You don't have to agree with everything that Harry Belafonte says to understand that what he's trying to tell us about America is, essentially, true. This story is more about business and economics and race than it is about the entertainment industry.
People of color in the United States are poorly represented in the popular culture. Great strides have been made since Belafonte first appeared on the scene, but with those strides has come some serious setbacks. It gets to the heart of what we want our culture to be--open, tolerant, fair and equal--or what we'll tolerate, which is the continuation of a rather stilted and profit-oriented situation in the entertainment industry that simply won't allow people of color to have a seat at the table.