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Icon Harry Belafonte 90th Birthday Pre-Celebration 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Icon Harry Belafonte will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 1, 2017. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York will celebrate his legendary career as an artist and activist in this three-film retrospective on Saturday, February 4, 2017.


Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank-Belafonte, Mandarin Oriental, New York, June 7, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

The Harry Belafonte pre-birthday celebration will screen The Strolling ’20s, the rarely shown 1966 TV special produced by Belafonte; Robert Altman’s Kansas City, Belafonte’s favorite of all his roles; and Carmen Jones, which also stars Dorothy Dandridge. The centerpiece of the day is a conversation with Walter Mosley, the acclaimed author best known for his Easy Rawlins series, who will talk about his years-long friendship with Belafonte.

The program opens with a rare screening of The Strolling ‘20s, a television special produced by and starring Belafonte that has hardly been seen in 50 years. That will be followed by Robert Altman’s Kansas City, which features Belafonte’s favorite of his own performances. The day concludes with his celebrated starring role opposite Dorothy Dandridge in Otto Preminger’s classic Carmen Jones. The centerpiece of the birthday salute is a conversation about Belafonte with the best-selling novelist Walter Mosley, moderated by the Museum Vice Chairman, Warrington Hudlin. This program is the fourth annual collaboration between the Black Filmmaker Foundation and the Museum of the Moving Image. Previous collaboration were Massa’s Gaze, Endangered by the Moving Image, and The Color of Comedy. This annual program is curated and moderated by Warrington Hudlin, President of the Black Filmmaker Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the Museum of the Moving Image. Admission to individual programs is $15. —Museum of the Moving Image

Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr.; March 1, 1927, New York) is a singer, songwriter, actor, author, and social activist who has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989, he received the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1994, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. And in 2014, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards.

Harry Belafonte is a man of complete greatness; not just because of his extraordinary good looks, singing, and acting skills… But because of his political views, civil and human rights activism, and his dedication to countless movements. He’s a rare man who stands up for what’s right, even when it’s not popular. Harry Belafonte has consistently dedicated his life to political and humanitarian causes for seven decades. Let history show, if it was not for Mr. Belafonte, Dr. King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and his “I Have A Dream” speech may not have ever been televised, nor be as we know it today. It was Mr. Belafonte who convinced studio executives in Hollywood to stop filming for a day so Hollywood celebrities could attend the rally in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. He brought together countless friends and colleagues; Marlon Brando, Diahann Carroll, Eartha Kitt, Paul Newman, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Garner, James Baldwin, Charlton Heston, Sidney Poitier, and more who flew to join Mahalia Jackson and others in D.C.; thus complete media coverage was given. Belafonte’s countless causes included the anti-apartheid movement and mass incarceration, now known as The New Jim Crow. Last year alone, 2016, Belafonte dedicated his time and knowledge as a surrogate for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, as he worked on his Sankofa.org’s Many Rivers to Cross Festival along with his daughter Gina Belafonte; approaching 90 he has not slowed down. Thank you Mr. Belafonte for your unwavering commitment and endless service.

“Mr. Harry Belafonte, we thank you for your patriotism & continued service.” -Sankofa.org

Please visit our previous article on Mr. Belafonte for more photos and the release of his new CD, 2017: https://undertheduvetproductions.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/the-legacy-of-harry-belafonte-when-colors-come-together-2017-by-photojournalist-lisa-pacino/

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