Oprah Says Harry Belafonte Needs To Understand Jay Z Better

(AllHipHop News) Oprah is promoting her upcoming role in the film The Butler and sat down with Shaheem Reid and Life+Times about the movie as well as Jay Z and Harry Belafonte’s war of words.

According to the billionaire mogul, Mr. Belafonte’s views of Jay Z’s social responsibility are rooted in a misunderstanding of different ways to protest:

There are multiple ways to protest. Jay uses his music, his life, his artfulness, his ability as a business man. That is his protest against all of the indignities that not only he has suffered but generations before him have suffered. Harry Belafonte’s mightve been going to Congress or marching and so forth.

Oprah also said she has heard Magna Carta Holy Grail and calls it fantastic.

The Butler will hit theaters on August 16th

Check out the full interview below:

  • @Real_SirJamie

    What Harpo and Jigga need to realize is no matter how much money you acquire, to them you are still a n****r

    • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

      why does that matter?

      • @Real_SirJamie

        It matters to Africans who think making money makes them equal. What was the nature of your question?

      • Oprah knows…..she just got ANOTHER wake up call last week. She tried to buy a $40K handbag & the clerk wouldn’t show it to her because she assumed Oprah couldn’t afford it. It was overseas in Sweden?

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Yea I remember. It was in Switzerland. When I was out there I didn’t experience any racism. She knew before that. Oprah’s history is crazy. But people forget until things like that happen. I know it was overseas but I don’t believe the employee “didn’t recognize her”, She didn’t care who this “black woman” was or how much money she had. She just saw a n****r in a high end store and wanted her gone.

      • ZUBU

        Word, I think they knew who she was as well, essentially they wanted to remind her that all the money in the world doesn’t change the fact that you still black, and we still don’t like your black ass.
        I saw a mini Documentary, produced by Spike Lee prior to a Mike Tyson fight. They were asking Don King about being black. Some of the realest stuff I ever heard.
        Not all but that is how many view us, my brotha Don King is a lot smarter and more well read than the media gives him credit for.

      • johnblacksad

        Damn… Don King kept it three hunna… like this kid from Chicago

      • Nah, Oprah without make up doesn’t look like Oprah & you know, over there, they ain’t checkin for her.

      • True, I guess Don King is more recognizable than Oprah.

      • johnblacksad

        Plus don’t forget that all black people look alike… smh

      • Nah, Oprah couldn’t get into my back yard BBQ without makeup!


      • Totally different : You was probably over there headlining, while the same chic was lining up to give you head.


      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Does anyone care? At least she’s done something with her life besides whining about what other’s think of her.

      • DJ7

        You’re missing the point and the bigger picture…

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        so tell me

      • DJ7

        If you’re looking for a debate, keep searching…If you have to ask what point you’re missing, I can’t help you there either b/c that’ll bring about said debate, one I have no desire to compete in with someone who can’t grasp what has already been stated throughout this entire thread…good luck with that bait tho…good day

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        If you can’t debate your own point then you have no point in stating it. Best stay off the comment board.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        I will indulge you sir/ma’am. Caring whether someone likes hates your Nike’s because they like Adidas is dumb, But when it interferes with your personal life and/or ability to live is where we have to recognize who we are. When I read Questlove’s article about the elevator incident I was not surprised because I’ve lived it. I’ve been in a car with 2 of my white female friends only to be pulled over (me being in the backseat) and be separated (Police with gun drawn saying “Keep your hands where I can see them” while I’m in the back seat and said friends are by the police car) and have my friends come back and say, “He was asking us a bunch of weird questions.” I said “Like what?” she say’s “Asking if you MADE us drive, are we ok, does he have any weapons?, ARE YOU SURE? Give me a signal.” I’ve also had Caucasians actually cross the street when they see me. So like I said, there is a difference between “worrying about what other people think” in LAYMAN’S terms, and it actually affecting your life. I’ve been denied jobs because of my skin color, Maybe you don’t get out much.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Do you think it’s the same for all black people everywhere or was that just your personal experience?

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Like I’ve stated in other posts some people “pass for white” in order to not receive such treatment. If you are uninformed look up someone like Carol Channing who passed for white and the SECOND she revealed she was actually African her phone stopped ringing. Or look up Freddi Washington. Unless you Wiki information which can be edited as long as it isn’t negative or swearing. Wiki says she revealed it in 2002 in a book but she actually revealed it over 30 years before that. I’m aware we (not you and I, me and my people) share similar experiences. So… do you have anymore condescending questions for me? or are we done here?

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Never negated your situations, but I guess those instances bring some people down and make other’s stronger. Racism is the least of the world’s problems.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Actually Racism is one of the worlds biggest problems, right along with world hunger. And also, ACKNOWLEDGING something doesn’t mean we let it “bring us down”. I am actually stronger than someone who just sweeps things under the rug in a “why should I we care?” manner.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Equating Racism with World Hunger? Absurd. No wonder we don’t see eye to eye. I don’t sweep anything under the rug, but I also don’t dwell on things of that nature. I’m stronger than that. I will get everything I want out of my life whether or not racism exist, but that’s just me.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU???? The 10 poorest countries IN THE WORLD are ALL IN AFRICA. not Europe, Not America… Not Australia… AFRICA. Do you think that is a coincidence?

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Those people are always in civil war and the average IQ there is 70.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Is that occupational or accomplishment? because there is a difference. Or did you even know that?

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Whose being condescending now.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        You are concern trolling and I see that now. I thought maybe you would have an intelligent disagreement but I was wrong. And by the way, I wasn’t acting like I was more socially or intellectually superior to you. I was asking a serious question. But you are dodging and changing the subject, So this will be my last response to you Sir or Ma’am. You are baiting for an argument. Good Day.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        People hate the truth, I understand that. Good day “King.”

      • RapItUp

        Yes. It’s the same for black people everywhere. If you’re a black man that’s ventured outdoors in America, you’ve got a story similar.

      • Guest

        I don’t have a story and I know plenty of black people won’t don’t either. Next.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Do you know every black person in the world to say that? No. I don’t have a story and plenty of people I know don’t either. Next.

      • DJ7

        I recognize bush league when I see it and you look familiar…Brotha “Look…” entertained your nonsense, be satisfied anyone gave you that much.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        If you have nothing constructive to say just stop posting. Good luck.

      • What? No feeding the trolls anymore?

      • DJ7

        You see it fam…this one is obvious as you pointed out a few secs ago…actually it’s the same troll…same writing style…sad b.u.t. he-larry-us @ the same damn time no Future

      • >> Zips up bag of troll food, tucks it away in the inside pocket & spins the sign around to read:

        “No Feeding The Trolls!”

      • @Real_SirJamie

        You need to look up the definition of whining. To whine is to complain UNREASONABLY.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        People go through things all over the world and get through it. Nobody is going to acknowledge it/you and if that’s not what you’re looking for what is your point in all of this?

      • @Real_SirJamie

        I’ve already stated my point. Now we are going in circles.
        is it time to end our dialogue?

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Sure. Also I think its “Look At Me Caine.”

      • @Real_SirJamie

        My name isn’t a reference to the cult classic “Menace To Society” film, It is a reference to the “Loaded Lux vs Calicoe” rap battle.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        I also thought he said “Caine” as well, but I could be mistaken.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        He said, “King”. We as African men have been, and will always be Kings.

      • LiddyBug86

        I beg to differ. African men lost that title with the beginning of slavery!

      • Judging by the amount of unsolicited comments you made on this post, obviously you do.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Either you didn’t read my comments or you have a problem with comprehension. I’m leaning toward the latter.

      • Either way…that’s your problem.

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        It would be if I cared.

      • johnblacksad

        Switzerland… she was at Tina Turner’s wedding (Tina Turner got her swiss passport now btw… said she was gonna renounce on U.S. citizenship but i don’t know if she did it yet)

      • What does citizenship really mean? Physiologically it means you gotta pick your team. When some one says “The rich get richer! Visualize wealth…and put yourself in the picture!”..KRS opening poem of “The MC” ( Who Am I )

        >>Alert : Jam Of The Day>>Alert : Jam Of The Day>>Alert : Jam Of The Day>>Alert : Jam Of The Day

      • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

        Why would anyone put so much stock in the opinions of people like that? Too many sensitive people these days.

    • johnblacksad

      “New money they lookin down on me”

    • ImFred ImRico

      I’d bet my paycheck that they’re well aware of that. What exactly would like them to do, be unsuccessful because some white people might not respect them? lol y’all be trippin man

      • @Real_SirJamie

        You have missed the point sir.


      My thoughts as well and actually I think Jigga knows this and even speaks on it in one of his songs

  • scullyson

    All I know is Harry Belafonte is deep. Respect due…..

    • Did you know that he came up with “We Are The World” & “Beat Street?”

      His resume is impeccable. Jay Z & Oprah have more money, but not more respect & love.

      • scullyson

        Nah I didnt know that one E. And yeah his resume aint nothin to *&^% with. Harry aint about that BS. He dont mince his words. I think I seen him on a forum with Cornel west and some others. Yo he was droppin science.

      • Indeed, peep “Buck & The Preacher”, the opening scene explains the whole pretext of the movie, in a nutshell, the 14th amendment was just another form of slavery & they peeped game…….back then, even though, after $E$ hitting on the same topic numerous times, many of us still don’t peep it.

        *Google Videos

      • scullyson

        Good Look .. Ill Definitely check that out. I remember hearing about that flick but I cant recall if I actually seen it or not.

  • Malik

    So Oprah calls Magna Carta Holy Grail fantastic eh?

    I reckon she’s okay with all the ‘n!gga this, n!gga that’ laden phrases on Magna Carta Holy Grail for as long as Jay is not saying it close to her in person eh?

    And keep thinking money makes you equal, she just got dissed in Europe cuz she was Black…all the money she had couldn’t avert the hand bag scenario or did it now?

    Very funny woman…

    • ihatehater

      O come on now Malik. I think Oprah understands racism just as much as the next black person if not more. Let’s now trash someone just because we don’t like them personally. As for that ‘n*gga this nig7a that” comment, I completey agree with u on that. The least she could have said was “although I don’t like all the use of the N word in his songs….:’

      • Malik

        Don’t be mistaken, I would never disrespect her like that…on the account of the love she shows for my people, the advocacy and philanthropic efforts she’s put in, she’s got my utmost respect for life.

        Having said all that, I find it funny when she sometimes say things – in hope of being politically correct or in keeping up with the Joneses – and you can tell what she just said goes against what she believes and has said in the past.

    • She didnt get dissed in euro cuz she was black. She was told she cant play n touch a 40k bag; itwas locked away for view only. Its a custom in wuro. perhaps here too i dunno…So she got dissed for being ignorant. Not black.

      • eddieknucks

        Now the salesperson told o “it’s too expensive. You probably can’t afford it. Lets look at this one.” Anyone of color has experienced this at high end stores and car lots. Call it what you want.

      • she did not say ‘u cant afford it’ , she held the same bag in her hand. u cant unwrap the candy in the store without payin for it, duh! u cant even go to regular mall in europe w a hoodie on,nevermind goin to this type of establishment wearing frikin pyamas. Oprahs wishes it was racism.thats all

      • eddieknucks

        OK so as a store owner, you don’t let a billionare touch a 38,000 dollar bag? You try to make the sale. That’s why the store owners are kissing Oprah ass now. No you don’t let rif raf fondle the purse but a potential buyer? Hell yeah. If it ain’t racism its “classism”.

      • that sales chick did nt know who she was, and didnt have to know wither, its switzerland after all, noone BUT billionaires live there, ok? no, she shouldnt let someone who walked in looking homeless touch 40k bag, no. because if she did anyting to it, sales bitch would have to pay for it. it has noting to do w color. they do it to me over tattoos there all the time too, and i own bizz. its diff culture, when in rome….

      • J Jay

        There’s no excusing it. Classism, racism, ethnocentrism, there is no justifiable excuse to treat people like they’re potential criminals.

      • perhaps, but we dont live in a perfectly functional world, so she should call it what it is. calling it ‘racism’ only takes away from actual racism such as travyon martin case. classism has no color.

      • J Jay

        I heard the same information as eddieknucks did from a New York Metro, which usually gets their info from rehashed AP stories. However I didn’t care enough to check who had credit for this article because it wasn’t all that newsworthy beyond a 15-30 sec read. The only reason why I don’t doubt that the shopkeeper made a comment to her about the price and/or not being able to afford it was because the owner said after the incident occurred, that it was a misunderstanding because the person had no idea who she was and Oprah let the store without making a scene (i.e. Don’t you know who I am?) Whatever label you call it racism, classism it still should not be accepted or excused, just because it’s done that way in Europe. The owner could have very easily have created “knock-off” versions of all of their expensive bags made with vegan leather and glass jewels. No one even mentioned what was on the bad that would cause it to be worth over $10,000 in the first place.

      • she did have a knock off bag in her hand. what classism? do you know standards of switzerland and who lives there? oprah is an ignorant opportunist. thats all

      • you cannot judge europe by american standard. they dont have the consititution and they certanly arent hypersensitive to bullshit like here. i couldnt even get visas to go anywhere as a kid in euro , cuz countries such as switzerland or western euro consider my country criminal enterprize lol. this fuckers wear gucci to pick up mail. they sleep in custom made prada .its just what it is. dont go there expecting liberty and justice for all. europe is old, impractical, snotty and will demand for u to respect it. its embarassing oprah didnt learn this yet

  • brotha_man

    its the blind leading the blind
    in a world of wars i search for a peace of mind
    my stability fo my niggaz and me this aint the way life is supposed to be in the ghetto

    I looked out my window what did I see
    It was crack head ni@@a staring dead at me
    he said can i get a mutha fu%king nickle for three

    • alisha652

      as Earl said I am dazzled that a student can make $6042 in a few weeks on the internet. did you read this web link w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

      • J.Erick

        So yall hell bent on catching a case? Like, yall really on some federal, “American Greed” shyt huh? And yall stay targeting Black sites wit this bullshyt. Man, Fukk Y’all

  • J.Erick

    Mr. Day-O, Major fa-il..

  • Matt Swan

    Harop looks like a straight up freak in that pic. Shame she only likes the clam instead of the d*ck

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  • gunnstarr

    well if she called that fresh turd Jay Z added to his resume ‘fantastic’ I guess she may need a re examination of her own ‘understanding’

  • pauleyPee

    Of all the unsophisticated stuff I have read on this post, that Oprah & Jay-Z are not important to our history as blacks in America? Perhaps they don’t deserve the esteem of a Malcolm or Martin but they have done a lot for the cause, and continue to do so. Who cares if it’s in the classic method of protest? With that said, I guarantee that none of you mutha*****s are academics. Jay-Z’s Magna Carta is dope. That some of ya’ll don’t recognize what he’s talkings about in this album? Is a testament to your own bounds.

    • El Duderino

      Yeah, the cause of enriching themselves.

  • j_pullia

    Oprah is a paradox

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