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Remembering the life and legacy of Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte was a true giant in this world who left an impact that can’t be duplicated.

Harry Belafonte was a true giant in this world who left an impact that can’t be duplicated. As a singer and actor, he was a groundbreaking performer in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. He stood up for himself and other Black artists, paving the way for future generations. On Tuesday, the news of his passing at the age of 96 sent emotional shockwaves through the Black community. As we all reckon with our feelings, figures from politics, entertainment and media took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the icon.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters tweeted, “Another superstar has just passed. My dear friend, Harry Belafonte, was an extraordinarily talented singer and performer. More than that, he was a civil rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and worked with President Nelson Mandela to end Apartheid in South Africa. We will all miss his wisdom, his advice, and his huge giving spirit.”

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