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Laurence Fishburne To Play Nelson Mandela In Miniseries


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Madiba will be based on two of Mandela's books, Conversations With Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself, and will centre on the leader's early days as he dealt with the political unrest which led to his 27-year prison detainment, release and subsequent rise to power as South African President in 1994.

Production is slated to begin in South Africa next year (16). The project will air on America's BET network.

Stephen Hill, President of Programming at BET Networks, says, "Nelson Mandela's journey of political activism and leadership is deeply inspirational and we are proud to have the talented and award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne join Madiba to tell this triumphant story."

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Nelson Mandela's Grandson Accused Of Rape


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Mbuso Mandela, 24, is behind bars in Johannesburg after appearing in court on Monday (17Aug15), and will remain in custody until another hearing on Friday (21Aug15).

A spokesman for the victim's family claims the alleged incident took place on 7 August (15), when Mandela followed the girl into a public restroom and raped her inside a toilet cubicle.

Sources tell local newspaper the Daily Sun that Mandela's grandmother, Winnie Mandela, sent her bodyguard to the alleged victim's home after the incident in an attempt to talk them out of pursuing a case against Mbuso.

Autograph Collector Lionel Richie


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Lionel Richie is a ''big believer'' in getting autographs.

Despite his own global fame, the 'Easy' hitmaker can't resist getting a lasting reminder of his encounters with other famous faces.

He said: ''I bought a guitar just like Bb King's Lucille and I asked him to sign it. He died about four months later.

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Kendrick Lamar Beat Depression With Nelson Mandela Trip


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The rapper battled mental health issues after first shooting to fame, and even detailed a meltdown on tour in a song called These Walls, which appears on his acclaimed album To Pimp a Butterfly.

Lamar sank into a deep depression and reveals he could not even talk to his closest friends about it, telling Britain's Observer, "It was something that just accumulated. You know when you get bad news after bad news after bad news? And you can't express this to nobody but you got to relieve it in some type of way (sic)?... You can tell them (friends) all day that it (fame) has its downside but if they're doing bad financially they don't want to hear that s**t (sic)! They don't understand that s**t until they're in it (sic)."

However, Lamar was able to beat his demons after taking a break in South Africa to visit the jail on Robben Island where civil rights icon Mandela spent 18 years in captivity. He adds, "It just snapped me back to reality. It gave me a whole other perspective."

Why Madonna's "Rebel Heart" Pictures (Probably) Were NOT A PR Blunder


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Let’s talk about the Madonna thing. Not because Madonna still has any cultural relevance per se , but because a little bit of media buzz may or may not have been the only thing her publicity team was after with the “controversial” Rebel Heart images.

If you’ve somehow managed to stay out of the loop on this one, here’s the brief. On January 2, Madonna (or a PR assistant or something) instagrammed some photo manips, depicting cultural icons like Nelson Mandela, MLK and Bob Marley (also Marilyn Monroe, but that’s not the one people are getting angry about) tied up in the same black string (“ribbon”) Madge can be seen wearing on the album cover.

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Oops! Madonna didn't mean to be racist, you guys!

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Idris Elba On His Way With First Single 'You Give Me Love' [Listen]


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Actor and DJ Idris Elba returns to music with an elegant first single entitled 'You Give Me Love' featuring singer and rapper Maverick Sabre. The track is inspired by contemporary pop and R&B, fused with the sound of South Africa.

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Idris Elba releases 'Mi Mandela' this November

'You Give Me Love' will be released as part of Idris Elba's latest musical project 'Idris Elba Presents: Mi Mandela', which incorporates both high-profile Western pop sensations; from Mumford & Sons to George The Poet; with virtually unheard of South African genius; including the Mahotella Queens and Nothembi Mkhwebane. It will be released just in time for Christmas through Elba's own label 7wallace and Parlophone Records, and marks Elba's first musical venture since 2010.

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The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony

Nelson Mandela - The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Leonardo Dicaprio Challenged To Buy Nelson Mandela Photo


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A leading U.S. memorabilia dealer has challenged LEONARDO DiCaprio to bid for a photograph of himself with Nelson Mandela amid reports the actor is considering legal action to seize the image.

Moments in Time boss Gary Zimet is selling a picture of the Titanic star with the late civil rights icon, taken in 2007, for $25,000 (£14,700).

The image also features a handwritten tribute from Mandela that states, "To Leo DiCaprio, Best Wishes, Mandela, 4-8-07", but the Hollywood star is reportedly unhappy about the sale.

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Singer Alexandra Burke Distances Herself From Mandela Day Concert


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British pop star Alexandra Burke has warned fans she will not be performing at a tribute concert for late South African President Nelson Mandela in London on Friday (18Jul14), blaming promoters for lying about her involvement.

The Bad Boys hitmaker was billed to appear alongside artists including former M People singer Heather Small, gospel musician Sandra Godley and Rwandan pop star Kitoko at the Nelson Mandela Day Concert in Chalk Farm, but she insists she was never booked for the charity gig.

Taking to her Facebook.com page on Thursday (17Jul14), she writes, "Despite being a worthy cause, I'm afraid I am not performing at the Mandela Day Concert this Friday.

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'Mandela's' Lack Of Awards Down To '12 Years' Guilt Hoover, Suggests Screenwriter


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‘12 Years a Slave’ was, rightfully, the recipient of huge praise and numerous awards. The remarkable story of Solomon Northrup - portrayed by Chiwitel Ejiofor - was masterfully directed by Steve McQueen. But that success, suggests screenwriter William Nicholson, was to the detriment of his film, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

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Idris Elba [L] as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris [R] as Winnie Mandela

Nicholson said ’12 Years’ "sucked up all the guilt about black people that was available” adding that he thought ‘Mandela’ “worked superbly," but Americans “were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don't think there was much left over to be nice about our film. So our film didn't do as well as we'd hoped, which was a bit heartbreaking."

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Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

Rene Byrd - Nelson Mandela memorial service at Westminster Abbey - London, United Kingdom - Monday 3rd March 2014

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Nelson Mandela and Westminster Abbey
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Nelson Mandela and Rene Byrd

Idris Elba Shrugs Off Golden Globes Loss


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Idris Elba insists he doesn't mind missing out on a Golden Globe.

The 41-year-old actor was nominated for the Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture prize for his portrayal of the late South African President Nelson Mandela in biopic 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', ultimately losing out to Matthew Mcconaughey, who won the gong for his portrayal of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in 'Dallas Buyers Club'.

Speaking at the launch of the new adidas Stan Smith trainer at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, east London, last night (15.01.14), he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''It's a difficult one because we all deserve an award for our performances.''

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Nelson Mandela 'Political Power' Comic Book

Comic book and graphic novel publisher Bluewater Productions has added former South African President Nelson Mandela to its 'Political Power' series. - United States - Thursday 12th December 2013

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Nelson Mandela - Nelson Mandela graffiti by street artist Paul Don Smith in Brick Lane, East London. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th December 2013

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Tribute For Nelson Mandela In London

Tribute for Nelson Mandela outside Royal Festival Hall, at the foot of a statue for the late anti-apartheid revolutionary - London, United Kingdom - Friday 6th December 2013

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Tribute, Nelson Mandela and London
Tribute, Nelson Mandela and London
Tribute, Nelson Mandela and London
Tribute, Nelson Mandela and London
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Nelson Mandela

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18th July, 1918

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5th December, 2013

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