Ela Gandhi is the granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi, also known as 'Mahatma' (great soul) Gandhi, the man who famously led Indians to independence from their British colonizers in 1946. She was born in 1940 in the Phoenix Settlement in the Inanda district of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
A beautiful and recognizable face is in the likes of Kandyse McClure. From the age of 19, we've seen that face displaying her on camera talent through her eyes and expression -- through acting and an excellent job of it.
Both South Africa and the U.S. must honor the stories of apartheid and slavery told by their people. By acknowledging the wrong and committing to make it right, we help ensure that no race can ever again succeed in elevating itself at the expense of others.
As a reporter, I've come across humanitarian heroes in places from Afghanistan and Burundi to Somalia, Indonesia and Haiti. One person who made a strong impression was a gutsy South African woman who reached millions of chronically hungry people during the apartheid era.
Those at risk of future mass atrocities need India, Brazil and South Africa to become Responsibility to Protect's champions and not sit on the sidelines of history. Indeed, their lives may well depend upon it.
Okwui Enwezor (the director of the just-concluded La Triennale, Paris, whose day Job is director, Haus der Kunst, Munich) has organized a landmark exhibition on the history, memory and legacies of Apartheid in South African.
It's ironic to say the least that a musical genre incorporating anti-Apartheid messages derives its name from the language spoken by the oppressors. Nevertheless, Kwaito, which emerged in Johannesburg in the 1990s, is similar to house music with an incorporation of African sounds and samples.
The reach of oppression can be vast. The poor, outspoken, different, and dissonant are often harmed by political and social persecution; however, oppression can also hinder another foundational element of culture: artistic expression.