The best black moments of 2016

Solange returned in all her glory

Beyonce vexed some folk

And Chance the Rapper took us to church

Rising start-up, Slack, reminded the world what engineers look like

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And black women reminded the world of #WhatADoctorLooksLike

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Joseph Solomon broke the silence with this playlist

IGGYLDN deconstructed the ideals of black masculinity and manhood

And Laura Mvula got real about her mental health in this interview

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“At first it was the shortness of breath… Dizziness… Why do I want to run out of the house naked right now?” As time went on the attacks “began to manifest in different ways. It’s difficult to explain. My body starts spasming, I think I’m going to collapse… Difficulty swallowing sometimes… A feeling of struggling to stay in your skin.”

Black girl magic defined the Olympics

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gal-dem took over the V&A and blessed us with their first print magazine

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And Black Ballad proved the power of F.U.B.U

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Afropunk (eventually) pulled off their London debut

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And Nadia Rose got the recognition that was due

And the Chicken Connoisseur came into our lives

Ackee and Saltfish made it to the BBC

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And British TV fell in love with black history

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Victoria’s Secret model, Maria Borges, showed us that she is here to slay

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And the Obamas gave us one more year

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I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. . .  No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.

Zora Neale Hurston

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