Laurence Fishburne to star in BET miniseries on Nelson Mandela

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 2, 2009 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela smiles during a meeting with a group of American and South African students in Johannesburg, South Africa. BET says it will air a miniseries about Nelson Mandela next year, with actor Laurence Fishburne portraying the late South African leader.
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BET says it will air a miniseries about Nelson Mandela next year, with actor Laurence Fishburne portraying the late South African leader.

Stephen Hill, the network's chief programming executive, said Wednesday the six-hour "Madiba" series is being made with the co-operation of Mandela's family.

Mandela, the longtime prisoner of the apartheid system, became South Africa's first black president. He died in 2013 at age 95.

BET moved into miniseries last year with "The Book of Negroes," about a girl who grew up in Africa who was sold into slavery in America.


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