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Happy Birthday, Mr. Mandela!!!

The face of South Africa and a symbol of compassion and forgiveness, who was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against apartheid, has turned 90 today. Happy birthday, Mr. Nelson Mandela! But, the first black president of South Africa celebrated his landmark birthday in Robin Hood-style (minus the thievery!): he urged the wealthy to share their prosperity with the less fortunate, according to the AP. "There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty," Mandela said, adding that many people in his country are not fortunate enough to make it to 90. "If you are poor, you are not likely to live long." PHOTO: AP
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Second Mandela Bash Planned For South Africa

In response to the high wattage, celebrity-sprinkled (Will Smith, Amy Winehouse, and Leona Lewis performed) pre-birthday concert bash held in London's Hyde Park on June 27th to mark Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, South Africa's political party, the African National Congress, is bringing the celebration back to "the people." ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says, "The people and the society made Mandela, not London or Houghton. That is why we want his birthday to be celebrated by the people." Mantashe has announced plans for a rally in Pretoria, South Africa on August 2nd that would include performances by local artists paying tribute to one of the key figures of the South African liberation struggle. This week also marks the 10-year anniversary of Mandela's marriage to third wife Graca Machel, the former wife of Mozambique president Samora Machel.
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Chinese Is The New Black

A court ruled that Chinese South Africans are black, according to the AFP. Challenged by the Chinese Association of South Africa (CASA), Chinese South Africans (who are less than 10,000 of the country's 47 million population) can now benefit—with people of black, Indian and mixed-race ancestry—from laws aimed at correcting injustice stemmed from the former apartheid regime.
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Mandela!!!

The face of South Africa and a symbol of compassion and forgiveness, who was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against apartheid, has turned 90 today. Happy birthday, Mr. Nelson Mandela! But, the first black president of South Africa celebrated his landmark birthday in Robin Hood-style (minus the thievery!): he urged the wealthy to share their prosperity with the less fortunate, according to the AP. "There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty," Mandela said, adding that many people in his country are not fortunate enough to make it to 90. "If you are poor, you are not likely to live long." PHOTO: AP
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Second Mandela Bash Planned For South Africa

In response to the high wattage, celebrity-sprinkled (Will Smith, Amy Winehouse, and Leona Lewis performed) pre-birthday concert bash held in London's Hyde Park on June 27th to mark Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, South Africa's political party, the African National Congress, is bringing the celebration back to "the people." ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says, "The people and the society made Mandela, not London or Houghton. That is why we want his birthday to be celebrated by the people." Mantashe has announced plans for a rally in Pretoria, South Africa on August 2nd that would include performances by local artists paying tribute to one of the key figures of the South African liberation struggle. This week also marks the 10-year anniversary of Mandela's marriage to third wife Graca Machel, the former wife of Mozambique president Samora Machel.
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Chinese Is The New Black

A court ruled that Chinese South Africans are black, according to the AFP. Challenged by the Chinese Association of South Africa (CASA), Chinese South Africans (who are less than 10,000 of the country's 47 million population) can now benefit—with people of black, Indian and mixed-race ancestry—from laws aimed at correcting injustice stemmed from the former apartheid regime.
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