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Originally posted 12/05/2013 04:55PM
Nelson Mandela, who heroically symbolized the longstanding fight against South Africa's white supremacist government – and rose from its victimized prisoner to his nation's powerful and compassionate leader – has died, according to South African President Jacob Zuma.
He was 95.
"My Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed. He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013," Zuma said in a statement.
"He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss."
Originally posted 07/18/2013 10:30AM
Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 95th birthday on Thursday – a day that's being met with gleeful celebrations in South Africa and around the world by well-wishers ecstatic that the ailing leader has reached another milestone.
The scene outside the hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is being treated has been particularly joyous, as children danced and held balloons and flowers in front of giant, colorful get-well-soon cards.
Mandela's birthday, July 18, is a kind of global holiday, known as International Mandela Day, which honors the former South Africa president's legacy by encouraging people to volunteer, do community service and offer small acts of kindness.
Originally posted 11/18/2009 10:00AM
She can do a diva with a dream deferred – now can she portray the mother of a nation?
Jennifer Hudson is set to play Winnie Mandela in Winnie, a movie about former South African president Nelson Mandela's powerful apartheid-busting but disgraced ex-wife that will begin filming May 30.
"I was compelled and moved when I read the script," Hudson tells Variety.
Originally posted 06/27/2008 12:20PM
Nelson Mandela doesn't turn 90 until July 18, but the U.K. decided to throw him a bash – early and star-studded – on Friday.
Some of those offering the South African leader their congratulations via video include stars from David and Victoria Beckham to Josh Groban and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
To see the concert on Friday, go to the Nelson Mandela tribute site for a live streaming webcast.
Originally posted 05/06/2008 09:10AM
To ring in his 90th birthday, Nelson Mandela will have some pretty big guests – Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro, for starters – at his star-studded concert in London's Hyde Park next month.
At the June 27 show, performers such as Leona Lewis, Annie Lennox, Dame Shirley Bassey, Queen, Simple Minds and Kirsten Dunst's ex, Johnny Borrell and his band Razorlight, will rock the stage. Other attendees include Bill Clinton and Forest Whitaker.
Originally posted 04/04/2006 11:00AM
Even second-degree assault charges (for allegedly throwing her cell phone at a housekeeper in New York City last week) couldn't keep Naomi Campbell from a peacekeeping mission in South Africa.
Originally posted 01/07/2005 08:00AM
CAST: Kate Bosworth has apparently won the role of Lois Lane in Bryan Singer's new Superman movie over such other contenders as Claire Danes, Linda Cardellini and Michelle Monaghan, says the Hollywood Reporter. Bosworth will costar opposite Brandon Routh, who was already named the new Man of Steel. The villain of the piece, Lex Luthor, is to be Kevin Spacey, who currently stars with Bosworth in his film bio of '60s singer Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea. Long in the works, the Superman movie is finally set to start flying before the cameras in March. … That same month, in Florida, John Travolta and James Gandolfini will start filming Lonely Hearts, based on the true story of detectives who captured a couple known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers," who found their victims through newspaper personal ads, Variety reports.
Originally posted 11/10/2004 08:35AM
Brad Pitt traveled to Ethiopia last weekend for "a listening and learning visit" about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, according to Jamie Drummond, a spokesman for DATA, a Washington-based lobby group co-founded by Bono.
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