I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I’ve cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
It’s with great sadness that I have to write these words, President Nelson Mandela of South Africa has passed away at the young age of 95. From revolutionary activist turned political prisoner to President, Mandela lead a movement that ended one of the worse racial segregation systems in our history, a modern history. This man spent 27 years in prison fighting for freedom for all throughout the world, but especially for South Africans, black Africans, to have equal rights…universal voting rights. After apartheid ended, President Mandela won overwhelmingly on April 27, 1994 as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.
I remember seeing photos of the voting lines during the country’s first democratic election…I knew I would never take my right to vote for granted. Two years later I was old enough to cast my first vote. I remember Amnesty International and writing my first letters of petition as a young teen…a history I lived and I witnessed, so this passing carries such great weight. You hear about Martin Luther King, Jr., but we were fortunate enough to know President Nelson Mandela in the present tense; to see him as a living icon and as apart of our pop culture. Even The Cosby Show twins were named after him.
President Obama, our first black President elected democratically has the honor on behalf the United States to speak on President Mandela’s death. Presidnet Obama lead his speech with the Nelson Mandela quote above plus these poignant words:
Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. He achieved more than could be expected of any man.
Today he’s gone home and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages. Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better.
His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or in our own personal lives. And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable. As he once said, “I’m not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life. My very first political action — the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. I would study his words and his writings. The day he was released from prison it gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears.
And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. And so long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him.
To Graca Machel and his family, Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us. His life’s work meant long days away from those who loved him most, and I only hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family.
There’s so much I could say, but in peace may his soul rest, but in life may his spirit forever live. #Mandela
It’s still shocking to think about the tragic deaths of actor Paul Walker and his best friend Roger Rodas. Fans from all over the world have flocked to the crash site in Santa Clarita, California to pay their respect with tears, flowers and momentos. But according to TMZ, that is all about to come to an immediate end. The city of Santa Clarita is clearing ALL tributes left at the site.
Reps for the city of Santa Clarita tell us … the flowers, candles, posters, and other tributes — not to mention all the trash — that have been left at the crash site by fans paying their respects had piled up in the street and created a road hazard.
We’re told city crews have not thrown anything away … but they’ve moved all of the items off the street and onto the sidewalk … and they’ve invited the Walker and Rodas families to take away anything they’d like to keep.
Also … we’ve learned that starting today the city will be enforcing NO parking on the street near the scene of the crash … handing out tickets to violators.
At least they’re just moving the items to the sidewalk. I have a feeling though that at some point they will just end up throwing the items away. So if you are planning to pay your respects, I’d suggest donating to Paul Walker‘s charity, Reach Out Worldwide.
In a sad case of life imitating art, Paul Walker the star of the Fast & Furious movie franchise has died in fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, CA.Sadly, he died right after leaving a charity event to raise money for the victims of the Philippines’ typhoon. Walker was not driving, he was a passenger in the car. My prayers go out to his family and friends first and foremost, followed by his die hard F&F fans. Walker, 40 years old, leaves behind a daughter named Meadow.
What many people don’t know is that Paul Walker was a philanthropist who traveled to areas hit hardest by natural disasters to provide aid and assistance, so not only will a handsome great looking actor be missed, but so will a caring selfless human being. R.I.P!
Details of the accident when you continue…plus a statement of confirmation:
Following the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial, a couple of the jurors who served on the jury came forward to share their thoughts about what happened. One of them, Juror B-29, came forward as the only minority woman on the jury. ”Maddy” talked about her feelings following the trial; she received much criticism as well, because she shared that following the trial, she wasn’t even certain that she did the right thing, in not convicting George Zimmerman. And now, according to The Orlando Sentinel, her involvement in the trial has made her life a living hell.
Maddy claims to have been receiving death threats, has lost her job and is facing eviction. Listen. Maddy wasn’t required to share her story once the trial was done. So I really am not feeling any sympathy towards her situation. Considering there’s a family out there that is still dealing with the death of their son. And every time George Zimmerman is in the news now, it’s regarding something with guns and police. But maybe I’m being too judgemental. Check out the clip below and share your thoughts:
What is the world coming to?? I don’t understand, I tell you. TMZ is reporting that a Beverly Hills cop is accused of checking out Whitney‘s body when she was found dead in a hotel room. Checking for clues to her death? I’m afraid not. The claim is that he was checking her out, I.E. seeing what she was working with. SMH
The incident allegedly occurred in the Beverly Hilton Hotel suite where Houston was found dead in a bathroom back in February, 2012.
Officer Brian Weir claims the Sergeant removed the sheet covering the body below her genitals and blurted out, “Damn, she’s still looking good, huh?” For bad measure the cop reportedly added she “looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state.”
Officer Weir says he filed a complaint with officials after Whitney‘s death but according to TMZ‘s sources, there’s no record of the complaint OR of the incident at all. Their sources are saying that Weir is upset about something else and this was a dig at them. If so, that’s really crappy to pull Whitney Houston and her family into this. What ever happened to just addressing whatever issues you have without someone man-to-man??
It’s been one year and a day since we’ve lost actor Michael Clarke Duncan. Duncan was engaged to reality villain/minister Omarosa when he died from the effects of cardiac arrest. One year later Omarosa has moved on and is going public in Orlando with her new man, WWE wrestler, Titus O’Neil. It’s not my life, but I can’t help but feel some kind of way about this. Our friend at Twana Tells, agrees:
Normally I would say congratulations however word on the curb is Omarosa and Titus met last year in Orlando, at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion a day before Michael passed away. O_O
For more exclusive pics of Omarosa and her new man Titus, head over to Twana Tells, and get the rest of the scoop.
IJS, a year is not that long, though, and she’s already moving on publicly from a man she was set to marry. Maybe a year is longer in Hollywood years!