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In this Tuesday, June 2, 2009 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th. Israel's state archive has published a 50-year-old letter stating that the Mossad spy service unwittingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela in 1962, and released a number of other documents showing a tense relationship between the Jewish state and apartheid-era South Africa. The release of the documents in the wake of Mandela’s death appear to be aimed at blunting criticism of Israel's close alliance with South Africa's apartheid rulers. (AP Photo/Theana Calitz-Bilt, Pool, File)

In this June 2, 2009 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th. (AP Photo/Theana Calitz-Bilt, Pool, File)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP)–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 cooperation 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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