I honestly thought the apocalypse was going to happen this year.
But aside from the shitty country/world around me, 2017 wasn’t such a bad year for me. I went to Cancun, received my Bachelor of Arts, went to Jamaica, started my first job out of college, got broken up with via email (a lesson/blessing that must be mentioned), was on a radio show, and picked up this awesome gym habit.
Although 2017 will probably be viewed as a glass-half-empty year for most, I somehow managed to think of 10 things that made me laugh, smile, or inspired me this year.
The awkward interview as I like to call it. Things went left when Joe Budden caught an attitude during the Everyday Struggle’s interview of Migos on the BET Awards red carpet. Why did Akademiks even bring Takeoff up?? Quavo’s no nonsense “wrap it up then” still has me dead.
2. “Everybody Black”
Since I’m talking about award shows, I have to mention Issa Rae’s comment on the Emmy Awards red carpet. When asked who she was rooting for at the awards she responded, “I’m rooting for everybody black.” That phrase has been my life mantra since. It’s also worth noting that Donald Glover became the first African American to win an Emmy for directing a comedy series that night.
3. Milds and Yak
Nothing says unapologetically black like Shannon Sharpe pulling out a Black & Mild on TV and referring to it as a “victory cigar”. His “milds and yak” stunt went viral and was even remixed into a song because you know black people are creative as hell.
4. “I just want my baby”
Speaking of creative, here‘s the remix of Tyrese’s crying video. They called it the Cryese Mix 😂😂😂😂 I’m hollering
5. “U Bum”
There’s nothing I love more than celebrities using their fame to bring attention to social issues. I couldn’t tell the difference between sports and politics this year. Lebron cracked me up when he called Donald Trump a bum lmaoooo
6. Get OutGet Out is already a classic movie in my book. It got a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. I saw it in a packed theater and was SCREAMING at the screen. Although it is a fictional drama, the horror behind Get Out is real. I’ve never seen a movie so raw and honest. Jordan Peele said “fuck ya’ll feelings, I’m telling the truth”!
7. The Revival of R&B
I say 2017 brought back R&B because fire album after fire album was dropped. So many smooth, soultry artists finally got their breakout moment. We’ve had Tory Lanez and Bryson Tiller for a minute, but this new “alternative R&B”, as some call it, has a sound of its own. Even though I can’t stand to hear SZA’s “Weekend” one more time, I’m still happy she finally got the recognition she deserves this year.
8. Durags in Public
I swear silkies used to be for inside the house only. In 2017, I saw more men (and women) letting their durags fly free. I even saw a group of guys at Morehouse had a “Durag Day”. But of course, as soon as something becomes trendy, the price skyrockets. The velvet durag pictured above is $40!
Yes, Rihanna alone gets a spot on my top 10 this year. First of all, baby girl got thicccc and I love it. She dropped Fenty Beauty. She also put out another line of Fenty x Puma. Did I mention she didn’t drop a solo album or single this year, yet gave me life on “Lemon”, “Loyalty” and “Wild Thoughts”? As if she wasn’t perfect enough, she was the fourth most charitable celeb of 2017. 10. Girls, Girls, Girls
Rihanna wasn’t the only female killing it this year. 2017 was truly the year of women! There was the Women’s March, Jemele Hill, #MeToo, Girls Trip, “reclaiming my time”, Wonder Woman, Cardi B broke records, Black women pretty much saved Alabama, the list goes on. “In 2017, women made the most of a deeply flawed system. Then again, what else is new?” -Issie Lapowsky, Wired Honorable Mentions: Mans Not Hot, The Carters (their whole lives as usual NBD), and the solar eclipse.
It’s been real 2017! Check back here in 2018 for updates on the Young, Black, and Opinionated podcast that I’m planning!