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Behold The Star

Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The performance will take place at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater at Georgia Regents University.

Creative Impressions will present its annual “Behold The Star” production on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The performance will take place at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater at Georgia Regents University. General admission for the matinee performance is $15 and $20 for the evening performance. “Behold The Star” is a spectacular four set musical and dance production that mixes classical and contemporary selections from Peter J. Wihousky to Kirk Franklin. Each performance celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and embodies the spirit of Christmas. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre Box Office at 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA. You purchase tickets online by visiting or by calling (706) 664-­9022 or Gayle McLaughlin at (706) 589-­ 8214. For more information about Creative Impressions, visit www.creative-­

Kwanzaa Celebration Humanitree House will host the City-Wide Kwanzaa Community Celebration and Marketplace on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. This free community event will be celebrated through varied dance and music performances, a tribute to community elders, a marketplace for shopping, activities for children

and families, and a ceremony honoring members of the community. This community collective will be one-stop pre-holiday shopping spot featuring handcrafted jewelry, clothes, toys, books, art, and beauty products. Interested vendors and performers should contact Denise Tucker for information at 706-3940190 or visit www.humanitreehouse. com.

Nutcracker in the South On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 5 p.m., the Cutno Dance Center will present their rendition of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker.” Creative Director Ferneasa Cutno has put together a lively contemporary version titled “Nutcracker in the South” using the classic score by Tchaikovsky and the score by Duke Ellington. Ellington recorded “The Nutcracker Suite”, after meeting Tchaikovsky in Las

Vegas, for the Columbia Label in 1960. This album features jazz interpretations of “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsy. This lively contemporary version has reimagined scenes using everything from urban hip hop to classic ballet. Tickets can be purchased through Please contact Cutno Dance Center for more info at 706-364-3442

Annual Concert of Holiday Music

The Augusta Museum of History is pleased to host the Augusta Collegium Musicum in the Annual Concert of Holiday Music featuring seasonal music from five centuries on Monday, December 16, 2013 at7:30 pm in the Museum’s Rotunda.    Now in their twenty-fourth season, the Augusta Collegium Musicum is a superb a capella chamber choir under the direction of Mr. William F. Toole.   Tickets are only $10 for Augusta Museum of History and Collegium members, or $15 for non-members.  Light refreshments will be served.

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ip-hop culture originated in New York among black and Latino ghetto youth. Hip-hop culture has been internationally recognized since the 1970’s. Its main components are rap (MC’ing), deejaying, break-dancing, and graffiti art. In 1967 to South Bronx came Clive Campbell from Jamaica, who was labeled Kool Herc. He is considered to be one of the founders of hip-hop. He arranged parties, made an interesting speech-feast into the microphone. Soon he became known as MC ( “master of ceremony”). When a DJ, besides making music, announced some rhythmic text it became known as the word “rap”. Soon Kool Herc began to repeat the instrumental breaks between verses, during which dancers came out to the dance-floor and showed their skills. The dance was called breakdancing style (breaking).”MC” has become synonymous with rap, when rappers have become not only DJs but also performers. It became popular, after 1969, when James Brown wrote a funk-hit “The Good Foot” and performed some elements of this dance on the stage. Unlike any other art form, it took less than 40 years for hip-hop to become a global phenomenon and way of life. It is now performed and enjoyed on every continent and is used in various forms of advertisement. Hip-hop has become a billion dollar industry and is well known by all walks of life. However, as time progresses, hiphop’s rich roots and history are being buried underground and a more technological and commercial offspring has emerged.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9 p.m. at Sky City at downtown’s Broad Street in Augusta, GA. It is important that the foundation of this art form and culture is not lost and remains respected and treasured amongst present and future generations. In effort to help revitalize the foundation of hip-hop, the founder of Uprising Entertainment, Brotha Trav Wright, will be hosting “the ultimate hip-hop experience”. The showcase, entitled “ELEMENTZ”, will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9p.m. at Sky City on downtown Broad Street in Augusta, GA. The event will include various rappers performing songs by hiphop legends of yesterday. There will also be a head-to-head deejay battle and a live breakdancing exhibition. Throughout the night, an accomplished graffiti-artist will paint a live mural using spray paint cans in tribute to the rich art-form known as hip-hop. This event has promised to provide an enjoyable history lesson and a lifetime of memories for all that attend. The ELEMENTZ show is only $5 admission and is partnering with the annual James Brown Toy Drive. Each person is being asked to bring an unwrapped toy in effort to ensure a happy holiday season for those who are less fortunate.

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Evans gets nod from Richmond County ministers By Frederick Benjamin Sr. UPW Political Writer

AUGUSTA In the three weeks since the Special Election for House District 127 ended with a runoff election scheduled for Dec. 3, the campaign story narrative went somethig like this: The front-runner, Brian Prince, (based on his winning the most votes in the Nov. 5 Special Election) would have to make sure that his Richmond County supporters return to the polls with some of their friends and neighbors. Prince, a

Richmond County native, got hammered in Jefferson County by his runoff opponent Diane Evans, a Jefferson County resident. For Evans, the challenge has always been getting the resources needed to pull more Jefferson County voters to the polls and making inroads in Richmond County where she ran poorly (only 6.8 percent of the vote). Clearly, the inertia following an indecisive Special Election, coupled with voter apathy (less than 15 percent turnout in Richmond County) and the holiday dis-

Brian Prince, candidate for State House District 127. Photo by Vincent Hobbs

POLITICAL ANALYSIS tractions pose a serious hurdle for the candidates and their staffs of volunteers. With the campaign in its final days, the significant news is emanating from the Evans camp. The retired educator and pastor has landed key support from influential Richmond County ministers. Last week, UrbanProWeekly reported that Evans was awaiting confirmation of support from the local ministers.

Diane B. Evans, candidate for State House District 127. Photo by Vincent Hobbs

This week the endorsements were made public. A letter endorsing Evans was signed by a number of Richmond County religious leaders including the Rev. Clarence Moore (Good Shepherd Baptist), the Rev. K.B. Martin (Antioch Missionary Baptist), the Rev. Chavas Boyd (Mt. Vernon Baptist) and the Rev. Karlton Howard (Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist). The ministers lauded Evans for her dedication and service to the community and because she is “correct on all our issues.”

One of the issues being the powers granted to the mayor of Augusta. Prince first spoke on this matter following the Nov. 5 election. He indicated that he was in support of expanding the powers of the mayor. With the mayor’s race being contested by a number of local politicians, many political observers have speculated whether those remarks might erode support for him. Those ministers in support of Evans said, “She [Evans] wants to keep the power of Augusta’s mayor in check.”

New stores to boost southside New Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme to Jumpstart Redevelopment of Windsor Square

AUGUSTA This week, the City of Augusta and Hull Storey Gibson Companies kicked off the redevelopment of Windsor Square shopping center by announcing the additions of Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme as part of a revitalization plan to create a new first class retail and restaurant destination for South Augusta. “I believe that today’s announcement of a new Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme to serve this area of our community is a leading indicator of the great things about to happen in South Augusta,” said Mayor Deke Copenhaver. “With the ongoing growth at Fort Gordon and the new Starbucks manufacturing facility coming online next year with the Rockwood facility to follow shortly, the southern area of our city is poised for quality growth in the coming years. I would like to personally thank Hull Storey Gibson and our team

from local government for their diligent work to bring this deal to fruition as well as Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme for their ongoing investments in our community.” Redevelopment plans will include improved landscaping, increased pedestrian level lighting and the demolition of vacant shop space to the left of the Post Office and Dollar General. The Post Office, Dollar General and Goodwill will remain on the property and SRP Credit Union will relocate to the Lowe’s anchored center across Windsor Spring Road also owned by Hull Storey Gibson Companies. Efforts to attract new tenants are underway with Chick-fil-A contracted to open a new facility next to McDonald’s in the summer of 2014 and Krispy Kreme joining the property next to Taco Bell. The developer anticipates an additional announcement about another popular national food

Along Peach Orchard Road in Augusta. Circles indicate site of proposed stores Krispy Kreme and Chick-fil-A tion possible,” said Jim Hull, mistic and excited about the chain in the near future. “City leaders Comm- Managing Principal of Hull future development potenissioner Joe Jackson and Storey Gibson Companies. tial of this key area of South Administrator Fred Russell “With combined efforts, Augusta.” have taken a keen interest national retailers and resHull Storey Gibson in revitalizing this prop- taurants are recognizing Companies purchased erty and their enthusiasm that South Augusta is one Windsor Square in 1987 and and continued support have of the prime spots to locate owns and manages several allowed us to get to where in the Aiken, Columbia retail and restaurant propwe are today and will help County and Augusta area. erties throughout Augusta make this great transforma- We couldn’t be more opti- and the Southeast.

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AUGUSTA The Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, in conjunction with BreathEasy Augusta, a local grassroots organization focused on eliminating secondhand smoke from the workplace, will honor four Augusta-Richmond County Commissioners at GRU’s Great American Smokeout event being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Jaguar Student Activity Center on the Summerville campus. Being recognized are District 1 Commissioner William Fennoy, District 5 Commissioner Bill Lockett, District 7 Commissioner Donnie Smith, and District 2 Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson. All four Commissioners voted in favor of the recently proposed Smokefree Ordinance, which would have eliminated smoking from all public spaces. The proposed ordinance was sponsored by Johnson. All four Commissioners will be recognized as Public Health Heroes at 12:30 pm at the Smokeout event which is open to the public. The Great American Smokeout is celebrated nationally to call attention to harmful effects of smoking and to support people in quitting. At the GRU Smokeout attendees can get tips for quitting and sign-up for the Cancer Center’s Tobacco Cessation Services. They can participate in interactive displays like testing their lung capacity, comparing a healthy and cancerous lung or getting their blood pressure taken. BreathEasy Augusta is a coalition of community partners working to ensure that all workers are protected from sec-

ondhand smoke exposure. For more information, visit www. or like us on Facebook at BreathEasyAugusta. The GRU Cancer Center is a multi-

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Paine College sophomore Rachel Walker

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Kristen Koch named to All-Conference Volleyball Team

Rachel Walker named to Volleyball All-SIAC Second Team

AUGUSTA GRU Augusta junior Kristen Koch was named to the Peach Belt Conference›s 2013 volleyball AllConference team following the first day of play at the annual tournament championship in Florence, S.C. Koch led the entire league in kills (406) and kills per set (3.50) and paced the Jaguars in attacks,

AUGUSTA Paine College sophomore volleyball player Rachel Walker was named to the All-SIAC Second Team for the season. The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) made the announcement of the 2013 AllConference Team at the end of the season honors for volleyball

sets played and was third with 304 digs (2.62 dps). She began the season with a double-double (14 kills, 20 digs) in the first match against Erskine and for the season went on to record 25 matches with doublefigure kills and posted 12 doubledoubles – including a streak of 16 in a row.

as voted on by the SIAC Volleyball Coaches Association. Walker plays libero for the Lady Lions and was named SIAC Defensive Player of the Week three times over the course of the season. The Hooks, Texas native collected 311 digs, 21 service aces and 16 kills.

Augusta native starring in new season of TV ONE’s Fatal Attraction ATLANTA Actor M.V. “Mark” OLIPHANT will star in the new season opener episode of Fatal Attraction on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9pm EST (8pm CST) on TV One. This upcoming episode featuring the Augusta native (by way of Wrens, GA) kicks off the national cable network’s crime docu-series’ second season.  Driven by powerful, real-life stories of passion resulting in mayhem and murder,  Fatal Attraction is an hour-long compilation of intimate, first person interviews, evocative cinematography, exclusive interrogation footage and rare archival material for a heartpounding glimpse into the dark stories of dangerous romances. In the new season’s first episode, M.V. Oliphant gives an intense portrayal the episode’s featured subject, Jerry Logan for a true story re-enactment of Logan’s involvement in a fervid but vicious love triangle with tumultuous outcomes.   Fatal Attraction is Oliphant’s first lead role on major network television, having performed supporting roles in the second season finale of Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” in 2012, Oxygen Network’s “Snapped” in 2010, Sid Roth’s “Its Supernatural” (2012 and 2013) as well as featured background appearances in shows such as Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” (season finale of final episode 2012, was also a

fessor Dr. J.C. Taylor). M.V. “Mark” Oliphant is a graduate of both T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School and Morehouse College, and the son of Pearl Carter Oliphant and Alex Oliphant, both of Augusta.    For more information about Fatal

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Wycliffe Gordon presented with visiting professorship at GRU

Mark Oliphant stand-in for lead actor LeVan Davis bka “Curtis Payne”), the Rickey Smiley Show (2012) and in the 2010 motion picture “Lottery Ticket” (on which he was also stand-in for actor/rap star Ice Cube). Oliphant has also appeared in a number of local and regional live stage productions since his acting debut in a 1997 Augusta theatrical presentation of murder mystery play “House Without Windows” (produced and co-starred Augusta-based actress Maxine Barnett-Nesbitt and directed by the late Paine College drama pro-

AUGUSTA Renowned jazz trombonist and international recording artist, composer, and arranger Wycliffe Gordon was presented with a visiting professorship in the Department of Music at Georgia Regents University during a recent Jazz Ensemble performance on Nov. 12. Gordon performed with the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Rob Foster, Professor of Music, at the Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville Campus. The formal announcement was made during the performance, said Dr. Angela Morgan, Chairwoman of the Department of Music. “He’s an internationally renowned jazz musician, but the exciting thing is that he’s from right here in Augusta,” Morgan said. Gordon was born in Waynesboro, Ga., and is a graduate of Augusta’s Butler High School. To date, he has released more than 20 records as a

solo artist and tours regularly with the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet. He is a veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and teaches in the Jazz Arts Program at the Manhattan School of Music. From 2001-13, he was named “Trombonist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times. In 2007, he received the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award for his work as a composer, instrumentalist, performer, and educator in the field of jazz. Gordon’s visiting professorship begins in fall 2014. He will spend six weeks of each semester at GRU, working with students in a new Jazz Studies track in the Bachelor of Music degree program. “Students will be able to concentrate their efforts in jazz to prepare them to be better jazz musicians,” Morgan said.


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• LISTEN as I become YOUR voice in Atlanta • LEAD when addressing issues that affect the district • ADVOCATE for laws that help All citizens • •

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Augusta Technical College class was sworn on November 13, 2013. 1st row (front): Benjamin Corbin, Kaitlyn Mills, Timothy Corbin, Linda Miller (Secretary), Martrell Williams, Kelsee Adams, Shaquilla Wright 2nd row: Thomas Farthing, Kieran Edmonds, Gregory Stewart, Blake Murphy, Rolando Rivera-Gonzalez, Kyle Lee, Michael Powell 3rd row: Josue Morales, Eric Brill, Emerick Baxter, Casey Taylor 4th row: William Howard, Justin Ashmore, Glenn Moody, Jeanal Cardoso 5th row (back): Eric Snowberger (Lead Instructor), Rhett Austin, Desmond Wells, David Whelchel, Jason Jackson, Phillip Morris, Kyle Golden, Ken Jones (Director)

Young musicians honored with composition awards AUGUSTA Two young musicians, including a student and recent alum of the Department of Music at Georgia Regents University, were honored in recent composition contests. William Dukes, a senior music major at GRU, was a winner in the Georgia Music Educators Association Composition Contest in November. His piece, “Saxophone Quartet in F minor,” will be performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Savannah in January.  Dukes, a Warner Robins native, studies composition with Dr. Martin David Jones, Music Director of the GRU Orchestra, and Professor of Piano, Conducting, Composition, and Theory in the Department of Music. Matthew Reed, a fall 2012 graduate from Martinez was the Georgia winner of the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Composition Competition in October. His piece, “The Eagle Forgotten,” was composed as an undergraduate at GRU and was first performed on campus as part of the university’s “Life of the Mind” series. His composition advances to an MTNA Southern states regional competition in January.   “These are the two highest composition prizes for college composers in the state of Georgia,” Jones said.

Author Sara Elliott Sommerville to read from her mystery novel AUGUSTA Author Sara Elliott Sommerville will be reading selections from my debut novel, “Death at the Old Mill Pond” at the Maxwell Branch Library, at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 5th.  “Death at the Old Mill Pond” is the first in the author’s Zanna Armstrong Mystery Series. It is a southern story set in rural South Carolina during the Civil Rights era. The novel is a work of fiction, but very loosely based on an incident from my childhood. The setting is similar to my family home.  Zanna Armstrong and her brother Beau have known the miller and his family all of their lives. They cannot believe they’d murder Fats Wiggins, no matter the provocation. The two teenagers set out to help the sheriff solve the murder, but soon their own lives are at risk. The library is located at: 1927 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, Georgia.

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Cross Creek @ Jefferson Co. (Fri.) ARC, Butler, Glenn Hills, Laney, Josey @ 100 Black Men Classic @ ARC (Sat.)

Nov. 30 (Sat.)

Butler @ Rockdale Co.

Dec. 3 (Tue.)

Laney @ Glenn Hills Greenbrier @ Hephzibah

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Jefferson Co. @ Cross Creek Westside @ Lakeside Josey @ Savannah High Laney @ Beach High Hephzibah @ Grovetown ARC @ Evans Tournament

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Dec. 14 (Sat.)

Rockdale Co. @ Butler Glenn Hills @ Aquinas Hephzibah @ Geenbrier Laney @ East Laurens Westside @ Denmark/Olar Cross Creek @ Thomson

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Westside @ WACO Tourney

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Dec. 17 (Tue.)

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Jan. 4 (Sat.)

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Glenn Hills @ Josey Laney @ Butler Thomson @ Westside North Augusta @ Cross Creek

Jan. 7 (Tue.)

Cross Creek @ ARC Butler @ Hephzibah Screven Co. @ Westide Laney @ Harlem Burke Co. @ Glenn Hills


Wilkinson Co. @ Josey Laney @ Screven Co. Harlem @ Westside Butler @ Cross Creek Glenn Hills @ ARC Hephzibah @ Burke County

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Jan. 20 (Mon.)

Glenn Hills @ MLK Invitational Laney boys @ MLK Invitational Laney girls @ Copeland Classic

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Jan. 25 (Sat.)

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Feb. 4 (Tue.)

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MANDELA Long Walk to Freedom Idris Elba plays the father of South African freedom, with Naomie Harris as his impassioned wife in Justin Chadwick’s epic biographical portrait. MOVIE REVIEW BY DAVID ROONEY


British actor Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in new film which opens on Friday, November 29.

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela by Boxing legend Muhammad Ali Mandela. One name. One man. One mission: Saving a nation from itself. Few men in the history of mankind have had more impact on a nation and inspired the world. Mandela. He led his country from the viciousness of apartheid to the glory of a multiracial democracy, peacefully. Has an individual ever given more to a nation and a cause? Only those who have sacrificed their very lives. Mr. Mandela could have easily spent those 26 years of incarceration abroad, protesting the evil from afar, safe from repercussions. Not him. If his people suffered, he would suffer with them. I know something about protest. I know well the feelings and questions that run through the mind of those who stand against a system, braving everything for a cause. It is never easy. The personal price is high, but the greatest of people persevere for the greater good. Modern South Africa is built on the back of Mr. Mandela’s sacrifice. It still amazes me, even to this day, that a man could give up two and half decades of his life, emerge from prison and forgive his imprisoners. The Zulu word ndugu best

describes him: my humanity is through you. Mr. Mandela was able, despite all the evil done to him, to see the humanity of those who punished him. He was able to look into their souls and see something worth redeeming. This is a lesson that should be learned by the world: There is humanity, even in the worst of us. If only the leaders of nations would embrace his method, there would be peace throughout the world. He proved there is always a way to reconcile differences. As Mr. Mandela walked to freedom, I thought about him in that cell, brave and proud and unbroken, fueled only by the power of his beliefs for all those years. His iron resolve was a beacon for that nation, and on that great day, South Africans followed that powerful, inspirational light out of bondage. Later, I was amazed to discover that Mr. Mandela used to listen to my fights when he was imprisoned on Robben Island. That humbling revelation moved me to tears. There he was, a king in exile, being lifted up by my ring exploits. Had I known he was listening to Ali-Frazier I, I probably would’ve beaten Joe that night. I was always the greatest when I was fighting for something.

t takes a commanding actor to fill the shoes of the man most instrumental in ending institutionalized oppression in South Africa, and the charismatic Idris Elba proves equal to the task in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Directed by Justin Chadwick with perhaps an inhibiting sense of cultural responsibility but also with the emotional sweep that such a momentous life story demands, this is sumptuously produced epicscale bio-drama stamped from the classic mold. The success of The Help and Lee Daniels’ The Butler  showed that audiences will turn out for films about race. The challenge facing the Weinstein Company with this lateNovember release will be to test whether that holds for a history lesson set on the other side of the world. Like those aforementioned hits, Mandela is straightforward storytelling of a type that’s somewhat out of fashion, but ultimately no less stirring for it. The two-and-a-half-hour film finds its voice and improves steadily, anchored by the conviction of the lead performance and terrific support from Naomie Harris (Skyfall) as Winnie Mandela. Adapted by William Nicholson from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, which supplies the subtitle, the film unfolds in exhaustive detail, providing context if not a great deal of complexity. It traces Nelson’s Xhosa roots in the rural hills; his politicization as a young lawyer; his rise to prominence in the initially nonviolent African National Congress; his increasing militancy in the face of shocking acts of brutality against black South Africans; and his arrest and conviction with a handful of close ANC colleagues on charges of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. The personal focus behind this trajectory is on Nelson’s sustaining love for his wife, played with grace and powerful anger by Harris. Winnie steps into his life soon after the exit of his first wife, driven away by his womanizing. Undeterred by his track record, she informs him that she’s not like his other girls, and we believe her. Beneath the sweetness of this poised young beauty there’s an unyielding sense of purpose. This keeps her staunchly behind her husband’s radi-

cal activism even at great personal cost, but also hints at the ideological divide to come during the long years of Nelson’s incarceration. The controversial aspects of Winnie Mandela’s life are not glossed over, and Harris gives convincing evidence of her irreversible hardening as she continues to endorse violence long after her more moderate husband has publicly condemned its use in the struggle. The film gains in momentum as it marches through Nelson’s 27 years in prison toward his eventual release, going on to lead the negotiations that brought down the curtain on apartheid. The inhumanity of that white supremacist regime still has a gut-wrenching impact, making it now seem inconceivable that it remained in place until 1994. The continuing echoes of that recent history help muffle the drama’s lack of formal invention. While Elba’s gifts have been tapped in his television work on The Wire and Luther, few if any films have showcased the British actor’s range quite so expansively as Mandela. From an early scene with him in training as an amateur boxer he shows a rangy physicality, an absolute ease in his body that enhances his magnetism. That dynamic presence feeds the warmth as well as the authority and dignity of the man. He’s also uncannily like the real Mandela in his voice and accent work. As Nelson’s face grows heavier and his hair turns gray during his years of confinement, he becomes more introspective, acquiring a stillness that contrasts to the man in his youth. But the insightful mind shows no loss of agility, as demonstrated in his shrewd dealings with the government committee assigned to broker his release. Elba conveys the changes and the consistencies of a half-century with subtle economy. While secondary characters are given limited scope compared to the two leads, the cast is solid down the line, with some lovely moments from Lindiwe  Matshikiza as Nelson’s teenage daughter. From the period production and costume design to the stately visuals and panoramic shots of magnificent landscapes, this is a classy production that will inspire many audiences with its deeply respectful portrait of one of the global political stage’s indisputably great leaders.


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