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Film, "Sing Your Song": Harry Belafonte's Moving Hagiography

"Sing Your Song": Harry Belafonte's Moving Hagiography

Produced by his youngest daughter, Gina, this profile of Harry Belafonte, foregrounding the 84-year-old actor and singer's political activism, is a moving if occasionally wearying hagiography. Not that the subject is unworthy of anything but veneration: Unbowed by the racism…
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Calendar, Night&Day Song Worth Singing Again

Song Worth Singing Again

Produced by his youngest daughter, Gina, this profile of Harry Belafonte, foregrounding the 84-year-old actor and singer's political activism, is a moving if occasionally wearying hagiography. Not that the subject is unworthy of anything but veneration: Unbowed by the racism…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Harry Belafonte, Patriot

From the outset of his recording career, Harry Belafonte took a stand. He refused to appear in the segregated South, vocally and financially supported Martin Luther King Jr., and got blacklisted for his trouble. The handsome, Harlem-born World War II…
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Culture, Stuff End of the <i>Road</i>

End of the Road

Far too often, those who work in the music industry are so concerned with making a living they often forget they're capable, at their best, of making history as well. They sacrifice art and artists in the name of commerce,…
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Film,

Second Time Around

A Tribute to Robert Wise One of the last of the old-style Hollywood craftsmen, Robert Wise made his share of both gems and junk. There wasn't always a lot of choice back in the '40s and '50s -- making as…
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Maya Angelou Miss Calypso (Scamp) Robert Mitchum Calypso Is -- Like So ... (Scamp) Proud race man that he was, Harry Belafonte certainly intended nothing of the kind, but it's hard not to think of the late-1950s calypso craze as…
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