Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx Encourages Entertainers Like Jay Z & Kanye West To Take On A Greater Role In Social Justice

(AllHipHop News) Actor/singer Jamie Foxx used his speech at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to encourage his fellow African American celebrities to take on a greater role in the civil rights movement of today.

Foxx explained that his interest in social activism was inspired by the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin, the Sandy Hook school shooting, and a conversation he had with singer, actor, and social activist Harry Belafonte.

“Harry Belafonte saw me at the Image Awards and he asked, ‘what am I willing to do?'” said Foxx. Belafonte, Foxx, and Foxx’s 19-year-old daughter had a further discussion over dinner where the 86-year-old “King of Calypso” recalled his time marching with Martin Luther King Jr., Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson.

That sit down between the two entertainers and the teenage girl led to Foxx suggesting that he and his peers should follow in the footsteps of Belafonte as role models in the fight for social justice for future generations.

“What we need to do now is the young folks pick it up now,” said Foxx. “So when we’re 87 years old, talking to the other young folks, we can say it was me, Will Smith, Jay Z, Kanye, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington- the list goes on and on.”

Watch Jamie Foxx’s 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington speech in the video below.

  • ZUBU

    Get Em Jamie! Harry Belafonte along with many other men and women of that era paved the way, set the table so we can eat well today. Jamie displaying the ultimate respect to Mr. Harry B. and his cohorts. Never knew he paid the bills for Mrs. Coretta Scott King for the duration of her life, that shit gave me chills hearing how much love Harry B. has for Dr. King, Mrs. King, and humanity in general.
    Reasons why Gay Z was so off base trying to disrespect Mr. Harry B. I wouldn’t care what Jay had to say just stfu and listen to your elder. Much like Jamie did you listen and learn from a wise elderly leader, you don’t back-talk or argue with him/her.

    • judas

      You don’ t talk back? Jay is a grown man. I think they both (Jay and Belafonte) came at it and responded the wrong way BUT NO ONE should just sit back and accept something they don’t agree with.

      • Troll_E_G

        Jay went out the wrong way…. Respect your elders, if u don’t feel what Harry said then man up n do for Brooklyn or meet face to face n tell em y u mad

      • ZUBU

        Yeah bro, “you don’t talk back” Bro have you ever studied pre-intergration Black American culture? Nobody ever backtalked grandpa, big-momma, granny, etc. what they said was word is bond, and nobody questioned it out of respect/love for their elders.
        Have you studied ancient Asian cultures, pre-reservation American Indian culture? Once again nobody ever disrespects the elders. Many Asian cultures even here in America are still the same.
        My grandparents lived into their late and mid 90’s, my parents were in their 50’s-60’s at the time when the elders said something everyone listened regardless of the fact that my parents, aunts, uncles, all had children or grandchildren. Out of respect they listened to the family/community elders.
        Anyone who can’t grasp that concept… heck I give up just keep thinking you know every damn thing. Hopefully God allows you to live long enough to realise that there is plenty you have to learn.. Peace

  • Jimmy

    Listen to your elders? So elders can just come out and say what they want about you when your a grown ass person and I’m just supposed to be like, Oh ok….Yea right…Everything don’t work the same way. Jay does it his way. Please don’t say he doesn’t do anything! Because that’s why their conversation never got started. Harry could have called him up, he didn’t. Cause n Effect people!!!

    • ZUBU

      Yeah bro, “listen to your elders” maybe it’s a novel concept for many of you youngsters. Just because you’re a “grown man” you think you’re too grown to listen to peole who are far more learned/experienced than you are? Reasons why many younger members of our communities, curse their elders, (grand parents, parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, etc.). When many of us were being reared you didn’t curse your elders even if they were not related to you; you respected their voice even if you didn’t completely agree. You shut the hell up and let them speak their peace.
      You must equate money with intellect, if that’s the case George W. Bush must have been the smartest president we’ve ever had because he was certainly one of the wealthest.

      • Jimmy

        He didn’t call him personally and express his views. He did it in a public forum. I’m sure if he wanted to he could have got in contact with him. In regards to me personally, their achievements inspire me. That’s all I need from them inspiration, I will take the baton from there. I push my own envelope. There will always be a first, someone who broke ground. That is life. There are people who are inspired by my achievements, and it motivates them regardless of how small my achievements are compared to these guys.

        But my point is, if he wanted to speak on him, he should have spoken to him. Period.

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  • BulldogCG

    I wish there could be some middle ground. I love Jay, but didn’t really feel how he handled this one. At the same time Mr. Belafonte could have hit Jay up personally. Disrespect went both ways, in the end im definitely on the side of respecting “elders” but in this case Mr Belafonte is more than just that, he definitely deserves ultimate respect, but I do not agree with any sentiment that suggests Jay doesn’t give back or promote African American advancement, he just does it differently. For every African American rallying against the system, we need one rallying against blaming anything for your station in life, blame keeps as many people down as the system itself. Both messages are important. Young and old gotta unite and realize they talking about different sides of the same coin. That being said, all of America has a problem respecting those that came before them, its not just an African American issue.

  • john allen

    Nobodys ever going to really step up who do you think are paying these guys? You may get a few to say something good but as soon as they start loseing endorsements civil rights are never going to brought up anymore by these people…

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