8. Meek Mill vs. Drake
This was not Meek Mill‘s year. After calling out Drake on social media, the Philly rapper found himself at the center of memes and jokes galore. Drake responded with Charged Up and the now Grammy nominated Back to Back (the first time a diss track has ever been nominated). Even brands got involved, tweeting their support of Drake over Meek. See our favorites below.
Meek never responded and we think it’s better that way.
7. Caitlyn Jenner
Formerly known as Olympian Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner is probably one of the most famous transgenders in Hollywood. After rumors circulated for years that the former Mr. Kris Jenner was “transitioning”, Cait shocked the world when she and Vanity Fair released the cover confirming the news.
Since her reveal she has been honored with several awards, including Glamour Magazine’s Transgender Champion Award and the controversial Arthur Ashe award at the ESPYs.
6. Russell Wilson & Ciara
Will we hear wedding bells in the new year? Maybe. Ciara and her boo Russell Wilson confirmed their relationship earlier this year and even let us in on a juicy bedroom secret. News of their celibacy was met with much admiration (and of course some criticism) but the two haven’t budged and are still very much happy in love and in life.
Watch him gush over Ciara below:
5. Charlie Sheen Confirms HIV Status
Practically coming out of nowhere, Charlie Sheen confirmed that he had HIV and even admitted to having unprotected sex while aware of his diagnosis. While the news has somewhat simmered, one of his exes is suing, claiming she wasn’t told about his virus until after they had sex.
4. Straight Outta $200M
One of the most talked about films of the year was undoubtedly, F. Gary Gray’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’. Chronically the rise of legendary rap group N.W.A., the biopic introduced us to Oshea Jackson, Jr. Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. The three young actors infamously portrayed Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy E. To date ‘Compton’ is the most successful music biopic ever, bringing in over $200 million. The film has garnered tremendous buzz, winning and being nominated for several prestigious awards since its release.
3. Viola Davis Wins Big
In September, Viola Davis became the first African-American to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama (‘How To Get Away With Murder’) But it was her monumental speech that continued the dialogue on the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
2. Bobbi Kristina Brown
According to Yahoo, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, was the year’s most searched term. Brown died at age 22 in July, about six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub. “Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family,” the statement says. “She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”
1. Bill Cosby’s Fall From Grace
While this year had no shortage of celebrity drama, the entire world watched over 50 allegations of sexual assault destroy Bill Cosby‘s good guy image as America’s Dad. He has officially been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago. He is free on $1M bail and has surrendered his passport. He is scheduled to be in court in January.
Black Actresses You Need To Know
1. Raven GoodwinSource:Aaron J. Thornton / PR Photos 1 of 9
2. Logan BrowningSource:PRPhotos.com 2 of 9
3. Ryan DestinySource:PRPhotos.com 3 of 9
4. Tessa ThompsonSource:Izumi Hasegawa / PRPhotos.com 4 of 9
5. Tika SumpterSource:Rich Fury/Invision/AP 5 of 9
6. Bresha WebbSource:Sir Jones / PRPhotos.com 6 of 9
7. Gugu Mbatha-RawSource:Loredana Sangiuliano / PRPhotos.com 7 of 9
8. Jurnee SmollettSource:Aaron J. Thornton / PR Photos 8 of 9
9. Paige HurdSource:PRPhotos.com 9 of 9
(Photo Source: AP, Nick Gordon Twitter, Straight Outta Compton Instagram, PR Photos, Ciara Instagram, Kylie Jenner Instagram, Nene Leakes Instagram, Kim Kardashian West Instagram, Fantasia Instagram, Chris Brown Instagram, Brittney Griner Instagram, YouTube)