Kendrick Lamar Encourages Fans to Research Nelson Mandela

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Kendrick Lamar Encourages Fans to Research Nelson Mandela

"That's how you pay your respect," says Lamar.

Published December 6, 2013

The death of Nelson Mandela has brought on an onslaught of condolences and tributes to the South African acitivist, within the hip hop community and beyond.

After news broke of the 95-year-old's passing Thursday (Dec. 5), Kendrick Lamar encouraged his 2 million plus Twitter followers to learn about Mandela's contributions. "Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life," he tweeted. "That's how you pay your respect...... GO!"

Lamar was one of many musicians who used social media to respond to Mandela's death. Sean "Diddy" Combs called the Nobel Peace Prize-winner a "true revolutionary and inspiration to the World" that  "stood for justice and truth." 

He went on to note Mandela's death as the loss of a "beautiful soul, fighter and true KING," and posted a photo he took with the anti-apartheid figure under the caption, "He was a great leader, activist, and truly one of the most inspiring people I have ever met in my life…"

Mandela passed away at his home in South Africa after months of battling a recurring lung infection. His two daughters, Zindzi and Zenani Mandela, learned of his death during the London premiere of Long Walk to Freedom, the highly-anticipated film about their father.

Idris Elba stars as Mandela in the film, scheduled for wide release Christmas Day. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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(Photos from Left: Mike Hutchings/Reuters, Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Written by Latifah Muhammad


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