From Sandra Bland to the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, African Americans were sadly reminded that being Black in America is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From Cookie Lyons to the Cosby Ebony cover, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.

So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: Rachel Dolezal is nowhere to be seen.

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015 was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015

2. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Michael B Jordan’s Abs in ‘Creed’

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Michael B Jordan’s Abs in ‘Creed’

3. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Titus Burgess and His Peeno Noir

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Titus Burgess and His Peeno Noir

4. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Lisa’s Funeral Scene on ‘Being Mary Jane’

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Lisa’s Funeral Scene on ‘Being Mary Jane’

5. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Misty Copeland’s “I Will, What I Want” Commercial

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Misty Copeland’s “I Will, What I Want” Commercial

6. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Zendaya and Amandla Read The Girls For Filth

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Zendaya and Amandla Read The Girls For Filth

7. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Cicely Tyson Scratching Viola Davis’ Scalp on ‘HTGAWM’

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Cicely Tyson Scratching Viola Davis’ Scalp on ‘HTGAWM’

8. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: The Year of The Black Cover Girl

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: The Year of The Black Cover Girl

9. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Tristan Wilds in the Adele Video

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Tristan Wilds in the Adele Video

10. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Grace Jones’ AfroPunk Performance

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Grace Jones’ AfroPunk Performance

11. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Beyonce’s Met Gala Dress

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Beyonce’s Met Gala Dress

12. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Missy Elliot’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Missy Elliot’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance

13. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Common and John Legend at the Oscars

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Common and John Legend at the Oscars

14. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: That Bill Cosby ‘EBONY’ Cover

Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: That Bill Cosby ‘EBONY’ Cover

15. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: President Obama Having No F*$^ks Left to Give

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: President Obama Having No F*$^ks Left to Give

16. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Dem Patty Pies

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Dem Patty Pies

17. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Viola Davis Wins an Emmy for HTGWM

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Viola Davis Wins an Emmy for HTGWM

18. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Drake Demolishes the Internet

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Drake Demolishes the Internet

19. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: “Miley, What’s Good?”

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: “Miley, What’s Good?”

20. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: The Black Brilliance of ‘The Wiz’ Live

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: The Black Brilliance of ‘The Wiz’ Live

21. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Ava DuVernay’s Barbie Sells Out in 17 Minutes

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Ava DuVernay’s Barbie Sells Out in 17 Minutes

22. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: John Boyega Stays Drinking White Tears

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: John Boyega Stays Drinking White Tears

23. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Everything Black Twitter Did

Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Everything Black Twitter Did

24. Worst Moments In Pop Culture Moments Of 2015

Worst Moments In Pop Culture Moments Of 2015
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