Harry Belafonte is a singer, songwriter, actor, humanitarian, and political and social activist. He has appeared in over two dozen films, approximately two dozen television programs, concert tours and videos, and stage work. He is one of the most successful African-American pop singers of all time. He was nicknamed the “King of Calypso”, but has recorded in multiple musical genres.
Harold George Belafonte, Jr. was born in 1927 in Harlem, New York. From 1932 until 1940 he lived with a grandmother in her native Jamaica. He returned to New York and later attended George Washington High School. After high school, he served in the Navy during World War II. In the 1940s, he attended the American Negro Theater and was inspired to become a performer.
Harry has been married three times: to Marguerite Byrd, Julie Robinson, and currently still to Pamela Frank. He has four children. Harry has won multiple awards and honors, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, and an honorary doctorate.
While Harry Belafonte has been involved in some controversies, he still works as an activist for causes he believes in. In 2013, he was Grand Marshall of the New York City Pride Parade. In 2017, he was an honorary co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington. His humanitarian work on behalf of UNICEF and Africa led to “We Are the World”, the Live Aid concert, and so much more. Be inspired! Have a bright day!