40.8116° N

Time Zone: GMT - 4

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Date of Birth: March 1, 1927

African American icon, a man of great resilience and power who contributed immensely to the black liberation. bravo to you Harry Belafonte

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