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Winnie Mandela threatens legal action over film
The film is likely to detail the fraud, kidnapping and murder controversies that have surrounded the anti-apartheid leader’s former wife. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, as she has been known since her divorce from Mr Mandela in 1996, is one of South Africa’s most controversial and divisive figures. She is revered in some quarters as the “Mother of the Nation” for her role in the struggle, the harassment she suffered from the white authorities, and her populist rhetoric that still appeals to South Africa’s poor. But for others she is reviled. She once notoriously declared that “with our boxes of matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country”, referring to the preferred way of killing suspected informers in the townships, setting fire to a petrol-filled tyre around their necks, so ensuring an agonising death. (Continue Reading…)

Tyra to launch plus-sized teen model search
America’s Next Top Teen Model? Tyra Banks announced her latest modeling competition — the first-ever “fiercely real” plus-sized teen model search. The talk show host, 36, made the announcement on The Tyra Show on Monday and put out a call for women between the ages of 13 and 19 to enter. The only requirements? The teens must have a dress size of 12 to 20 and stand 5’9″- 6’1″ tall, she told UsMagazine.com in a statement. “I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty,” she told Us. “Through America’s Next Top Model, True Beauty and The Tyra Show, I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both inside and out.” Banks said she was unhappy that the term “plus-sized” has such a “negative connotation” in today’s society. (Continue Reading…)

In State of the Union, Obama will try to revive message
President Barack Obama will try to pivot past rocky times for the nation and himself tonight in his first State of the Union address, offering a skeptical public repackaged plans to energize the economy, stem a tide of red ink and strengthen anti-terrorism defenses. He’ll also be trying to revive his own “yes we can” image. One year into office, and a week after pledging to do better at “speaking directly to the American people,” Obama faces urgent challenges as he stands before lawmakers gathered in the Capitol and a prime-time television audience at home for the constitutionally mandated ritual of U.S. governing. The country has lost more than 7 million jobs since the recession began two years ago, unemployment is stuck at 10 percent, and the government is grappling with a record deficit. (Continue Reading…)

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