I was sitting down reading a book today and this Black dude came out of the hospital and said to me, “the verdict is at 2:15.”
I just nodded.
Then he said, “I hope she doesn’t get any time.”
I nodded some more.
Then he said, “I mean, even if she did kill her, I still hope she doesn’t go to jail. She’s probably suffered enough.”
By now, I’d at least figured out what he was talking about, but I still knew better than to comment so I nodded again.
“Doesn’t the whole thing remind you of OJ?” he asked.
Now, the imagined response that Black man would give as a follow-up to the Casey Anthony trial, a trial in which the 25 year-old Ms. Anthony was found innocent of murdering her two year-old daughter Caylee and then not only lying about it, but muddling up the evidence is, “of course. It’s a little white girl. No wonder the whole country is concerned.”
Then we’re supposed to roll a blunt and turn to BET (if it isn’t already on).
When white people invented “Blackness” as a way of suggesting “otherness” for descendants of sub-Saharan Africans, the role was supposed to be played with minimal intelligence, a narrow worldview, chronic myopia and even less compassion.
I, however, view my own Blackness a lot like I view my status as a Knick fan. Not saying that being Black is as bad as being a Knicks fan—being a Knicks fan is far worse—it’s just the Knicks not playing has never precluded me from watching the game of basketball.
See, I’m a fan of the game even before I’m a Knicks fan.
And it’s as such that two of my saddest days as a fan were the day that Len Bias died from using coke in 1986 and the day that Reggie Lewis suffered sudden cardiac death in 1993.
I was heartbroken in each case despite the fact that both of those dudes had ties to the hated Boston Celtics; Bias was the 2nd overall pick in the NBA draft that had taken place two days earlier and Lewis was an all-star swingman.
A tragic loss of a life should be more important than basketball.
1. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Viola Davis Wins an Emmy for HTGWM
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2. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Misty Copeland’s “I Will, What I Want” Commercial
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3. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Zendaya and Amandla Read The Girls For Filth
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4. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: The Year of The Black Cover Girl
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5. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Common and John Legend at the Oscars
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6. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Cicely Tyson Scratching Viola Davis’ Scalp on ‘HTGAWM’
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7. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Tristan Wilds in the Adele Video
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8. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Grace Jones’ AfroPunk Performance
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9. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Beyonce’s Met Gala Dress
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10. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: The Throning of Queen Serena
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11. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Missy Elliot’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance
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12. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: That Bill Cosby ‘EBONY’ Cover
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13. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Dem Patty Pies
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14. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: The Rise of ‘Empire’
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15. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Drake Demolishes the Internet
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16. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: “Miley, What’s Good?”
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17. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Ava DuVernay’s Barbie Sells Out in 17 Minutes
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18. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: John Boyega Stays Drinking White Tears
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19. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Everything Black Twitter Did
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20. Worst Moments In Pop Culture Moments Of 2015
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Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015
From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> 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 <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, 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: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.