2016 wasn’t the easiest year for a lot of us. From the passing of icons like Muhammad Ali and Prince, to several incidents of police brutality, there have been many bumps and tragedies along the way.
However, being the optimist that I am, I try my best to focus on the positive. Let’s take a look back at some of the moments that inspired and brought us joy in 2016.
The Blackest Wedding Ever aka #JollofandJambalaya took place in New Orleans.
Appetite For Change released a video of kids rapping about healthy food.
Ana Flávia became the first Black Model to win the Ford Models contest in Brazil.
An 86 year old grandma, Millie Taylor-Morrison weds and proves you can find love at any age.
The British Film Institute produces a Love Letter for Black Female Actors
The Fuller Cut barbershop in Michigan gives $2 discounts for kids who read aloud.
12 year old Marley Dias started the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign
The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Students at Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa protested for their right to wear natural hair.
Black Men unified to show love for Leslie Jones with #BlackMenSupportLeslie
Animal Planet debuted “The Vet Life”, starring three Black veterinarians.
Ja’Andra Imani bounced back from a 1.4 GPA & failed classes to a full ride offer for Master’s degree.
Asante Mahapa became South Africa’s 1st Black Female Pilot
See! It wasn’t that bad after all was it? Here’s to much more inspiring Black news in 2017!