Harry Belafonte, Singer, Actor, Has Passed Away

Harry Belafonte dedicated his life to activism.

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte, the actor, musician, and civil rights activist, passed away at 96. He passed away due to congestive heart failure at his New York home. The EGOT winner had his big break in 1952 when he was asked to perform in the Broadway musical “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac.” He became an instant sensation and began a successful career as a singer and actor. Belafonte was not just an entertainer but also a passionate civil rights activist.

He used his platform to speak out against racism and injustice and was heavily involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Additionally, he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and helped fundraise for the movement. He also produced and hosted a television special called “An Evening with Harry Belafonte,” which featured interviews with activists such as King and Sidney Poitier.

Throughout his career, Belafonte was a trailblazer for Black artists in the entertainment industry.

He was the first Black performer to win an Emmy award and the first Black person to produce a television special. He also broke barriers in Hollywood, starring in films such as “Carmen Jones” and “Island in the Sun.” Belafonte’s impact on the entertainment industry and the civil rights movement is immeasurable. He inspired countless artists and activists to use their voices to effect change. Read more News on Nerdtropolis. Subscribe to our YouTube.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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