Nelson Mandela has died. The revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison for his role in the anti-apartheid movement, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at his home in Johannesburg.
Nelson Mandela’s condition is now listed as critical, as the 94-year old former President, has been hospitalized.
Mandela who’s condition has rapidly worsened in the last 24 hours was updated by President Zuma. “The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” President Jacob Zuma said in a written statement. Read the rest of this entry »
Charlize Theron didn’t have the consent of Nelson Mandela to put a meeting with him under the hammer at an auction last week.
The actress auctioned a meeting with the former South African president at a charity event in San Francisco earlier this month — the same event where she famously smooched another woman — but the Nelson Mandela Foundation said a meet-and-greet with the anti-apartheid icon needed “a rigorous process” and that the South African-born star was yet to send in a request.
“Not even the charity foundations Mandela himself established are allowed to auction off time with him,” NMF’s chief executive Achmat Dangor Dangor said in a statement to the BBC on Wednesday.
Hey guys, have you seen the trailer for Clint Eastwood’s highly-anticipated new Nelson Mandela biopic? Invictus features Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman as the newly elected President Mandela who takes office following the fall of apartheid system.
In a bid to unite the fractured nation through sport, Mandela joins forces with Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon, captainof the Springbrooks South African rugby team, who he encourages to push the team through the 1995 World Cup Championships.
The film is already creating Oscar buzz for four-time Academy Award winner Eastwood, who was awarded a pair of Oscars for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby which both picked up Best Director and Best Picture trophies.
Eighties pop star Cyndi Lauper teamed up with femcee Lil Kim for a duet performance of Cyndi’s smash classic “Time After Time” at the 91st birthday concert for former South African president Nelson Mandela. The Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664 hosted the headliner event at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, July 18.
France’s first lady Carla Bruni, soul legend Aretha Franklin, rocker Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, and Stevie Wonder were other notables present at yesterday’s celebration.