(The Root) — Despite ubiquitous headlines about ongoing racial disparities, humiliating reality-television antics and hateful attacks against the first African-American president, black news is not always bad news.
Need a reminder of that? How about 30? These were the first that came to mind when we recalled 2012's most touching, inspiring, tear-jerking and otherwise awesome memories starring Olympians, politicians, activists and everyday people from our community. We saw awe-inducing athletic achievements, brave acts of self-determination, sweet sneak peeks of romance and undeniable signs of compassion and progress. What did all these moments have in common? Every single one made us proud.