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We Are All Fans

Orlando Jones | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Orlando Jones

In the midst of the seemingly endless barrage of BS we're dealing with in society at large, fandom has always served as a much needed respit for me. Like everything else, it's a microcosm of the larger world so I'm not naive to its problems.

Mandela Day: 67 Minutes That Could Change Your Life Forever

Jamie Joseph | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Jamie Joseph

For 67 years the late Mr. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity -- as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa, my homeland.

The Politics of Ubuntu

Desmond Tutu | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

There were no representatives from Syria, Iraq or North Korea at Nelson Mandela's memorial. This is not just about paying respects, this is about the fate of our global community.

Speaking With South Africa's Best New Band -- John Wizards

Salvatore Bono | Posted 03.23.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Now, as the music and story of John Wizards gets passed around the music world, this South African band will take their sound global.

Writer to Writer: Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela -- A Talk With Danny Schechter

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.18.2014 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Madiba: A to Z paints an intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela, and wrestles with the questions Mandela himself raised: What is forgiveness? What are justice and equality? How long must the long walk to freedom go on before we are free?

Honoring Mandela: A Better Man, Not a Bitter Man

Bernice A. King | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Bernice A. King

My family's appreciation of Mr. Mandela dates back nearly a half century, long before millions knew who he was, when my father, Martin Luther King, Jr. was in London preparing for his acceptance of the Nobel Prize for Peace to occur three days later in Oslo, Norway.

Mandela's Legacy

Nicole Lee | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Lee

Reflecting on Mandela's legacy need not be a one-time affair. We are called to continue his fight against injustice.

Photo Purporting To Show Mandela Lying In State Sparks Anger

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

The South African government said Thursday it would not release photographs of Nelson Mandela lying in state, and urged people to shun a purported ima...

Madiba: In the Presence of Greatness

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
William E. Jackson Jr.

Over time, I have met three presidents, known many U.S. Senators and several Secretaries of State, and a few foreign leaders. But never have I been in the presence of greatness that I felt at that moment.

Memories of Mandela and Today's Youth

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

When our children discover that millions of other children around the world lack the basic right to a free education, they start to critically question the effectiveness of their own schooling, and start to advocate for an education that is relevant to today's world.

You Say You Want a Revolution

David Sable | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
David Sable

What is it that "social media" actually does? Does it sell? Does it change opinion? Does it foment revolution?

Nelson Mandela and Why I'm in South Africa

Elizabeth Gould | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Elizabeth Gould

Madiba was that singular, solid, reassuring force for a country slowly, fitfully transforming itself from one of the world's most oppressive regimes into one of its most progressive young democracies.

A Lantern Floats in Brooklyn: A Mandela Tribute My Kids Will Never Forget

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Kate Quarfordt

When I come home and announce that they're lighting lanterns at Madiba for Mandela, she jumps up and asks if it's his birthday again. I explain that this time they're not celebrating the beginning of his life but the end of it.

St. Madiba and the Curse of Canonization

Ian Williams | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Ian Williams

Mandela was a giant of a statesman, whose passing leaves us with pigmies at the helm of most countries. But when someone dies after giving a lifetime to humanity, we should at least pay them the respect of addressing what they said, even if we disagree with them.

Idris Elba Describes Chilling Night In Nelson Mandela's Prison

OWN | Posted 01.25.2014 | OWN

Prior to Nelson Mandela's death, Oprah sat down with actor Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the new film, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." In the abov...

Nelson Mandela: Learning to Forgive

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Of all the things that have been said and will be said about Nelson Mandela, it is his small stories that move me most. His long days in the prison on Robben Island, where resentment gave way to clarity.

Pope Mourns Mandela

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis paid tribute to Nelson Mandela on Friday, as he joins the world in grieving the death of one of the world's most ardent fighters for equa...

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush To Attend Nelson Mandela's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with former First Lady Laura Bush, will attend former South African President Nelson Mandela'...

A Southern Cross Love Song: Remembering Nelson 'Madiba' Mandela

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Lisa-Jo Baker

Mandela was home to so many of us who have lived in the in-between. Brave orator, brilliant lawyer, complicated father. Flawed and wildly followable.

Nelson Mandela's Death and the Anniversary of an Indian Massacre

Sandip Roy | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Sandip Roy

Waking up to a world without Nelson Mandela is not unimaginable. We have come perilously close to it over and over again. The idea of Nelson Mandela was strong. But the reality of Nelson Mandela had been on life support for a long time. Now only the idea remains.

Our Father Has Died

Estelle Nagel | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Estelle Nagel

Tata Madiba. Looking at how every single South African, of every age, income, race and creed has united to mourn for you and celebrate you, we can almost say that your walk has been completed. Rest in peace.

Does Africa Need A New Mandela?

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2014 | World

By Edmund Blair and Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Mourning the loss of a man who bridged South Africa's racial divide, many...

The Passing of President Nelson Mandela

Al Gore | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Al Gore

I had the honor of working with Madiba often during my time as co-chairman of the U.S.-South Africa Binational Commission. Each and every time I was with him, I was awed by his commanding yet graceful presence.

Casting Off Chains, Enhancing Freedom of Others: The Legacy of Nelson Mandela

John Friedman | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
John Friedman

His work went beyond his people to all peoples, and beyond his country to every corner of the planet. If there is justice in this universe, in any form, Nelson Mandela will indeed rest in peace.

Hamba Kahle, Nelson Mandela: With Our Deepest Gratitude

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

The world has lost a true leader, a true father and a true inspiration. To say he lived a life of significance barely does it justice, and it is not over -- he leaves a profound legacy of hope in a world still wracked by injustice and inequity.