The Root Columnist Keli Goff Savages ‘Offended’ Jay Z, Beyoncé Over Feud With Harry Belafonte

Source: Noah Rothman / Mediaite

After music icon Harry Belafonte appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes asking that Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter use their wealth to promote civic responsibility, the power couple music moguls did not respond well – at least, they did not respond to the liking of The Root columnist Keli Goff. Goff told MSNBC anchor Richard Lui on Monday that Belafonte’s contribution to history and equality is greater than Jay Z’s “will ever be.”

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Goff’s rebuke of Jay Z and Beyoncé came amid a discussion about rising inequality and poverty among minorities – an issue the president recently acknowledged. “It would be a real tragedy if the first black president presided over one of the worst times in history to be a black American in this country,” Goff said.

“I don’t think the Democrats have done an effective enough job at reframing the face of poverty in this country,” she continued.

Goff then tore into the Jay Z. She opened by observing that Jay Z is not “on equal footing” with Belafontebecause the latter’s “legacy and impact on this country is so much far larger than Jay Z’s will ever be.”

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  • Gail

    I highly respect Harry. Jay z is not a giver, he’s a taker

  • LM

    The younger generation who has not had to endure the cultural and political struggles of the prior generations are clueless when it comes to respect and decorum. When I heard in the above piece that the gentlemen referred to Mr Belafonte in a rapp lyric in a not so flattering way, that really reveals the caliber of a of mindset that would respond in such a manner. Disrespecting someone of such historical significance is of such poor taste it is indescribable. It appears that celebrities feel that money and fame is an insulation and that they are not accountable to anyone. Ms. Goff’s statement about the rapper is historical fact and should not have been viewed as an offense, but maybe a “wake-up” call to move to action and not move to write a dirty limerick.