| Aug 22, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Brandy reportedly played to a nearly empty arena in South Africa this week.
The Grammy Award-winning R&B star was a surprise guest at the Nelson Mandela Sports and Cultural Day concert in Soweto on Saturday, but nearly all of the event-goers were gone...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:56 AM
Legendary athletes Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods and Gary Player echoed world leaders in the wake of Nelson Mandela's death on Thursday at age 95.
The man who endured 27 years of imprisonment for his civil-rights efforts and helped end apartheid upon his...
| 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...
| 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 5, 2013
| 2:12 PM
Twenty-three years ago, for barely 24 hours, Nelson Mandela visited Los Angeles.
It was 1990, and he had been a free man for only a handful of months, but he had been a symbol for years -- of endurance, of the black-and-white apartheid battle in South...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country’s rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 7:45 PM
This sounds like fun. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Wines of South Africa Braai Tour: Los Angeles Edition rolls into Raleigh Studios in Hollywood for an wine tasting event billed as “from BBQ to braai.” Braai (pronounced "bry") is Afrikaans for...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 5:23 AM
Literary legend has it that James Michener saw a great blue heron above the St. Michaels property he was inspecting and immediately decided to buy the 25 acres and the old house that sat on a creek off the Choptank River, near the entrance to the...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 1:40 PM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's high walls, electric fences and lurid headlines are all part of the country's obsession with violent crime. But the release of national crime statistics is an annual ritual that sparks anxiety like little else....
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:30 AM
South Africa has selected child-gang thriller "Four Corners" as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Award race.
Directed by Ian Gabriel, "Four Corners" revolves around a 13-year old chess whiz drawn into the Cape Town's well-known child-gang...