2015 has probably been one of the most challenging, confusing, chaotic years of my life. You know how you count down the clock on New Year’s Eve and imagine all the possibilities the upcoming year has in store? Well, not one of those things happened for me LOL. But that’s perfectly okay. From career changes and personal highs and lows, I wouldn’t change anything I’ve experienced this year because I’m exactly where I am supposed to be. And my craziness of a year doesn’t stop me from celebrating the black girls who absolutely rocked 2015.
A year filled with protests, police brutality and overwhelming injustice, we desperately needed to see some positivity and be uplifted as a community. Get into the 5 moments where black women shined brightly:
1. Viola Davis Makes History
I’ve already expressed what Viola Davis winning the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series – the first African-American woman to do so EVER – meant to me. To see someone who looks like me being recognized for her hard work in a sea of white faces was beyond inspiring. And her speech filled with the names of various actresses of color still brings tears to my eyes. Relive the moment below:
2. #AvaBarbie Sells Out In Minutes
When I was younger, I was obsessed with playing with Barbie dolls. They never had a stitch of clothing (or hair) once I was finished with them, but I loved it. However, I remember how hard it was for my mom to find a black Barbie doll for me to dress up. So when it was announced that Mattel would be honoring ‘Selma’ director Ava Duvernay with a Barbie doll featuring her likeness, I instantly wished I had a daughter to gift one to. She is my real-life shero and exudes grace, sophistication, and intelligence. She is committed to telling our stories in the best way possible and I so appreciate her light. Everyone must love her as much as I do because the doll sold out in minutes. The impact!
3. Shanice Williams Slays #TheWizLive
On December 3, #BlackTwitter joined together in harmony to watch #TheWizLive – a remake of the classic “The Wiz” airing on NBC. The entire production was a vivid display of black excellence: the singing, the dancing, the costumes, the acting, etc. But it was 19-year-old Shanice Williams who stole the show with her portrayal as Dorothy. What I admire so much about her story is that this was the first audition for a leading role that she went out for. To see her on stage with actors and singers who have been in the game for years and holding her own was incredible. I can’t wait to see the heights her career will reach!
4. Beyonce + Nicki Minaj = Carefree Goals
I am a cardholding member of the Beyhive. I’ve been rocking with Bey since she was two stepping in Tina Knowles’ sparking creations with the other destiny’s children. Anything with Beyonce‘s name on it gets a second glance from me, but when Nicki Minaj dropped the visual for “Feelin Myself” featuring the Queen herself, I lost it. Two carefree black girls looking all types of fabulous, lounging in vibrant swimsuits and eating burgers and fries? Yaaasss! Watch clips from the video here:
5. Serena Williams’ Best Year Ever
From slaying on the court and drinking the white tears of those who didn’t like it to giving us #relationshipgoals with her on-again, off-again boo thang Drake, this year was all about Serena Williams. So when Sports Illustrated named her as its sportsperson of the year, it just made sense. I am a strong believer that representation matters and to the little black girl who is bright-eyed and full of dreams, hoping to become the next Serena Williams, this moment is huge.
What pop culture moments stood out to you in 2015? Any I missed? Let me know in the comments!
Briea L. Curington