Long Walk to Freedom - Mandela biopic trailer released

It’s here! The official trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic, Long Walk to Freedom, is out. The film stars the lovely Idris Elba as the towering icon, Nelson Mandela. Naomie Harris takes up the role of the graceful yet fiery Winnie Mandela. The trailer was released just as reports surfaced that the ailing anti-Apartheid icon was slowly recovering after more than a month in hospital. A British, production, the film […]


Happy Birthday Madiba!

Today is Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday and tributes have been coming in from around the world.


5 Things You Should Know Right Now

What are we talking about? Madiba’s new book, Spoek Mathambo’s new deal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s new film, and of course, Amber Rose. Cos who isn’t? Catch up under the hood!


AfriPOP! Briefs: Les Nubians New Album out in September

There is so much to talk about on all things African, from serious to the not-so-serious Here’s what AfriPOP! is keeping it’s eyes on this week:Les Nubians, have been gone for five years. Now sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart are releasing their fourth studio album to much fanfare (ahem: us) titled “Nu Revolution.”


Film review: Invictus

The trouble with telling a story about Nelson Mandela is that it’s a story about a nation. It’s about freedom, democracy, white guilt, equality, love. Humanity even. Never about just one man. To try and whittle it all down to a man’s political ambitions realised through a sport and to try and sell this tale to everyone outside the Boerewors Curtain is an exercise in futility. But who are we […]


Ten Hollywood castings in African hero roles

Why can’t continental Africans be the stars of their own stories? Is there some ancient film industry edict which states that famous black Africans can only be played by African-Americans or black Europeans? But ever thoughtful, in preparation for the next scramble for black Hollywood stars to play African icons AfriPOP! has come up with a list to give casting directors a head start:


"Nelson Mandela: A man of the people"

Okay this picture has nothing to do with this post but it is just such a beautiful image of “Tata.” Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday is on July 18 but celebrations have already sprung up around the world. Perhaps you caught a glimpse of the star-studded birthday in London last week. We’ll keep you posted on celebrations in NYC closer to the date. Madiba’s official photographer, Peter Magubane, recently spoke to […]


50 Books every African Should Read

Anthem of the Decades, by Mazisi Kunene. Biko, by Donald Woods Roots, by Alex Haley Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal el Sadaawi Purple Hibiscus + Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimimanda Adichi Ngozi Our Sister Killjoy, by Ama Ata Aidoo Head Above Water, by Buchi Emecheta […]