Belafonte challenges Hollywood

November 10, 2014 12:42 PM

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Harry Belafonte gave one of the all-time great acceptance speeches at Saturday night’s sixth annual Governors Awards, citing Hollywood’s often-shameful power to influence attitudes, and challenging the heavy-hitters in the room to instead create works that allow global audiences “to see the better side of who we are as a species.”

The performer, receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, pulled no punches, and his words were all the more effective because of the soft, even tone in his voice and the cautious optimism that concluded his speech.

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