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Ceremonial Swearing-in for new Black Caucus

Ceremonial Swearing-in for new Black Caucus

The 113th Congress includes 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including an incoming chairman who has reaffirmed the group's commitment to advocate for policies that are not only in the best interest of people of color but also protect America's most vulnerable populations.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hosted a ceremonial swearing-in for the new CBC on Thursday. Incoming chair Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio took the gavel from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.). Judge Benita Y. Pearson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio administered a ceremonial oath of office to the members.

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Myths aside, Emancipation Proclamation was a big deal

Myths aside, Emancipation Proclamation was a big deal

When Hannah Johnson wrote President Lincoln in the summer of 1863, she expressed the concerns of any mother with a son fighting a war.

But she had a special request: "I am a colored woman and my son was strong and able as any to fight for his country and the colored people have as much to fight for as any.... Will you see that the colored men fighting now, are fairly treated. You ought to do this, and do it at once."

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  • Written by Alicia W. Stewart/CNN
  • Category: News

A pardon – finally – for Wilmington 10

A pardon – finally –  for Wilmington 10

In what civil rights leaders across the nation are calling a significant moment in the civil rights movement, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has granted individual pardons of actual innocence to all members of the Wilmington Ten.

"I have decided to grant these pardons because the more facts I have learned about the Wilmington Ten, the more appalled I have become about the manner in which their convictions were obtained," Perdue, a Democrat who leaves office on Jan. 5, said in her Dec. 31 statement.

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  • Written by Cash Michaels/NNPA New Service
  • Category: News

House staves off fiscal cliff

House staves off fiscal cliff

After exhaustive negotiations that strained the country's patience, the House approved a bill to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff, staving off widespread tax increases and deep spending cuts.

In the 257-167 vote late Tuesday, 172 Democrats and 85 Republicans favored the bill; 16 Democrats and 151 Republicans opposed it.

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  • Written by Holly Yan and Josh Levs/CNN
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Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. If you are African American age 40 or older or have a family history of glaucoma, put learning more about this disease on your resolution list for the new year.

There has been a steady rise in glaucoma among the African-American community. Currently, more than 520,000 African Americans have glaucoma, and the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health projects this number will rise to approximately 865,000 cases by 2030, a 66 percent increase.

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Mandela kin fight health rumors

Mandela kin fight health rumors

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, at home after a long hospital stay, is alert and playing with his grandchildren, his granddaughter Zaziwe Manaway told CNN exclusively Friday.

Mandela, who is 94, is aware of social media rumors that he's close to death, Manaway said.

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  • Written by Nadia Bilchick/CNN
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Swaziland bans ‘rape-provoking’ outfits

Swaziland bans ‘rape-provoking’ outfits

Women in Swaziland have been banned from wearing miniskirts and crop tops because they "encourage rape" – and offenders face a six-month spell in jail.

Police in Swaziland, the last absolute monarchy in Africa and an incredibly conservative nation, have resurrected an archaic colonial criminal act from 1889 to stop women wearing clothes that expose their body.

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