This has been the blackest and most unapologetic Black History Month ever, and it isn’t even over yet. I am personally here for every melanated moment of it. All this Black excellence and Black power… As much as I love “Lift Every Voice & Sing” and enjoyed writing Black history reports, it could never compare to the ebony joy I have felt since the start of the month as a Black woman. A lot has happened, and I may actually have to do a part two post because we still have 11 days to go. For now, here are five reasons why this has been the most unapologetically black Black History Month ever.

  1. Beyoncé

On Feb 3rd, Page Six reported that she shook up her entire management team. Beyoncé parted ways with her general manager of 5 years, Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, and brought on Steve Pamon. Steve is a Morehouse man and a remember of Omega Psi Phi, so you know where this is going. Three days later, Beyoncé dropped her new Black southern girl anthem with a visual, intense, blacker than Black accompanying video: “Formation”, featuring the deceased YouTuber Messy Mya and New Orleans Bounce giant Big Freedia.

 

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My mahogany heart sang with joy watching the cops standing in the ‘don’t shoot’ position, but the frame that read  “Stop Killing Us” was everything. This video put white people in a tizzy. Micro braids, baby hair with Afros and hot sauce… blacker than Black. Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get any blacker, she performed it at the Superbowl in X formation accompanied by Black women with Afros, extended fists and leather.

While it looked like this:

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It felt like this:

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2. Killer Mike

Killer Mike has been consistently, unapologetically Afrikan and a voice of intellect in the Black community for as long as I can remember. However, while defending Queen Bey the other day on “Real Time with Bill Maher”, Mike finally gave white people the memo we all wish they had gotten many moons ago. As he so elegantly put it, “Everything isn’t about you!”

It went like this:

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But it felt like this:
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Then yesterday, in response to the flack he received from whitewashed feminists, Killer Mike spoke on Hillary Clinton’s politics or lack of policy as it relates to Black people:

 

3. Kendrick Lamar

Hip Hop sensation Kendrick Lamar walks on stage at the Grammys in chains, band behind bars, and raps:

I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean
Been feeling this way since I was 16, came to my senses
You never liked us anyway, fuck your friendship, I meant it
I’m African-American, I’m African
I’m Black as the moon, heritage of a small village
Pardon my residence
Came from the bottom of mankind
My hair is nappy, my dick is big, my nose is round and wide
You hate me don’t you?
You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture

It was so bad ass and black, Facebook couldn’t even take it. I can’t find the full performance anywhere. It seem like only snippets of the performance remain online. They snatched it away the same way they did our history.

This is what it looked like:

Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

This is what it felt like:

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And this is what it sounded liked:

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4. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Died on Feb. 13th

Scalia has been cited as saying “Most of the Black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools…” He was actually insinuating that HBCU’s are less reputable than white universities. While white people debate whether he is racist or not, and the Republican party tries to waste our tax dollars scrambling to look for a loophole in the Constitution, we might actually get a real Black Supreme Court justice. Coon Clarence Thomas doesn’t count. Plus, if we get a Black justice he might actually move down in the Google search results when you google Black Supreme Court Justices.  I know it is petty, but I just thinking win/win.

Scalia is widely misquoted as saying, “Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached”.

What he actually said was much worse in my opinion:
My concern is that in making life easier for ourselves we not appear to make it harder for the lower federal courts, imposing upon them the burden of regularly analyzing newly-discovered-evidence-of-innocence claims in capital cases.”
When it comes to the highest court in the land, being conservative or liberal is fine… but being racist is not acceptable. With unequal protection under the law and unfair sentencing being a historical issue within our community, we need courts to be concerned with the truth, and not necessarily the logistics of lower federal courts.
 Black Twitter had the  had the trillest response ever to the Scalia’s death:

This will be President Obama’s 3rd nomination to the United States Supreme Court. I am so excited about the fact a Black man will have that much of an impact on our highest court. We needed this. President Obama’s last two nominees have been women, and I think it would be awesome if this time he decided to sprinkle some Black girl magic in one of those seats. A very respected blogger is saying the next new Supreme Court Justice could be current Attorney General Loretta Lynch. That would be so amazing.
So now we looking at the POTUS like this:
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 Cause we really want to see some of this.
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5. Your Memes
The chill is gone! The memes being posted this month are gritty and fabulously bold. I can tell by my social media feeds that our community is Black and proud.  We are conscious of what is happening around us. This month’s content shares have been incredible, and I know there is more to come, but for now here is my personal favorite.
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All in all, I am so glad to see that my community is filled with so much pride and political awareness. It has made all the difference. In other words, we are slaying Black History Month; let’s keep it up!