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Joe Neguse Is the First Eritrean-American To Be Elected to Congress

Neguse's win also makes him Colorado's first black congressman.

History continues to be made as the U.S. midterm election results continue to roll in.

Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Lafayette, Colorado, won the race to represent the state's 2nd Congressional District, Coloradoan reports.


This makes Neguse Colorado's first black congressman, as well as the first Eritrean-American to have a seat in Congress. He will replace U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, beating Republican Peter Yu 64 percent to 31 percent.

The 34-year-old congressman is joining the small group of first-generation Americans to serve in Congress. He's set to be the youngest of Colorado's nine Congressional representatives and one of the youngest members of Congress as a whole.

His parents are Eritrean immigrants who were naturalized as citizens after being granted asylum.

"With so much vitriol right now in Washington and our political system, we must remember that, while fear is contagious, so is hope," he says in a statement.

Neguse ran a platform that supported a single-payer, Medicare-for-all plan, protecting undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children, as well at starting the impeachment process against President Donald Trump.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.