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29 Times #BlackGirlMagic Was More Than Just A Hashtag In 2015

Just the usual, like taking psychology exams during childbirth.

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4. When Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama (and shouted out the squad in her acceptance speech).

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"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity...And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line."


7. When little league phenom Mo'ne Davis showed ultimate forgiveness and asked Bloomberg University to reinstate one of its baseball players after he fired off racist and sexist tweets about her.


12. When 23-year-old Johari Idusuyi was unimpressed at the Trump rally and took the opportunity to read — wait for it — Citizen, a poetry collection that gets hella real about America's racism.

13. When Gabrielle Union's genes had no chill and she looked like this in a body of water...with pigs...and a big-ass bird.

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15. When black women took over all your fave magazine covers at the same damn time.

Don't call it a comeback.... #SeptemberTakeover #WinningWednesday

But can we talk about the way Bey was all up on Vogue without giving them an interview 😩 ?! #queengoals

16. When Misty Copeland made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.

They didn’t see the future in me, but I kept going. And this summer, I made history. #RuleYourself #IWILL


21. When Claudia Rankine did this amazing New York Times profile on Serena Williams that made us glow with pride.

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"There is nothing wrong with Serena, but surely there is something wrong with the expectation that she be 'good' while she is achieving greatness. Why should Serena not respond to racism?," Rankine writes. "The notable difference between black excellence and white excellence is white excellence is achieved without having to battle racism. Imagine."


25. When Gaylyn Henderson, founder of Gutless and Glamorous, fought the stigma of having Crohn's disease and remade Bey's "7/11" video wearing her ileostomy bag.

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Gutless and Glamorous's mission is to "empower and uplift those living with chronic illness and to erase the stigma of living with an ostomy of any kind," Henderson told BuzzFeed Life. "I created this video as visual encouragement, to hopefully give confidence to others that are living with or contemplating an ostomy."

Also, check out her getting down to "All About That Bass" for Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week.

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29. And when Diana Ross asked her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross to sing "Lady Sings the Blues" with her in Vegas, and Tracee was nervous but still did her thang.

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See the full video here, and read Tracee's blog post about how scared she was.