Upsetting
Wednesday, October 09, 2002
 
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.
 
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