Five Faves of 2017
Anyone who really knows me knows that I'm a music fanatic. Picking one album or song was just not a possibility. So, I have created a list of my favorite albums from the year including projects by Chronixx, SZA, Rapsody and much much more. There are other artists and songs not pictured but very close to my heart and constantly played on my phone including Smino, H.E.R., Cardi B, "Sober" by Mahalia and "Crew" by Goldlink - arguably the bop of the year.
2. Colin Kaepernick's GQ Cover/Article:
Last year, Colin Kaepernick sparked enormous controversy for protesting during the national anthem. The NFL player is not the first African American professional athlete to protest or use his platform for political purposes, but he ended up without a team at the start of this year's season. The NFL then proceeded to erase him from the conversation when they embraced the protest happening this season. Not only did GQ return Kaepernick to mainstream discourse by appropriately naming him "Citizen of the year", but the article also included interviews with numerous activist, artists, academics like Ava DuVernay, J. Cole, and the legendary - Harry Belafonte.
3. Cardi B and Tiffany Haddish's 2017:
Both of these talented women have been out for a couple of years now but they definitely had a very successful 2017. Both set records in their respective industries which historically, have not included women of color in the forefront. Cardi B and Tiffany Haddish are especially inspirational because of their adverse backgrounds and the obstacles that they had to overcome to finally have such successful careers. Cardi's song, "Bodak Yellow" topped the charts for 3 weeks straight beating Lauryn Hill as the longest-reigning #1 record by a female rapper unaccompanied. Her collaborations on hits like "No Limit" and "MotorSport" made her the first female rapper to land her first three entries in the top 10 of the Hot 100. Haddish was the break-out star in this year's successful film, Girl's Trip, she became the first African American comedian to host SNL, and she recently published a best-selling book entitled, The Last Black Unicorn. These women definitely deserved the success they experienced this year and I will be happy to enjoy atleast half of their success in 2018.
4. When I say makeup, you say FENTY BEAUTY:
Rihanna SHOOK the makeup industry to its core when she launched her makeup line in September of this year. Not only did she redefine diversity in the industry but she did so at decent prices. As a darker-skinned woman, I was more than grateful for her effort to produce dark foundations. Even better than the makeup itself was the reaction of other make-ups brands who attempted to demonstrate that they could compete with the range Fenty Beauty provides. Her Mattemoiselle Lipstick line launched post-Christmas and I expect we will see more from her in the new year.
5. Beyonce's IG:
A legendary singer and performer. A style icon. A wife. A mother of three. Shall we add Queen Instagrammer to the list? Beyonce does not interact with social media a lot but when she does, she slays. Earlier this year she nearly broke the internet when she announced via IG that she was pregnant with twins. More recently, she has added music and special edits to her posts. I'm not sure who is editing for her or taking these photos but it's nearly an art form. And on top of all of that, she is serving nothing but looks. Is there anything that Queen B can't do?