By Lisa Keys 

Harry Belafonte, singer and civil rights activist who popularized 'Hava Nagila' in the US, dies at 96

 

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Singer and actor Harry Belafonte in a recording studio, circa 1957.

(New York Jewish Week) - Barrier-smashing singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, who once boasted of being "the most popular Jew in America" because of his rendition of a Hebrew classic, died Tuesday at his longtime Upper West Side home. He was 96.

The New York City native was the one of the first Black artists to achieve widespread commercial success in the United States, and while he was raised Catholic, his life frequently dovetailed with Jewish causes, values and people. Among Belafonte's many Jewish connections - which included brokering a meeting between Nelson Mande...



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