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MANDELA URGES L.A. STARS TO BACK BLACK CANDIDATES

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Nelson Mandela urged supporters in Hollywood and Los Angeles' inner city to open their hearts and checkbooks to help black candidates in South Africa's first all-race elections.

Mandela attended a star-studded dinner Friday. Sony Entertainment chief Peter Guber was host.Guests included Barbra Streisand, Danny Glover, Sidney Poitier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jane Goodall, New York Knicks basketball coach Pat Riley and Alice Walker.

Mandela, leader of the African National Congress, praised the entertainment community for its commitment to global civil rights.

"I have no doubt that you are going to give me your checkbooks to write out what I need," he said.

Mandela also spoke to an assembly of clergymen at the inner city First AME Church, where he got a standing ovation and donations ranging from $50 to $20,000.

Mandela's visit to Los Angeles was part of a two-week U.S. tour.