“Death is something inevitable.When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people&his country,he can rest in peace” #Madiba
— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) December 5, 2013
South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela passed away at his home today. He was 95. Tributes and condolences flooded social networking websites as world leaders, former presidents, celebrities and citizens of the world remembered the anti-apartheid civil rights leader.
President Obama spoke on Mandela’s passing from the White House about 45 minutes after the announcement that Mandela had died.
“He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages,” said Obama, borrowing the words of Edwin M. Stanton, who, as Abraham Lincoln lay on his deathbed, said “He now belongs to the ages.”
Aging rapper Nas was seen walking talking on his cell phone while strolling the streets of NYC on Wednesday. Rapper J. Cole’s recounted how he acted like a groupie the moment he played his Born Sinner track “Let Nas Down” for the god MC. The encounter took place at a Houston airport at 6:30 a.m. “My homeboy’s like can I hear that song you just did?” Cole recalls. After letting his friend hear “Let Nas Down” they spotted Nas, 39. “He’s handing me the laptop back and he says ‘Yo is that Nas right there?’ I never run into this dude, I had only met him like one other time” said Cole. “I ran on the plane. He was in the seat directly behind me” Cole then played him the song, “He went nuts!”
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R&B singer Mary J. Blige struggled to stay awake during the Los Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets game in the Staples Center in LA Tuesday. The 41-year-old “My Life” singer was spotted yawning and nodding off while sitting at court side. The Lakers defeated the Brooklyn Nets by the final score of 95-90 in their first game under a new head coach. Mike D’Antoni was hired to replace departing coach Mike Brown who was unceremoniously fired after the Lakers started the 2012-13 season with a dismal 1-4 record.
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Actor Malik Yoba attended the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge last week with his longtime companion Terry Barbosa, right, and his kids (?) Pria and Dena. I put a question mark there because I heard an interesting rumor about Mr. Yoba that I won’t repeat. Let’s just say I’m surprised that he has children considering what I heard…
Former champion boxer Mike Tyson attended the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City yesterday with his family (L to R) son Amir, 12, daughter Rayna, 13, and daughter Mikey, 19. Amir and Rayna’s mom is pediatrician Monica Turner, who divorced Tyson in 2003. Tyson has a total of 7 kids (Exodus, 4, died in June).
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