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Exuberance Abounds at Barack Obama's 2nd Presidential Inauguration

Video: Americans express hope for President Barack Obama's 2nd term on Inauguration Day 2013

On Monday, January 21, 2013, exuberant citizens braved the cold and lined up before dawn to see history in the making with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

It wasn't just first-timers who made the trek to Washington DC, many people who witnessed President Obama's 2009 inauguration, like Laura Hendricks from the state of Maine, came back to show their support. Whether attending for the first or second time, the nearly one million people who packed the National Mall went wild, waving their flags and yelling excitedly once the president was sworn in. The day's importance didn't end with the inauguration, it also marked the beginning of the President's second term and another opportunity to see his vision for the country realized.

What's The 411 correspondent, Kizzy Cox, was right there in the midst of the action and asked the revelers what they hoped the president's vision would include over the next 4 years.

 

Justice for Trayvon Martin Rally – NYC

WATCH VIDEO: Trayvon Martin Trial Outcome Protest in NYC

Not even the scorching sun and oppressive July heat could stop demonstrators from gathering in New York City to protest George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The protest was organized by Occupy Wall Street just hours after the jury handed down the verdict.

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While some, like Valerie Greene, were surprised by the verdict, "I think it's an absolute appalling travesty of justice. I'm shocked." 

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Others like Anyah Jones were not, "I wasn't surprised I know where we live, this is the country we live in. This is the country we've always lived in. I feel like the trial was for show."

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Demonstrators met in Union Square at 6pm to share their frustration over the case and to demand justice for Trayvon. By 6:30pm this reporter joined hundreds of protestors who took to the streets, marching, chanting and calling for those on the sidewalks watching to join them. Some of the most enthusiastic and biggest chants came from the littlest protesters. Four girls, ages 5 through 10 enlivened the marchers with chants of "I am? Trayvon Martin, We are? Trayvon Martin."

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When asked why she chose to spend a sunny afternoon fighting for justice, 10-year-old Hailie Perez said "I have a father and a little brother at home and they could be in the same situation as Trayvon Martin and I never want that to happen." Check out the video for more reaction, reasons for protesting and why the Trayvon Martin case just might be "our civil rights movement!"

Photo Credit: Kizzy Cox/What's The 411 Networks

Nelson Mandela: Remembrance of a Father and Grandfather

WATCH VIDEO: NELSON MANDELA REMEMBERED

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela remembers fondly how, as a little girl of 6 or 7, she walked around a farm with her father, Nelson Mandela and they talked about "everything and anything."

It was a simple moment made precious because Dr. Mandela's father was an African National Congress (ANC) leader in hiding and she was only with him for the weekend. His activism and defiance of the apartheid regime would not go unpunished. Only a couple of years later he was taken from his family and thrown into prison where he remained for 27 grueling years.

While in prison, his commitment to equality for all South Africans remained strong and his stature around the world grew as support for apartheid declined.

Hunger Games Actress Comes Out as Bisexual

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Actress Amandla Stenberg puts forth a thoughtful position in a Teen Vogue Snapchat

Outspoken teen actress Amandla Stenberg, famous for her breakout role in the Hunger Games as Rue came out as bisexual on a Teen Vogue snapchat. The 17-year-old said in a series of snaps:

It's a really, really hard thing to be silenced. And it's deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn't be in."

Stenberg continued "as someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman, I've been through it, and its hurts. It's awkward and it's uncomfortable. But then I realized because of Solange [Knowles], and Ava Duverney, and Willow [Smith], and all the black girls watching this right now, that there's absolutely nothing to change."

"We cannot be suppressed," the actress added. "We are meant to express our joy, and our love, and our tears, and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow."

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