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Belafonte on piers morganI like Harry Belafonte. I admired him first as an entertainer. When I was a young child, I recall him as one of the few blacks on television. Of course I loved to hear him sing that infectious song, “Day-O” and watch how it caused folks to get up and dance. Harry Belafonte was my introduction to calypso music which I found out later was actually Jamaican mento music but let me not digress.

Unfortunately, I did not appreciate Harry Belafonte, the humanitarian and civil rights activist, until much later in my life. I really like Harry Belafonte; well, as much as one can from afar as I’ve never actually met the man. His recent interview on Piers Morgan shows the activist, humanitarian and gentleman he continues to be. You see, in his interview with Morgan he voices doubt and concern about President Obama’s motivation in office. It's important to know that opinion is preceded by a question from Morgan that I’ve asked myself several times when it comes to leadership in this country. Fearlessness in our so-called leaders and elected officials and motivation to just do the right thing because it’s the right thing, appear to have been replaced with political strategy and “playing the game”.

I’m not doing a good job of framing Belafonte’s position so you just have to see it for yourself. I was most impressed by Belafonte’s comments and his obvious concern for President Obama. Juxtaposed against the vitriolic public discourse spewed by Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, Belafonte’s comments elicit a much different reaction and prayerfully consideration by the President and his circle of advisors.