South Africa

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LIVESTREAM: Barack Obama Gives Speech on Legacy of Nelson Mandela

The former president is live from Johannesburg, South Africa to commemorate what would be Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Anti-Apartheid Activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies at Age 81

A leader in the fight against South African apartheid, she died surrounded by family members in Johannesburg.

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For a Conscious Black Child of the '80s, Hugh Masekela Brought Lightness to the Heavy Anti-Apartheid Movement

Being a kid during the anti-apartheid movement meant learning, in real time, that the oppression of Black people was global. Akiba Solomon gives thanks for the joy and lightness that the father of South African jazz brought to an intense international struggle. 

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BET's 'Madiba' Brings Nelson Mandela's Anti-Apartheid Struggle to the Small Screen

The biopic miniseries premieres tonight and stars Laurence Fishburne as the African National Congress leader.

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5 Songs to Celebrate Yasiin Bey Before He Retires

The artist formerly known as Mos Def confirmed his retirement with the announcement of several farewell shows.

This Infographic Shows How the U.S. Compares to Other Countries in Incarcerating People of Color

For its “Black Lives Matter Everywhere” issue, World Policy Journal takes readers behind the razor wire to see who is being imprisoned around the world.

Yasiin Bey Announces Retirement, Details Treatment in South Africa in 10-Minute Message on Kanye West's Website

The artist formerly known as Mos Def also announced an upcoming album and detailed aspects of his recent arrest.

Array Films 'Out of My Hand' and 'Ayanda' Now Available on Netflix

Both films were released through Ava DuVernay’s distribution network.

UPDATE: Beyoncé is Not Making 'Hottentot Venus' Film

A rep for the singer and actress asserted that she would not star as Saartjie Baartman, whose fetishized body was displayed on stages across Europe in the 1800s.

ICYMI: This 2-Year-Old DJ Could Crush at Your Local Club

Check out this video of the 2-year-old DJ you should keep your eye on. 

Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, Talks About His Move to South Africa

The entire interview is the artist at his most thoughtful.

Expect South African 'Kwaito' House Music on Little Dragon's Next Album

The band shared a playlist of what’s inspiring their new album that’s due out next spring.

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela's Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

Today’s his birthday.

Caster Semenya To Carry South Africa's Flag In Olympic Ceremony

Caster Semenya will carry South Africa’s flag at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Political Power Struggle Overshadows South Africa's Broken Promise

The African National Congress’ political inheritance is all but spent. Now, a new generation of activists must forge their own struggle.

The Legacy of Steve Biko's Fight Against South African Apartheid

We take a look at how his activism inspired a movement.

Caster Semenya is Woman Enough for the IAAF, After All

IAAF says South African runner Caster Semenya can compete as a female, but it’ll continue its bizarre gender “tests.”