| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:43 PM
The quadrennial convention of the AFL-CIO. the nation's largest labor federation, has attracted a diverse crowd from across the nation and around the world to the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Among the 5,000 scheduled to attend were day laborers...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 9:30 AM
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...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:00 AM
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...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:38 AM
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.
| Dec 21, 2013
| 10:27 AM
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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...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:20 AM
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....
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:47 PM
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&...
| Dec 22, 2013
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,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:35 PM
"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...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 4:43 AM
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...
| Jan 12, 2014
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...