ColorLines.com Releases Exclusive Video Interview With Music Legend and Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte
NEW YORK - ColorLines.com is thrilled to present an exclusive interview with music legend and civil rights icon Harry Belafonte as part of its “Election: Now What?” series, exploring the post-election landscape from a racial justice perspective.
Harry Belafonte is a world-famous entertainer and lifelong advocate for
civil rights and humanitarian causes. In a wide-ranging conversation,
only parts of which is being released now, Belafonte explored America's
debate over race, which he said looks much more like a confrontation.
“It is a glorious and wondrous thing that America came to a moment that
it could go into the voting booth and come out with a man of color,”
Belafonte commented on the election of Barack Obama. “What it didn’t do
was seize upon this moment of color and the color issue to have the
fullest and the richest debate we could... we are shortchanged by the
president on the issue of how we look at race.”
Said Applied Research Center president and ColorLines publisher Rinku
Sen, “From the Great Depression to the Great Recession, Harry
Belafonte’s lifetime of activism for racial justice brings us an
invaluable perspective on American politics today.”
As the first artist ever to sell more than 1 million records, Belafonte
shared his view on the value artists bring to discussions about race:
“The more people know about other people’s culture they begin to find
something very reasonable in that song, or reasonable in that painting,
or reasonable in the story that some person from another culture tells. I
might even find some moral to my own humanity, and my own joy… That’s
why I think artists have a unique role to play - we are the keepers of
ColorLines Editorial Director Kai Wright commented on the interview, “We
spoke with Belafonte before the elections, but realized afterward how
urgent his perspective is for young people trying to make sense of
today's politics. We've been building space for just that kind of big
picture thinking on the site, and the interview is an exciting
The Belafonte interview and other stories on the post-election landscape can be found at “Election: Now What?” on ColorLines.com. Features include:
· Hip hop author and activist Jeff Chang explains why the real shift is cultural, not political.
· ColorLines editorial director Kai Wright argues that the results demand progressive leadership from President Obama.
· ColorLines publisher Rinku Sen says the 2010 midterm election was the most racist campaign in decades.
· Investigative reporter Seth Freed Wessler explores how campaign promises of state-level budget cuts will move things from bad to worse.
ColorLines.com is an award-winning daily news site with a multiracial
team of writers across the U.S. reporting from a racial justice
perspective, serving as a think space on the post-election landscape and
a leading voice on issues ranging from health care reform to the
economy and jobs.
For more information or to interview ColorLines Editorial Director Kai Wright, contact Rebekah Spicuglia at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 290-2970.