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29 Times We Reached Peak Blackness In 2015

Against all odds.

1. When the black students at Mizzou started swag surfing on live tv to celebrate Tim Wolfe's resignation.

Mizzou out here Swag Surfing on Live Tv.. This is Great

Students claimed university officials did not properly handle alleged racism on campus.

2. Every single time Michael Bae Jordan was shirtless in Creed.

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3. When President Obama led the church in "Amazing Grace" from the pulpit. #ReverendPresident

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4. The literal rise of Lil Kim at the BET Awards.


5. When Nicholas Fraser gave us "Why You Always Lying" and changed the meme/vine world forever.

6. When black authors Claudia Rankine and Ta-Nehisi Coates gave us these must-reads.

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7. When Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj joined forces to bless us all with the Feeling Myself video.


The Queen of Rap slayed 2015 with Queen Bey.

8. When Zendaya gave the perfect clapback to the comments made about her faux locs on E!'s Fashion Police.


Kelly Osborne quit the show soon after.

9. When black women took over magazine covers in September.



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10. When Kendrick Lamar gave us the blackest album of the year and the Grammy's actually gave it all the nominations it deserved (ELEVEN!).

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It literally starts off with "Every n*gga is a star."

11. Every time we used the new black emoji's.

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12. Viola Davis' Emmy win made history and she gave the perfect acceptance speech.


"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here's to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. 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."

13. And when she and fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson did this before she went on stage.

14. When Bree Newsome scaled up a flag pole outside the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia and removed the Confederate flag.

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“I did it for all the fierce black women on the front lines of the movement and for all the little black girls who are watching us. I did it because I am free.” – Bree Newsome.

15. When NBC aired The Wiz Live! and it was so black and so amazing.


16. When "Back to Back" became the first Grammy nominated diss track.

Drake's "Back to Back" officially has more Grammy nominations than Meek Mill has in his career

17. When Johari Osayi Idusuyi read Citizen (a book of poems on racism) during a Trump rally and gave the neck roll of the year when a man tried to stop her.

18. When Mattel made an Ava DuVernay Barbie doll and it sold out in less than an hour.

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19. When they ended the Soul Train Awards with a cookout.

only black people would have a whole cookout at an award show with real food to pass out to the audience 😂 #SoulTrainAwards

20. When President Obama said "pop off" on national television.

21. When Babyface brought out a bunch of R&B's greats to perform the hits he wrote them at the Soul Train Awards.

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Where did he find Tevin Campbell?!

22. When black college graduates clapped back at Abigail Fisher and Justice Scalia's ignorant comments about affirmative-action with #StayMadAbby.

Simply amazing, beautiful, intelligent BLACK WOMEN. #StayMadAbby

23. When Nicki asked Miley Cyrus "what's good?" at the VMAs after she shaded the rapper in an interview.


24. When black families across America were able to go see Selma in theaters on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

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25. When FLOTUS put out a rap video.

26. When Beyoncé used all our snatched edges to make a "round the way girl" high ponytail to wear to the Met gala.

27. When Missy and Janet Jackson came back from their respective hiatuses with new music.

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28. When John Boyega unapologetically nabbed the lead role in the this year's Star Wars film.

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29. Every time Riley Curry showed the world that #blackgirlmagic is more than a hashtag.

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