We’re officially at the end of 2018 — but, let’s be honest, it already feels like it’s been an eternity, We’ve pulled together a list of things that have happened this year to keep track of how far we’ve come as a nation.
1. Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office. ( what movie was it? Wrinkle in time. )
2. Lena Waithe gave us religion in an incredible rainbow cape at the Met Gala.
6. Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for “DAMN.”
8. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry (and became the U.K.’s first black princess in our eyes, even though she’s technically a duchess).
9. Toronto hosted its first-ever Indigenous Fashion Week.
10. Serena Williams made an epic return at the French Open in a fierce black catsuit.
11. “Black Panther” happened and took the entire world by storm.
12. Our CEO, Karl Carter received the World Award for UN Sustainable Development Goal Achievement at the United Nations for the work Snake Nation has been doing on empowering creatives of color using disruptive technologies, culture
14. #MeToo activists saw some justice in Harvey Weinstein’s arrest, canceled R. Kelly concerts, and Charlie Rose’s suspension — but there’s still much more work to be done.
15. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset the Democratic establishment in her monumental win in New York’s 14th congressional district.
16. Aaron Philip, the disabled, non-binary model who caught Twitter’s eye, starred in multiple gorgeous photoshoots.
17.Snake Nation partnered with Planned Parenthood Global to launch BilliNowNow, a youth movement
18. Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain joined forces to fight for equal pay, shining a light on the intersection of race and gender inequality in Hollywood and beyond.
19. Gina Rodriguez donated her Emmy Award campaign money to a scholarship for an undocumented high school student.
20. S.J. Clarkson became the first female “Star Trek” director in franchise history.
21. Michelle McNamara’s reporting helped lead to the arrest of the Golden State Killer, two years after the writer’s death.
22.Snake Nation, in Partnership with
23. Janelle Monae blessed our ears and eyes with her album “Dirty Computer” and its accompanying “emotion picture” — and our hearts when she came out as pansexual in Rolling Stone.
24. The “Spiderman of the 18th” rescued a boy dangling from a fifth-floor balcony in Paris. Mamoudou Gassama was a recent immigrant from Mali, and has since been offered French citizenship and a job with the Paris Fire Brigade.
25. Mirai Nagasu became the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.
26. Laverne Cox graced the cover of Cosmo, making her the first transgender woman to appear on the magazine’s cover.
27.Snake Nation partnered up with YOMYOMF and the CTIFFM to launch the first ever Interpretation Film contest South Africa, which was a major success. The Grand Prize winners, Rainbow
28. Marvel president Kevin Feige said the company plans to bring Ms. Marvel(Kamala Khan) to the big screen after 2019’s “Captain Marvel.” She’ll be the first Muslim superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we cannot wait to see this.
29. The New York Times began righting history by publishing obituaries of notable women they overlooked.
30.London Breed was elected mayor of San
31. Ireland ended its abortion ban, thanks to the thousands of people who flew home to vote on the referendum. (In case any U.S. residents were considering not voting in the 2018 midterms.)(isn’t this past tense?)
32. Beyoncé and Jay-Z , The Carters, dropped “Everything Is Love.”
33. MAC released its MAC x Aaliyah collection, a tribute to the late singer and her groundbreaking legacy.
34. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz became a spokesperson for our righteous anger about the Trump administration’s neglect of Puerto Rico, where the death toll from Hurricane Maria is estimated to be at least 4,645.
35.Snake Nation and One Club got together to create a short film on creative culture and the One Club Creative Bootcamps in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.
36. Women in Saudi Arabia started hitting the road after the country repealed its ban on female drivers in 2017.
37. Jordan Peele took home the best original screenplay Oscar for “Get Out” — making him the first black screenwriter to win the award.
38. Tammy Duckworth made history as the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office, and as the first senator to have a newborn at her side while casting a vote on the Senate floor.
39. Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy competed as the only openly gay Olympians on Team USA.
40. Zendaya took 300 kids from her hometown of Oakland, California to see “Black Panther.”
41.Snake Nation partnered with Georgia State University’s Creative Media Industries Institute in Atlanta, to create a base for creators of color, in 2019 we are planning the first Snake Nation Society in the U.S.
42. Donald Glover sparked important conversations with “This Is America.” – Many people were looking past things every African American goes through until Donald made noise with this hit.
43. Tony Award hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban’s harmonious and hilarious opening number, which reminded us that “in a world that is scary and hard to
44. Deb Haaland of New Mexico is likely to become the first Native American congresswoman in U.S. history.
45. Cynthia Nixon’s progressive run for governor of New York.
46. Jay Z and Kylie Jenner tied on the Forbes “Richest Celebrities” list, which is so weird as there is no way cosmetics can make that much compared to someone who has a record label, clothing brand and who’s an artist.