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At a respectable hour—2:47 p.m. EST on Sunday, to be exact—Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z’s philanthropy and benevolence blessed the world with a performance during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

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She’s best known as a supermodel, but Naomi Campbell is so much more than a runway legend or infamously short-tempered diva. She’s also a humanitarian, socialite, editor, activist, actress, mentor, trailblazer, muse—and now she’s on YouTube, giving a more intimate view into her glamorous life with a new web series,

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It’s been almost 15 years to the day since Beyoncé met Nelson Mandela while performing at his foundation’s “Give 1 Minute To AIDS” concert in late 2003. But on Tuesday, the megastar published a poignant letter to the late humanitarian icon, also fondly known as “Madiba,” recalling their time together and Mandela’s…

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  Beyonce is gearing up to perform at the Global Citizens Festival: Mandela 100 in South Africa, and she took time to pen a powerful open letter to the late Nelson Mandela on her website.  In the touching tribute entitled “Dear Madiba,” she recounts first meeting Mandela in 2004. “I first met you in 2004 […]

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Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman is one of the 20th century's great stories.

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Former President Barack Obama is tired of watching men make a mess of things and wants more women to get involved in politics.

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In his highest-profile speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama […]

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama is set to make his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z will lead an A-list lineup to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in a Johannesburg festival by the Global Citizen.

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The offer caused an outcry: The highest bidder in a South African […]

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July 18 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013.

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Bill Cosby, who was recently convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault (which could land him in prison for up to 30 years, compared himself to Nelson Mandela, according to a Page Six report.

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By midday Monday, the death at age 81 of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the iconic — and at times controversial — symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, had been confirmed. And I really need folks to understand the magnitude of who (and what) we lost today. READ MORE: 7 fascinating facts about the late South African activist […]

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, passed away today at age 81.She was known as the "Mother of the Nation."

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The African National Congress chooses Cyril Ramaphosa as its party leader

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Former president Obama's tweet of a Nelson Mandela quote following the violence in Charlottesville is now one of the most liked tweets ever.

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1977 – First black secretary of the Army confirmed Clifford Alexander Jr. would hold the position of secretary of the army until the end of President Jimmy Carter’s term. 1989 – Barbara C. Harris was ordained as a bishop in the Episcopal Church Barbara C. Harris was ordained bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of […]

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1907 — Grace Towns Hamilton, civil rights activist and politician, is born In 1965, Grace Towns Hamilton was the first African-American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly, and she served in the state House of Representatives until 1984. A chair in the Emory University political science department was named in her honor. 1964 — […]

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Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri smiled brightly when his eyes met his hero Nelson Mandela for the first time in the mid-2000s. It was a smile that the South African revolutionary, politician and philanthropist acknowledged with approval. “It was just incredible. I remember the first time I met him,” Ujiri, 46, told The Undefeated. […]

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Award-winning broadcast journalist, Ed Gordon, is returning to primetime TV with his own show and clear mission: cut through the noise to tell good stories.

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a recurring infection, according to his family foundation. The 84-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is expected to remain in the hospital for a week or two, said the statement issued by the foundation […]

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Thousands around the world are doing their part on #MandelaDay to remember South African activist Nelson Mandela on his birthday. Mandela, who died from a respiratory infection in December 2013, would have turned 98. The Nelson Mandela International Day was created to not only honor the leader’s life and legacy, but to encourage all to […]

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This article has been resurfaced in honor of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 98th birthday. It was originally published as part of The Undefeated’s #RememberWhensdays series. More than 1 million people filled the streets of New York over a three-day stretch in June 1990. There was a ticker-tape parade through the Canyon of Heroes, […]

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The spokesman of South Africa’s ruling party has accused the U.S. government of trying to […]

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According to a report by the Sunday Times, a former CIA agent has finally admitted what has long been suspected: the CIA was involved in the arrest of Nelson Mandela. Two weeks before he died, 88-year-old Donald Rickard, told filmmaker John Irvin that his tip led to Mandela’s arrest. Rickard described Mandela as “the world’s most dangerous communist outside […]

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The likes of the widespread student protests seen across South Africa this week have not […]

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