Is it safe to say that January’s bundle of good news leaves us pumped for the rest of the year? In two words: hell yeah. Seriously, between historic wins, baby news and beauty launches, this month proved to be a win for everyone. And while we can’t say we exactly stuck to our New Year’s resolutions, we can reminisce on the first month of 2022. From Insecure ending with a bang to Michaela Jaé Rodriguez’s win, here are seven things that happened this month in the BIPOC community.
From ‘Insecure’ to Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, 7 Things That Happened in the BIPOC Community This Month
1. Award Season Wins
January was the start of award season and it didn’t disappoint. Michaela Jaé Rodriguez made history and became the first openly trans woman (and first trans actor ever in any category) to win a Golden Globe for Best Television Actress in a Drama Series as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in Pose. Aside from Rodriguez, Will Smith received his first Golden Globe for his performance in King Richard. Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose and O Yeong-Su also join as first-time winners.
2. Good things must come to an end
The beloved HBO show Insecure from visionary Issa Rae had its fifth and final season. It had the internet abuzz making us wonder, “Did Issa have her happy ending?” Speaking of series’ endings, Black-ish premiered their fourth and final season in January, and to say we are sad is an understatement.
3. Euphoric to stay the least
Plus, our favorite and complicated character, Rue, is back. Euphoria star Zendaya posted on her Instagram to warn fans about the upcoming dark subject matters. She stated, “I know I’ve said this before, but I do want to reiterate to everyone that Euphoria is for mature audiences. This season, maybe even more so than the last, is deeply emotional and deals with subject matter that can be triggering and difficult to watch. Please only watch it if you feel comfortable. Take care of yourself and know that either way you are still loved and I can still feel your support.”
4. The Can’t Miss Beauty And Fashion Drops
Beauty icon Pat McGrath surprised us with news that the Bridgerton makeup collaboration is back in stock, right on time for the second season. The four-piece collection can help us all unleash our inner Lady Whistledown. Meanwhile, our wallets are open and ready after a stylist teased a never-before-seen cross-body from Telfar. We’re keeping our email alerts primed for updates so we can add to cart as soon as we get the green light.
5. The Clap Back Queen
On January 9th, model and content creator Sophia Tassew went viral on Instagram after shutting down a body shamer. Television presenter Isabel Oakeshott posted an offensive tweet about a plus-size mannequin wearing athleisure displayed in a storefront. Tassew proved her wrong by rocking the same exact piece (and looking amazing might we add). She captioned the photo, “I bought the dangerous outfit! How do I look?”
6. We need To Talk About Bruno
Leave it to Lin Manuel Miranda once again for having yet another one of his songs stuck in our heads. It’s no surprise that his lyrical skills on “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” (and honestly the whole Encanto soundtrack) are rising up on the charts. While the writing is *chef's kiss,* have to give kudos to the all-Latinx cast (with most of the voice actors of Colombian descent like our favorite Madrigal family). The animated film’s album is number one of the Billboard 200 albums and it’s the first Disney flick to have multiple top 10s on the chart surpassing Frozen’s“Let It Go.”
7. "Mo to the E to the..."
Millennials everywhere are in shock that our childhood shows are celebrating premiere anniversaries in the double digits. Case in point Moesha and That’s So Raven. On January 23, 1996, Moesha aired on UPN (which FYI, doesn’t exist anymore) and made 26 (!) years this month. Meanwhile, That’s So Raven premiered on January 18, 2003, which makes it 19 years old. Don’t mind us, just going to revisit our favorite episodes right now.