Towering basketball star gives a lift to his native DRCongo - Yahoo! News: "WASHINGTON (AFP) - NBA All Star Dikembe Mutombo is giving a boost to his nativeHere is a, wonderful, selfless man that definitely deserves to be praised, and honored by his nation and the world.
Democratic Republic of Congo in the form of a state-of-the-art hospital that opens its doors September 2.
A towering figure standing seven feet, three inches (2.23 meters) tall, Mutombo says he is keeping a vow he made with himself that if he ever made it big, he would not forget about the people in his home country.
'It was always on my mind: 'If I become someone important someday, I want to do my part to help, because I didn't get there strictly of my own volition,'' he told AFP, speaking in French."
Second, I just fund out about a new documentary on Congo, narrated by two favorites of mine, Don Cheadle, and Afre Woodard, and directed by Pippa Scott:
Documentary reveals specter of evil over Congo: "Most American lives don't have second acts. Pippa Scott is cur rently on her third.Those of you in New York, please go watch this, and let us know what you think.
Her first was as a steadily working actress in TV shows such as 'Ironside' and movies like 'Cold Turkey.' Her second was as a co- founder of Lorimar, the production company behind series such as 'The Waltons' and 'Dallas.'
Her current career is, though, perhaps her most interesting, and most important. As the founder of Linden Productions, Scott specializes in documentaries about human-rights abuses. Her latest is about the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Exhaustively if sometimes depressingly thorough, the powerful 'King Leopold's Ghost' begins with that Belgian king's seizure of the huge African territory in the 19th century, and his immediate claim on it as his own property. As the title suggests, the modern nation is still haunted by his reign of theft, torture and enslavement."