42 Times We Did It For The Culture This Black History Month

There were so many amazing moments to bask in this Black History Month.

We experienced 28 days of black excellence, even in the midst of a White House administration led by a man who’s constantly accused of racism. This month, black people shined brightly and proved that the resilience of our ancestors flows deep within our veins. 

 Here are 42 moments that made this Black History Month one for the culture.

1. Beyoncé kicked off BHM and blessed us with her pregnancy announcement.

2. Google honored iconic black sculptor Edmonia Lewis with a doodle. 

3. Frederick Douglass’ descendants put the president in check for his empty remarks on the abolitionist. 

4. Tiera Guinn, 22, exuded black excellence by becoming an engineer with NASA before her graduation from MIT.  

5. Viola Davis’ comments on the beauty of being a black woman after her Oscar win.

6. Savannah State University became the first HBCU team to win CheerSport Nationals. 

7. A Tribe Called Quest sent a powerful message against President Donald Trump ― and Busta Rhymes dubbed him “President Agent Orange” ― at the Grammys. 

8. English teacher Barry White Jr. was highlighted for having a personalized handshake for each student. 

 9. Iman and Halima Aden shared their Somali pride.  

10. Merriam-Webster threw “shade” into the dictionary.

11. “Get Out,” a thriller film about racism, debuted with a rare 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

12. After transforming into a literal goddess during her Grammy performance (while pregnant with twins), Beyoncé accepted her award for Best Urban Contemporary album by affirming that “Lemonade” was for black women.

13. A rare portrait of Harriet Tubman surfaced.

14. Alfre Woodard hosted her annual Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree and all of your faves attended.

15. Essence magazine honored Aja Naomi King, Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monáe and Issa Rae at its 10th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

16. College students honored black history by decorating their dorm room doors.

17. “Moonlight” won Best Picture at the Academy Awards and put on for every black person who’s been overlooked for white mediocrity.

18. Mahershala Ali won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Moonlight.”

19. Calvin Klein featured the men of “Moonlight” for their latest men’s underwear campaign.

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20. BET blessed us with “The New Edition Story.”

21. Cardi B scored a multimillion-dollar deal with Atlantic Records. 

22. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) gathered everyone’s wigs and dragged the hell out of Trump’s Cabinet.  

23. Scholastic announced that 12-year-old Marley Dias will publish an activism guide for kids and teens.

24. Langston Hughes’ home in Harlem became open to the public.

25. Seven-year-old Jaden met his idol, Lester Holt. 

26. First-grade teacher Patrick Harris showed his students how to properly tie a durag.

27. Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, released a book five years after his death.

28. Michaela Angela Davis and Dabo Ché launched Black Love Power.

29. Chance the Rapper won three Grammys and was the epitome of #blackboyjoy.

30. The ladies of “Hidden Figures” brought Katherine Johnson onstage during the Oscars.

31. Denzel Washington sent a powerful message to black Hollywood at the NAACP Image Awards.

32. Netflix’s “Dear White People” trailer drops and upsets racists.

33. Blac Chyna had a Black History Month photo shoot

34. Kiera Please had some amazing costumes in support of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay

35. Janelle Monáe celebrated U.S. Navy trailblazer Raye Montague on “Good Morning America.” 

36.  The U.S. Army lifted the ban on dreadlocks.

37. Raoul Peck’s James Baldwin documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” is released.

38. PBS released the “American Masters” documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.”

39. AOL’s black employee resource group, BAOLers, held a panel with four black influencers from the business, media, tech and activism fields.

40. Remy Ma “shethered” Nicki Minaj with nearly seven straight minutes of bars. 

41. Google pledged more than $11 million to organizations dedicated to achieving racial equality.

42. We celebrated our heritage unapologetically. 

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Video Shows Baltimore County Police Punching Crying Black Teen During Arrest

Baltimore County police are reviewing body camera footage of a teen’s violent arrest after officers responded to a fight at a local school.

Police arrived at Woodlawn High School last Wednesday after fight broke out between several teens, one of whom had a knife, the Baltimore Sun reported.

A 14-year-old girl was reportedly arguing with another girl when a 16-year-old boy intervened, allegedly grabbing the 14-year-old by the neck. She broke free and pulled a knife from her bag. When police arrived, they found the boy walking away and the girl with the knife.

Officers arrested the girl without incident, but a bystander captured video of the boy, who appears to be resisting arrest.

The video, posted Saturday on social media, shows the teen sitting on a curb while a female officer attempts to put cuffs on him. When the teen doesn’t cooperate, the female officer and another male officer begin to grab and punch him, and he begins crying.

“Why you hitting him?” a bystander can be heard shouting at the officers.

According to the boy’s father, Alonzo Cox Sr., the teen has impulse control disorder and didn’t know why he was being arrested.

“He made a bad decision, but the procedure they used was not right,” Cox told Fox Baltimore. “My son is not a bad kid. I don’t think he deserved to be beat like the way he was beat.”

The boy was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault on police and resisting arrest. The 14-year-old girl was charged with first and second-degree assault.

Both officers were wearing body cameras during the incident. They will continue to work while the arrest is reviewed.

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Rihanna Accepts Harvard's Humanitarian Award Like The Total Boss She Is

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As Elle Woods once said, “What, like it’s hard?”

The year 2017 turned itself right around when Harvard University selected Rihanna as their Humanitarian of the Year earlier this month. On Tuesday, the “Anti” singer graciously accepted the honor with a touching and hilarious speech in peak Rihanna fashion.

After a handful of guest speakers spoke to Rihanna’s cultural and philanthropic impact, the singer took the stage and addressed her public. 

“So, I made it to Harvard,” she said, opening the speech with a grin and hair flip. Rihanna then went on to explain how watching commercials as a child that encouraged viewers to donate 25 cents to save a life informed her attitudes toward charity.

“I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up, and I can get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world,’” Rihanna recalled. “I just didn’t know I would be in the position to do that by the time I was a teenager.”

The Harvard Foundation, which annually honors prominent public-spirited leaders, named Rihanna as the recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award for her charitable work promoting healthcare and education in the Caribbean. In addition to funding a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine in her home country of Barbados, the singer has set up the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program to help Caribbean students attending universities in the U.S. succeed. 

“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return,” Rihanna continued. “To me, that is a humanitarian. People make it seem way too hard, man. The truth is — and what the little girl watching those commercials didn’t know — is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous. You don’t have to be college-educated.”

She then went on to hint that she might return to the university one day as a student, so we’ll just be over here quietly raising funds for a “Legally Blonde” (”Legally Rihanna”?) sequel. 

Watch the entire ceremony below and catch Rihanna’s speech at 1:14:00.

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71 Powerful Photos Of Women Protesting Throughout American History

As we celebrate the accomplishments of women during Women’s History Month, it’s essential that we also remember that there is still plenty to be fired up about.

Just over a month into the Trump administration, women saw reproductive rights be chipped at almost weekly, house speaker Paul Ryan said that he plans on defunding Planned Parenthood, and President Trump’s anti-immigration and anti-transgender legislation meant serious trouble for the nation’s most vulnerable women

But if there’s one thing American women know how to do, it’s resist. Just ask the millions of women who marched around the country on January 21. Or the civil rights activists who came before them. Or the suffragettes who came before that. 

To honor the revolutionary spirit of American women, we’ve rounded up 71 photos of women protesting throughout U.S. history to show just how strong that spirit is.  

This Women’s History Month, remember that we have the power to make history every day. And in 2017, that feels more urgent than ever. Follow along with HuffPost on FacebookTwitter and Instagram in March using #WeMakeHerstory.

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