Time To Pause Your Day To Celebrate Black Boy Joy

The Year In Black Boy Joy

Time To Pause Your Day To Celebrate Black Boy Joy

#BlackBoyJoy is the movement we need and love.

Published June 9th

Written by Tweety Elitou

Our greatness deserves to be applauded. Our actions need to be amplified. Our success should be shared! Most importantly, our voices demand to be heard! 

Black men (and boys!) offered an abundance of memorable moments throughout the year! From making some serious coins to celebrating major milestones, #BlackBoyJoy truly exists.

In honor of the #BlackBoyJoy movement, we decided to pull out the confetti and recap the most memorable moments in recent months—in no particular order. Enjoy! 

  1. Saint West Exudes The Happiness Level We All Strive For.
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 21: Saint West is seen in Midtown on December 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/GC Images)
    (Photo: TheStewartofNY/GC Images)

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s son, Saint West is the purest example of Black Boy Joy. At 4-years-old, the oldest son of the famed couple is rarely caught on camera throwing a tantrum or giving a pout. In fact, he’s completely unbothered. Goals!

  2. Raymond Santana Married Deelishis With A Beautiful Georgia Wedding.

    Congratulations were in order for Raymond Santana and Deelishis who tied the knot with a lovely Georgia wedding. We were happy to see one of the "Exonerated Five" marrying the love of his life!

    RELATED | See Inside Deelishis and Raymond Santana Jr.'s Glamorous Quarantine Wedding

    We honestly hope they live happily ever after! 

  3. Russell Wilson created family man goals.

    Russell Wilson's love for his family keeps us swooning—especially during the quarantine. From admitting he spoils his pregnant wife Ciara to doing his daughter Sienna’s hair on Sundays, the family man ofter has left us questions is there anything he can’t do?

    RELATED | Ciara Finally Shares The Secret Prayer That Sent Her Russell Wilson

    Did we mention he is also charitable? Amazing!

  4. Bronny and Bryce James kept us smiling with their Tiktok dance moves!

    LeBron James and his wife Savannah James raised their sons to live their life to the fullest—even when they are dancing! Nothing highlights that better than Bronny's TikTok filled with dance routines that kept us smiling during the quarantine! 

  5. Black Dads did their thing and got the recognition they deserve.

    There is no way you can deny that Black dads are dynamic. From “dance dads” dedicating their Saturday mornings to learn ballet with their daughters to men becoming experts at laying their daughter’s baby hairs, Black dads are always going viral with their heartwarming moments!

  6. Twins opened A Black-owned version of UberEats called ‘Black And Mobile.'

    Finally a Black-owned UberEats! Twin brothers, David and Aaron Cabello changed the game after launching a food delivery service in Philadelphia and Detroit.

    RELATED | Twin Brothers Create Black-Owned Delivery Service In Philadelphia

    Appropriately called Black And Mobile, the app rapidly grew in popularity due to the pandemic, especially since the delivery platform specialized in giving Black-Owned restaurants a way to reach their customers.

  7. Billy Porter Earned His Crown In Fashion.
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Billy Porter attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

    From arriving at the 2019 Met Gala dressed in head-to-toe gold to wearing a tuxedo-gown to the OscarsBilly Porter always earns tens across the board. 

    Creating buzz-worthy moments in style, the Pose actor not only drew attention to toxic masculinity, but he also showcased that fashion is meant to be inclusive. 

    RELATED | Bling, Bling!: Billy Porter Takes Home 'Lead Actor' Award In Thousands Of Crystals & $55K Worth of Diamonds

    ICYMI: Billy also teamed up with Vogue to launch the #METGalaChallenge to keep people busy (and fashionable) during the pandemic. Bravo! 

  8. Kevin Hart Was Back On His Feet Months After A Nearly Fatal car accident.
    JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Wednesday, December 11, included Kevin Hart (Jumanji: The Next Level), Julia Fox (Uncut Gems), and musical guest Finneas. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)
    (Photo: Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)

    Comedian Kevin Hart was lucky to be alive after a nearly fatal car crash last September left him immobilized due to serious back injuries. Today, the actor is back on his feet— even captured on camera dancing the ‘BOP’ with his daughter, Heavenly

    "I'm about 65 to 75 percent back to my physical self," Kevin explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in December. "My workouts are not full. I'm not lifting crazy weights, but I'm back to weighted workouts, agility, mobility, core workouts." 

    Now that's something to rejoice about!

  9. Dapper Dan demanded that Gucci be held accountable for their racially insensitive fashions.
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Dapper Dan at STARZ Madison Square Garden "Power" Season 6 Red Carpet Premiere, Concert, and Party on August 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for STARZ)
    (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for STARZ)

    Despite working with Gucci, fashion designer Dapper Dan demanded "accountability" after the fashion brand dropped the ball and allowed blackface fashion to make a debut. 

    “I am a Black man before I am a brand," the Harlem fashion icon wrote on Instagram before he arranged a meeting with the CEO of Gucci. Profound!

  10. Safaree Is A Girl Dad!
    ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 02:  attends MCM x Super Bowl LIII on February 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/ Getty Images)

    2019 was quite a busy year for Safaree. From marrying fellow Love And Hip Hop star Erica Mena to announcing to the world that he’s expecting his first child, the larger-than-life reality star has been living his best life. 

    RELATED | Inside Erica Mena And Safaree's Lavish Wedding – And Check Out Their Matching 6-Figure Rings

    If you don’t believe us, take a look at his social media timeline filled with pregnancy photoshoots, ultrasounds, and money-making moves! 

  11. Tyler Perry Built A Massive Motion Picture Studio Honoring Black Legends.
    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 07: Tyler Perry speaks on stage at 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 07, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

    Tyler Perry made history in 2019 by building the largest motion picture studio in the country and naming the studios after the Black Hollywood elite. 

    RELATED | Tyler Perry’s Studio Opening Gala Was A Historic Moment For Black Hollywood

    The 300-acre studio that sits on the grounds of former Fort McPherson army base in Atlanta paid homage to: Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Sidney Poitier, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Harry Belafonte, Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Della Reese, John Singleton and Diahann Carroll. Outstanding!

  12. Stephen Curry Announced His Choice To Sponsor Golf For Howard University.
    NAPA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25 : NBA All-Star Steph Curry watches a tee shot on the 11th hole during the Pro-Am prior to the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa North on September 25, 2019 in Napa, California. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
    (Photo: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

    NBA star Stephen Curry proudly announced his decision to sponsor the creation of men’s and women’s golf teams at Howard University, making it possible for competitive golf to be played at the HBCU for the first time in decades.

  13. Master P Secures A Deal With Walmart And Launches Rap Noodles.
    <<enter caption here>> at SiriusXM Studios on September 17, 2019 in New York City.
    (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

    It was a big deal when Master P went from a hitmaker in the studio to a co-founder of the savory chips brand Rap Snacks in 1994. Now, Cardi B’s Jerk BBQ and the Migos’ Sour Cream with a Dab of Ranch can be found in over 4,200 Walmart stores. 

    RELATED | Rapper Master P Partners With Walmart To Get His 'Rap Snacks' Potato Chips Sold In Over 4,200 Stores

    As if that wasn’t enough, the 49-year-old multi-millionaire recently announced that he expanded his brand by is cooking up the stir fry with his very own brand of ramen noodles, ICON Rap Noodles. Delish!  

  14. Omarion Showed What Being Unfazed AF Truly Means And Went Viral Along The Way!
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Omarion of B2K discusses "The Millennium Tour" with the Build Series at Build Studio on March 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

    Omarion exhibited an unbelievable amount of unfazed when news surfaced that his ex-girlfriend, Apryl Jones, and his former B2K bandmate Lil Fizz were in a relationship.

    We all need that level of chill!

    RELATED | Omarion Finally Breaks His Silence About The Relationship Between Ex Apryl Jones And B2K Bandmate Lil Fizz

  15. Gucci Mane Finally Snagged A Gucci Campaign!
    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 27: Rapper Gucci Mane smiles court side before the game between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden on November 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    It was a long time coming, but Gucci Mane finally got some respect on his name in 2019! Fashion brand, Gucci made the famed rapper the face of their Cruise 2020 campaign, and the performer couldn’t be happier. His smile said it all.

  16. John Legend Hilariously Changed The Narrative Of What It Means To Be The ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’
    TODAY -- Pictured: John Legend on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
    (Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

    John Legend is the Sexiest Man Alive, according to People magazine. Although the 2019 honoree was a bit taken aback that he was following in the footsteps of 2018's honoree Idris Elba, he hilariously kept things playful.

    "1995 John would be very perplexed to be following 2018 @IdrisElba as #SexiestManAlive," he tweeted. "Hell, 2019 John is about as equally perplexed but thank you @People for finding me sexy. I'll take it." 

    RELATED | Chrissy Teigen’s Reaction To John Legend’s ‘Sexiest Man’ Title Is Hilarious

    Even his wife Chrissy Teigen gloated in the glory!

  17. Diddy Turned 50 with a star-studded party that reunited Kanye West And Jay-Z!
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 14: Sean Combs attends Sean Combs 50th Birthday Bash presented by Ciroc Vodka on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs)
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs)

    Diddy’s 50th birthday extravaganza was a big deal! With a star-filled guest list, it was no surprise that all your favorite celebrities showed up to celebrate the music icon’s milestone. In fact, even Jay-Z and Kanye West made an unexpected reunion

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Kanye West and Jay-Z attend Sean Combs 50th Birthday Bash presented by Ciroc Vodka on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs)
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs)
  18. Jay Z turned 50 and brought back the intellectual property of his fashion brand, Rocawear.
    HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 30: Jay-Z accepts the Presidentâ  s Award onstage at the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for NAACP)
    (Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for NAACP)

    Crowned hip-hop’s first billionaire, turning 50-years-old wasn’t the only huge milestone Jay-Z experienced last year. According to the Financial Post, the famed rapper also bought back the intellectual property of his iconic fashion brand Rocawear.

  19. Lil Nas X Made Money Moves after being booted off the country music charts!
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Lil Nas X attends the 47th Annual American Music Awards® - Press Room at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
    (Photo: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

    Despite being booted from the country music charts, Lil Nas X broke barriers in the country music world.

    RELATED | Lil Nas X Wins His First Country Music Award For ‘Old Town Road’

    Thanks to his record-breaking hit "Old Town Road,"—that was certified diamond— the performer not only secured several awards, but also made history by being the first openly gay Black man to land on Forbes’ list of “highest-paid country acts.” Iconic!

  20. The ‘Exonerated Five’ embodied Black Boy Joy all year long.
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam (the Exonerated Five) speak onstage at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    From having their stories told in the limited-series Netflix original When They See Us to walking the red carpet at the 2019 Emmy Awards with writer/director Ava DuVernay, the "Exonerated Five" basked in positive recognition after being wrongly prosecuted in the 1989 rape and assault of a Central Park jogger. 

    RELATED | Raymond Santana And Deelishis Get Married In Beautiful Georgia Wedding

    Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam even received a standing ovation at the BET Awards

  21. Daniel Kaluuya won a lead in the Black Bonnie & Clyde film, ‘Queen & Slim.'
    Actor and Executive Producer Daniel Kaluuya arrives for the AFI Opening Night Gala premiere of "Queen & Slim" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 14, 2019 in Hollywood. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
    (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

    Starring in the Black rendition of Bonnie and Clyde, Daniel Kaluuya played a pivotal part in making Lena Waithe's and Melina Matsoukas’ first feature film, Queen & Slim, a big deal.

    RELATED | Everything Daniel Kaluuya Revealed On The Set of 'Queen & Slim'

    With numerous awards under his belt, including a Screen Actors Guild Award for Black Panther, we are sure we can expect much more success from the British-born actor.

(Photo: TheStewartofNY/GC Images)


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