RIP Icon, Harry Belafonte 🙏🏻

i haven’t posted in a week so i’m way late on posting about the passing of #HarryBelafonte.

what an artist, what a heart, what a soul. a true icon. may he rest in peace 💛🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Posted @withregram • @starsofthescreen

RIP Harry Belafonte (March 1, 1927 – April 25, 2023) was an American singer, activist, and actor.
Original portrait, photographer: The amazing @Pal_Hansen 📸
An absolute legend. He broke barriers as a hugely successful Caribbean-American pop star, with his recordings of “The Banana Boat Song”, with its signature “Day-O” lyric, “Jump in the Line”, and “Jamaica Farewell”. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist.
He also became a celebrated actor, starring in several groundbreaking films, including Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones (1954), Daryl F. Zanuck’s Island in the Sun (1957), Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Robert Altman’s Kansas City (1996), Emilio Estevez’s Bobby (2006) and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (2018)..
. well as being the subject of Susanne Rostock’s acclaimed documentary Sing Your Song (2011).
Belafonte was a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. And was a leading advocate for political and humanitarian causes, such as the Anti-Apartheid Movement and USA for Africa. From 1987 until his death, he was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Belafonte won three Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), an Emmy Award, a Tony Award, the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2014, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards, and in 2022 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Belafonte died from natural causes at his home in Manhattan, at the age of 96. He leaves behind four children, including actress/model Shari Belafonte, and five grandchildren.
The man will be greatly missed. What are your fondest memories of the great Harry Belafonte?

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