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Should black celebrities get involved in social justice issues?


Should black celebrities be involved in social justice issues? Just because these people are rich and famous should they speak out on certain societal issues that affect the communities they come from?  Or do we as a society ask too much of the black elite?

Musician and social activist Harry Belafonte believes so. He said as much to the Hollywood Reporter: “It is sad. 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.”

I get what Harry is saying. Back in the day, Harry was not afraid to ruffle feathers. These days very few celebrities have the intestinal fortitude to do what Belafonte did…and live to tell about it. Not everyone is going to put their careers on the line a la Chris Rock or Lupe Fiasco.

Celebrities these days are less likely to take a side one way or another on an issue because they do not want to make anyone mad.  Remember what Michael Jordan said about Republicans wearing sneakers? Yeah. That’s sums up why most of the black elite stay above the fray.

Should these people stay in their lane? Do we just want them entertain us not educate us? Personally, I think that asking the likes of Beyoncé to discuss something like the prison industrial complex is too much to ask. But then again, she is an award-winning journalist.


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Evan F. Moore is a freelance journalist who also is a blogger for Chicago Now, WVON, and The Extra Blog: The blog website for Extra, Chicago’s leading bilingual newspaper. He also blogs at Fanning the Flames since 1978.
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