Jay-Z and Harry Belafonte: Lets All Do More


The uproar over Harry Belafonte urging Jay Z to do more and Jay Z pushing back with a big fat no, is troubling to say the least. I didn’t agree with everything my father asked me to do but I did listen. This is one of those days when Jay Z should have just listened. Mr. Belafonte meant no harm, he’s an old man that has outlived his peers from the civil rights era and only wanted to impart some wisdom. But here’s the problem, young people don’t want to hear any advice, but Jay Z isn’t young he’s over the age of 40 so that makes him a full grown man. Maybe if Jay Z grew up with a father his perspective would be different, maybe he would know the history of Mr. Belafonte and what he stood for. Maybe Hova would know the sacrifice many black entertainers made…

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Rally Up! Harry Belafonte Joins The Dream Defenders In Florida (VIDEO)

Posted July 28, 2013 by Lindsey Paul for Global Grind Staff

The rallies and protests continue in Florida, as supporters march in the Florida Capitol in order to urge Governor Rick Scott to reconsider the Stand Your Ground law.

Yesterday, the Dream Defenders got a great guest while they were protesting as Harry Belfonte came out to support and even said a few inspirational words.

“I’m here because you called,” said Belafonte, 86. “I’m here because I am a part of your history. You called, and I’m here to tell you that those of us who have been in this struggle for over a century are delighted, happy to be part of this moment.”

“I would suggest to the people of Florida that they listen to what you have to say and respond to what you have to offer, because this is the gentle moment,” he said. “If they reject you, then the world will pay attention to what’s happening to you and it’s possible that Florida could become ungovernable.”
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An Unknown Story about July 26, 1953


Source:  Juventud Rebelde

Ana Viña and Georgina Guerra tell Juventud Rebelde newspapers how they hid participants in the attack to the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Barrack in Bayamo on July 26, 1953; something they did at the risk of their own lives.

BAYAMO, Granma.— The events of the attack on the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Barracks located in the eastern city of Bayamo on July 26, 1953 – an attack that was planned to occurred at the same time as the one on the Moncada Barracks in the nearby city of Santiago de Cuba,- would have been more ruthless and less decent if it wasn’t for the assistance of a number of families of that city.

Read more at:  http://www.juventudrebelde.co.cu/cuba/2013-07-23/an-unknown-story-about-july-26-1953/

Majority of U.S. Citizens Consider Afghanistan War Useless

protest against afghan war67 percent of U.S: citizens believe that the war in Afghanistan was useless for the U.S. and hardly 28 percent consider it beneficial, revealed a survey published today. The research, conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News television network, showed the lowest level of approval since the start of the war in 2001 and a decline of 11 points from a similar survey conducted in March.

The poll asked, “Considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not?” With 67 percent responding in the negative, the results reveal “a new high,” reports ABC, in the 21 such polls given since early 2007.

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Venezuelans Celebrate Hugo Chavez’s 59th Birthday

Source:  Prensa Latina

July 28 2013

bolivar and chavezVenezuelans are celebrates the 59th birthday of Hugo Chavez, the man who dreamed of being a painter and a professional baseball player, and who definitely took the course of the soldier until climbing to the presidency of his country and the forefront of contemporary history.

A brief fireworks salute and flares broke the deaf snoring, not the silence, and scratched Caracas’s night sky at 12 am sharp on Sunday.

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Tribute to Chavez at 7th Continental Meeting on Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  Presna Latina

July 28  2013

7th continental meeting of solidarity with cubaThe life and work of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was remembered and honored in this capital, at the closing session of the 7th Continental Meeting on Solidarity with Cuba.

As part of the events to pay tribute to the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, hundreds of activists and participants in the solidarity meeting  marched from the Jose Marti Square, in the Altagracia parish church to the Mountain Barracks, where the remains rest.

hugo chavez 2Upon arriving at the Mountain Barracks and in front of the tomb of the Bolivarian leader, the Cuban vice president of the Council of State, Lazara Mercedes Lopez, said that although “Chavez is not physically present, his work, legacy and ideas are immortal.”

His Bolivarian energy and spirit were present in each moment of this meeting, encouraging us to continue in a tight embrace and not to give up the struggle for unity and the perpetuity of Latin American and Caribbean dignity, she said.

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Maduro Describes Meeting with Fidel Castro as Historic

Source:  Presna Latina

July 28 2013

fidel_y_maduro1Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro described his meeting in this capital with the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, as historic, and stressed that his ideas are undefeated, Cubadebate website reported on Sunday.

During the meeting, which took place 60 years after the attack on the Moncada Garrison, Maduro gave Fidel Castro a painting made by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during his days of medical treatment in Havana. The Venezuelan leader also presented the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution with Ignacio Ramonet’s Continue reading

Belafonte Joins Dream Defenders As They Occupy Office of Gov. Scott of Florida

The Dream Defenders are in their 12th day of standing their ground in the offices of Gov. Rick Scott of Florida. They demand that he convenes a special session of the legislature to review the SYG law. Rick Scott has refused their demand and has taken himself off to parts unknown. They plan on occupying his office until their demand is met.

belafonte in flaOn Saturday the protesters were visited by civil rights leader, Harry Belafonte.
“I’m here because you called,” said Belafonte, 86. “I’m here because I am a part of your history. You called, and I’m here to tell you that those of us who have been in this struggle for over a century are delighted, happy to be part of this moment.”

Read more at:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/28/1227228/-Harry-Belafonte-Visits-the-Dream-Defenders

Belafonte: Use the collective celebrity power to raise consciousness

Source: HipHopDX

harry belafonte“There is so much celebrity power that it was sad to see that the collective of the celebrity power had not been applied to bring consciousness to the inequities that we face,” Belafonte 

Belafonte protests

Currently, Belafonte is camped out with Dream Defenders, a social activist organization, in the Florida Capitol. The group is camped out in protest of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law in light of the George Zimmerman trial verdict, of not guilty, absolving Zimmerman of any crime in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. “Artists that heard that responded in a very strong way. You’ll find that Jamie Foxx, you’ll find Chuck D [of Public Enemy]…you’ll find that any number of highly profiled people have taken that critique and called for [a meeting]. We’ve sat. We’ve talked. And I will tell you now that these people that I’ve just mentioned are officially behind Dream Defenders. They are prepared to come down. They are prepared to perform.

harry_belfonte-and-martin-luther-kingBelafonte supported the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s, and was one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants, even bailing King out of Birmingham City Jail




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