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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