Thamsanqa Jantjie (pictured), who made headlines around the globe after his signing snafu at Nelson Mandela‘s memorial in South Africa last year, left folks wondering whether he was crazy or unstable, and those sentiments were dead-on after all. At the time, Jantjie stood alongside world leaders, such as President Barack Obama, flapping his hands in meaningless […]

Pastor Lesego Daniel (pictured) has been at the center of some heated controversy, after it was publicized — via his Rabboni Centre Ministries in Garankuwa, South Africa’s Facebook page — that he had instructed congregation members to eat grass so that they can “be closer to God,” according to Times Live. SEE ALSO: Basketball Player […]

Despite his convincing portrayal of the former South African president and activist in the film Invictus, Morgan Freeman is not Nelson Mandela. Unfortunately, no one was around to tell that to the folks of Coimbatore, a southern city in India, when a billboard was erected in the South African leader’s honor featuring a photo of Freeman instead of […]

The man accused of faking sign interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service has previously been arraigned on murder and rape charges, according to RELATED: Flawed Vetting System, Not Schizophrenia, Real Issue Behind Mandela Memorial ‘Fake’ Signer Fiasco Per eNCA’s investigation, Thamsanqa Jantjie (pictured) was charged with rape in 1994, theft in 1995, housebreaking in […]

The world may be abuzz over President Barack Obama’s decision to shake the hand of Cuban leader Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, but the late South African president most certainly would have approved. After all, Mandela drew inspiration from the Cuban revolution, which culminated in Fidel Castro taking power in 1959. Among […]

Nearly 2 dozen U.S. lawmakers were scheduled to be at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, many of them members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The caucus’ link to the South African leader and his people’s struggle is longstanding.    Former Ohio congressman Louis Stokes described the history on NewsOne Now with Roland Martin. “The Congressional Black Caucus had long […]

On “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, U.S. ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard spoke about the worldwide outpouring of emotion due to Nelson Mandela‘s death. He notes that some people are surprised by the millions who are celebrating rather than mourning. “If you’re in New Orleans, for example, most funerals start off with a dirge and with a […]

Apartheid might not have ended in South Africa if it weren’t for the help of African Americans. Jesse Jackson spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to talk about contributions to end apartheid as well as how Nelson Mandela was viewed after he became the first Black president of South Africa. RELATED: Marcia Fudge On […]

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) dared to show respect for the late Nelson Mandela on social media, and the Tea Party golden boy faced the wrath of his own supporters because of it, reports ABC News. RELATED: Maya Angelou’s Tribute To Nelson Mandela: ‘His Day Is Done’ [VIDEO] Cruz posted on Facebook: Nelson Mandela will live in history […]

Dr. Maya Angelou, a living legend among us, has delivered a powerful, gripping tribute to Nelson Mandela on behalf of the American people. Released by the U.S. State Department, Angelou speaks about the “heart of Africa” walking out the prison’s door and feeling the “cool winds of freedom” all the way in America. She speaks […]

The saying goes, “behind every good man is a good woman,” and Winnie Mandela was no exception. Thanks to her, the world learned about Nelson Mandela and his imprisonment. The extremely supportive wife generated even more support around the globe, including young people and women dedicated to fighting for Mandela’s freedom. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge shared […]

On “NewsOne Now” this morning, national reporter Ebony McMorris covered Nelson Mandela‘s death, and how it has impacted the people of South Africa and around the world. Hear stories from South Africans, President Obama, and others as they reflect on the world leader’s legacy. Listen to the report below. Be sure to tune in to NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 […]