"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way..."
2016 was basically the embodiment of this famous opening from Charles Dickens. It was the best of times in that the Knowles sisters set the world on fire, "Hamilton" came into the limelight and Leo finally won his Oscar. It was the worst of times because an insane amount of celebrities died (we love you, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), there were countless school and mass shootings, Brexit happened and Trump became America's president-elect.
It's interesting to look back at last year and see how much has changed. I had just started listening to podcasts and was dipping my toe back into reading after a painfully long hiatus, whereas I consumed everything at a ravenous pace in 2016. Perhaps that's because so many great things came out this year, or maybe it's because I needed it more. Whatever the case, one thing I loved about 2016 was all of the culture created specifically and exclusively for black audiences. I may not have connected with Solange's "A Seat at the Table," but the fact that Pitchfork called it the best album of the year is incredibly important — especially in a year with race relations as tense as this one. So here's to the diverse, creative and joyful side of 2016:Read more