*Iconic leader and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela is in some financial trouble.
A South African magistrate ordered Winnie Mandela to sell her possessions, including scores of paintings, sculptures and a silver tea set to pay off her debts, according to recent court documents.
“Merry Christmas to You” new holiday album by Jonathan Butler
*Jonathan Butler continues to enthrall music fans with his excellent musicianship and indelible spirit. Butler became known to the U. S. in the 1980′s as a talented new artist and native South African who survived the brutal strains of Apartheid in his youth. He emerged as the youngest in a family of seventeen. Jonathan was obviously touched by the life of Nelson Mandela and though he is excited about his upcoming performances with Dave Koz and Oleta Adams, he remains in a mode of reflection as the world continues to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Mandela.
A South African hawker pushes his cart past portraits of the late former President Nelson Mandela at various stages of his life painted on a wall the Johannesburg suburb of Soweto.
*(Via LA Times) – Nelson Mandela didn’t coin the term “Rainbow Nation” or the phrase “Proudly South African.” But the optimism, determination and compassion of the country at its best owed everything to him.
In recent years, however, South Africa under the leadership of the African National Congress that Mandela loved is often quite different — shoddy, corrupt and incompetent. In short, depressingly like other African countries betrayed by liberation movements.
While life has gradually improved for many, problems once attributed to apartheid stubbornly remain. Nearly two decades after the ANC took power, poor education and healthcare systems still hold back many blacks. The police, no longer dominated by whites, are still brutal. Government departments still treat people with callous disregard.
Despite the existence of a powerful black elite and the growth of a modest black middle class, 40% of the population gets by on less than $40 a month per family member. Whites still earn six times more than blacks. And some analysts say the absolute electoral dominance of the ANC weakens South Africa’s democracy.
Get the FULL story at LA Times.
Below, Robyn Dixon, the L.A. Times’ Johannesburg bureau chief, speaks with video journalist Ann Simmons about the status of Nelson Mandela’s quest to create a non-racial democracy and the preparations for his funeral and burial.
*Director Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week to a standing O for the cast, which features Idris Elba in the title role.
At a press conference for the film, Elba said he was unable to meet with the man he portrays due the South African icon’s fragile state.
“Like everybody, we’ve been concerned for his health, but keeping ourselves optimistic, and our prayers go to his family,” Elba said.
Below, the 41-year-old actor explains how he was able to craft a portrayal of Mandela without ever getting to meet him face to face.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” premieres in theaters on Nov. 29.
Below, the film’s new trailer, released Wednesday, Sept. 11:
Actress/singer Brandy Norwood attends the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles
*Brandy was booked to perform in front of a crowd of 90,000 at the First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day. But when she finally took the stage as the night’s closing act, she was left with an audience of no more than 40 people, and was even cut from the televised broadcast.
After singing two songs, Brandy decided to end her set early and walked off the stage. The cringe-worthy scene was reportedly a result of her appearance not being properly advertised. The stadium was filled with folks earlier in the day for the soccer and rugby games and live performances from other artists.
The unfortunate incident would have gone unnoticed if not for the tweets sent out by South African singer Kabomo, who was one of those people who remained in the stadium to watch Brandy.
“I have no words for what I just witnessed…,” he wrote before eventually describing the scene with, “There are more people there on a random Tuesday… Depressing.”
“It was late. People didn’t know there was a concert after the games. No one knew Brandy was around,” the musician added.
Impala eludes two cheetahs while tourists in South Africa’s Kruger National Park watch and record.
*Some of the national parks throughout the world can be scary as the tour of some of the parks take visitors on a ride through the habitats of animals like rhinos, giraffes, antelope, and cheetahs!
As South African tourist Samantha Pittendrigh never expected her tour of the Kruger National Park in South Africa to become a spine tingling, outtake from National Geographic! She was prepared to take video, so she was filming when the stampede of antelope came past her car.
But then, the stampede of antelope was explained once TWO CHEETAHS came pulling up the rear!