(photo courtesy of Keith Boykin)
Oprah Winfrey: “One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you’ve ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time.
He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.” (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ken Charnock/Getty Images)
Morgan Freeman: “Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”
Harry Belafonte: “His wisdom and goodness were the brightest stars in our moral galaxy.
His courage inspired all who struggled for justice.
His vision gave sight to those who otherwise might have been blinded by hate.
His truth will live forever.”
(Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
Quincy Jones: “Today, as it did while he inhabited our planet, Nelson Mandela’s spirit truly soars with the angels. It was a spirit born of a generosity, love, compassion and hope for mankind that may never exist at such a heightened level in any single human being again.”
Muhammad Ali: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a life filled
with purpose and hope; hope for himself, his country and the world. He inspired others to reach for what appeared to be impossible and moved
them to break through the barriers that held them hostage mentally,
physically, socially and economically. He made us realize, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colors.”
Beyonce: “Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace.”
Idris Elba: “I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba’s family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honored to be associated with him. He is in a better place now.”
Forest Whitaker: “I am deeply saddened today by the loss of one of the world’s greatest souls. Nelson Mandela was a man who unified the world with his convictions and grace. He cultivated human dignity while moving a nation from the shackles of apartheid to reconciliation. He defended tirelessly and with passion human rights and, through love, nurtured humanity’s hopes and dreams.” (Getty Images)
Bill Cosby: “We are and will be eternally grateful to Mr. Mandela for surrounding us with his graciousness, care and respect after we lost our son, Ennis. Moreover, it was an honor to sit alongside him on the bed of his former prison cell; as he triumphantly spoke about his survival and the courage of his supporters.”
Singer Marsha Ambrosius
R.I.P Nelson Mandela. Prayers and love to all. This great man will be missed NEVER FORGOTTEN!!! A true hero!!!
Rapper Busta Rhymes
RIP 2 ONE OF OUR LAST TRULY GREAT KINGS AND GOD OF OUR UNIVERSE, THE LATE GREAT NELSON MANDELA!!! I WILL 4EVER LOVE U GREAT MAN & GREAT MIND
Writer and MSNBC producer Jamil Smith
Nelson Mandela was nothing short of a role model for humanity — and for me specifically, black manhood. I am without words at the moment.
Politician Cory Booker
Humanity has lost one of our greatest. RIP Nelson Mandela. Thank you for teaching us a deeper meaning of love, leadership & sacrifice.
Political strategist Donna Brazille
Nelson Mandela was a man of courage. A great man who loved his nation and struggled to free it from apartheid.
Comedian Kevin Hart
The definition of Strength is “Nelson Mandela” #RIP #GREATNESS #ICON http://hartgram.com/4Pq
Singer Janelle Monae
1 of the most important&greatest individuals to walk on this Earth. Nelson Mandela. He walked the walk. He was 4 THE PEOPLE. Nelson Mandela.
Rapper Chuck D
The mission to FREE Mandela was woven into the blueprint of PublicEnemy using RAP & Hip Hop to recognize THIS MAN RIP pic.twitter.com/UH7gl0cTAJ
The Roots drummer Questlove
Free Nelson Mandela! Nelson Mandela Is Free. #Respect
Actress Kerry Washington
RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar
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!
- of 22
Civil rights icon Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner undoubtedly left his marks on all facets of life, including the world of entertainment.
Today black Hollywood mourns the death of Mandela.
Take a look at some of some compelling tweets from African-American celebrities.