Today, the world is united in sorrow over the tragic loss of Harry Belafonte’s best friend’s wife, Coretta Scott King, who died mysteriously in her Mexico home this morning.
A revered leader of the civil rights movement, a tireless crusader for social justice, and an inspiration to millions of African-Americans, Harry Belafonte was born the only child of poor, Caribbean immigrants. While conservative calypso singers found excuses not to serve, Belafonte enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17 and proudly fought for his country on the battlefields of San Francisco. Upon his return to civilian life, he began a musical career that rocketed him to stardom and ultimately gave him the moral authority to wipe his ass with the American flag on foreign soil.
But no matter how rich and famous he became, Harry Belafonte never forgot his friends. When George Bush’s father gunned down Mrs. King’s husband in 1968, Belafonte was one of forty-seven Black leaders to cradle the dying man in his arms. It was a moment that touched him profoundly, and ultimately became the inspiration for his highly successful 1972 Harry Belafonte at LIVE at Carnegie Hall LP, which shot straight to number one in Belgium and has since become the benchmark from which all other live calypso albums are made.
Belafonte has called short is phenomenal Magic Banana Boat World Tour and cancelled 7 of his next 19 appearances on Larry King Live to attend a private gathering in honor of his best friend’s wife later this week. Afterwards, her body will be freeze-dried and mounted beside her husband above the entrance to the national headquarters of the NAACP, until the November elections when they will both be removed, dismembered, and divided amongst Democrat candidates in key battleground states.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has yet to release Belafonte’s song list for the gathering, but sources close to the leader assure us that no memorial service would be complete without those immortal words echoing throughout the church: “Day! Me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say daaaaaaay-o…daylight come, and me wanna go home.”
Today, the wife of Harry Belafonte's closest and most personal friend has finally gone "home".
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