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


And black women reminded the world of #WhatADoctorLooksLike


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


“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


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


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


Afropunk (eventually) pulled off their London debut


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


And British TV fell in love with black history


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


And the Obamas gave us one more year


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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