Nothing too crazy here, just wanted to make sure we took the time to show the fellas some love. Itâ€™s been a year full of ups and downs, but despite all that, the guys still managed to find a way to make us all smile a little on the inside. Take a look at the gallery for a short, but pointed list of some of our favorite moments of #BlackBoyJoy from the year 2016.
Chance the Rapperâ€™s Entire Year
Chicago Emcee and 2016 Power 100 Honoree Chance the Rapper has been on a tear for the entire 2k16. From releasing one of the hottest projects of the year, to leading an army of young voters to the polls in Chicago, Â starring inÂ Kit Kat commercials, and an astounding seven (!!!) Grammy nods, there wasnâ€™t too much that could kill Chanceâ€™s joy.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Authors Marvel Comicâ€™s Black Panther
It can be argued that 2016 was one of the strongest years for â€œBlack Nerd Cultureâ€ as a whole, but Ta-Nehisi Coates definitely claims a big chunk of the yearsâ€™ success after taking on the task of writing for Marvelâ€™s The Black Panther comic book series.
Letâ€™s face it, if leaving prison sober with a new physique, releasing a plethora of full-length projects in half the amount of time it takes for some artists to release just one AND a new fiancÃ©e doesnâ€™t equate to joy forÂ you then I donâ€™t know what does. Guwop did his thing in the year 2016.
Chris Rock at the 2016 Oscars
Sometimes thereâ€™s some joy to be found in â€œkeeping it realâ€ and watching Chris Rock do just that on the stage of one of the most prestigious â€“ and Whitest â€“ award shows this year provided ample amounts. If you need a reason to poke your chest out a little, listen to his opening monologue here.
Donald Gloverâ€™s Marquee Year
Donald Glover really made a mark for himself this year. His sitcom Atlanta debuted to rave reviews (and confirmed for a second season), and he surprised his fans with an amazing album Awaken, My Love!, andddd heâ€™s confirmed to play a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars film.
Lebron James and J.R. Smith Celebrating their 2016 NBA Finals Victory
Lol I mean câ€™mon just look at those guys!
Dave Chappelle Hosts Saturday Night Live, Inks Deal with Netflix
Dave Chappelle is arguably one of the bounce-back MVPâ€™s of the century. Nothing screams â€œjoyâ€ like having your career come full circle after making what people may consider to have been â€œquestionableâ€ professional decisions. Not only did he host one of the best Saturday Night Live episodes weâ€™ve seen in a while, he also has confirmed a deal with Netflix for three upcoming comedy specials. Luckily for us, Chappelleâ€™s joy comes in a form that allows us to smile and laugh right along with him.