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In honor of Harry Belafonte’s 90th birthday, we celebrate the great entertainer and political activist with a favorite song of mine and Dr. Tim’s!!

Harry Belafonte was born in Harlem, New York City in 1927 but spent about eight years of his childhood in Jamaica.

Here’s another catchy tune I’ve always liked. This features Harry with just a touch of support from the wonderful Julie Andrews.

And then there’s a whole other side, a totally separate reason to love and admire Harry Belafonte. It is not just for the views he expresses in this next clip but for┬áthe fact that he’s spent his life standing up and fighting for the ideals he believes in. If only this clip weren’t as meaningful and relevant today as it was 50 years ago!

Finally, I dare you to watch this clip without ending up with a big smile on your face as I did. Happy Birthday Mr. Belafonte!



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