My rights, my wrongs; I write ’til I’m right with God/Wouldn’t you know/We been hurt, been down before/Nigga, when our pride was low/Lookin’ at the world like, “Where do we go?”/Nigga, and we hate po-po/Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho’/Nigga, I’m at the preacher’s door/My knees gettin’ weak, and my gun might blow/But we gon’ be alright/Nigga, we gon’ be alright/Nigga, we gon’ be alright/We gon’ be alright/Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright -Kendrick Lamar

The year of our Lord 2017 has been a trying one for many, namely because like the Book of Luke told us would happen, the hearts of men have been unearthed. It seems like every commentator, reporter, and pundit has been peddling existential dread and the energy in the air, even during the holidays, seems heavier and thicker than normal. However, no hater can block a blessing and no bigot can impede upon a purpose. Joy always shows up and achievement is simply a result of trying. So, we decided to do an unranked roundup of 20 awesome unapologetically black achievements of 2017. This is by no means a complete list and we invite you to share more by commenting on this post or via Twitter @unbasicpodcast. Here we go!

  1. Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture
  2. Beyonce, Janet, Rihanna, Solange, Zendaya, Yara, and Amandala, just GP
  3. Seven cities elected their first Black mayors: Cairo, GA, Georgetown, SC, Helena, MT, Milledgeville, GA, St. Paul, MN, and Statesboro, GA
  4. Two cities elected their first black female mayors–  Charlotte, NC and Framingham, MS
  5. Get Out and Girls Trip were two of the highest grossing movies of the year, both with Black directors.
  6. Cardi B became the first Black female rapper to have three singles in the Billboard Top 10 at the same time and have a single with no features go triple platinum
  7. Tiffany Haddish became the first Black woman stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live
  8. Neil deGrasse Tyson made science cool with his New York Times bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (which has been on the list 34 weeks and counting)
  9. There were more television shows with African American leads than ever before: Blackish, The Mayor, Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder, Claws, Insecure, Snowfall, Queen Sugar, Greenleaf, and The Carmichael Show
  10. Rihanna’s make-up line Fenty Beauty shook the cosmetics industry with over $70 million in earned media value in less than six months
  11. 2Chainz turned the concept of a trap house on its head and created a place of community, cultural exchange. and understanding by painting a home in midtown Atlanta pink and staging it as a “trap house.”
  12. Jay Z’s album 4:44
  13. The “Moonlight” music video/Friends spoof that came out as a result of 4:44
  14. Black women in Alabama saved the Democratic party
  15. Keisha Lance Bottoms continued the legacy of Black mayors in Atlanta
  16. NFL players took a knee proving that football has a remarkable impact on public opinion (and Papa John’s Pizza)
  17. A black investment group purchased a park in Memphis, TN and has vowed to remove the Confederate statues in that park.
  18. Meghan Markle found her prince
  19. Dr. Carla Hayden completed her first year as the first woman and the first African American as Librarian of Congress.
  20. Andrea Jenkins became the first openly trans black woman to be elected to public office, taking her seat on the Minneapolis City Council. YAAASSSS!

“You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.”

In the latest episode, Unstuck, we’re saying the words left unsaid about getting unsaid about getting out of a slump in career, familial relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships. We dig into how to set healthy boundaries, letting go of fear and making bold moves to live your best life. Listen and let us know your thoughts on Twitter @unbasicpodcast.