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Blackness 101

101 moments that stood out in 2017.

Social Media

  1. Black teenager who received wrong text inviting him to Thanksgiving last year spends another Thanksgiving with Twitter family
  2. #HiddenFences
  3. #SecureThePalace
  4. Beyonce announces her pregnancy
  5. Beyonce posts pics of Rumi and Sir Carter
  6. Instagram updates
  7. “For the D” Challenge
  8. Girl gets IG famous from Howard Homecoming picture. Gets modeling contract offers
  9. Tyrese posts about his mental challenges
  10. Bow Wow posts fake pics
  11. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian
  12. Diddy changes his name to “Brother Love” … changes name back to Diddy 24 hours later
  13. Trump’s social media victim trends: All of them are black  Television/Film
  14. The release of “Get Out” as a social commentary
  15. “Get Out” nominated as a comedy
  16. Raven’s Home
  17. Viola Davis receives Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “Fences” and delivers powerful speech
  18. “Hidden Figures”
  19. “Marshall”
  20. OWN picks up new reality show, “Checked Inn,” starring (HU faculty) Monique Greenwood about being a black female inn owner and keeper.
  21. “Black-ish” spinoff, “Grown-ish”
  22. Bossip has its own show
  23. Tamar Braxton and Vince allegations and divorce
  24. Xscape reunion and show
  25. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian choose surrogate to carry 3rd child
  26. Nene comes back to “Real Housewives of Atlanta”
  27. Tiny files for divorce from TI
  28. Dick Gregory passes away
  29. Tracee Ellis Ross wins Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy — 44 years after mom, Diana Ross, wins the same award. Politics
  30. Maxine Waters lights up Twitter #ReclaimingMyTime
  31. First black mayor of Helena, Montana Wilmot Collins
  32. First black mayor of Statesboro, Ga.: Jonathan McCollar
  33. First black mayor of Cairo, Ga.: Booker Gainor
  34. First black mayor of Milledgeville, Ga.: Mary Parham-Copelan
  35. First black mayor of Georgetown, S.C.: Brendon Barber
  36. First black mayor of Helena, Mont.: Wilmot Collins
  37. First black mayor of St. Paul, Minn.: Melvin Carter
  38. First black female mayor of Charlotte: Vi Lyles Music
  39. Beyonce became the highest paid female performer
  40. SZA’s album becomes black girl’s anthem
  41. Chris Brown 45 track album, “Heartbreak on a Full Moon”
  42. Kendrick Lamar’s album, “Be Humble”
  43. Jay Z 4:44
  44. Remy Ma wins Best Female Rapper at BET Awards
  45. Beyonce releases feature to support Puerto Rico
  46. Cardi B and Offset engaged Fashion/Beauty
  47. Fenty Beauty 45 shades
  48. Virgil Abloh/Off White Nikes (reselling for $1,000+)
  49. Teyana Taylor “It Girl” during Fashion Week – featured in GCDS and Phillip Plein’s show
  50. 8 fashion houses/designers featured in New York Fashion Week (most in history)
  51. Zoe Kravitz becomes face of Yves Saint Laurent
  52. Issa Rae and Ayesha Curry featured as 2017 Cover Girls
  53. Shea Moisture attacked by black consumers after ad campaigns featuring white models as primary users of the hair care line
  54. Dove attacked for racist ad featured a black woman “transforming” into a white woman to show the process of cleanliness
  55. KKW BEAUTY Food
  56. Ayesha Curry became a best-selling author after the release of her first cookbook, “The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well”
  57. Tia Mowry releases cookbook, “Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You”
  58. Oprah releases another cookbook, “Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life” Sports
  59. NFL Protests – Colin Kaepernick
  60. Warriors win NBA Finals
  61. Serena Williams wins Australian Open pregnant
  62. Serena Williams gives birth and gets married
  63. Nigerian women’s bobsled team qualifies for Winter Olympics
  64. Black barbie wears a hijab, modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, a U.S. Olympic fencer
  65. Sloane Stephens wins U.S. Open
  66. Carla Williams, athletic director for University of Virginia, is the first black woman to hold the position at a Power 5 school
  67. Claire Smith, first black woman and first woman to cover a Major League Baseball team full time
  68. Jemele Hill silenced on ESPN
  69. Lavar Ball/Big Baller brand
  70. Marshawn Lynch
  71. Mayweather defeats McGregor
  72. Russell Westbrook wins MVP
  73. Lavar Ball vs. Donald Trump
  74. Derrick Rose wants to take a break from Cavs to evaluate his basketball career  News
  75. Hurricanes in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and elsewhere
  76. African-American buying power will reach $1.3 trillion by the end of 2017
  77. Missing girls in D.C.
  78. The Year of Sex Scandals erupts in October with accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein. Lupita Nyongo comes out as one of the victims of Weinstein’s harassment, and he denies it.
  79. Meek Mill’s innocence denied
  80. Black female judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam mysteriously died in N.Y.
  81. White terrorism in U.S.
  82. First black chief at a major airline (Southwest) retires
  83. Teen Vogue stops print edition
  84. Flint, Michigan, still without clean water Tech
  85. Google creates “Google West” in California, a campus exclusively for Howard University students in the technology field
  86. iPhone X and iPhone 8
  87. Facebook quietly releases Workplace
  88. What’s App is no longer available for Blackberry Firsts
  89. Tiffany Haddish first black female comedian to host “Saturday Night Live”
  90. “Moonlight” becomes the first LGBTQA film to win an Oscar for Best Picture
  91. Meghan Markle becomes the first American — and black woman — to get engaged to a member of the Royal Family
  92. Viola Davis becomes the first black actress to earn three Oscar nominations
  93. Donald Glover becomes first black star to win an Emmy Award for Comedy Series Directing
  94. Lena Waithe becomes the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing in a comedy series
  95. First black female treasurer sworn in at Hampton County Courthouse in South Carolina
  96. First Nigerian women’s bobsledding team
  97. Sydni Dion is crowned first black Miss Illinois Teen USA
  98. Simone Askew becomes the first black woman to lead West Point Cadets
  99. Conde Nast names Elaine Welteroth editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, making her the first black EIC of the magazine and the second black EIC within the Conde Nast publishing family.
  100. ABC casts its first black “Bachelorette,” Rachel Lindsay
  101. Cardi B is the first female rapper to take the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998


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