Celebrity power couple and highest earning Forbes couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been accussed by fellow musician and social activist Harry Belafonte of not devoting their time and money to empowering local and international social programmes.
Belafonte made the accusations to entertainment website Hollywood reporter and is qouted as saying modern day celebrities had abandoned social upliftment causes.
"They have not told the history of our people, nothing of who we are. We are still looking.
"And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking," he said.
In response to Belafonte, Beyoncé's spokesperson sent a list of initiatives the star has undertaken. The list noted Beyoncé had donated R820 000 to a hurricane relief fund and supported a foundation in her home state of Texas, USA. In addition, the email stated the singer had performed in aid of the MTV’s Hope For Haiti Now!
Belafonte's comments come hot on the trail of Beyoncé collaborating with the United Nations and being appointed a world ambassador for Humanitarian day. She is set to donate the proceeds of her single I was here to projects funded by the United Natons.
Jay-Z is yet to respond to Belafonte's statements, however he has a charity foundation.