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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Jay Z-Belafonte Feud: A Generational Divide

Hip-hop mogul Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z, and legendary singer and human-rights activist Harry Belafonte have been recently embroiled in a highly publicized dispute over the responsibilities of black icons to the larger African-American community. Belafonte, who has effortlessly wedded a successful international career as a singer, dancer and actor with vocal and important support for civil rights, anti-apartheid and human activism, chastised Jay Z for "turning his back on social responsibility" and included the rapper's wife, Beyoncé, in his public indictment.

Jay Z responded by proclaiming that he felt insulted by Belafonte's remarks and defended himself by characterizing his "presence" as "charity" ennobling the black community. Many commentators, including The Root's Keli Goff, expressed outrage at Jay Z's seeming arrogance and proceeded to list the myriad ways that Carter could, and would, never live up to Belafonte's high standard of social engagement and civic activism promoting racial and economic justice.  - New America Media


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