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South African Government Slams President Trump Over Alleged 'Fuck Mandela' Comments

Both the ANC and Nelson Mandela Foundation have denounced President Trump's allegedly 'disparaging' comments about the late Anti-Apartheid veteran Nelson Mandela.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) government and Nelson Mandela Foundation have fired back at recent comments allegedly made by American President Donald Trump about the late anti-Apartheid veteran Nelson Mandela. In a book titled Disloyal, a Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J Trump and written by Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, Trump reportedly describes the former Nobel Peace Prize-winning statesman saying, "Mandela fucked the whole country up. Now it's a shithole. Fuck Mandela. He was no leader."


While shocking, Trump's comments are admittedly unsurprising. The American president has, in the past, made several disparaging comments and remarks about African countries and their respective governments. Back in 2018, he referred to Haiti and other African nations as "shithole" countries. Speaking further on the matter and in relation to immigration specifically, Trump dug in his heels asking, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

Trump has also tweeted about how South Africa is a "crime ridden mess" and "dangerous" as far back as 2013.

READ: Your Ideology Is A Shithole

In response to Trump's comments about Mandela, the ANC released a statement which in part reads, "All freedom-loving people of the world are appalled by these insults, which come from a person who himself is not a model of competent leadership." The ruling party added that Trump is a "divisive, misogynistic and disrespectful person" who could take a page from Mandela's book in terms of leadership.

Additionally, the Nelson Mandela Foundation issued their own statement which, according to EWN, reads: "...Leaders who conduct themselves in the way that Trump does [are] not in a position to offer authoritative commentary on the life and work of Madiba."

In response to the furore around Cohen's memoir, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that, "Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer who lied to Congress." McEnany went on to add that, "He has lost all credibility, and it's unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies."

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It's Official: British Vogue Has Made 2022 The Year of the African Model

The major fashion magazine's February 2022 issue features 9 gloriously Black and African models - and we can't get enough.

Sigh... The Black Woman.

Legendary fashion and lifestyle magazine British Vogue has set the tone and welcomed in a new era with their latest cover, celebrating Black women in all of their glory. In what is arguably their most diverse, Afro-centric issue to date, the February 2022 issue of the popular magazine features 9 glorious (and Black) African models. Their latest issue, which celebrates "The Rise of The African Model", features South Sudanese models Adut Akech, Akon Changkou, and Anok Yai, Ethiopian beauty Akway Amar, Senegalese-Italian Dibaa Maty, Nigeria's Jumbo Janet, Nyaguaa from Sierre Leone, Australian Abény Nhial, and American model Majesty Amare.

Photographer Rafael Pavarotti captured the group's beauty, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful's vision beautifully. On the cover, Enninful says, "I saw all these incredible models from across Africa who were just so vivacious and smart. These girls are redefining what it is to be a fashion model. He went on to speak about the soon-to-be-historic cover on his Instagram, writing, "No longer just one or two dark-skinned girls mingled backstage, but a host of top models took a meaningful, substantial and equal place among the most successful women working in fashion today. It means so much to me to see it."

Echoing Edward's words and highlighting the importance of having diverse models on both sides - the model and the viewer - model Adut told the fashion magazine, "When I first started modeling internationally... I would literally be the only Black, dark-skinned girl in the show. There were no Sudanese models, no African models," the 22-year-old model said, "Now, I go to a show and there are girls from my country, girls from Africa who look like me. So yes, there has been a huge change. It has gone from me being the only one at a show, to 15 or 20 of us. I'm just so happy that we are finally at this place. I was tired of always feeling out of place, and feeling like an outcast."



Social media lost it when the cover dropped, many sharing the emotional impact seeing so many Black models on an international cover has over them.



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