When Beyoncé makes the whole world stop again! Shining light on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and reminding the world of the injustice from hurricane Katrina with her newest video Formation. Beyoncé said it loud, “I’m BLACK and I’m proud!”
Diahann paved the way for every single black actress we love today. She became the first black woman to be the star of a network television show. Another black women wouldn’t go on to do that again until 44 years later when Kerry Washington got casted in Scandal.When Maria Borges made history as the first model to rock a natural Afro at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The original diva! The 12-time Grammy nominee was Motown’s darling, the lead singer of the Supremes, the star of classic films like Mahogany, and so much more.
When Taraji P. Henson went weaveless and wigless and rocked her cornrows for CR Fashion Book.
When Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama (and shouted out the squad in her acceptance speech).
This Brooklyn belle appeared in film, television, and on Broadway for 70 years. But what really made her stand out from the pack was her political activism which also got her blacklisted in Hollywood for some time.
When Misty Copeland made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.
When Bree Newsome took down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state capitol and gave not one damn about being arrested.
This woman became the queen of rock and roll, a three-time Grammy winner, and one of the best selling artists of all time despite being constantly being knocked down both literally and figuratively. She is the original comeback queen. YASSSSSS Ms. Turner!
When Tommitrise Collins’ contractions were three minutes apart and she finished her psychology exam IN THE MIDST OF FRIGGIN LABOR!
This goddess made history when she became the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Carmen Jones. Coincidentally, the first black woman to actually win an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role — Halle Berry — would go on to play Dandridge in her biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
When so many people wanted the not-for-sale Ava DuVernay Barbie that Mattel made it available to the public…and it sold out within an hour.
When we were so amazing that Rachel Dol Dizzle wanted to be down with the squad. How can you blame her?