Harry Belafonte Blames Wall Street for the 'Flavor' that Made Hip-Hop 'Anti-Woman,' 'Anti-Black'

On Saturday’s broadcast of Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC program, sing, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte offered his theory on where the hip-hop culture went wrong.

“[T]hey’ve gotten distracted by the gold,” Belafonte said. “Wall Street that invested so much in the hip-hop culture gave it a lot of gold, a lot of cars, a lot of flavor and that flavor was abused. The lyrics became very anti-woman. They became very anti-black. They used language that constantly diminished us as a people and as a country. And now they understood that that was a deep blow to our growth as a people and the nation and that course is being changed. I cannot tell you what a delight it is for me to sit with these hip-hop artists and to look at what their projected for what the future will mean and the kind of things they’ll begin to do with their art.”

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