Let’s be honest: 2016 was one of the worst years ever. For black people, it was especially trying thanks the the racism that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign (and eventual election) incited amongst white nationalists. Then there was, of course, the numerous unjust shooting deaths of black men and women at the hands of police.
And did we mention Donald Trump was elected as president?
But, in spite of all of this, there were still some things to be grateful for this year, especially when it came to black people using their voices and their talent to do amazing things.
From Ava DuVernay’s stellar documentary “The 13th,” to Colin Kaepernick’s controversial (but necessary) stand against racism, below are just some of the brilliant black voices we were thankful for in 2016: