When I partnered with AT&T for “AT&T 28 Days: Elements of Change”, I had NO idea that we were embarking on what will go down in history as one of the best Black History Months ever. Seriously, was there a Black people meeting I didn’t know about? Did President Obama give orders to make his last Black history month in office count? Something happened, and I’m here for it. Check out my 10 reasons why Black History Month 2016 was the most “lit” ever.
1. Formation – Beyonce televised the revolution when she dropped “Formation”, following up with the most conscious/Black-ish performance the SuperBowl has EVER seen. I’m glad Queen Bey was able to bring a wave of fresh energy to the movement, but shout out to the everyday people like myself, who BEEN in #Formation. *swerve*
2. Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy 2016 Performance – Kendrick Lamar seamlessly took us from slave chains, to prison, and back to Africa in 7 minutes. Can we vote for Kendrick to do pop-up Black history lessons all around the world? Why was I day dreaming of him being the opening act for #OscarsSoWhite? Dear Kendrick, I love you. #ThatIsAll
3. The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution – Produced by Independent Lens & Firelight, although this documentary was way over due, it somehow managed to be right on time. It was sooooooooooo good and super informational. Quick question: Can we revive the Black Panther Party of the past? Seriously, where do I sign up? *raises right fist*
4. The White House Black History Month Reception – First let me say, I’m still processing through the fact that I wasn’t invited to this once-in-a-lifetime event. I’ll just keep telling myself it was a communication error. Ugh. On a lighter note, the White House hosted what will go down as the Blackest Black History Month gathering to ever exist, for MULTIPLE reasons. What do you get when you put the first Black POTUS & FLOTUS in the room with Black bloggers, entertainers, activist’s, etc.? You get a “Heyyyyyyyyyyyyy Michelle”, which loudly protruded from the lips of Traci Braxton. The cherry on top has to be Dr. King’s chirren (Bernice King & Martin Luther King III) and great-granddaughter (pictured above) in the oval office viewing the Dr. MLK bust for the first time. It. Doesn’t. Get. Any. Better. Than. This.
5. Smithsonian’s African American History Museum announces opening date – Regardless of your travel plans for 2016, you NEED to be in D.C., September 24. The Smithsonian announced their opening dates for its African American History Museum, and it’s definitely shaping up to be a historical weekend. Rumor has it that President Obama is confirmed to cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony. Gosh, I love him.
6. RACE film released – I can’t think of a better time to drop a historical movie other than Black History Month. The biopic chronicles the life of athlete Jesse Owens. Yes. Teach us.
7. American Girl Announces New ‘Civil Rights Era’ Doll – Okay, so at this point in the month, I was beginning to believe a beautiful Black conspiracy was occurring. Are you kidding me?!? Do you know how much I loved and cherished my American Girl Addy doll and books?!? And now, Melody Ellison is on her way. I don’t have children (yet), but who cares? I will be purchasing this doll for me. *Kanye shrug*
8. Grandma Virginia cuts a two-step in the White House with The Obamas – Very Smart Brothas took the words out of my mouth by calling this “the Blackest thing that ever happened” last week. For my people, 106-Year-Old Virginia McLaurin represents our grandparents who NEVER thought their children would live to see a Black president, let alone step foot in the White House. That ALONE deserves a two-step, along with a high five (on the Black-hand side of course).
9. #OscarsSoWhite – I tuned in, because I HAD to see how Chris Rock was going to handle this disheartening situation. Although I felt like he was trying TOO hard a few times, I’m proud of how he didn’t hold back. I must inform you, that while the Oscars were playing on my television, I was also live streaming the #JusticeForFlint event on Revolt TV. Balance 🙂
10. Black-ish Discusses Police Brutality – One word: Tearjerker. I’ve always liked Black-ish, and now it’s safe to say I’m literally in love with it. This episode said what almost everyone in the Black community thinks about police brutality. I love how although everyone had their own interpretation of what’s happening in the Black community, they were still able to be unified in the end. And yes, I too, wanted Pres. Obama to get back in the limo. Sad to say it, but even our hope isn’t free. Dear Black-ish: Thank you.
Ya’ll. I’m so sad Black History Month 2016 is coming to an end. Is this why God allowed for it to be a leap year, giving us one more day to affirm the beauty of our humanity? Can this tidal wave of Black culture, Black history, and Black future last forever? Can we always be conscious, wear afros, and get in formation while chanting “We Gone Be Alright”? Can we? I think so 🙂
Happy Black History Month/Year beloveds <3