How #MoonLIT was this Black History Month?!
When I think of black history the first word that comes to my mind is resilience. Through it ALL, we persevere. It’s incredible. And we don’t just persevere, we push all the way through until we literally MAKE history.
Here are 28 reasons why February was lit #fortheculture:
- Beyonce told us she was having twins, and then terrified both them and us in her magical chair.
- Chance the Rapper won not only his first Grammy, but three.
- Chance also shut down the Grammy stage and my Twitter timeline with his sanctified, holy spirit filled performance alongside Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann.
- Solange won her first Grammy (and A Seat at the Table was on repeat all month).
- A Tribe Called Quest, arguably the greatest rap group of all time, sent us the political message of the century, along with Busta Rhymes, Anderson.Paak, and Consequence.
- Bruno’s Prince tribute was epic.
- Bill and Hill (Clinton) honored the legendary Dr. Maya Angelou just a few days before the release of a documentary on her life and legacy.
- The first black female president of The Harvard Law Review was elected. Will she, too, be POTUS one day?
- Essence celebrated extraordinary Black women in Hollywood – Aja Naomi King of “How to Get Away With Murder”, Yara Shahidi of “Black-ish”, Janelle Monae of “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight”, and Issa Rae of “Insecure.” Other #blackgirlmagic queens in attendance included Gabrielle Union, Tina Knowles, Cynthia Erivo and Viola Davis.
- “Black-ish” reached peak Cosby Show level with its #WOKEAF black history episode.
- BET aired The New Edition Story, and my instagram timeline gained some new eye candy AND soul food #yum
- Michael Eric Dyson unapologetically discussed white privilege on The View.
13. ABC casted its first black bachelorette (Idk who watches the series, but kudos to her!)
14. A black male teacher taught his students how to tie a du-rag.
15. Maxine Waters let us know that she is not here for any of “president agent orange”‘s foolishness.
16. Denzel’s NAACP speech proved even more why he was our Barack before we had Barack.
17. Google gave $11.5 million to “groups fighting racial inequality.”
18. Nike released its groundbreaking equality campaign.
19. Obama said “New life, who dis?”
20. Savannah State University’s cheerleaders made history by becoming the when first HBCU to win a National Cheerleading Competition.
21. Trayvon Martin’s parents released a book honoring their son’s life.
22. Real rap beef came back. Remy dragged Nikki up and down New York City with her diss track “Shether.”
23. Get Out, a “post-racial” horror/comedy premiered, which according to critics, could arguably be the movie of 2017.
24. The Oscars was #SOBLACK
25. Mahershala Ali became first black Muslim to win an academy award
26. Viola, once again, completely tore our heart strings out of our chests like the iconic black woman she is., and also became the first black woman to win a Oscar, Tony, and Emmy for acting.
27. Calvin Klein did a photoshoot of men from the Moonlight cast, which dropped the same night as the Oscars. All of it at once was almost unbearable.
28.Moonlight became the first film comprised of an all black cast to win Best Picture.
The Oscars was the absolute perfect way to end such a black-filled month. Last year, there was an entire protest against the Academy Awards for its lack of melanin throughout the categories. See Chris Rock’s serious (but funny) opening monologue.
This year, the show made a complete 180, and I feel proud. I feel represented.
Don’t forget, February may be over, but black history is year-round.