All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Nelson Mandela’

Idris Elba To Release Album Inspired By “Luther”

Idris Elba is reportedly working on an album inspired by his character on the TV show Luther. In the BBC crime drama, Elba plays John Luther, who is a detective battling his demons. It’s been announced that BBC will be airing a two-part special next year, with Elba on board. There are also rumors that the show will be adapted …

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Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston Join ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Cast

Idris Elba let the cat out of the bag over the weekend. The Thor star spilled the beans during an interview with the U.K.’s The Telegraph that he and Tom Hiddleston will appear in next May’s Avengers sequel. Elba, 42, who has played the Asgard guardian Heimdall in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World, didn’t divulge very much about …

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Idris Elba and Girlfriend Welcome Baby Winston

Idris Elba and his girlfriend, Naiyana Garth, have welcomed their first child together, the actor revealed via Twitter on April 17, the day after his son was born. “My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday..Truly Amazing,” the 41-year-old actor wrote. Alongside the caption, the Luther star shared a beautiful black and white photo of his little baby boy holding onto …

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Nelson Mandela Leaves $4.1 Million Estate, Hopes Family Stays Unified

“Reading wills are always occasions charged with emotion.” This reply came from Deputy Constitutional Court head, Dikgang Moseneke, when queried about the recent review of Nelson Mandela’s own will to friends and family members. The man who spent his life in selfless service continued conferring his possessions onto those he loved after his passing – in the form of his …

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Bruce Springsteen Plays First South African Show, Pays Tribute To Mandela

Legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen rocked the crowd tonight during the first concert of his South African tour. According to Yahoo! News UK, the 20-time Grammy award-winning singer and his E Street Band opened the concert with a touching tribute commemorating the late Nelson Mandela. Springsteen, who performed for 10,000 adoring fans at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town, kicked off the …

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“Fake” Sign Language Interpreter Admitted To Hospital

Thamsanqa Jantjie, the man accused of faking a knowledge of sign language during Nelson Mandela’s memorial, has been admitted to a psychiatric facility following the backlash he received. Experts say Jantjie wasn’t saying anything at all with his hand gestures during the memorial, and he admitted later that although he does know how to sign, his ability to do so …

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Google Zeitgeist 2013 Is Out, Mandela Tops Search Trends

It’s that time of year. Google has released the 2013 Zeitgeist. Google says it’s the “most global Zeitgeist to date,” as it features over 1,000 top 10 lists and top trending searches from 72 countries. “It’s perhaps unsurprising that the #1 trending search of 2013 was an international symbol of strength and peace: Nelson Mandela,” says Google’s Amit Singhal. “Global …

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SNL Interpreter Skit Makes Light Of Controversy

After Nelson Mandela’s recent passing, people all over the world mourned the loss of such a visionary, and memorials were held in his memory last week. The memorial held in South Africa with several world leaders, however, is the one that got all the attention, and not necessarily in a good way. Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” capitalized on …

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Jay Z Plays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Beyoncé wasn’t the only one in the family to honor the late Nelson Mandela. During Jay Z’s concert at the Staple Center in Los Angeles on Dec 9, the rapper dedicated song, “Young Forever” to Mandela. He took a break before singing to say, “we want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela. A great man, spent 27 years in …

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Nelson Mandela Buried In Hometown Of Qunu

Nelson Mandela, fondly known as Madiba, became South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He was buried on Sunday in his childhood village of Qunu in Eastern Cape province. His burial concluded 10 days of  mourning that followed his death on Dec. 5 at the age of 95. He received a state burial characterized by a traditional ceremony and a 21-gun …

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“Fake” Mandela Interpreter Has A Lengthy Rap Sheet

The man accused of faking knowledge of sign language at Nelson Mandela’s memorial reportedly has a long rap sheet that includes kidnapping, rape, murder, and theft charges. Thamsanqa Jantjie was allegedly charged with rape (1994), theft (1995), housebreaking (1997), malicious damage to property (1998), murder, attempted murder and kidnapping (2003) charges. Jantjie was acquitted of the rape charge but was …

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Marlee Matlin Knew Mandela Interpreter Was Fake

Marlee Matlin knew the interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa earlier this week was fake. The Oscar-winning actress, who is also deaf, feels the impostor didn’t even do a very good job of faking it. “I’d been to South Africa before and I could understand some South African sign language, and I thought to myself, wait a …

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Fake Sign Language Interpreter Says He Is Schizophrenic

Thamsanqa Jantjie, the sign language interpreter who was hired to sign at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, says he was actually suffering a schizophrenic episode during the event and was trying his best not to let on, which took a toll on his signing. Claiming he saw angels floating into the stadium, Jantjie says he had to work to keep calm because …

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George W. Bush Shows off His Art to World Leaders

Who knew? President George W. Bush is a painter and he’s proud enough of his work to share his art with some of the most powerful people in the free world. Some would think a 16 hour flight with a passenger list that included President Obama, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton would get …

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Mandela’s Memorial Detracted by “Fake” Interpreter

“The structure of his hand and body movements didn’t seem to change no matter what the speaker was saying.” The deaf community is outraged over the man standing near President Obama on stage at Nelson Mandela’s memorial who appeared to be pretending to do sign language as Obama and other world leaders spoke in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday. One …

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Obama is Criticized for Taking a Selfie at Mandela’s Memorial Service

After our story on people taking selfies at funerals and other inappropriate places, it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that someone took a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. The person caught taking the selfie, on the other hand, will probably catch you off guard. None other than President Barack Obama was caught snapping a selfie of …

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Kanye West Responds To Faux Interview, Mandela Quote

Kanye West took to Twitter this week to set the record straight about an interview that ran in The Daily Currant, which “quoted” him as saying some pretty outrageous things about recently departed former South African president Nelson Mandela. The satirical news source (think The Onion) claimed on Friday that West had boasted about his accomplishments in comparison to Mandela’s. …

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Nelson Mandela: Sheriff’s Department in SC Refuses to Lower Flag

Nelson Mandela’s death last week seemed to unify people around the world as leaders from many nations mourned the great man’s passing. Even on Facebook, there are still posts popping up in the asking people to take a moment to remember the former South African president. President Obama issued an executive order to fly flags at half-staff, something that doesn’t …

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R. Kelly Pays Poignant Tribute to Nelson Mandela

R. Kelly wrote a song for the late Nelson Mandela a while back, and he even performed it for the South African president while a guest in his home. Called Soldier’s Heart, he performed the song yet again Thursday night in a poignant tribute, on The Arsenio Hall Show. The singer first met Mandela during the 2010 World Cup in …

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Charlize Theron Leads Celebrities in Mandela Tribute

After the sad news spread that Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday at the age of 95, mourners from around the world showed the Nobel Peace Prize Winner a lot of love and respect. Appreciation and gratitude for all that Mandela did to stop apartheid in South Africa, including giving up his own freedom, was sincerely expressed by the Hollywood community. …

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Charlize Theron, Other Celebrities, Mourn Mandela

Charlize Theron first met Nelson Mandela in March 2004, saying, “You inspired me, I love you so much.” In sincere return, Mandela thanked her for “putting the country on the map”. After Mandela’s death on Thursday night, Theron began the tributes to Nelson Mandela in a tweet: “My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace …

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Nelson Mandela: Prisoner, President and Father of ‘Rainbow Nation’

The world suffered a great loss on December 5th, 2013. Nelson Mandela died in his home in Johannesburg, South Africa from a long battle with a lung infection. He was 95 years old. Born in the village of Mvezo in one of South Africa’s poorest regions, the Transkei, on July 18, 1918, Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela was the great-grandson of a …

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Myopic Nelson Mandela Tweet Spawns Hilarious #FinkeObits Hashtag

Shortly after the news of the passing of freedom icon Nelson Mandela hit the internet, Twitter began to fill up with tweets of remembrance, deference, and general praise of the anti-apartheid revolutionary. There were tweets of poetic sadness, wonderful tweets that reflected upon to the life of a man who was an inspiration to so many. And then there was …

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Celebrities Honor Nelson Mandela Via Social Media

Nelson Mandela was an influential man. He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who became imprisoned. Then later in his life, he became a philanthropist, serving as the President of South Africa. Mandela was the first black African American to be an elected official. He lived a life of struggle, hard work and dedication. Mandela passed away yesterday, Dec. 5, …

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Nelson Mandela, Former President Of South Africa, Dies At Age 95

Nelson Mandela was a pioneer of peace, freedom and unity. The man who served 27 years in prison due to his opposition to South Africa’s apartheid laws, and later became the president of South Africa, died today. He will be remembered as a hero of the people, and one of the most significant leaders in history. The news was officially …

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Nelson Mandela Dies At 95 Years Old

Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, has died after battling a long illness. He was 95 years old. Mandela was revered by many after he rose up from prisoner to leader in a country torn apart by apartheid. Following 27 years of imprisonment, he became South Africa’s first black president and quickly proved that his interests were not …

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Nelson Mandela Book to Be Completed by Colleagues

A sequel to Nelson Mandela’s book, “A Long Walk to Freedom”, was started by Mandela. However, after numerous hospital stays, and after his last release from the hospital, he will not be able to finish it. According to AFP, Mandela is stable but still in critical condition. His former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, says that the tubes that run down his …

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Nelson Mandela Still Ill But Responding To Treatment

According to the South African government, 95 year old Nelson Mandela is responding well to treatment, but is still in critical condition. He is unable to speak due to tubes that are inserted into his throat to clear his lungs, but he is able to make facial expressions to communicate. Mandela was discharged from a hospital in early September and …

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Nelson Mandela: Stable but Critical

“The health of the former President remains much the same … which is stable but critical while Madiba continues to respond to treatment.” That was the crux of today’s update from the South African government. The announcement followed President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Mandela’s home, where the former President has been recovering since being released from the hospital in September. …

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Idris Elba to Attend White House Screening for “Mandela”

Famed actor Idris Elba has definitely had a lot on his plate lately. With two films in post-production, one currently filming, and another two in pre-production, it’s safe to say he’s a busy man. However, there’s yet another film in particular that has caught a vast amount of media attention – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Elba stars in the …

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