Kendrick Lamar Wants Young Fans to Honor Nelson Mandela by Learning About His Life
As we all mourn the death of world icon Nelson Mandela, 26-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar took to Twitter to suggest that his more than two million followers to take the opportunity to learn about Mandela’s life:
“Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life. That’s how you pay your respect…… GO!”
A good place to start may be with his autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom — the inspiration for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which has hit a few select U.S. theaters — with a wider release set for Christmas Day.
Starring Idris Elba as Mandela, the film explores his fight to end the system of apartheid in South Africa in the 1950s/60s and his 27-year incarceration before becoming President.
Mandela passed away Thursday at age 95 after months of concern for his health. News of his death broke during Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom‘s London premiere.
The film has set a box-office debut record in South Africa, where it earned $427,000 in its opening week.