| 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 15, 2014
| 4:11 AM
When the United States government needed a voice that could speak with eloquence and authority “on behalf of the American people” to honor the life of revered South African human rights champion Nelson Mandela, it is no surprise the call...
| Dec 13, 2013
The handshake between President Obama and Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service would have made the South African leader smile. It was the latest sign of a gradual thawing in relations between Washington and Havana after a frozen half-century....
| 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...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:26 AM
People around the world are talking about Thamsanqa Jantjie, the supposed sign language interpreter who made nonsensical signs while President Obama and others spoke at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa earlier this week. But only...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Nelson Mandela, who fought for decades to end racial oppression in South Africa, has died just weeks before the wide release of a movie telling the story of his life.
The film, titled "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," chronicles its subject's early life,...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:21 AM
When Wilmette officials announced they were resurrecting the tradition of honoring a local person of the year, housing advocate Gail Schechter quickly nominated a fellow advocate she said is known for her calm and grace when building bridges between...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 12:00 PM
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Disney's clever, heartwarming Rapunzel riff "Tangled" was a surprise smash back in 2010, setting the stage for last year's billon-dollar-grossing, multi-Oscar-...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 11:01 AM
Someone made Paris Hilton the butt of a Twitter hoax Thursday involving "her" reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela, and girlfriend is not happy about it.
"RIP Nelson Mandela," the Photoshopped tweet read. "Your 'I Have A Dream' speech was so...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 5:19 PM
U2 is a band that is used to big statements, political activism and rallying behind a cause. This past weekend, however, the band's larger-than-life frontman Bono was talking about the band's late-career efforts to simplify. Well, that and also his desire...