Usher shares tattoo of Harry Belafonte to mourn the late legend
While the world mourns the death of Harry Belafonte, Usher, immortalized the icon with ink.
Belafonte died on Tuesday, 25 April, at age 96, from congestive cardiac failure. Millions were inspired by his long career as an actor and singer. The “Good Love” singer added to the outpouring of memorials with a heartfelt Instagram post.
Usher performed at the 93rd-anniversary celebration of his hero, and he was pictured laughing with him. The final picture captured a touching moment of Belafonte admiring and smiling at a portrait of himself tattooed on Usher’s forearm. “The impression you made on my heart is why I wear you on my skin,” he wrote.
“‘A world-renowned entertainer. “An actor who breaks barriers. A tireless activist. A friend of a different kind. When I think of you Harry, the word inspired comes to my mind. Man of strength, courage and purpose. All of these things I find admirable. When I spent time with you…I was in awe of how your presence was so powerful,” Usher wrote on Thursday.
“You’ve been called home after many, many years of gracing this world with your amazing spirit and incomparable gifts; however, your impact on the world will be forever present. I’m grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity to have you in my life and I will miss you. May you rest peacefully knowing the legacy you’ve left behind.”
Usher went on to explain the reasons why Carmen Jones wanted to be reminded of his star every day.
“Your passion awakened our souls. You are on my skin because of the impression you left on my heart. Forever Missed. I love you Harry ‘Mr. B,’” he added with dove emojis.
A quote by the late Harry Belafonte closed this emotional tribute.
“Artists are the gatekeepers are truth; We are civilization’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience.”
Harry Belafonte was remembered by more celebrities and stars
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter Bernice A. King remembered Belafonte for supporting their family during her father’s life and death.
When I was a child, #HarryBelafonte showed up for my family in very compassionate ways.
In fact, he paid for the babysitter for me and my siblings.
Here he is mourning with my mother at the funeral service for my father at Morehouse College.
I won’t forget…Rest well, sir. pic.twitter.com/31OC1Ajc0V
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 25, 2023
“As a child, #HarryBelafonte showed my family immense compassion. He covered our babysitter’s cost for me and my brothers. He is shown here with my mother, at the Morehouse College funeral of my father. I won’t forget…Rest well, sir,” she wrote.
The actor and fearless activist also paid for a nurse for the family because the demands of the Civil Rights Movement took so much time and energy from the couple’s four children.
Oprah Winfrey has posted a photo from her interview with Belafonte.
“Another ‘GREAT TREE’ has fallen: Harry Belafonte, a Trailblazer and Hero to us all. Thank you for your music, your artistry, your activism, your fight for civil rights and justice—especially risking your life back in the day to get money to the movement. Your being here on Earth has Blessed us all,” the media mogul wrote.
Kerry Washington thanked Belafonte, who helped her become an artist and an activist. She shared a picture with him, Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon and other members of the cast backstage. American Son.
“So many of us owe a debt of deep gratitude and inspiration to Harry Belafonte. As both an activist and artist, he set the standard! With warmth, grace and fearlessness. This moment backstage at #AmericanSon was the last time I saw him. I will always cherish the pride and support he displayed for my work, both on and off stage. The world has lost a brilliant light this morning. We will still shine in his honour and continue to fight for our liberation! Rest in peace king,” Washington wrote.
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