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Spotlight: Will Smith's Charity Work

With his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to benefit inner-city community development, youth educational projects and under-privileged children and their families.

Hosted the Nelson Mandela AIDS benefit concert in George, South Africa.

Dedicated time and money to helping suffering families and children in South Africa.

Charities & foundations supported

Will Smith has supported the following charities:

46664Dream FoundationElton John AIDS FoundationEntertainment Industry FoundationFeeding AmericaFlorida Marlins Community FoundationFulfillment FundLIVESTRONGLiving Classrooms FoundationMake-a-Wish FoundationMiami Children's Hospital FoundationMotion Picture and Television Fund FoundationPACTRed CrossStand Up To CancerWill and Jada Smith Family FoundationYouth Health Empowerment Read more about Will Smith's charity work and events. Related articles Charlize Theron Hosts Children's Benefit AuctionWill Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Tomiko Put the Spotlight on Lupus at Charity EventCelebrities Lend Their Hands To CharityCelebrities Put Their Votes Where Their Hearts AreStars Sign Up For Mandela's Birthday Bash

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’
The last three words in the title of “The State Against Mandela and the Others” make an apparent afterthought of the nine men tried alongside Nelson Mandela for crimes against the apartheid state in the landmark Rivonia Trial of 1963-64. Even in the opening credits, they appear after a lag, as if to say, “Oh, and those guys too.” Directors Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte are quite aware that they’re reflecting general public awareness with this tongue-in-cheek sidelining, for their absorbing, surprisingly inventive documentary account of the trial makes these “others” its heroic stars. Weaving the reflections of those still alive into an artful fusion of recently excavated archive audio and atmospheric interpretive animation, the film brings emotive, enlightening perspective to a case that may be most famous for putting Mandela in prison for 27 years, but ruptured many other lives besides.

That said, ongoing international fascination with Mandela’s
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‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’ Review: Nelson Mandela Documentary Corrects Oversight in Biopics — Cannes 2018

‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’ Review: Nelson Mandela Documentary Corrects Oversight in Biopics — Cannes 2018
The life of iconic activist and South African president Nelson Mandela is the subject of multiple features, including “Invictus,” “Mandela,” and Idris Elba’s criminally underrated turn in Justin Chadwick’s “Long Walk to Freedom.” However, when these narratives detailed the trial that convicted him of treason, the nine other defendants hardly rated a footnote. A nonfiction feature, “The State Against Mandela and the Others,” bridges that gap.

While Mandela led South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement here his lesser-known co-defendants take center stage. Directors Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte’s documentary is the most in-depth examination of the Mandela’s trial, rolling back the veil of secrecy to reveal the day-to-day courtroom testimony.

Based on 280 hours of sound archives from Mandela’s trial with nine other men between 1963 and 1964, “The State Against Mandela” utilizes fresh techniques and technology to chronicle everything from the arrest to the indictment and eventual sentencing.
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2018 Espys: Sexual Abuse Accusers to Receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award

The women who accused former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 Espys, ESPN announced on Wednesday.

“We are honored to recognize the courage of these women at the 2018 Espys, to acknowledge the power of their voices, and to shine a very well-deserved spotlight on what speaking up, fighting back, and demanding accountability can accomplish,” Alison Overholt, vice president and editor in chief, ESPN the Magazine, espnW and the Espys, said in a statement.

“They have shown us all what it truly means to speak truth to power, and through their bravery, they are making change for future generations. By honoring this group who spoke out, we aim to honor all of those who are survivors of abuse.”

Also Read: ESPYs 2017 Winners: Simone Biles, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Cubs and More

Prior recipients of
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'The State Against Mandela and the Others': Film Review | Cannes 2018

'The State Against Mandela and the Others': Film Review | Cannes 2018
An historic defeat in the fight against South Africa's apartheid regime, the Rivonia trial of 1963-64 ended with Nelson Mandela and seven co-accused serving life sentences behind bars for crimes of sabotage. The defendants turned the high-stakes trial into a powerful piece of political theater, even privately agreeing that they would not appeal against the death penalty if they were found guilty on more serious treason charges. They lost an important battle but, in the longer span of history, they later won the war.

French documentary makers Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte have found an elegant way to reconstruct the...
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Woman at War’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Woman at War’
Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice? Look no further than “Woman at War,” Benedikt Erlingsson’s gloriously Icelandic (for lack of a better adjective), near-perfect follow-up to “Of Horses and Men,” featuring an environmental activist modestly taking on the world, one electric pylon at a time. Commentators will be tumbling over themselves trying to define what kind of movie this is: comedy, musical, social drama, politically correct issue film. It’s all those except the last; political correctness implies one-dimensional preaching that narrowly cuts off conversations, whereas, whereas “Woman at War” deftly centralizes a profound humanity from which vital issues are comfortably suspended. Bound to be one of the hot sellers at this year’s Cannes, the film is likely to do bang-up business worldwide.

“Of Horses and Men
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‘Most excellent sequels, dude!’ Could other 80s classics get a Bill & Ted reboot?

The news from Cannes that there will be further adventures in middle-age for the duo leads inevitably to thoughts of other 80s movies getting a second life

Twenty-seven years. For as long as Nelson Mandela was in jail, we have waited for a new Bill & Ted adventure. Now, from Cannes, at last, comes news that “Ted” Theodore Logan and “Bill” S Preston Esq are to return in a third adventure: “Bill and Ted Face the Music”. Handily for the prosthetics department, the story will find the duo in middle-age. Burdened by family, they still haven’t written “the greatest song ever” – until a visitor from the future turns up to tell them the fate of the world depends on it, to somewhat force the issue. However familiar the plot may seem, it’s certainly most excellent to have them back. Some revivals are more timely than others, and Bill and
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Versatile snaps up world sales on Cannes doc 'The State Against Mandela And The Others' (exclusive)

Versatile snaps up world sales on Cannes doc 'The State Against Mandela And The Others' (exclusive)
Documentary reconstructs historic trial resulting in Nelson Mandela’s life sentence.

Paris-based company Versatile has snapped up world sales rights for feature documentary The State Against Mandela And The Others, ahead of its Special Screening premiere in Cannes next month.

The documentary reconstructs the Rivonia Trial, which took place in the suburbs of the South African city of Johannesburg from October 1963 to June 1964 and resulted in anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela being imprisoned for 27 years and eight months.

But rather than focusing on Mandela, it puts the spotlight on the stories of the other people who stood in the dock alongside the world-famous activist,
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The Elders Encourage Integrity And Transparency Across Zimbabwe's Transition

The Elders today encouraged all political actors in Zimbabwe to deliver integrity and transparency across the country’s transition, including a level playing field ahead of the upcoming elections.

They reaffirmed how important it is that the electoral process and subsequent actions lead to a significant strengthening of civilian authority at all levels of the state.

The concerns of civil society around rule of law, security and a fair process of electoral registration need to be heard before, during and after the elections to help ensure legitimacy.

The Elders encouraged the Government of Zimbabwe to foster open dialogue with opposition representatives, civil society, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), the African Union, the United Nations and the wider international community.

They called on the Government and all other stakeholders to promote greater transparency and accountability in the management of the economy. Sustained action is needed to eradicate fraud and corruption,
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The Elders Urge Us, Korean Leaders To Seize Chance For Nuclear Breakthrough

The Elders have called on the leaders of the United States of America, North Korea and South Korea to redouble their efforts to resolve the nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula by diplomatic means alone.

In letters to President Donald Trump, President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong-un, The Elders praised the recent gestures of reconciliation and intra-Korean cooperation around the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

They urged all parties to seize the opportunity afforded by the diplomatic path, including the planned bilateral meeting between the Us and North Korean leaders.

The Elders also reiterated their concerns about the threat to global peace posed by the North Korean nuclear programme, and stressed the need to respect Un Security Council resolutions as the best way to ease tensions.

In commending the decision to embrace the diplomatic path, The Elders encouraged the leaders in Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang to follow the example of Nelson Mandela.
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The Elders Mourn The Death Of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

The Elders express their condolences at the death of South African anti-Apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid following the imprisonment of her then husband, Nelson Mandela.

Praised for her courageous defiance during a brutal period of state terror in apartheid South Africa, her resolve – even in the most difficult personal circumstances – inspired many to continue.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders said,

“Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a voice of defiance who refused to be silenced. Her life was a testament to both the strengths and weaknesses of the human character. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s courage and resilience inspired a generation of activists, both in South Africa and around the world.”

From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17769-the-elders-mourn-the-death-of-winnie-madikizela-mandela

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Van Jones Confesses He Went Full Fanboy on Winnie Mandela

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When Van Met Winnie, it was nothing like Harry and Sally ... but CNN host Van Jones still got an unforgettable story out of it. We got the CNN host Monday at Lax as he was heading to Memphis to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. He also reflected on Winnie Mandela's death ... and the moment he, unexpectedly, came face-to-face with her.  As we reported, Nelson Mandela's wife
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Winnie Mandela, South African Anti-Apartheid Campaigner, Dies at 81

Winnie Mandela, South African Anti-Apartheid Campaigner, Dies at 81
Winnie Mandela, a South African anti-Apartheid activist and wife of former president Nelson Mandela, died in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was 81. “She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year,” Victor Dlamini, a spokesperson for the family said, according to the Guardian. “She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.” Though her image has been tarnished in recent years with tales of corruption and her own lavish lifestyle, Mandela had been called the “mother of the nation” for...
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Winnie Mandela Dead at 81

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Winnie Mandela, South Africa's first black First Lady, has died at the age of 81. Winnie married Nelson Mandela in 1958, and was with him when he became President in 1994. They divorced though in 1996 ... while he was still in office. On her own, she was very active politically. She was once President of the African National Congress Women's League. Winnie had reportedly been very ill for years now, and was recently admitted to a hospital with a kidney infection.
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We Are Family Foundation To Honor Roger Daltrey Cbe And LL Cool J

We Are Family Foundation (Waff) will honor The Who’s Roger Daltrey Cbe and entertainment icon LL Cool J at its 2018 Celebration Gala on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Waff is a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary multiple Grammy Award winning musician Nile Rodgers, dedicated to the vision of a global family. Waff creates and supports programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world.

“Not only are both Roger and LL Cool J Kennedy Center and Grammy Awardees, they’ve dedicated much of their lives to organizations that benefit people overall, and youth specifically, which perfectly aligns them with We Are Family Foundation’s mission and goals. These two incredibly talented individuals are selflessly dedicated to helping others. We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts to improve the state of
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Spotlight: United Nations Development Programme's Celebrity Supporters

The United Nations Development Programme (Undp) is the United Nations’ global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges in these areas:

Fighting poverty Building democratic societies Preventing crisis, enabling recovery Protecting the environment Halting & reversing HIV/AIDS Empowering women

•Growing national capacity How you can help

Learn about how to volunteer here.

Celebrity supporters

United Nations Development Programme has 27 known supporters, including Nelson Mandela, Ban Ki-moon, and Ian Somerhalder

Areas of work ChildrenPovertyAnimalsEducationWomenHealthDisaster ReliefEnvironmentHuman RightsEconomic/Business SupportAIDS & HIV Read more about United Nations Development Programme's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Rockets Honor Dikembe MutomboSoccer Stars Take A Kick Against PovertyRonaldo And Zidane To Play Charity SoccerZinedine Zidane To Play In Haiti Charity Soccer GameAntonio
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Smithsonian’s ‘Aerial America’ Scores 2 Soaring Spinoffs (Exclusive Video)

Smithsonian Channel has ordered two spinoffs of its popular series “Aerial America,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. “Aerial Cities” and “Aerial Africa” are both set to launch on Sunday, April 8. “Cities” will flyover Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, capturing a bird’s-eye perspective all in 4K. Watch our sneak peek above. “Aerial Africa” will explore the continent from Cape Town to Zambia, per Smithsonian. From the air, the series will showcase the places, wildlife and personalities that have left a permanent imprint on Africa, including a young Xhosa boy who grew up to be Nelson Mandela, and the...
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Movie Review – The Forgiven (2018)

The Forgiven, 2018.

Directed by Roland Joffe.

Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana, Jeff Gum, Morne Visser, Terry Norton, Rob Gough, and Debbie Sherman.

Synopsis:

After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.

Forgiveness is already a difficult process even if the results can offer inner healing and build towards communal peace, and it’s that dynamic within The Forgiven (directed by Roland Joffe and based on the play The Archbishop and the Antichrist written by Michael Ashton) that makes for riveting material. Appointed as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa following the democratic election of Nelson Mandela, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker enters the religious garments of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, finding himself caught up in the investigation of a young teenage girl while feeling summoned to the penitentiary housing Piet Blomfeld (Eric Bana), a murderous racially and politically motivated criminal
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Blacker Dread: the record store owner who became Brixton’s hero

Blacker Dread is credited with keeping youngsters out of jail

He has recorded with the biggest reggae artists of the past 50 years, performed for Nelson Mandela on his state visit to Britain, and for more than two decades ran a record store in Brixton that became a social hub and safe house for London’s Afro-Caribbean community. Yet the judge who sent him to prison in 2014 dismissed his life as a “failure”.

Blacker Dread, real name Steve Burnett-Martin, is now out and so, too, this week is a feature-length documentary about his life by Molly Dineen, a Bafta-award winning film-maker. Being Blacker, which Dineen filmed over a three-year period, is a close-up on Brixton’s Jamaican community and the man who unintentionally became its kingpin.
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Republican Senator Praises Warriors Activism, Don't Just Shut Up and Dribble!

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The Golden State Warriors did Not visit the White House during their trip to D.C. -- instead, they worked with kids in the community ... and the move is getting praised by a republican senator.  We spoke with John Thune [R-sd] who commended the NBA stars for taking local students to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.  "I just think that they are a bunch of athletes who see themselves also serving
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