Harry Belafonte, singer, actor and political activist, turns 90 today.
Born March 1, 1927, the Harlem-born Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr. was the child of biracial parents. His mother had Jamaican and white roots; his father was of Jewish and Martinique ancestry. After World War II Navy service, he gravitated to the black theater and became friendly with unknown actor Sidney Portier, studying drama with Portier, Tony Curtis, Bea Arthur, Rod Steiger and Marlon Brando.
To fund his schooling, he sang in New York City clubs including the famous jazz club the Royal Roost, leading to the first phase of his musical career. We'll look at his music and activism and shed light into some obscure aspects of his musical career.