From Business Insider:
Nelson Mandela has died today at the age of 95, according to South African President Jacob Zuma. His death marks the final chapter in a life that changed South Africa forever.
The former South African president had been suffering from a recurring lung infection, and the Daily Telegraph reports that his friends and family had gathered at his bed today. Zuma announced his death in a televised address to the nation.
"Our nation has lost its greatest son, yet what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," Zuma said. "We saw in him what we seek in ourselves, and in him we saw so much of ourselves."
Mandela's struggle was one of the defining stories of the 20th century. Trained as a lawyer, he became involved in politics after 1948 as South Africa moved into a system of racial apartheid. While initially espousing non-violent protests with the African National Congress (ANC), he eventually founded a militant organization and was behind a bombing campaign in the early 1960s. He was arrested and sentenced to life in prison in 1962.
Initially imprisoned in a 8 feet by 7 feet concrete cell with only a straw mat on which to sleep, Mandela's imprisonment soon became an international cause. He was eventually released on 2 February 1990 after intervention by President F. W. de Klerk.
Mandela became president of the ANC in 1991, and was elected president of South Africa in May 1994, a position in which he remained until 1999. During his time in office he led the dismantling of the apartheid system, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Mandela is survived by his wife, Graça Machel, six children, and 17 grandchildren.
Mandela had been sick for a long time. Earlier this year, South Africa's Sunday Times ran a story on Mandela's illness under the headline "It's time to let him go."
From The Huffington Post:
And you thought Miley couldn't find more ways to surprise you.
TIME's Best-Dressed and Worst-Dressed lists are just two of the magazine's 54 "Top 10" rolled out today for the end of 2013. The number one pick for best-dressed went to the lovely Jennifer Lawrence, for the gorgeous strapless Dior gown she wore when accepting her first Oscar earlier this year.
The number one worst-dressed star of the year, in turn, recognizes another memorable stage moment: Miley's nude bikini-and-shorts combo at the MTV VMAs. The two-piece, hidden under a bizarre furry-faced onesie, made Britney Spears' flesh-toned two-piece outfit at the 2000 VMAs look tame, especially when accessorized with red lipstick, a suggestively-placed foam finger and a perpetually outstretched tongue.
But Miley came close to redeeming herself months later at FGI's 30th Annual Night Of Stars Gala, where she presented the Superstar Award to Marc Jacobs wearing a slinky aqua Marc Jacobs gown. And she looked, much to everyone's surprise, pretty darn classy.
In fact, Miley wore several surprisingly inoffensive outfits this year. But somehow we doubt anyone will remember them with the VMAs still in their memories...
Teyana Taylor lost her partnership with adidas over the beef that occurred on Twitter with Rihanna.
It was back in September when Teyana Taylor and Rihanna had an all-out Twitter war, which involved both parties changing their Twitter AVI and banners to reflect the beef (see screenshots in the gallery above), not to mention getting backed by their respective fan bases. While it seems like awhile ago, apparently the effects of it are still being felt, at least for Teyana, as the G.O.O.D singer was recently dropped from adidas reportedly because of the beef.
The beef between the two singers all started when Rih Rih decided, for apparently no reason at all, to make fun of Teyana's rendition of "Caught In The Rapture" on Instagram. The two exchanged words and more on Twitter, with it ending after Teyana called Rihanna a cyber bully. While the beef never turned physical, adidas still seemed to think it was a good enough reason to drop Teyana.
Teyana was supposed to release an adidas sneaker for Black Friday, and rumors started swirling that she'd been dropped when the shoe never surfaced. A rep for Teyana originally denied that the partnership was over ("Teyana has not been dropped, the sneaker is on hold, no other comments or statement is ready to be issued at this time."), but adidas has since confirmed that it is over.
Speaking to Madame Noire, a rep for adidas said, "We have ended our relationship with Teyana Taylor and do not have any upcoming product launches with her. All I can say is that adidas partner with athletes and artists who blend well with our brand values. We evaluate our relationships with partners based on the values we hold at adidas and we don’t condone violence of any kind."
We wouldn't really consider that beef "violent" and Rihanna was the instigator...but okay.
As a large dog owner mydelf, I know how hard controlling large breeds around kids is...