By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Jay Z responds to Harry Belafonte? Jay Z has been giving a series of some rather raw interviews since the recent release of his latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” and as always it’s interesting to hear him answer some real questions so honestly. In his recent interview with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson, he admitted how devastated the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman made him, and he also admitted he feels racism is still very much a prevalent issue in today’s society. Now in another part of the interview, Jay Z finally responds to the criticism he received from legendary actor Harry Belafonte. For those of you that don’t remember, Harry Belafonte called out Jay and his wife Beyonce and accused them of not giving back enough to the community. While Beyonce’s rep responded in a statement and listed all of Bey’s most recent charitable acts that haven’t been reported to the media, Jay Z remained silent. Well that is until this interview. And according to Jay Z, the actor was wrong to say what he did and then to do so to the white media. The rapper and business man says:
“I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough. Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything he should be left alone…I felt Belafonte he just went about it wrong. Like the way he did it in the media, and then he big’d up Bruce Springsteen or somebody. And it was like, “whoa,” you just sent the wrong message all the way around…Bruce Springsteen is a great guy. You’re this Civil Rights activist and you just big’d up the white guy against me in the white media. And I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m just saying what it is. The fact of what it was. And that was just the wrong way to go about it.”
Do you agree or think Jay was out of line? Let us know below.
In related news, Jay Z decided to surprise Beyonce at her recent show in Philadelphia. While Beyonce was closing out the show and running off the names of all her crew members, Jay ran out quickly and hugged and kissed Bey as she appeared shocked by his appearance. She literally jumped at the sight of Jay running towards her. After she was able to catch her breath, she blushed and laughed at her hubby who quickly ran off the stage after getting his hug and kiss.
Check it out below. It starts at the 1:10 mark.