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Our nation is ablaze with political debates surrounding education, charter schools and failing public schools. I read about thousands of schools failing nationwide, and all I can think is our children are not “failing.” We have failed our children. Oftentimes during debates, I’ll ask panelists to share who’s actually consistently volunteering at a local school.…

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Beyoncé has thanked Nelson Mandela for “changing the trajectory for so many.” The “Run The World” hitmaker has paid tribute to the late former President of South Africa for paving the way with his anti-apartheid activism. In her open letter, she wrote: “I first met you in 2004 for the 46664 AIDS Benefit Concert in…

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Self-determination, self-motivation, self-empowerment & self-belief are the attributes that Abigail Mbalo rely on daily to inspire her journey as the chef and creative director of 4Roomed eKasi Culture. On a recent exploration of South Africa for Madiba’s Journey, I had the brilliant opportunity to dine in this unique Ubuntu experience.  Should you find yourself in…

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  Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died at the age of 81. A fiery voice against Aparthied, Madikizela-Mandela carved out her own place in history during her marriage to South African leader, Nelson Mandela. Madikizela-Mandela was given the prestigious Order of Luthuli in 2016 due to her fight for democracy. She was a complex person who was able…

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Yet again, it looks like the CIA is finding itself on the wrong side of history. British director John Irvin’s new film, Mandela’s Gun, about the months before the anti-apartheid leader’s arrest, is due to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this week. In the film, former US vice-consul in Durban and CIA operative…

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Harlem has a new restaurant that is taking over the scene. MIST Madiba Harlem, which opened its doors December 2014, is an immaculate Black-owned venue located at 46 West 116th Street (between 6th and 5th avenues). This particular venue features a lavish cafe, bar, restaurant and venue all inspired by Nelson Mandela, or Madiba (his…

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After almost two decades of marriage, Chris Rock and wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, have decided to divorce. In a statement issued on Sunday, Dec. 28, Compton-Rock asked for privacy as the family sorts through the matter: “After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways. Being fortunate…

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It looks like actor Idris Elba has definitely caught the music bug. The part time DJ, also known as Big Driis, has confirmed that he is at work on a new album based upon detective John Luther, his character from the BBC crime drama “Luther.” “Detectives carry a lot of stuff. They meet someone who’s…

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Michael Jackson was loved by most and adored by many. Throughout his lifetime in the music industry, he acquired a long list of celebrity friends. Befriending a wide range of influential people, from Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, and Elizabeth Taylor to Whitney Houston and Eddie Murphy, Jackson was again, loved by many, including millions of fans…

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Many were shocked when finding out that anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela omitted ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela from his will. President Mandela’s $4.1 million dollar estate was divided between his family, the ruling African National Congress party, former staff and several schools. His homes in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Mthatha were left to the family trust with…

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Will Smith, has been in the entertainment industry since the late 80s. Smith is not only known to us as a rapper, actor and producer, but he is the husband of actress, Jada Pinkett Smith and father to Will Smith III, Jaden and Willow. Acting and working with the likes of Mariah Carey, Justin Beiber and…

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Just 96 years ago, former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela was born. In honor of Mandela’s 96th birthday, we’re highlighting 10 of his most inspiring and heartfelt quotes. On Dec. 5, 2013, Mandela passed away after a long battle with a pulmonary infection. Check out the wise words that forever make him…

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BET Honors 2014 hosted by Wayne Brady will air Feb 24th at 8pm. Take a peak at who BET will be honoring. –Joi Pearson Above, Ice Cube  is being honored for his contribution to the Entertainment Industry.

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