By Judith E. Smith
A son of bad Jamaican immigrants who grew up in Depression-era Harlem, Harry Belafonte grew to become the 1st black performer to achieve inventive regulate over the illustration of African americans in advertisement tv and picture. Forging connections with an marvelous array of consequential gamers at the American scene within the many years following global conflict II—from Paul Robeson to Ed Sullivan, John Kennedy to Stokely Carmichael—Belafonte validated his position in American tradition as a highly well known singer, matinee idol, internationalist, and champion of civil rights, black delight, and black power.
In Becoming Belafonte, Judith E. Smith offers the 1st full-length interpretive learn of this multitalented artist. She units Belafonte's compelling tale inside of a background of yankee race kin, black theater and picture historical past, McCarthy-era hysteria, and the demanding situations of introducing multifaceted black tradition in a second of increasing media percentages and restricted political expression. Smith strains Belafonte's roots within the radical politics of the Forties, his cautious negotiation of the advanced demanding situations of the chilly struggle Nineteen Fifties, and his complete flowering as a civil rights recommend and across the world acclaimed performer within the Nineteen Sixties. In Smith's account, Belafonte emerges as a continuing activist, a questing highbrow, and a tireless organizer. From his first nationwide successes as a singer of Calypso-inflected songs to the commitment he delivered to generating tough fabric on tv and movie despite its advertisement capability, Belafonte stands as a unique determine in American cultural history—a performer who by no means shied clear of the damaging crossroads the place artwork and politics meet.
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