1. Straight Outta Compton's box office victory
2. The Apple Music commercial
Apple, a brand that knows it doesn’t need much advertising, tends to keep it simple when it drops a commercial. So when they decided to tap Ava DuVernay to direct an Apple Music commercial starring Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige, and Kerry Washington, we were pleasantly surprised in more ways than one, because there were levels to this greatness.
Three black women who are each killing the game dancing around a living room to their favorite music felt so good to watch that we found ourselves hoping it was something they really do! (No, but really, if Olivia Pope and Cookie Lyon really hang out doing the wop and drinking wine after work, please let us know when and where so we can be there!)
Overall the commercial was simple, it was relatable, it was overflowing with black girl magic, and it was the perfect ad to watch amid all the amazing diverse shows that were on TV this fall. But then again, what else would it be, because Ava. Thanks for knowing who to call, Apple. You got it so damn right. #SQUADGOALS —Sylvia Obell
3. The suicide episode of Being Mary Jane
5. John Boyega and The Force Awakens
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for all of 2015, you’re aware that a new Star Wars movie came out this year. One of the greatest movie franchises ever has been reborn with a mix of familiar characters we’ve all grown to love teaming up with fresh new faces. One of the newest faces, John Boyega, has caused a bit of controversy among Star Wars fans. The Nigerian-born actor was cast as the character Finn. He first appeared in a teaser trailer as literally the first character we saw, stranded on a desert planet wearing a Stormtrooper uniform. Apparently this image caused a chain reaction of butthurt across the racist depths of the Star Wars nation, as no one could understand how a Stormtrooper could possibly be a black man. How could a fictional character, in a fictional galaxy, that takes place in a fictional timeline, be black?
Boyega got the last laugh: Not only has his performance in the film been universally praised, but he also provided Star Wars fans with the perfect clapback in October when the full trailer was released. He filmed himself with his Nigerian father watching the trailer, and the world got to watch him go completely crazy, jumping up and down in excitement and at one point literally throwing himself over the couch. Sorry, haters, he's here to stay. —Adam Butler