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  • St. Lucia builds on jingle-writing lessons

    St. Lucia builds on jingle-writing lessons
    Jean-Philip Grobler spent years churning out commercial jingles to pay the bills while working on the music that really inspired him. Now Grobler's band, St. Lucia, is drawing acclaim for the lustrous synth-pop on its recent debut album, "When the...
  • With Nelson Mandela movie, the culmination of a winding trek

    Among the surprising things about the movie chronicling Nelson Mandela’s journey to freedom is that it began while he was still in prison. ¬† Back in the late 1980s, South African movie producer Anant Singh started corresponding with the imprisoned...
  • Portraying Nelson Mandela hits close to home for Idris Elba

    Portraying Nelson Mandela hits close to home for Idris Elba
    British actor Idris Elba is having what he describes as a "beautiful moment" in his career. His off-screen life, though, is another story. This summer, Elba starred in Guillermo del Toro's special-effects action thriller "Pacific Rim," in which he...
  • Rare, hefty blue diamond found in South Africa; check out these gems

    A big blue diamond has been found at a South African mine known for churning out famous diamonds, and the stone could be worth tens of millions of dollars. The diamond, extracted from the Cullinan mine near Pretoria, is 29.6 carats. Larger blue...
  • PR executive Justine Sacco fired after insensitive tweet goes global

    PR executive Justine Sacco fired after insensitive tweet goes global
    This post has been updated. See below for details. A communications executive for media mogul Barry Diller went from relative obscurity to global pariah after an insensitive tweet about AIDS and Africa went viral. Justine Sacco, a director of...
  • Nelson Mandela memorial: Flap over 'hand-flapping' interpreter

    Nelson Mandela memorial: Flap over 'hand-flapping' interpreter
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The official sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's state memorial service on Tuesday didn't even know the gestures for "South Africa" or "thank you," according to representatives of organizations for deaf people....
  • Amnesty International concerts captured on 'Released!' DVDs, CDs

    Amnesty International concerts captured on 'Released!' DVDs, CDs
    It’s almost inconceivable today, but a generation ago, some of the biggest pop music events in the history of the planet came and went with no commercially available evidence left behind. That curious fact is brought to the fore with this week&...
  • South Africa, the nation that gave up its nukes

    It would be a mistake to think that the end of the Cold War also ended the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Nuclear-armed states continue to deploy huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, other states continue with their efforts to acquire nuclear weapons,...
  • Fulfilling the legacy of Nelson Mandela

    Fulfilling the legacy of Nelson Mandela
    "Isn't Mandela still president?" That startling question came from a homeless teenager in a Cape Town township during an interview in 2007, as I set off around South Africa to explore the meaning of freedom in the lives of young people. At first, I...
  • Weekend preview: Beauty more than skin deep at Model Beach Volleyball

    Weekend preview: Beauty more than skin deep at Model Beach Volleyball
    Former Miami Heat star Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t miss many slam dunks. Nana Meriwether is a slam dunk, and Shaq missed it. Meriwether, who will travel from her home in New York to take part in the fifth annual Wild Fox Model Beach...
  • Apartheid in Israel? Hardly.

     Apartheid in Israel? Hardly.
    Two American academic groups — the American Studies Assn. and the Assn. for Asian American Studies — have called for a boycott of Israeli universities. Those resolutions have met with many objections. Much has been made, for example, of the...