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Nelson Mandela Dies

The Top 15 Black Entertainment News Stories Of 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that 2013 had its share of exciting and heartbreaking entertainment news. From the good news like Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony...

Mandela Makes Final Journey To Home Village in South Africa

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and GREGORY KATZ | Posted 12.14.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — On a final journey to his home village where he had wanted to spend his final days, the remains of Nelson Mandela were honored a...

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...

Behind Eulogies, U.S. Deeply Conflicted On Mandela

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by President Barack Obama as "a giant of history" and the "last great liberator of the 2...

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...

Sam Stein

After Mandela Ended Apartheid, He Had To Learn How To Run A Presidential Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

The Humor of Nelson Mandela

Blake Bromley | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Blake Bromley

I realized that his humor was the skilled and disciplined response of a person who had learned that the only way to speak truth to an oppressing power was to couch it in wit.

Biden Signs Mandela Condolence Book At South African Embassy

AP | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

BY NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden honored the memory of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela Mond...

A Closer Look at Reactionary Posthumous Attacks on Nelson Mandela

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Calling Mandela a Communist or a terrorist shortly after his death is mean-spirited, but it is a bigger condemnation of the moral blindness of much of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War than it is a criticism of Mandela.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought the passing of Nelson Mandela. He was a man whose towering authority derived from his relentless devotion to humanity at its most basic level. While locked away for 27 years, the rage of injustice was supplanted by a willingness to build bridges to those who'd imprisoned him. After his release in 1990, his first goal was reconciliation, not retribution. "The whites are our fellow South Africans," he said the next morning. "We want them to feel safe." And after becoming the first democratically elected black president of South Africa, that unremitting dedication to what's best in us continued. "He no longer belongs to us," said President Obama upon learning of his death, "he belongs to the ages." But let's not relegate him to the ages just yet -- we desperately need his spirit of transcendence and compassion right now. As he wrote in 1995: "It always seems impossible until it's done." Rest in Peace, Madiba.

How American Conservatives Turned A Blind Eye To South African Apartheid

Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

As news of Nelson Mandela's death spread on Thursday, Americans on the right and left lauded his accomplishments and expressed their sadness at his pa...

Bill Clinton On Why Nelson Mandela Became 'A Hero'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton weighed in on the late South African President Nelson Mandela, telling CNN he "became a hero because he survived and he ...

Rush Limbaugh: WH, Media Are Making Mandela's Death 'All About Obama'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh lashed out the White House and the media on Friday, accusing both parties of making Nelson Mandela's death all a...

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'...

Hollywood Mourns The Loss Of Nelson Mandela

Los Angeles Daily News | Bob Strauss | Posted 02.05.2014 | Los Angeles

There's nothing Hollywood loves more than a hero, and when one is both associated with a righteous cause and the establishment of peace like Nelson Ma...

Obama Traveling To South Africa For Mandela Memorial

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

(Adds more Carney comments) WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will travel to South Africa next week to participate ...

What's Next For South Africa

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 02.05.2014 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — What next for South Africa? This racially charged country that, on Nelson Mandela's watch, inspired the world by embracing reco...

Santorum: Mandela Battled 'Great Injustice,' Just Like Republicans Are Battling Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

During an appearance on Fox News Thursday night, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) discussed the death of Nelson Mandela, saying the former South Afri...

South Africa Mourns Mandela

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 02.05.2014 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in South Africa's vast rural...

World Grieves In Wake Of Mandela's Death

AP | SARAH DiLORENZO | Posted 12.06.2013 | World

For most of the world, his name is synonymous with courage and perseverance. Leaders and citizens, athletes and artists remembered Nelson Mandela on F...

PHOTOS: South Africa Reacts To Nelson Mandela's Death

Posted 01.23.2014 | World

South Africa mourned on Thursday as news spread of the death of its iconic leader, Nelson Mandela. Mandela was 95 and spent several months in the hosp...

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Peacemaker, Dies

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and MARCUS ELIASON | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa's first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner...

Celebrities Take To Twitter To Honor Mandela

The Huffington Post | Hilary Miller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Celebrity

Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, has died at age 95. With little time having passed since his death, celebrities have turned to social...

Memories of Mandela from Spain

Vicente Álvarez Areces | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Vicente Álvarez Areces

That was Mandela's third visit to Spain, during which he spoke to us about the beginnings of decolonization and the acceptance of the idea that every nation has the right to belong to and participate equitably in the global community. He said that countries cannot be based in the oppression of other nations.

Obama: Mandela 'No Longer Belongs To Us, He Belongs To The Ages'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke Thursday on the death of Nelson Mandela, praising the South African leader for having "achieved more than could be expect...