Hugh Masekela

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela passed away on Monday from complications related to prostate cancer. He was 78.

The South African musician, who was a leading activist in the struggle to end apartheid, died "peacefully" in his Johannesburg home on Tuesday, his family told the BBC in a statement.

Masekela, who was known as the father of South African jazz, earned worldwide fame for hits such as his protest songs "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home", which became an anthem for those protesting Nelson Mandela imprisonment.

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Obama Sign Language Interpreter

The Johannesburg man accused of faking sign language interpretation for President Obama and other world leaders was part of a mob who burned 2 thieves to death in 2003, the Associated Press reports.

Jantjie stood less than 3 feet away from President Obama, and other world leaders, who spoke at Nelson Mandela's memorial service last week.

One of Jantjie's cousins and three of his friends told the AP he was among a group of men who accosted two television thieves and placed tires around their necks before setting them on fire.

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Michelle Obama

The Getty Images photographer who snapped the selfie seen around the world says First Lady Michelle Obama was not upset with President Barack Obama.

Roberto Schmidt's infamous photo went viral on social networking websites on Tuesday. The photo shows Obama snapping a 'selfie' with himself and the Danish Prime Minister during Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg.

Many critics slammed Obama for not maintaining decorum and dignity at such a solemn occasion.

Others assumed Mrs. Obama's pinched facial expression indicated disapproval of the president's childish behavior.

But the photographer disputed the reports.

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Obama Sign Language Interpreter

Deaf South Africans are outraged that the man chosen to interpret President Obama's speech at Mandela's Memorial Service Tuesday was a fraud.

Three sign language interpreters say the man was not signing in any known language. They accused the man of "making up his own signs".

What was supposed to be a dignified, solemn ceremony for a beloved world leader turned into a comedy of errors. From Obama taking selfies and flirting with the Danish PM to a fake sign language interpreter. Mr. Mandela deserved more respect than this.

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Obama snaps selfie

President Barack Obama made a spectacle of himself by snapping a 'selfie' -- a self portrait -- and FLIRTING with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during the Nelson Mandela memorial service early this morning in Johannesburg.

How embarrassing.

Obama snapped the 'selfie' with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt -- while First Lady Michelle Obama sat next to him looking pissed.

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Kanye West

Troubled music producer and rapper Kanye West took to his Twitter account yesterday to clear up rumors that he compared himself to the late, great Nelson Mandela.

In a series of tweets, Kanye lauded Mandela for serving "as a guiding light to illuminate our future," and he chastised the media for engineering "false stories and noise" about him.

"I've never said anything to dishonor or trivialize the life or transition of one of the most inspiring leaders," West tweeted.

Kanye West tweets

It isn't clear how the rumor got started, but it's not a stretch to believe the egotistic producer said those things about himself. Anyway, thanks to Kanye for clearing that up.

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Idris Elba and Naomie Harris attend Mandela screening

Actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris posed on the red carpet prior to the Royal film performance screening of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" at The Odeon Leicester Square in London on Thursday, Dec. 5. The event organizers waited until the film ended to inform the guests that Nelson Mandela had passed away at his home in South Africa. Some people in the audience -- which included Mandela's family members and Prince William and Kate -- gasped, screamed and wailed after the announcement.

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Nelson Mandela

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.”

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