Jay Z Responds to Criticism from Harry Belafonte: ‘My presence is charity, just because of who I am’
Remember when Harry Belafonte went in on young black celebrities like Jay “no hyphen” Z and Beyonce on their lack of political activism?
Well, Jay has finally responded.
In the second part of his interview with Elliot Wilson, Hov had the following to say:
“Yeah I’m offended by that because first of all…this is going to sound arrogant…but my presence is charity, just because of who I am. Just like Obama’s[Barack] is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything the hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough. You know what I’m saying? Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything, he should be left alone. No I’m not going to say anything bad about him. Of course we want to challenge him to do better but Belafonte went about the wrong way. The way he did it within the media and then he bigged-up Bruce Springsteen. It was like woo, you just sent the wrong message like all around…You just bigged-up the white guy against me in the white media. I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m saying what it is the fact of what it was. – JAY Z “
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