Harry Belafonte Insults Herman Cain—but Hails Fidel Castro

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In 1980, Harry Belafonte visited Cuba to collude with Castro’s KGB-founded and mentored propaganda ministry for a documentary in his honor titled, “I Look at My Life.” Within walking distance of where Belafonte posed for Castro’s cameras detailing the horrors of life for black Americans, the world’s longest-suffering black political prisoner languished in a torture-chamber.

“N**ger!” taunted his Castroite jailers between tortures. “We pulled you down from the trees and cut off your tail!” Shortly before his death in 2006, this prisoner, Eusebio Penalver, granted this writer an interview. “For months I was naked in a 6 x 4 foot cell,” Eusebio recalled. “That’s 4 feet high, so you couldn’t stand. But I felt a great freedom inside myself. I refused to commit spiritual suicide.” Eusebio Penalver suffered longer in Castro’s prisons than Nelson Mandela in apartheid South Africa’s.

On another of Belafonte’s almost annual visits to Cuba, he again posed for Castro’s propaganda ministry complaining about the stifling censorship in the U.S. “In the U.S. people don’t know the truth,” he vocalized for Castro’s press in 2002. Within walking distance of his fulminations against U.S. racism and censorship, black human rights activist Dr. Oscar Biscet was being kicked, spat upon, and burned with cigarettes in a Castroite torture chamber. A Cuban doctor, Oscar Elias Biscet had been sentenced to 25 years in Castro’s gulag for public readings of the works of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.

Shortly after Belafonte’s Cuba visit in Dec. 2009, black human rights activist Orlando Zapata-Tamayo was beaten comatose by his Castroite jailers and left with a life-threatening fractured skull and Subdural Hematoma. A year later Zapata-Tamayo was dead after a lengthy hunger-strike. Samizdats smuggled out of Cuba by eye-witnesses’ report that while gleefully kicking and bludgeoning Tamayo, his Castroite jailers yelled: “Worthless N**ger!–Worthless Peasant!”

Apparently Castro’s KGB-founded and trained police regarded all of the above blacks as “bad-apples.” And surely the mainstream media kept you as informed about this half century of racist horrors 90 miles from U.S. shores as they did about Nelson Mandela’s travails, 8,000 miles from U.S. shores.

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  • timwn

    I remember reading one of Nat Hentoffs columns where he described once meeting Che Guevara at the UN. Hentoff asked him when there would be free elections in Cuba. After the translator finished translating it Che threw back his head and laughed out loud. He replied there would *never* be free elections in Cuba.

    • BS77

      how many people have tried to escape Cuba? Millions. how many try to sneak into Cuba? Nearly none. End of Story.

  • myohmy

    Harry should go to Cuba and sing for a living down there. He's much too stupid to be of any value to America.

  • taxpayer

    Too bad Che didn't get his hands on Harry before he was killed decades ago, around the same time that Harry's career died.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Belafonte is not an exceptional singer but was swept along by those giving out acholades. Instead of being grateful he is bitter and hateful of whites and his own nation! Hit him with a coconut. These ungrateful idiots should be deported and have to sing for their supper! Who would you trust Cain or Belafonte? Ain't much of a question!

    • Murray Schwartz

      you should call yourself 'racist without brains'.

      • DogWithoutSlippers

        You talking to me?

        • DogWithoutSlippers

          I should have said, "Slap him with a banana!"

      • mrbean

        Listen and learn: Racism is the withholding and/or dispensing of privileges and/or punishments based on a person's race. Since you and Harry actively support affirmative action based on race – then it is you and he who are racists.

        Yassah,, dat whats youse beez!

    • LCVD

      You will now get another black president into the White House this time a Republican, but he will only be a puppet, but a puppet I will not fall for as this is to follow the same agenda of the conservatives which is to make the rich richer and the poor a slave to debt.

      • Chris Nichols

        How are people keeping more of the money they earn – the "rich" – leave the poor a slave to debt, when they earn their money through voluntary transactions? Can the rich tax you like the government does and then leave you will the bill? The rich get richer because they realized that wealth has to be created. The poor get poorer usually because the people who create wealth and create jobs are being punished for being rich, or they are just lazy.

        • Jay S

          Wow, youre such a simpleton.

      • Omar

        That's ridiculous, LCVD. Herman Cain is not a puppet to anyone. He got to where he is now by working hard and following the American Dream. Stop repeating the left's propaganda about minority conservatism.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Dementia preaxocx has entered his brain???

    • tagalog


    • nicodemus

      yes, before it entered your spelling

  • tanstaafl

    Killers good, businessmen bad? Yep, crazy leftist.

    • mrbean

      Mumia Jamal an OJ beez innocent you cracka honkey!

  • BS77

    Harry B is a fool…..his whole career is from a banana boat song from fifty years ago…….what a jerk.

    • Maxie

      Yeah, and a lot of relatively poor people made him rich by spending their money on that piece of dreck.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Let that be a lesson to you. If any of you could put your laments on a 45, you might become somebody people want to listen to.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Herman Cain has a stellar résumé — he is a perfect example of the American Dream success story. Harry Belafonte sang "The Banana Boat Song," and has a history of consorting with tyrants and anti-American radicals. Come Mr. Tally Man, tally Harry a communist; daylight come and exposes the real "bad apple" and "false Negro." Why doesn't Belafonte go sing his catchy tune in Cuba? After a week of misery in Castro's "paradise," he would come to appreciate the freedom he rejected and threw overboard for a failed philosophy which is rooted in envy and class warfare. In Castro's isle of deprivation, Harry's Mr. Tally Man would not have even a banana to count …

  • Steve Chavez

    Can't we trade Cuba's Capitalists for our Communists? Then both would be true to their ideals and to stop living a lie! I just can't understand why people like Belafonte, Moore, Glover, the Congressional Black Caucus, Bill Richardson, and thousands of other visible celebrities, Hollywood elites, and supporters of Castro, just don't move to Cuba to live in Castro's paradise Why do they want to live here in misery, bitterness, and waking up mad every morning?

    This experiment of letting Communists, Socialists, Progressives, and the Left rule the United States is about to come to end and they will again crawl under a rock like the cockroaches they are! This will be the Real Revolution of taking out Fidel's Revolutionaries! American's of all color, creeds, races, will join in the cause to save America from an Obama totalitarian dictatorship!

    • Questions

      This whole business about "Hollywood elites" is getting tiresome. There are maybe a dozen or two dozen Usual Suspects on the far Left. Most of the people in the industry are pretty much apolitical or conservatives. You're reading too many headlines. Castro hopefully soon will go the way of the dust.

      • radicalconservative

        If so many Hollywood people are apolitical or conservative, why do we never hear from them!?!? My BS meter senses you work in the industry and want those of us in flyover country to think well of the idiots in Hollywood.

        • Jay S

          We hear from that far right wing nut Jon Voight all the time. But Faux News continues their propaganda about Hollywood being left wing. And you gullible watchers eat it all up.

          You Faux News watchers are the most misinformed people on the planet.

          • Omar

            MSNBC spews out propaganda about minority conservatives acting like "inauthentics" and "sellouts" . Meanwhile, the same MSNBC hired a well-known race-baiter (who incited two anti-Semitic altercations in New York City) to be their "anchorman"

  • tagalog

    Harry Belafonte has a lot of gall calling Herman Cain a "false Negro." Harry Belafonte made a bunch of money making music for white people back in the 1950s with mayonnaise versions of "Day-O" and "Man Piaba." I bet most black people thought of him as something like one of those lawn statues holding the ring.

    Belafonte also made several movies about race in which he pandered shamelessly (apparently for the money) to white peoples' stereotypes of black Americans. He was particularly egregious in that movie about the two men and one woman who survive a nuclear holocaust, then have to figure out how to live together. "The World, The Flesh, and the Devil," that was it.

    For some years now Belafonte has been trying desperately to regain some authenticity as a man of black culture. I can only say, "Jamaica Farewell."

    Now Blind Willie McTell, there was a REAL Negro:

    Delia, Delia, wouldn't take no one's advice,
    Last words I heard her say were "Jesus Christ!" (as her lover Kenny blew her away in a bar with his "evil .44")

  • LCVD

    Very nice propaganda with a conservative point of view, but it's false….Amarillistas!!!

    • Chris Nichols

      Really, how is it false? Examples please.

    • Omar

      ThThis is not propaganda. Humberto Fontova is telling the truth. Stop repeating left-wing propaganda yourself.

  • mrbean

    Harry Belafonte is just another race bating poverty pimp tribalist who hates white people.

  • RiverFred

    Harry B is an idiot, why even bother writing about anything this nut job says.

  • StephenD

    I love all these so called "Celebrities" that know better than us poor slobs out here in the real world. The fact is that no one here is jumping on a wooden door with their family to paddle to Cuba and I don't see many South/Central Americans trying to cross into Venezuela. I don’t recall anyone wanting to live in Cambodia under Pol Pot or China under Mao or many attempting to breach the Iron Curtain to get INTO East Germany. So they can talk all they want about the virtues of Socialism/Communism. Everywhere and every time it has been tried it has failed miserably. By supporting Dictators like Castro they show themselves to be nothing but fools.

  • Jay S

    This guy sounds like he's reading directly from the talking points memo from Faux News/Murdoch. When are these right wing nutjobs going to at least TRY to sound informed?

    • Omar

      Stop repeating the propaganda of MSNBC/Soros and other left-wing nutjobs.

  • AAA

    Grief, there's a lot of name calling within the comments – "fools," "idiots," "bitter," etc. Hmmm…it's amazing how such characterizations identify themselves quite clearly!

  • Sashland


    And and "Uncle Tom" too, right? Or was that 'House "Negro"?

    Racist hatred my old 'shark-jumpin' friend Harry…

    see, blacks can be anti-black racists too = equal opportunity

  • Ghostwriter

    I'll never understand why people like Harry Belafonte praise monsters like Fidel Castro. Castro is a walking human right violation and yet people like Belafonte go to Cuba to kiss that creep's ring. The horrendous state of Cuba today should be proof to anyone that Castro has done nothing for Cuba but make it miserable.

    • popseal

      Answer: The Belafontes of America have pointless lives so aligning with outragous characters gives them a few moments of pathetic leftist popularity. It's really that simple.

  • tagalog

    There's a great clip of Harry Belafonte asleep during a TV interview with some newscaster wanting a discussion of a book he evidently has written, on today's MSN network opening screen. He gets the time, then snoozes through it, completely oblivious.

  • LibertyLover

    Castro deposed the only black chief executive in Central America. There are very few, if any blacks serving in Castro's government. Who's the REAL HOUSE NEGRO, Harry. Get back to the banana boat.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Harry who?…………………………………………………William

  • ROSE


    • Cuban Refugee

      His mother was of Jamaican descent, and his father from Martinique; however, the calypso communist was born in New York, not Cuba.

  • xlent

    Bella, faun, ta …What a poor misguided old fool he has become. There is no fool like an old fool. He and Jimmuh cahtha should get into a tub and float away together.

  • http://www.nola.com popseal

    It's good that the likes of Belafonte and faux rev.Jackson are showing just how screwed up their heads are. If they work at it, they can get to be as ill informed as Danny Gover and that clown who married Marlo Thomas.