Harry Belafonte, the original celebvocate, is the subject of a smart new HBO documentary that teaches you “the difference between a celebrity who just talks and one who is also willing to walk.” The calypso star put his career on the line for social-justice causes — in contrast to today’s stars, “mostly drawn to ‘safe’ causes,” writes critic Hank Stuever. “They eschew domestic politics and class concerns... in favor of speaking out ‘against’ cancer or furrowing their brows over world hunger. Harry Belafonte could still march circles around them.”
“Play Drums. Collect Jazz Records. Enjoy All Athletics But Am Not Skilled At Any One.”
— The late Clair George in the “hobbies” section of his mid-’50s CIA application. The top-ranking spook, whose career ended with an indictment for the Iran-Contra matter, was remembered fondly at a memorial service as a spy’s spy, reports Ian Shapira.