Beyoncé defends ‘giving’ record

    Earlier this month, music icon Harry Belafonte criticized Beyoncé Knowles and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, for allegedly failing to use their star power to give back to the world.

    Harry told The Hollywood Reporter that Jay-Z and Beyoncé "turned their back on social responsibility.”

    According to the Wall Street Journal’s blog ‘Speakeasy,’ Beyoncé’s camp responded yesterday with what they are calling an “abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.” The compilation chronicled the entertainment icon’s recent charitable endeavors.

    The list included B’s visit to the UN to help mark World Humanitarian Day (August 19) where she helped honor the humanitarian workers of the world. Her camp also highlighted her 2008 donation of $100k that went toward relief for Hurricane Ike victims. That’s not all. Beyoncé also performed in and donated to MTV’s “Hope for Haiti Now” benefit concert.

    In addition to her multiple donations of both money and time, Bey also co-founded the Survivor Foundation, a Community outreach organization in Houston, TX.

    Forbes lists the singer’s earnings at $40 million so far in 2012, $35 million in 2011 and a staggering $87 million in 2010.

    No word yet from Jay-Z’s camp but this is not the first time the rapper’s charitable deficiencies have been called into question.

    Back in February, www.thegrio.com released a story that the rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, reportedly only gave $6k to charity in a year that he reportedly raked in $63 million.

    —Jacob Rohn

     

    Does Harry Belafonte have a valid gripe, or should he turn his attention elsewhere and leave Bey and Jay alone? Leave your comments below.

     

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