As one of today’s speakers for the commemoration of the March on Washington in our Nation’s Capital, actor Jamie Foxx did what he does best: impressions, jokes and dished up some serious truth.
In his 3 minute speech, the actor, wearing a suit that reminds us of his Django premier ‘fit, told a story about the time when he and his daughter first met Harry Belafonte and spoke to him about his work with the Civil Rights moments. Inspired by Belafonte’s commitment, Jamie Foxx took a few moments to speak to his celebrity peers about activism, continuing the movement, and being agents of change.
“What we need to do now, the young folks pick it up now so that when we’re 87 years old talking to the other young folks we can say it was me, Will Smith, Jay Z, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington… the list goes on. Don’t make me star preaching up here,” he said.
“Everybody my age and all of the entertainers, it’s time for us to stand up now and renew this dream.”
Foxx’s words were met with roaring applause as we’re sure many in the rainy audience remember Jay Z’s recent statements about his presence being “charity”, and the public tongue lashing that Harry Belafonte gave him.
Kerry Washington and Alicia Keys have long been political figures both in Hollywood and on the national stage, but we agree that our black male actors need to step up.
TELL US: Were Jamie Foxx’s words right on time? Will rappers like Jay and Yeezy listen?