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Saturday, February 15th, 2014

What it is to be Winnie Mandela

I just finished reading a fascinating appetizer to John Carlin’s new book on Nelson Mandela, Knowing Mandela, and it set me wondering what might be the place of solitude in the narration of South African history. Some of the details of the failure of Nelson’s marriage to Winnie are public knowledge while others are revealed for

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Winnie Mandela on the South African exceptionalism embodied by Nelson Mandela

Mandela was extricated from the masses. He was made an idol, almost Jesus Christ! This is nonsense, a lot of nonsense. The freedom of this country was attained by the masses of this country. It was attained...

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

No wonder Winnie Mandela objected to this

Remember when Darrell Roodt’s “Winnie” first premiered in 2011 at Toronto Film Festival, and tanked? At the time Winnie Mandela herself declared that she didn’t like the film (unfortunately you have to watch Nadia Bilchik deliver this news)–she wasn’t...

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Long Walk to Toronto

It is a warm and breezy Sunday afternoon in Toronto, just the kind of weather that makes us question whether we should be going into a dark movie house to catch one the “hottest” screenings at this year’s international...

Monday, December 31st, 2012

2012’s SMH (also known as “Africa is a Country”) Moments

There are times we shake our heads or roll our eyes. When we could not invent some of the things that we spot in the media. For some reason especially New York Times journalists can’t help themselves...

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Jennifer Hudson is no Winnie Mandela

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Winnie Mandela Sings Opera

Any word on the artistic value of this production now playing in the South African capital, Pretoria, and which Winnie Mandela, now also an arts critic, declares takes “… us ten steps further … we are part...

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

What to make of Julius Malema

Julius Malema, the young ANC leader recently described by Winnie Mandela as “the future President of South Africa” can get a rise out of people. And he is often a stand-in for all kinds of prejudices. As...

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

‘The Real Housewives of Civil Rights’

It’s suppose to be funny. Winnie Mandela even makes an appearance.

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Winnie?

If you’ve got four minutes, here’s the trailer for the highly anticipated (that’s debatable) biopic of Winnie Mandela, starring Jennifer Hudson as the title character and none other than Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela. It...

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Winnie and Nelson?

The first promotional stills for Darrell Roodt’s controversial film “Winnie”–currently being shot around Johannesburg–are out. We don’t anything about the acting yet, but do Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard (the latter already has a fake South African...

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Mandela Hustles and Flows

In yet more film news this week, Empire reports that Terrence Howard has signed on to play Nelson Mandela opposite Jennifer Hudson’s Winnie in the forthcoming biopic, which Herman wrote about not too long ago. Do with...

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Weekend Links

Stuff I missed or was too tired to give adequate attention to over the last few days: * Great commentary on the proposed Hollywood biopic of Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson as the mother of the nation....

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Behind the Rainbow

If you’re in the US tonight and you’re close to a TV, watch Egyptian filmmaker Jihan Al-Tahri’s documentary film, “Behind the Rainbow” (trailer above), about  the years between the South African ANC’s unbanning in 1990, the taking...

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Screen Life of Winnie Mandela

Apparently Jennifer Hudson had to lose 60 pounds to star as Winnie Mandela in a planned biopic. Mandela was a leading figure in South African politics in the late 20th century and who was married to former South...

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

FREE NELSON MANDELA

Remember when Nelson Mandela walked out of prison on February 11, 1990. I know for some people he never went to prison. I know where I was: watching it with my parents and siblings in our living...