1. Rewinding The Charts: Billboard 200 Launches, With Harry Belafonte At No. 1

    March 24, 2017 10:55 AM EDT On this date 61 years ago, the country's premier albums chart arrived as a weekly Billboard fixture On March 24, 1956, the legendary Harry Belafonte crowned Billboard's first weekly albums chart – then billed Best Selling Pop Albums in Billboard magazine's pages; now known as…

  2. Harry Belafonte's Sankofa & Tidal Deliver Social Justice Visual EP '17': Exclusive Premiere

    February 17, 2017 12:15 PM EST In honor of Black History Month as well as the fifth anniversary of Trayvon Martin's tragic death in 2012, Harry Belafonte , his social justice organization Sankofa.org and Tidal have delivered powerful visual EP called  17.  The project highlights several tracks including  Ty Dolla $…

  3. Harry Belafonte to Celebrate 90th Birthday with New Album 'When Colors Come Together'

    January 20, 2017 12:45 AM EST Harry Belafonte is turning 90 in a few weeks, and he's planning to use the milestone to release an album that will underscore part of his life's work - fostering racial harmony. A multi-ethnic children's choir will perform a new version of his classic "Island in the Sun…

  4. Maxwell & Mary J. Blige Revive Classic Soul at King & Queen of Hearts Tour Stop in New York

    November 11, 2016 9:18 AM EST The results of Tuesday's presidential election were disappointing to many, and it didn't take long for Maxwell to allude to the country's new political reality during his show with Mary J. Blige at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night (Nov. 10). "I'm just waiting…

  5. Harry Belafonte Named a New York Public Library 'Lion'

    November 08, 2016 2:23 PM EST Being named a "Library Lion" by the New York Public Library was one of Harry Belafonte 's easier awards. "I was pleasantly surprised when I learned about this," the activist and entertainer said Monday night during the library's annual gala in celebration of …

  6. Harry Belafonte Talks Donald Trump at Many Rivers to Cross Festival: 'America Has a Cancer at Work'

    October 03, 2016 3:50 PM EDT Veteran civil rights activist Harry Belafonte credits the looming possibility of a Donald Trump presidency as the motivating force behind his two-day Many Rivers to Cross music festival hosted by his social justice nonprofit Sankofa.org and held in Fairburn, Georgia, over the weekend. As…

  7. Harry Belafonte Weighs in on Nate Parker and His 'Birth of a Nation' Film

    August 24, 2016 10:40 PM EDT Harry Belafonte says it's unfair that Nate Parker's shining moment with his film The Birth of a Nation  is being overshadowed by a 17-year-old rape case. But the iconic performer and activist adds that he's not clear about the facts and wants to look more into the story that&…

  8. Usher and Harry Belafonte Talk Activism in Joint Appearance

    October 26, 2015 4:55 AM EDT As he considered his growing commitment to activism, Usher only needed to look at the man seated next to him, Harry Belafonte , to know how much more he could give. "Unfortunately, no matter what I say I'm never going to be able to upstage (Belafonte)," the million-selling…

  9. U2 at Madison Square Garden Is Date-Night for Jon Bon Jovi and Wife

    July 19, 2015 1:13 PM EDT The band played the first of eight shows at the New York City landmark on Saturday, July 18. U2 hit Madison Square Garden for the first of eight shows at the New York City landmark on Saturday, July 18, drawing not only a sold-out crowd, but also fellow musicians ( Jon Bon Jovi ),…

  10. Nile Rodgers, Roger Waters, Geddy Lee Redefine the Interview on 'Speakeasy'

    April 09, 2015 10:47 AM EDT Speakeasy , a relatively new interview series from live music broadcasting programmer Front and Center , came about somewhat serendipitously. Executive producer and industry veteran Don Maggi had already recruited Roger Waters to appear on the show, but when asked who was going to be the one…

  11. Harry Belafonte, Oprah Winfrey Honored by Harvard

    September 30, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Oprah Winfrey and songwriter Harry Belafonte are among those honored at Harvard University for their contributions to African-American culture. Harry Belafonte Receives Honarary Doctorate From Berklee Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award at Tuesday's ceremony for poet Maya Angelou …

  12. Ruby Dee to Be Memorialized By Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte & Others at Memorial

    September 20, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys , Audra McDonald , Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91 The celebration of Dee's life will be…

  13. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  14. Rewinding The Charts: USA For Africa's 'We Are The World' Tops Hot 100

    April 13, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date 29 years ago, the all-star ensemble hit No. 1 - and helped launch a legacy of philanthropy On Dec. 20, 1984, Harry Belafonte placed a call to nonprofit consultant/music manager Ken Kragen in hopes of staging a concert to raise funds to fight hunger in Africa - specifically…

  15. Harry Belafonte Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

    March 07, 2014 2:45 AM EST Boston's Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte. The entertainer was honored Thursday night during a concert in his honor. He playfully stuck out his tongue upon receiving the degree. Berklee students…

  16. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the…

  17. Harry Belafonte Sues Martin Luther King Jr. Estate

    October 16, 2013 2:57 AM EDT Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful owner. The documents are an outline of a…

  18. Aretha Franklin Not Attending Baseball Luncheon Due to Health Issues

    August 20, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive a "Beacon" award for embodying the spirit of the civil rights movement, The Associated Press has learned. Franklin, 71, has already canceled several concerts recently because of undisclosed…

  19. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 9:05 AM EST On the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Thriller,' a look back at the late King of Pop's most memorable chart reigns. • EXCLUSIVE: How 'Thriller' Changed Music • REVIEW: 'Thriller' At 30, Track By Track • GALLERY: Michael Jackson's Life In Photos As…

  20. Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 13, 2012 11:25 AM EDT What does Adele 's "21" album now have in common with the soundtracks to "Purple Rain" and "Saturday Night Fever?" As of this week, "21" equals the two soundtracks' 24-week runs at No. 1, as Adele's smash set returns to the top of the…

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