One Moment in Time: Black Excellence, Joy and Honor at the 59th Presidential Inauguration

One Moment in Time: Black Excellence, Joy and Honor at the 59th Presidential Inauguration

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We did it, y’all. We half-survived.

On Wednesday, Joe Biden was sworn into office as the 46th President of the United States, swiftly and effectively removing the orange dictator out of that undeserved position of power.

But I’m not here to recap the rollercoaster that was the last four years. No, I’m here to revisit and forever preserve for posterity the word and wonder of Black excellence that was on display before, during and after yesterday’s inauguration.

You can’t convince me that there wasn’t an exclusive group chat led by former first lady and forever icon Michelle Obama, where she coordinated the jewel-toned outfits and nudged Vice-President Kamala Harris in the direction of a monochromatic purple color scheme.

#Royalty

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Menace to Society

Menace to Society

As the sun rose over Washington D.C., and a new day began, Donald Trump flew off into the distance, hopefully never to be seen again. Black Twitter has really outdone itself. From the AKAs to the Bernie memes, we’ve really shown how powerful we are.

I think I’m funny, I’m not even going to lie. I pride myself on my dry humor and feel very accomplished when someone laughs at one of my (not at all funny) jokes. But this? This is next-level humor that I wasn’t prepared for.

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American Hero: Eugene Goodman, Police Officer Who Led Capitol Insurrectionists Away from Senate Chambers

American Hero: Eugene Goodman, Police Officer Who Led Capitol Insurrectionists Away from Senate Chambers

Eugene Goodman, who led insurrectionists away from the Senate on January 6, 2021, escorted Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris to the Inauguration Ceremony.
Eugene Goodman, who led insurrectionists away from the Senate on January 6, 2021, escorted Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris to the Inauguration Ceremony.
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I’ve Never Wanted a Fist Bump More

I’ve Never Wanted a Fist Bump More

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We’ve got to talk about the fist bumps. They’re iconic. Fist bumps are clearly an important part of Barack and Joe’s relationship, but I think we can all agree that the bump Michelle Obama gave Kamala Harris after she was sworn in brought us all true joy.

She really was like “Sis, you done did that,” and we all felt it.

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Democracy’s Child

Democracy’s Child

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Husband Doug Emhoff Stopping to Greet Harris’ Family Was *Sniff*

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Husband Doug Emhoff Stopping to Greet Harris’ Family Was *Sniff*

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7 / 19

Historic: Kamala Harris, With Her Husband by Her Side, Sworn in as Vice President by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Historic: Kamala Harris, With Her Husband by Her Side, Sworn in as Vice President by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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Vice President Kamala D. Harris, y’all.

Vice President Kamala D. Harris, y’all.

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We Did It, Joe: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Fist Bumps His New VEEP.

We Did It, Joe: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Fist Bumps His New VEEP.

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Joseph Robinette Biden, Flanked by Incoming First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden Takes the Oath of Office as the 46th US President.

Joseph Robinette Biden, Flanked by Incoming First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden Takes the Oath of Office as the 46th US President.

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The Other Squad: Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), President-Elect Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris and Doug Emhoff, arrive at the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

The Other Squad: Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), President-Elect Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris and Doug Emhoff, arrive at the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

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True Bromance: Former President Barack Obama hugs Former Vice President and 46th President Joe Biden.

True Bromance: Former President Barack Obama hugs Former Vice President and 46th President Joe Biden.

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For Beau: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Hug Their Children After the Swearing-In.

For Beau: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Hug Their Children After the Swearing-In.

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Passing the Torch: Michelle Obama Hugs First Lady Jill Biden.

Passing the Torch: Michelle Obama Hugs First Lady Jill Biden.

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Poetry in Motion: Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads “The Hill We Climb.” 

Poetry in Motion: Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads “The Hill We Climb.” 

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Amanda Gorman Take Her Bow After Delivering Her Inaugural Poem.

Amanda Gorman Take Her Bow After Delivering Her Inaugural Poem.

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Former US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive in the Crypt of the US Capitol—and the World Gasps.

Former US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive in the Crypt of the US Capitol—and the World Gasps.

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#TheVPLooksLikeMe

#TheVPLooksLikeMe

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DISCUSSION