VIDEO: Lil’ Kim Sings (Not Raps!) ‘Time After Time’ with Cyndi Lauper At Mandela’s 91st Birthday Bash

Lil Kim’ showed off her softer, folksy side at Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday celebration at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday.

The Brooklyn rapper donned a pretty pink frock and accompanied Cyndi Lauper in a duet of the hit song “Time After Time.” Kim sang sweetly and managed to hold her own with Lauper, even though the slow song was a great departure from Kim’s usual high energy rap songs.

Blindie loves how Kim managed to merge her own song “Put Your Lighters Up” with Lauper’s timeless hit!

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

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.