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.
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