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Amnesty International's 50th Annual General Meeting

Harry Belafonte - Amnesty International's 50th Annual General Meeting - Arrivals at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge - New Yotk, United States - Sunday 22nd March 2015

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Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte

Ein Herz fuer Kinder 2014 - Arrivals

Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank - Ein Herz fuer Kinder 2014 at Flughafen Tempelhof - Arrivals at Flughafen Tempelhof - Berlin, Germany - Saturday 6th December 2014

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Gina Belafonte, Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank
Gina Belafonte, Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank
Gina Belafonte, Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank
Gina Belafonte, Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank

Harry Belafonte Honorary Tugs At Our Heart Strings During Honorary Oscars Speech


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Harry Belafonte, an icon of classic Hollywood, received an honorary Oscar at a special ceremony this Saturday night. Belafonte received his award at the Governor’s Awards in Los Angeles, alongside the likes of Irish actress Maureen O'Hara, Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere.

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CBS News marks the 50th anniversary of civil rights

Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank - CBS News marks the 50th anniversary of civil rights at The Ed Sullivan Theater - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 24th July 2014

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Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank
Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank

Inaugural Ceremony for New York Mayor

Harry Belafonte and Mayor Bill de Blasio - The Inaugural Ceremony for Mayor Elect Mr. Bill de Blasio, the 109th Mayor of New York City, held at City Hall, in new York City. - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 1st January 2014

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Dante de Blasio and Harry Belafonte

Inaguration ceremony of Bill De Blasio

Dante DeBlasio and Harry Bellafonte - Inaguration ceremony of Bill De Blasio at City Hall making him the 109th mayor of New York City - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 1st January 2014

Harry Belafonte Suing MLK's Family Over Rights To Unpublished King Speeches


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Harry Belafonte is suing Martin Luther King’s estate for the rights to sell a number of unpublished speeches and letters by the late Dr King for charity. The film and music star claims he obtained the documents through his close friendship with MLK and filed a suit with the Manhattan Federal Court yesterday (Tuesday, October 15), TMZ reports.

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Belafonte already attempted to auction off the letters back in 2008.

According to the report, the documents in question include notes from an undelivered speech that King had on him when he was assassinated in 1968, a famous 1967 speech that was King’s first outcry against America’s involvement in Vietnam, and a condolence letter that then-President Lyndon Johnson sent to King’s wife, Coretta, following MLK’s assassination.

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Harry Belafonte Tries To Sell Martin Luther King's Speeches. Chaos Ensues.


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The singer and social activist Harry Belafonte has sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr over the ownership of documents that Belafonte says were given to him by the late civil rights later and his wife, according to the court documents filed on Tuesday (October 15, 2013).

In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New York, Belafonte asks to be declared the owner of three documents and to bar King's estate from trying to claim ownership.

In a messy dispute, Belafonte claims he is the owner of King's Casualties of the War in Vietnam speech - which he has had since 1967 - The Memphis Speech that was found in one of King's suit pockets after his 1968 assassination, and a letter of condolence that President Lyndon Johnson sent to King's widow after his death. 

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Harry Belafonte To Sue Martin Luther King Jr. Estate


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Harry Belafonte was a good friend to the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr. during his lifetime and has, over the years, developed a rather large collection of MLK memorabilia. Three particular documents have gone missing from his collection though, and he knows exactly who to blame for their disappearance, Dr Luther King's three surviving children and the heirs to his estate; Dexter, Bernice and Martin Luther King III.

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Belafonte says the items are all rightfully his

The ownership of the documents, which Belafonte claims were given to him fairly by Dr King himself, his widow Coretta Scott King and his close friend and personal assistant Stanley Levison respectively, are being disputed by the entertainer and the three King children, who each claim the 'King of Calypso' has no right to them. Belafonte begs to differ though, saying the documents are rightfully his and just because the three are heirs to Dr King's estate, that doesn't make them entitled to everything related to their late father.

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Pictures: Katy Perry And Selena Gomez Catch Up At UNICEF Snowflake Ball


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Katy Perry and Alison Williams, UNICEF Ball

Katy Perry and Allison Williams lit up the UNICEF Snowflake Ball

Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Uma Thurman were just some of the stars who attended the UNICEF Snowflake Ball, with Gomez in particular looking keen to put reports of her and Justin BIeber breaking up and then perhaps getting back together on the back burner for the evening. Perry looked stunning, as did TV actress Allison Williams, but Gomez stole much of the limelight, putting on a smiley face as she donned sparkly black number and chatted freely with the room at 42nd Street.

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Under African Skies Review


Excellent
This beautifully assembled documentary traces the creation of Paul Simon's seminal 1986 album Graceland, focussing on the political controversy the recording sessions sparked because South Africa was under a cultural boycott at the time. It's a skilful film that entertains as it reveals something important about history.

In 1985, Simon quietly travelled to South Africa to record tracks for his next album, invited by local musicians. But he and was shocked by racial tension he saw between blacks and whites there, and afterwards was caught off-guard by criticism from anti-Apartheid leaders who said his visit violated the boycott.

Simon argued that he wanted to avoid politics and collaborate with fellow musicians. For them, working with a world-class artist was a chance in a million. And Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Shabalala says Simon was the first white man he'd ever hugged.

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Review


Excellent
By taking a journalistic approach from outside the USA, this film helps us see the turbulent events surrounding the Black Power movement in a new light. And it's powerfully relevant today.

In 1967 a group of Swedish filmmakers went to America to look behind the heavily slanted reporting of the US news media. Without the filter of the American establishment, they interviewed key figures like Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver and Stokeley Carmichael. But this footage was only recently discovered, and has been assembled here to paint a more realistic portrait of the era. What it reveals makes far more sense than the stories that the paranoid power elite fed to us at the time.

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Fidel (2001) Review


Unbearable
At a time when Americans might be sympathetic to lifting the economic embargo on Cuba, when the public memory of its origin as a response to Fidel Castro's theft of the properties and businesses of American corporations is fading, documentarian Estela Bravo and husband Ernesto expertly put together a presentation of the Cuban dictator that is more a campaign tract to that cause than a probing discussion of his commandeering tactics.

Starting with footage of Castro's childhood and early manhood, some of which is new and fascinating, Bravo puts together a highlight reel that includes his earliest political alliances and adventures, his escape to the Maestra Sierra mountains where he gathered a guerilla force with Che Guevara at his side and, in 1959, his emergence in victory against the U.S. backed, armed, and trained Batista army. This is the stuff of legend but, unfortunately, as history (but not this film) informs us, this undisputed leader's promise of deliverance from tyrannical dictatorship merely morphed into his own brand of despotic, repressive rule.

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Kansas City Review


Grim
Every time Robert Altman makes a movie, it becomes the thing to do for the Hollywood acting community. It happened with The Player. It happened with Short Cuts. It happened with Ready to Wear. And it happened with Kansas City.

The only problem is that The Player was the last of his films that was really all that great. While Kansas City marks a slight improvement over Ready to Wear, that ain't saying much because, after all, so does Showgirls.

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White Man's Burden Review


Excellent
What would happen if race roles in America were reversed? What if blacks had all the power, and whites had to fight prejudice and racism at every turn? Such is the setting of writer/director Desmond Nakano's brilliant new film, White Man's Burden.

The movie is a tightly constructed drama about Louis Pinnock (John Travolta), a reliable blue collar man who works in a factory owned by high-society elitist Thaddeus Thomas (Harry Belafonte). At home, Louis has to deal with a rough neighborhood, gang violence, and trying to provide for his wife (Kelly Lynch) and two kids.

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