The great political activist and public servant Nelson Mandela has passed away at his South African home. The 95 year-old’s health had been faltering for the past year and he was reportedly hospitalized since early June.
Born Rolihlahla Mandela in 1918, he was given the name Nelson by his teacher on the first day of school. During those times, African primary schools were influenced by British colonials who tried to diminish cultural heritages for a more westernized one.
In 1948, South African political system known as apartheid was in full swing. Similar to the racial injustices that happened during the Jim Crow era in the United States, the country was divided along racial lines; one area known as White South Africa, another as Black South Africa. Unjust laws were enacted and created turmoil between the citizens.
Mandela started to protest and work against apartheid in the late 1950s. Sentenced to prison in the 60s, he served 27 years. His then wife Winnie Mandela is partially responsible for why he is such a household name, because during his imprisonment, she campaigned internationally for his release.
Luke James premieres his music video for “Strawberry Vapors,” lifted from his Whispers in The Dark mixtape.
The Sarah McColgan-directed visual sees The New Orleans crooner connecting with a lover on a highly different level. “Less in the physical, but more in the cerebral,” as the singer puts it himself…
RuPaul works a gorgeous black number as the latest cover girl for Instinct magazine’s December/January issue.
In the accompanying interview, the diva dished on Drag Race (the reality competition series featured on Logo), new music, and much more. Catch a few highlights below.
On new music:
Instinct: We hear you’ve been working on new music and you’re set to release it early in the new year. This will be your 10th album, right?
RuPaul: Probably, I don’t really know. [Laughs] I’m not good with numbers. But I love the process and I hit fucking pay dirt when I met [producer] Lucian Piane. We just have something and I’ve never had that with any other music partner. This kid is just so talented. He knows his music.
In a studio session, with the assistance of producer Dame Grease, DMX readies an upcoming track, “Never Give Up.”
The gospel song was recorded and a video snippet was released for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Check out the short preview above. Details on its full release are not yet available.
NBC rang in the Christmas holiday once again with the annual lighting of its 76-foot Norway Spruce tree at New York City’s Rockerfeller Center.
During Wednesday night’s ceremony (December 4), a slew of stars performed holiday favorites, including Ms. Diva Mariah Carey, singing duo Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, soul singing Mary J. Blige and songbird Ashanti!
Carey kicked things off with a performance of “Joy to the World” and later returned to sing her 1994 hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds sang a smooth rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” while MJB took us back with the Donny Hathaway classic, “This Christmas.” Unfortunately, we couldn’t find out what Ashanti sang. Either way, she looks great in her rehearsal photos up top!