Posts tagged "Harry Belafonte"
Dear Mr. Harry Belafonte, Happy 87th Birthday! Thank you for more than 50 years of art and activism behind the scenes in Hollywood and on the frontlines of the civil rights movement. Thank you for speaking up early and often and creating Harbel Productions and producing projects like the film noir “Odds Against Tomorrow" in 1959 and the CBS television special written by Langston Hughes, “The Strollin’ 20’s”, a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, in 1966. Thank you for still speaking up and enlightening us today. There was so much work to be done as you leaned against this Oscar statue at the Academy Awards on March 27, 1956, and you did it - and are still doing it! And for that sir, we thank you and wish you the happiest birthday and many more. Photo: Archive Photos/Getty Images.
Harry Belafonte, Martin Luther King Jr., theater and film producer Hillard Elkins and Sammy Davis Jr. in April 1965 at “Broadway Answers Selma,” a show Mr. Hillard produced to raise money for Dr. King. Mr. Hillard managed Mr. Davis and other legends like Steve McQueen, and he was one of the subjects in the book, “The Producers: Profiles in Frustration,” and he mentions this photograph to the author: “Hilly points to a photo on the wall of four men. “I think you will recognize the players. It’s Harry Belafonte, Sammy Davis Jr., Martin Luther King and me.” Above the photo is a framed letter from Dr. Martin Luther King to Hillard Elkins, thanking him for “Golden Boy” and for coming to Selma, Alabama to march. “I closed the show and we all went to Selma, Alabama and marched. When we came back, I wanted to do something for Dr. King. I put on a show, “Broadway Answers Selma,” raising money for Dr. King.” Many thanks to Kanisha Johnson, the patron saint of Dorothy Dandridge online (see DorothyDandridgeForever.com) for bringing this picture to my attention. Photo: Bandphoto Agency.
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Charles Williams in an offstage moment from “Carmen Jones”. A very similar shot from this session appeared in the September 30, 1954 issue of Jet magazine. H/T to African Heritage City for sharing this iconic photo.
My aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes with Harry Belafonte in Chicago, June 1956. She was Mr. Belafonte’s leading lady off-Broadway in a show he produced called, “Sing Man, Sing!” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.
Harry Belafonte and Bill Cosby reading books (I Spy!) and magazines with Dr. King’s children Martin III, Dexter and Yolanda in April 1968, not long after their father’s assassination. Photo: Flip Schulke/Corbis.