The world is down one more musician, philanthropist, and humanitarian with the death of Harry Belafonte, and Chuck D perfectly outlined the tremendous loss.
TMZ Hip Hop caught up with the Public Enemy front man Tuesday at LAX, and he refused to accept the notion today’s youth don’t know Harry’s contributions to the Civil Rights movement, or even his 1956 album, “Calypso.”
Chuck explained it perfectly … saying they’ve got smartphones and should Google the man!
As we reported, Harry died Tuesday at age 96 of congestive heart failure, and Chuck says the “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” singer used each day of that long and fruitful life to uplift people.
And, while the man is celebrated for his art — as a singer and actor — Chuck says he should be considered an activist-turned-artist, and not the other way around.
Chuck says “Mr. B.,” as he affectionally knew him, will go down as a father figure to the Black community, and he called it an honor to have had the opportunity to soak up some of Harry’s laughs, wisdom and intelligence.
Rev. Al Sharpton, who worked alongside Harry for several decades, agrees 100 percent with Chuck. We spoke to him in NYC, and he shed some light on the lighter, more humorous side of Harry’s personality.
BTW, Harry and PE will forever be linked in music history. In 2013, he and Spike Lee inducted the group into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!!