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Behold, 30 Of The Best #BlackGirlMagic Moments From 2015

We are so dope.

If you weren't hip to it already, 2015 was the year the world learned just how magical black women truly are. 

Beautiful brown women everywhere used the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic to celebrate anything we deemed particularly dope, inspiring or mind-blowing. From Misty Copeland's historic appointment to principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre to writer Qimmah Saafir funding the launch of a brand spankin' new magazine for black women, there were plenty of magical moments this year. 

We can't wait to see what happens next year. In the meantime, let's take a look back at a few of our favorite #BlackGirlMagic moments from 2015. 

  • Badass ballerina Misty Copeland became the first black woman principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.
  • The Apple commercial starring Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige -- AND directed by Ava DuVernay.
  • Marvel released the "Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur" comic, which featured a young black girl named Lunella Lafyette who rocked an awesome Afro puff.
    Marvel
  • In other comic book awesomeness, actress Amandla Stenberg debuted her own series called "Niobi: She is Life" in celebration of girl power.
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  • Riley Curry's entire existence.
  • Director Ava Duvernay has a Barbie doll made in her likeness and it completely sells out in minutes.
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  • Brittany "Bree" Newsome removes the Confederate flag from a pole at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, June 27, 2015
    Adam Anderson / Reuters
    Brittany "Bree" Newsome removes the Confederate flag from a pole at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, June 27, 2015. An activist climbed a flagpole outside the South Carolina state capitol early on Saturday and took down the Confederate flag, state officials said, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama called the banner a symbol of racial oppression. Two people were arrested and charged with defacing a monument, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a statement. The banner was replaced within an hour, it said. Brittany Newsome climbed the flag pole and James Ian Tyson stood inside a fence and assisted her, police said. They are both 30 years old and from North Carolina. REUTERS/Adam Anderson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
  • Regina King won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy and the world rejoiced.
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  • Serena Williams was named Sports Illustrated's 2015 Sportsperson of the Year and she looks like an absolute queen on the cover of the magazine.
    Sports Illustrated
  • Viola Davis' daughter dressed up as her Emmy Award-winning mother for Halloween. Too damn cute!

    So.....the Elsa costume? Didn't work for her. The Pirate? A no go. So she finally said," I just want to be YOU mommy"! So... uhh.....this is ME.

    Posted by Viola Davis on Saturday, October 31, 2015
  • Lupita Nyong'o landed a role in "Star Wars" -- aka the year's most highly anticipated film.
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  • Loretta Lynch became the first African-American woman to hold the position of Attorney General of the United States .
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  • That time black women dominated September's magazine covers. Eight gloriously brown covers!
  • Simone Biles set the record for most gold medals won by a female gymnast in the history of the World Championships by earning her 10th gold this year.
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  • Model Maria Borges walked the Victoria's Secret runway rocking her natural hair.
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  • The moment Uzo Aduba descended from the heavens on "The Wiz Live!"
  • When Teen Vogue put three brown beauties on the cover of its August issue.
    Teen Vogue
  • Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on recent violence and says there is "probable casue to file criminal charges i
    Adrees Latif / Reuters
    Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on recent violence and says there is "probable casue to file criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case" of officers involved in the arrest of the black man who later died of injuries he sustained while in custody in Baltimore, Maryland May 1, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
  • Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama
  • When Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj dropped "Feeling Myself" and we watched it over and over and over again.
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  • The awesomeness that is AfroPunk Festival made its way to Paris this year.
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  • Shonda Rhimes continued her reign as TV's queen thanks to "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder" -- and she authored her first book, too.
    Hollywood Reporter
  • Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon on "Empire." Enough said.
  • And she also did this when Viola Davis won her Emmy. #ClassAct
  • Writer Qimmah Saafir got her Kickstarter campaign fully funded to produce her magazine called "Hannah" that aims to be a new and fresh representation of black women.
    Qimmah Saafir,
  • Michelle Obama in general. But especially when she rapped about the joys of getting a college education.
  • When Zendaya slayed the Oscars red carpet in a head full of locs and then gracefully clapped back at Giuliana Rancic for her racist comments about her hair. You go girl!
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  • Missy Elliott's epic comeback.
  • HBO inked a deal to produce Issa Rae's "Insecure" comedy series.
    Jason Kempin/BET via Getty Images
  • Zoë Kravtiz wins InStyle's Breakthrough Style award, because obvi.
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