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Oprah Winfrey defends Jay Z against Harry Belafonte's criticisms

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Aug 13, 2013 | 3:28pm EDT

Oprah Winfrey has spoken out in support of Jay Z after singer/actor Harry Belafonte criticised the rap mogul for allegedly turned his back on his social responsibility. Last year (12), the musician and civil rights activist accused the 99 Problems hitmaker and his superstar wife Beyonce of failing to use their fame to do more for society. He said, "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 Beyonce, for example..." Now Winfrey has waded into the ongoing debate, reasoning that Belafonte and others in her generation don't understand the different ways to protest against social injustices, and insisting that Jay Z is simply using another approach. During an interview with the hip-hop star's Life+Times blog, she says, "This is what I think Harry Belafonte, my generation, everybody needs to know... people war in different ways. There are multiple ways to protest. Jay uses his music, he uses his life, he uses his artfulness (sic). His ability as a business man. That is his protest against all the indignities that not only he has suffered, but generations before him has suffered. "Harry Belafonte's might have been going to Congress or marching, or so forth. Not everybody has the same way.... Which way is right? Both are right."

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