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By: Matt Hickman on March 13, 2012, 1:33 p.m.
Harry Belafonte, 85

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Harry Belafonte

Yep, golden-voiced calypso god and noted rabble-rouser Harry Belafonte isn’t a “day-o” over the age of 85 (well, technically he turned 85 on March 1, but who's counting?).

Although the remarkably well-preserved “We Are the World” organizer has retired from the profession that launched him into the global spotlight in the 1950s, Harlem-born Belafonte is still active on the humanitarian and social justice scene. (Belafonte, a current UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, was a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. and was named cultural ambassador to the Peace Corps by John F. Kennedy in 1960.) So what keeps Belafonte going at his age? Well, it appears that Belafonte is a practitioner of early morning meditation sessions — or beauty sleep, depending on whom you believe.

During an October 2011 interview with a CBS affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif., in which Belafonte was promoting his new memoir and the acclaimed HBO documentary “Sing Your Song,” the legendary entertainer appeared to doze off on-air. However, Belafonte’s press rep claims that his octogenarian client was not napping on live television: “True to form, there was a technical glitch in the feed to a local station in Bakersfield, Calif. His earpiece wasn’t working, so he decided to take the time to meditate before the rest of his Day-O. Mr. Belafonte is 84 years young, but sharper and more awake than most who have been interviewing him.”