Team Beyoncé Responds to Harry Belafonte's Social Responsibility Jab

Team Beyoncé Responds to Harry Belafonte's Social Responsibility Jab

They release an "abbreviated list" of her unselfish work.

Published August 14, 2012

Beyoncé is not taking Harry Belafonte's allegation that she and hubby Jay-Z lack social responsibility lightly.

A representative for the superstar emailed various media outlets an "abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.” The list includes co-founding the Survivor Foundation, “a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston”; donating “100K in 2008 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike”; performing in “MTV’s Hope for Haiti Now! Benefit in addition to making a generous monetary donation,” among many other charitable activities.

Last week, the 85-year-old Calypso legend called out the power couple, along with other young celebrities, for "turning their back on social responsibility."

“It is sad," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is Black.”

Reps for Jay-Z have not released a similar list. The rapper came under fire last year after his 2010 tax return revealed he gave only $6,431 of his $63 million earnings to his Shawn Carter Foundation that year. However, the blog BlackGivesBack.com pointed out that Jay's appearance at a fundraiser for the foundation helped raise $1.25 million for individuals seeking higher education.

BET.com is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. 

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


Latest in news