1994 was the the year that saw many triumphs and tragedy for Black people all over the world. While Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa, genocide swept through Rwanda. Find out what happened in 1994 here..

From Sam Fulwood III at TheRoot.com: It's become something of a parlor game for the chattering class to compare President-elect Barack Obama to the pantheon of presidents. There's an equally—perhaps more—apt yardstick by which to measure Obama... See story & related links after the jump.

From BBC.com: Anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV/Aids are being bought and smoked by teenagers in South Africa to get high.

ROME (AP) Miriam Makeba, the South African singer known to fans worldwide as ”Mama Africa” who became an international symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle, died early Monday after performing a concert in southern Italy, a hospital said. She was 76. An emergency room official at the Pineta Grande Clinic, a private facility in Castel Volturno, […]

The ex-headmistress of Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa sued the talk show host for defamation, claiming Winfrey falsely suggested she tried to cover up abuse at the school.

A farmer who threw the body of his fired worker into a lions enclosure is out on parole after less than three years in prison, South African media reported Thursday.

South African president-in-waiting Jacob Zuma made a bid Monday to get corruption and fraud charges against him thrown out of court — and thereby remove a major obstacle he faces to becoming the nation’s next leader.