Well folks its official.. Oprah Winfrey has spoken and weighed in on the Jay Z/ Harry Belafonte flap.. The woman who once famously ‘hated’ and disparaged Hip Hop by not inviting rappers on her show and had artists like; Ice Cube, Ludacris and 50 Cent to name few, criticizing her, says that she listened to Jay Z’s new album and absolutely loves it.
She went on to say that actor/ activist Harry Belafonte needs to better understand Jay Z. She noted that Jay Z does charity through his music and artistry..
I don’t know what else there is to say when Oprah lays it down like that.. Many are still bugging off the fact that it wasn’t too long ago that Oprah said she wasn’t befriending folks who use the N word, so it’s not quite sure how and why she is praising Jay Z unless, she got a clean copy of his albums.. In any case, me personally, I’m gonna gracefully tell the Queen of Talk to have a seat and leave it at that.
Below are two videos folks should watch..The first is Oprah speaking on her movie the Butler and the Jay Z Belafonte flap.
Oprah says that Harry Belafonte needs to better understand, many feel that folks need to better understand Harry. Unlike Oprah, Belafonte early on put his money and famous reputation behind Hip Hop by financing and producing the iconic movie Beat Street..
Belafonte at 83 has not missed a beat as he still routinely meets with artists to engage in projects. His latest efforts saw him working with everyone from Chuck D to David Banner to Yasiin Bey to Jasiri X to Talib Kweli and Bun B involves bring attention to juveniles who are locked up..
Below is a video where he clarifies his remarks and gives context to his initial criticism of Jay Z and Beyoncé including the fact that he didn’t just rush out to the press and bash them as many have suggested..His remarks were part of a bigger conversation..