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20 Most Memorable Moments In Black Entertainment That Defined 2015

What a time to be alive. *Drake voice*

This year oozed black excellence. From Drake's "Hotline Bling" dance moves to everyone wanting to do the "Nae Nae" or singing "Trap Queen" to Serena Williams dominating tennis, there was never a dull moment and the influence of black culture could be found everywhere. 

We've rounded up the 20 most memorable moments from black entertainment that without a doubt helped to define 2015. 

  • Meek Mill v. Drake had us all "Charged Up."
    "Mr. Twitter Fingers" aka Meek Mill started the beef of the year with Drake after he wrote a series of tweets, which accused
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    "Mr. Twitter Fingers" aka Meek Mill started the beef of the year with Drake after he wrote a series of tweets, which accused Drake of using a ghostwriter -- to which Drake did not reply. The Toronto rapper instead recorded two diss songs directed at Meek, one of which, “Back To Back,” became the first diss record ever to be nominated for a Grammy. So who won the beef, well, the Internet can answer that one for you. 
  • The "Nae Nae" by Silento went viral.
    Silento's single "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" was a summer smash hit that you couldn't go to any party, open any social media ap
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    Silento's single "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" was a summer smash hit that you couldn't go to any party, open any social media app or catch a daytime TV show without seeing someone attempt to do the dance. But Atlanta group WeAreToonz invented the dance in their basement and even released a song called "Drop That Nae Nae," in 2013. Two years and one hit song later the dance is still going strong. We see you, Hillary! 
  • "What A Time To Be Alive" by Drake And Future was a damn good surprise album.
    Drake and Future's collaborative album spawned hits like "Jumpman," "Big Rings," and "Change Locations." This  album pre
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    Drake and Future's collaborative album spawned hits like "Jumpman," "Big Rings," and "Change Locations." This  album pretty much solidified 2015 as the year of Drake.
  • "Feeling Myself" created ultimate bff goals.
    A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/kelleydunlap/barb-hive-forever#.ljM1eGB3B">GIF-storm was unleashed</a>&nbsp;after Tid
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    GIF-storm was unleashed after Tidal exclusively premiered the video for "Feeling Myself" featuring Beyoncé, a single from Nicki Minaj's album "The Pinkprint." The Barbs and the Beyhive went crazy over the duo's on-screen friendship. It was just pure #BlackGirlMagic.
  • Missy Elliott returned to rap with "WTF."
    The wait was finally over as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott released her first single and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch
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    The wait was finally over as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott released her first single and video for "WTF" in over 10 years since her last album "The Cookbook." Welcome back, queen!
  • Cam Newton dabs on national television.
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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrated after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in a football game on Nov. 15, by doing the "dab." The media frenzy that ensued led to everyone wanting to mimic the dance created by rap group Migos.
  • Janelle Monae became known as an activist with a message.
    The singer alongside her Wondaland collective released a song titled,&nbsp;"<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEUibLc_
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    The singer alongside her Wondaland collective released a song titled, "Hell You Talmbout." In the stirring protest song about policing she chants the names of Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and all the other countless other individuals who have been unjustly killed. Monae also teamed up with the Black Lives Matter movement this year in Philadelphia.
  • "Straight Outta Compton" shattered records.
    The blockbuster success of "Straight Outta Compton" has made it the <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6752823/s
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    The blockbuster success of "Straight Outta Compton" has made it the highest grossing film ever by a black director, F. Gary Gray. The biopic further solidified hip-hop's dominant place in music, and there are even rumors swirling of a possible sequel.
  • Kendrick Lamar dropped his most conscious body of work.
    Both Kendrick Lamar's video for <a href="https://youtu.be/Z-48u_uWMHY">"Alright"</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;endless critical accla
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    Both Kendrick Lamar's video for "Alright" and the endless critical acclaim for "To Pimp A Butterfly" has definitely ensured this to be his best album yet. Plus, President Barack Obama named "How Much A Dollar Cost" from the album as his favorite song of the year.
  • "Hotline Bling" became an anthem.
    Drake dropped his latest video for "Hotline Bling" in October and <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/this-mashup-of-hotl
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    Drake dropped his latest video for "Hotline Bling" in October and Dominican Drake theories were solidified along with countless memes that celebrated Drake unleashing his dance moves for the world to see. 
  • "Trap Queen" had enormous crossover success.
    If the "Nae Nae" was the most popular dance of the year then "Trap Queen" was the most popular song. Fetty Wap's smash hit skyrocketed the New Jersey rapper to instant fame and had everyone, including Taylor Swift, singing "Trap Queen."
  • "Hit The Quan" was yet another dance craze.
    Southern rap gave birth to&nbsp;yet another dance craze for the masses, courtesy of rapper ILoveMemphis with "<a href="https:
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    Southern rap gave birth to yet another dance craze for the masses, courtesy of rapper ILoveMemphis with "Hit The Quan." Everyone was doing it, and our fave rendition of the dance came from Heaven King (above).
  • D'Angelo's political and moving "SNL" performance.
    The R&amp;B singer made his comeback to music last year after <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dangelo-black-messiah_n
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    The R&B singer made his comeback to music last year after 15 years away from music witH his critically acclaimed album, "Black Messiah." In February, D'Angelo graced the stage of "Saturday Night Live." His performance of "Charade," however, was an absolute political statement as band members wore shirts which read: "I can't breathe" and "Black lives matter."
  • Bad Boy reunion at BET Awards was EVERYTHING.
    Diddy and most of the Bad Boy family reunited for the 20-year anniversary of the music label. The performance included Ma$e,
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    Diddy and most of the Bad Boy family reunited for the 20-year anniversary of the music label. The performance included Ma$e, Lil Kim and a moving tribute to Notorious B.I.G. 
  • The Emerald City vogue scene in "The Wiz Live!" was fierce.
    "The Wiz Live!" premiered on Dec. 3, and was <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-wiz-live-brings-the-best-of-black-ex
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    "The Wiz Live!" premiered on Dec. 3, and was black excellence at its finest! Twitter was abuzz the entire night as tweets of pride and endless memes praised the live musical which featured stellar performances from Uzo Aduba, Mary J. Blige, Shanice Williams and Amber RIley. And the Emerald City vogue scene still gets two snaps in a z-formation from us! 
  • Don't call it a comeback, new music from all our faves.
    From Prince to Erykah Badu to Dr. Dre to Janet Jackson, this year the legends of music each made their own individual triumph
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    From Prince to Erykah Badu to Dr. Dre to Janet Jackson, this year the legends of music each made their own individual triumphant returns to music. Our music playlists have never been happier.
  • Spike Lee and "Chi-Raq" vs. Rahm vs. Chicago
    Spike Lee's newest film, "Chi-Raq" hasn't been without it's share of controversy and anticipation. The mayor of Chicago,&nbsp
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    Spike Lee's newest film, "Chi-Raq" hasn't been without it's share of controversy and anticipation. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, openly spoke out against the director and the title of the film and accused Lee of trying to paint him as a villain. In an interview with Chicago magazine, Lee said in response to Emanuel's claims, "Mayor, your honor, you’re gonna be on the wrong side of history." The city's residents aren't too pleased with Emanuel, either.
  • Serena Williams was way too busy winning this year.
    Serena Williams dominated tennis this year, and&nbsp;it's no wonder that she was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of
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    Serena Williams dominated tennis this year, and it's no wonder that she was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. From winning three major titles to being one Grand Slam title away from breaking Steffi Graf’s Open-era record, she has been killing it in 2015. Not to mention, she's the first individual woman to receive the Sportsperson of the Year honor in more than three decades. Oh and let's not forget she's a superhero, too. 
  • Viola Davis' win at the Emmy Awards was a win for all black women.
    Viola Davis delivered an absolutely <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/drama-best-actress-emmys-2015_55fc33d1e4b00310edf
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    Viola Davis delivered an absolutely soul stirring speech for her win in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in "How to Get Away with Murder" at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in September. "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," Davis said in her acceptance speech. Well said! 
  • Hamilton topped Billboard charts.
    "Hamiliton" made its Broadway debut in August and has been slaying the stage ever since. The show is breaking records, as it
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    "Hamiliton" made its Broadway debut in August and has been slaying the stage ever since. The show is breaking records, as it is the highest topping show ever on Billboard charts along with having the largest debut sales week for a digital cast album. The show uses hip-hop to tell the story with a cast of both men and women of color to play characters who were all white. If you want to catch a show, you should hurry because calling it a hot ticket would be an understatement.

What was your favorite moment from this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

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