Harry Belafonte

An icon of popular American music, Harry Belafonte was born in Harlem in 1927, and lived from age eight to fifteen in Jamaica, where he was influenced by the calypso and folk music he would later popularize in the 1950s. An active voice in the fight for civil rights, Belafonte introduced the first integrated television program in 1960 with his Emmy Award-winning "Tonight with Belafonte" and became the first black television producer at the same time. In 1985, he earned a Grammy Award for producing the We Are the World album. He was named UNICEF's goodwill ambassador in 1987.


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