Despite having a seizure the night before, Harry Belafonte was able to participate in a Q&A with Usher on Friday discussing “music and social injustice”. Ironically, Usher’s new single “Chains” looked straight in the eyes of victims who experienced racial injustice.
However, that was not the only significant part of the event. During this event, Belafonte and Jay-Z were able to settle their “beef”.
According to Page Six, sources say Belafonte was “moving slowly, but he seemed 100 percent mentally”. The differences triggered between the two individuals in 2012, after Belafonte went on the record to say
“I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay Z and Beyoncé, for example.”
In 2013, Jay-Z responded to allegations, replying, “This is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is.” He even threw a subliminal at Belafonte in his song “Nickels and Dimes” saying, “Mr. Day-O, major fail.” Good to see these two outstanding individuals burying the hatchet, for the sake of the culture.