I remember reading somewhere, it might’ve been in Henry Louis Gates’ great Colored People
, that had he wanted to play the game, Harry Belafonte could’ve had the career of Sidney Poitier. Maybe it wasn’t in Gates’ book, perhaps it was in a New Yorker article, but I do remember Belafonte saying something to the effect of doing things on his terms, whether that meant mainstream success and riches or not.
Now, I know the guy’s done just fine for himself, but I feel what he was saying.
Wait, I found it on the Internet, it was in a New Yorker piece:
“Sidney was always more pliable, more accommodating ... he never disturbed the white psyche in anything he did,” Belafonte said.
I think the article might’ve been written by Gates.
Anyway, whether you agree with him or not, you gotta admire Belafonte’s stones for going after Colin Powell on a San Diego radio station
This guy expounds on Belafonte