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Mandela's LGBTQ Advocacy Has Fallen on Deaf Ears in Africa and African Diasporic Communities

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

If truth be told, Mandela's advocacy has shown very little light even in his country. South Africa has a serious problem with its LGBTQ population, and especially with lesbians. And its method to remedy its "problem" with lesbians is "corrective rape."

Nelson Mandela: A Leader's Legacy Living and Breathing Within Today's Youth

Denzel Cummings | Posted 02.14.2014 | College
Denzel Cummings

Mandela's legacy has touched every continent, but it is distinctly personal for me as I see his influence in every mother and father figure I've ever had in my life.

America Needs Some Homegrown Heroes Like Mandela

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Steven Kurlander

Mandela's death sparked an almost forgotten allure toward hero worship. That was once reserved for outstanding Americans, who epitomized Americans' understanding of history and heroism. In this context, our president led the way.

Nelson Mandela: The Measure of the Man

James A. Joseph | Posted 02.12.2014 | College
James A. Joseph

In 1996, I was back in South Africa to present my credentials to President Mandela as the U.S. Ambassador. "I have come to exchange my 'free Mandela' sign for my credentials as the United States Ambassador," I said. He loved it.

Nelson Mandela: Teaching a New World

Mary Ellen Jukoski | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Mary Ellen Jukoski

While the passing of Nelson Mandela was not unexpected, his life and his example still hold the power to inspire in surprising ways. As I have read th...

Remembering How Mandela Challenged Us

Frederick Jerome Streets | Posted 02.11.2014 | College
Frederick Jerome Streets

It is easier for some, like they did Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to embrace him in death than it is to remember that in his life, he challenged us all to confront our hatred of one another and to free our minds of prejudice.

Thousands Queue To Pay Tribute To Mandela

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

Up to 14,000 people viewed Nelson Mandela's body on the first day of his lying in state, the government said Thursday, announcing that shuttle service...

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...

Dark Memories of Sunny South Africa

Anya Schmemann | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Anya Schmemann

We had just arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa from snowy New York City. It was suddenly the middle of summer, the garden was lush and green, and there was a sparkling pool outside our window beckoning us. All year we had dreamed of our new life in Africa.

The Banality of Evil: Lessons From South African Apartheid

Michael Keegan | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The passing of Nelson Mandela brought back to mind many of the lessons of that experience and what they mean for us today here at home. No system, however evil, is ever permanent. And no system, no matter how righteous, just continues to be so without eternal vigilance.

Viva Mandela!

Hermene Hartman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Hermene Hartman

"I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscie...

The Day Mandela Was Free

Roger Alford | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Roger Alford

President F.W. de Klerk, the one responsible for Mandela's freedom, was more sanguine: "I was struck by an inescapable truth: an irreversible process had begun -- and nobody could predict precisely how it would end."

Mandela: The Man and the Icon

Yvette Christiansë | Posted 02.10.2014 | College
Yvette Christiansë

The disappointments will accumulate and the same need to locate in him the political, ethical, psychic compass of his country will turn and the gravity of that turn will attribute him with blame.

WATCH: Jay Z's Tribute To Madiba

Posted 12.16.2013 | Black Voices

As the world continues to mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, many entertainers are paying homage to the former South African president through various ...

Honor Mandela by Carrying On the Struggle for Justice and Peace

John Dear | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
John Dear

We need Mandela's same brave determined spirit if we're to take on the impossible task of trying to end war, poverty, hunger, gun violence, drones, executions, nuclear weapons and environmental destruction.

Obama Takes Selfie With World Leaders At Mandela Memorial, And Michelle Is Having None Of It

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

Even world leaders can't resist taking funeral selfies. President Barack Obama, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister...


The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.09.2014 | Comedy

Jon Stewart kicked off this week's "Daily Show" by shedding light on some truly odd reactions that some folks had about the passing of Nelson Mandela ...

Sam Stein

After Mandela Ended Apartheid, He Had To Learn How To Run A Presidential Campaign | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The election outcome may seem preordained when you’re running for president after you've helped end apartheid and spent 27 years in pr...

What Leaders Can Learn From Mandela's Selflessness And Sacrifice

Simon Sinek | Posted 02.08.2014 | TED Weekends
Simon Sinek

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMandela, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi all went to jail instead of abandoning their beliefs. Our politicians seem more keen to abandon their beliefs to stay in office.

Revisiting America's Disgraceful Treatment of Mandela

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.08.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Contrary to belief, the malignant treatment by the U.S. of Mandela didn't end with his release from prison in 1990, the official unbanning of his African National Congress, or even his becoming the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1993.

Celestial Express

Mona R. Washington | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Mona R. Washington

CAST All Good Intentions and Things, Ancestors, Positive Cosmic Energy, Divine Spirits, Faith, Hope, Courage, Sympathy, Forgiveness, Peace, Empathy, ...

Freedom Fighter

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 02.08.2014 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

Nelson Mandela was and is a Freedom Fighter. He was a man who lived in a nation where the color of his skin and his aboriginal birth made him a person without rights, human, civil or otherwise.

Mandela's Death: A Tale of Two Zimbabwean Newspapers

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

A golden rule of readership can be summarized by leveraging the old real estate cliché about "location, location, location."

Kanye West Tweets In Response To Fake Mandela Interview

Posted 12.09.2013 | Entertainment

Upset that he was falsely quoted as comparing himself to Nelson Mandela, Kanye West took to Twitter Monday to set the record straight. The Daily C...

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.