A tense exchange highlights unsettled part of Tutu's legacy
Desmond Tutu was begging for an apology. “I beg you, I beg you, I beg you, please,” Tutu implored Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at a 1997 hearing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that he chaired during its mission to expose the abuses of apartheid. The subject before the panel was Madikizela-Mandela's links to a gang known as the Mandela United Football Club, whose vigilantism and involvement in murder, kidnapping and assaults appalled the local community and other senior leaders of the resistance to white rule.news.yahoo.com
The Black Press of American Remembers Those We Lost in 2021
Music, entertainment, sports, and the business world lost heroes and icons in 2021. From the stunning death of Supremes co-founder and Black Press friend Mary Wilson to the loss of DMX, Colin Powell, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2021 featured some of the saddest and most unexpected farewells. Mary Wilson died suddenly late Monday, Feb. 8, at her home just outside of Las Vegas. “I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes,” Berry Gordy, Motown Records’ founder, remarked. She was a trailblazer, a diva, and will be deeply missed.”Two months after Wilson’s death, hip-hop icon DMX died in New York at 50.thewestsidegazette.com
1st U.S. gay bishop remembers Tutu's generosity, kindness
In 2008, when the Right Rev. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was excluded from a global Anglican gathering because of his sexuality, Desmond Tutu, who died Sunday, came to his defense. “Gene Robinson is a wonderful human being, and I am proud to belong to the same church as he,” Tutu wrote in the foreword to a book Robinson published that year. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice, died at age 90.news.yahoo.com
Africa welcomes COVAX doses but warns against 'selfishness'
“It’s a concern, and everyone is talking about it.”The East African nation of 45 million people was receiving under 1 million vaccine doses — 864,000. It’s the first batch of a total of 18 million COVAX doses for Uganda, but when all will arrive is not known. While the COVAX initiative was created to ensure that low- and middle-income countries receive COVID-19 vaccines, it has faced delays and limited supply. And Nigeria began its vaccination campaign after Africa’s most populous country received almost 4 million doses. AdThe COVAX delays have pushed other African countries to seek more doses elsewhere, including via bilateral deals that can be unfavorable.
Prosecutor son seeks father's release in fatal Brink's heist
Andrew Cuomo for clemency for Gilbert, one of the oldest and longest held inmates in New York state. Four decades later, advocates for the 76-year-old inmate’s release include San Francisco’s chief prosecutor, the son left behind at 14 months old when both his parents were arrested. Boudin ran a progressive campaign in which he said visiting his parents Kathy Boudin and Gilbert in prison showed him the criminal justice system was broken. Hanchar contends Gilbert helped plan a crime that left a lasting hole in the lives of the slain men’s families. Shakur was convicted of leading a group responsible for a series of armed robberies in New York and Connecticut, including the Brink’s heist.
NYC cathedral gunman's note says he planned to take hostages
New York police officers move in on the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. A man was shot by police after shots rang out at the end of a Christmas choral concert on the steps of the Manhattan cathedral Sunday afternoon. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the church which is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and seat of its bishop. The note was first reported by NBC New York. In the note, the law enforcement official said, Vasquez wrote he did not expect to make it home.
Virus deaths top 600,000 as cases rise in SAfrica, Australia
China confirmed 13 new cases in the northwestern city of Urumqi on Sunday, while South Korea reported less than 40 additional cases for a second straight day. The number of confirmed infections worldwide has passed 14.2 million, out of which 3.7 million are in the United States. Local governments in India continued to reimpose focused lockdowns in several parts of the country following a surge in cases. Iran has the Middle Easts worst outbreak with more than 270,000 confirmed cases. In Bangladesh, confirmed cases surpassed 200,000 but experts say the number is much higher as the country lacks adequate labs for testing.
Breathtaking virus numbers show normal life still far away
Health workers wait to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)JOHANNESBURG South Africa was poised on Saturday to join the top five countries most affected by the coronavirus, while breathtaking numbers around the world were a reminder a return to normal life is still far from sight. Confirmed virus cases worldwide have topped 14 million and deaths have surpassed 600,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data, a day after the World Health Organization reported a single-day record of new infections at over 237,000. The country, however, remains the worlds most unequal, and health officials have warned that the pandemic will lay that bare. The two most populous states each reported roughly 10,000 new cases and some of their highest death counts since the pandemic began.
Rugbys Springboks are exactly what Mandela envisioned
We are incredibly proud to be South Africans, Tutu and his wife, Leah, said in a public message to the victorious South Africa team. Unlike 95, this wasnt at home and in front of Mandela, South Africas beloved anti-apartheid leader and first democratically elected president who died in 2013. The team Mandela cheered on in the 95 final was all white save for one player. And for years after Mandela and 95, rugby in South Africa remained a white-dominated sport and the Springboks a white-dominated team. On Saturday, South Africans cheered on their Springboks because they were truly their Springboks.sfltimes.com
Prince Harry and Meghan sue UK tabloid over private letter allegations
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 25, 2019. (CNN) - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are suing a UK tabloid over a private letter it published, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex alleging it was published illegally and edited selectively to hide "lies" the paper had told about the duchess. Harry added that "this particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behavior by British tabloid media. "I've literally just seen his statement so we're still digesting and we'll put out a statement soon," Wellington said. He would not comment on when The Mail on Sunday found out about the lawsuit, or on which law firm was representing the tabloid.
Archie makes his debut on Meghan and Harry's South Africa tour
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 25, 2019. Marking his South African debut, four-month-old Archie met the beloved 87-year-old statesman when the family visited his legacy foundation in Cape Town. Footage posted to the official Sussex Royal Instagram account first revealed the much-anticipated moment -- to the delight of royal fans around the world. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up to wellwishers at other engagements earlier this week about parenting Archie. Samoodien's sister, 61-year-old Nazli Edross-Fakier, told CNN that Meghan said that "Archie is the most calm, beautiful, easy baby."
Prince Harry and Meghan bring baby Archie to meet Desmond Tutu
The world got its first opportunity to really ogle the newest member of Britain's royal family on Wednesday, as Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, brought baby Archie along to meet a South African icon. Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, seemed genuinely overjoyed to meet four-month-old Archie as the royal family arrived for a private visit in Cape Town. Archbishop Desmond Tutu kisses baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on the head as he is held by his mother, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa, September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with their baby Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah in Cape Town, September 25, 2019. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and baby Archie, sit for tea and cake with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa, September 25, 2019.cbsnews.com
Most anticipated babies of all time
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 25, 2019. Archie's birth back in May was just one of the most anticipated births. Read on for more. Hide Caption