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Harry Belafonte
Through all his success, the singer, actor and activist has never forgotten those in need.
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2009 13:24 GMT



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This week on One on One, meet singer, actor, producer and activist, Harry Belafonte.

His album, Calypso became the first million-selling record in music history, and he went on to become one of the most respected performers around the world.

But through all his success, he has never forgotten those in need and has been an incredibly diligent humanitarian.

From an early age, he was a natural performer and made his mark with his unique voice.

But it was when he turned 20, that the young Harry Belafonte made the move into acting - becoming one of the leading faces in the entertainment industry.

Born in Harlem, New York, with Caribbean roots, Belafonte was a rising star at a time when the rights of black people were still very much suppressed  - which planted the seed of activism in him early on, and brought him close to Dr. Martin Luther King, the legendary US civil rights leader.

Belafonte was taken seriously as he championed human rights. It was hard to ignore the man who had produced the first million-selling record album, Calypso in 1956, but his outspoken views also got him blacklisted.

That did not stop him from introducing American audiences to African stars such as Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba.

Age has not slowed the charismatic performer, who continues to serve as a Unicef goodwill ambassador and a voice for what is right.

This episode of One on One airs from Friday, March 20, 2009 at the following times GMT:
Friday:
1030; Saturday: 1430, 2330; Sunday: 0730; Monday: 0030.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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