When we tune into the news, we often hear stories that pull at our emotions and force us to question the humanity of the world’s citizens. Not today! Today, we’re remembering the highlights! Although in retrospect it seems to have flown by, 2017 was a long year filled with many highlights. Check out some of the biggest highlights of 2017.
Millions of Women March Against Trump
Let’s travel back to the beginning of the year when Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. (No, that’s not the highlight). While there were many who decided to skip the event, millions of women and men took to the streets to protest the new president. While his supporters might see this as a faux pas, it’s definitely highlighting our list this year!
Throughout his campaign, President Trump made many comments that were deemed anti-women, and women all over the country decided they weren’t going to accept the behavior. From Washington, D.C., to New York City to Boston, people all over the country and the world took to the streets with signs supporting fair pay and Planned Parenthood. It is said to be the biggest single-day protest in history with over three million participants.
Moonlight wins BIG at Oscars
In October 2016, the film “Moonlight” hit the big screen. Starring Trevante Rhodes, the film followed the story of a young black man who grows up struggling with his sexuality. The film first won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama before the 2017 Academy Awards. Nominated for 8 Awards, Moonlight took home three awards, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Picture.
Get Out of the ‘Sunken Place’
In early 2017, Jordan Peele of the hilarious duo, Key and Peele produced his first film, Get Out. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, the film follows a young man who discovers his white girlfriend and her family have been responsible for a string of disappearing black people from around the state. During a time lit with racial tensions, the film started a dialogue about racism while delivering a unique and captivating story.
Where’d the Sun Go?
Another major headline this year had people paying attention to space. Since July 1991, the people of the United States have never seen a total solar eclipse. That changed this year! In August 2017, the moon passed directly between the earth and the sun, totally blocking the sun from the earth’s view in some locations. For our ‘90s babies, this would’ve been the first they’d be able to witness in their lifetime, and we don’t expect the next one until April 2024! You can dust off those glasses in about 7 years.
Beyonce and Jay-Z Welcome Twins
It seems that Beyonce loves breaking the internet. On February 1, Beyonce took to Instagram to announce that she was pregnant with twins. The internet went absolutely crazy and this has since become the most-liked image on Instagram with over 11.2 million likes. On June 14, Beyonce welcomed two new Carters to the family, Rumi and Sir. A month later she posted the twins’ first picture to her Instagram account. Her ‘Beyhive’ went crazy with the likes (10.2 million), so it’s clear that the fans are excited about the growing family.
Rihanna and Fenty Beauty’s Inclusive Makeup Line
2017 was the year for @BadGalRiri. Rihanna, the Barbadian princess decided that she’d give makeup brands a run for their money. On September 8, Rihanna launched her brand, Fenty Beauty, which came with an extensive list of products for her first launch. While she included products such as highlight powders and contour sticks, the beauty community dropped their mouths at her line of foundations. Many brands start foundation lines with 10-20 shades, sometimes fewer but not Rihanna! The singing sensation released a total of 40 foundations shades during her first launch. These shades covered the lightest to the deepest skin tones. We’re definitely here for her inclusivity!
WOW! Can you believe that 2017 is already over? It seems like yesterday we were looking at 2016 in review. What are your favorite highlights from 2017? What are you looking forward to seeing in 2018? Let us know in the comments!