One On One profile of Harry Belafonte on NY1
The NY1 television station in New York has a great profile of Harlem born performer and activist Harry Belafonte on the show “One On One with Budd Mishkin” this week. You might notice that they shot some of the video at the Harry Belafonte book signing event at Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem for his new book “My Song: A Memoir.”
It also appears that some of the interview took place in Mr. Belafonte’s home, where some of his many awards were on display. The piece covers some of the extraordinary experiences in the life of this remarkable man, so have a look for yourself.
Belafonte became an international superstar in the 1950s, a rarity at the time for a black entertainer. There were movies, television shows and sold-out concerts around the world.
He was the first African-American to win an Emmy Award. There were Grammy Awards, a National Medal of Arts and a Kennedy Center honor. But Belafonte says he is suspicious of celebrity.
“It’s a naughty affair, with ego and narcissism and adulation,” says Belafonte. “And a lot of us believe we deserve it.”
Belafonte’s experiences confronting bigotry led him into a lifetime of activism.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became a close friend and often stayed at Belafonte’s apartment when visiting New York. Belafonte saw the pressures on the civil rights leader up close.
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