Harry Belafonte, who stormed the pop charts and smashed racial barriers in the 1950s with his highly personal brand of folk music, and who went on to become a major force in the civil rights movement, died on Tuesday at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Thousands of people overran New York’s Union Square and the surrounding streets yesterday in a chaotic scene after a popular live streamer announced a “giveaway” event, with police struggling to contain fans throwing projectiles and injuring officers. The event was promoted by Kai Cenat, best known for his live streams on the gaming site Twitch and YouTube videos. He had earlier announced a “huge giveaway” on his Instagram account for 4pm at the Manhattan park. Police in New York City has detained him since the incident. Cenat has 6.5 million followers on Twitch and 4 million subscribers on YouTube. He was named “Streamer of the Year” in 2022 at the Streamy Awards. Officers struggled to control a crowd of thousands of people who gathered at Union Square purportedly because of Cenat. Aerial TV news footage yesterday showed a surging, tightly packed crowd climbing on vehicles, hurling chairs, throwing punches and scaling structures in the park. Shouting teenagers swung objects at car windows and ran through the streets.