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2020: A Year in Review

A global pandemic. An election. Civil unrest. 2020 was one hell of a year. I remember back in my 2016 recap I said 2016 was hell. Well, 2020 damn sure took the cake. JFC. We started the year talking about world war 3, so I guess we should have known the year was going to go ape shit.

Politics

Election 2020 was a shit show. The idiot in chief vs the former vice president whose actually been in Washington longer than I’ve been alive. Literally, joe Biden has been in Washington for 47 years. No matter how hard we the people try, the political establishment really only wants old white men in power. Even the working class darling, Bernie Sanders, is in his late 70s. They even tried impeaching the idiot in chief and of course, that didn’t work. Because of the pandemic, most people, including me, voted by mail for the first time in our lives. When election night came around, I knew some mess was going to go down, but damn. It took 5 DAYS for Biden to be declared the winner. 5 DAYS. JFC.

Social InJustice

More people got shot by cops this year. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor became the latest victims of deadly police. It took Minneapolis police 8 minutes and 46 seconds to end George Floyd’s life. It took 4 days for the officers to be fired and charged. In those four days, the city burned. Protests swept the nation and the world. Then the news of Breonna Taylor came out. She was shot while sleep in her house. Police wrongly enforced a no-knock warrant on her home. She was shot 9 times. The protests that were already going on, intensified. Here we were in late May/early June, in the midst of a global pandemic and people risked their lives to once again go protest police brutality. I’m tired. As a Black woman, I’m fucking tired. As a human being, I’m fucking tired. Also in the midst of all this, celebrities and corporations decided to jump in the trend of pretending to care about Black people by posting black squares on instagram, putting the hashtag #blm in their twitter bios, and making videos about how much of an “ally” they are. This was quite an annoying summer. JFC.

Entertainment

Celebrities got slapped in the face with reality during this year. Us regular people are in the midst of a global pandemic that is killing people and there was no time for celebrities and their stupidity. As someone who rarely gets caught up in celebrity stuff, it was hard not to hear about their constant tone deaf behavior. From Ellen Degeneres comparing the lockdown to prison, to a well known Black celebrity lamenting about how people on EBT should only be allowed to buy fresh foods, I have had ENOUGH. Damn, they all need new publicists or they just need to log off the fucking internet. Good grief. We also can’t forget the many idiots who partied and traveled in the midst of the god damn pandemic and had the audacity only rich people have, to post it all online. It was also funny to see these once beloved celebrities get dragged with the fierceness that a shark drags it’s victims πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

We lost Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, Alex Trebek, Jerry Stiller, Carl Reiner, Naya Rivera, Little Richard, Elijah Cummings, John Lewis, and many more this year. RIP to all of them.

Music

I am putting music in a separate section because the music of 2020 was really the only good thing to come out of this year. From Chloe x Halle’s sophomore album Ungodly Hour to Mac Miller and Pop Smoke posthumous releases, the music of 2020 was A1. I profiled my favorite albums from this year in my previous post.

Personal Life

In the midst of a global pandemic that saw a nationwide lockdown lead to over 50 million people becoming unemployed, I am still employed throughout this pandemic. It’s a catch 22 because while I am grateful to still have a job, I work in what is now known as a high risk profession.

Going Forward

In my opinion, the first few months of 2021 won’t look much different than the last few months of 2020. Yes there is a vaccine, but it is slowly being rolled out and there is still much debate as to whether those who need it will be able to get it. There was also a new strain of the virus that was just discovered the other day. We really don’t know what we are going to do regarding this virus. We can only hope for the best.

Biden takes office on January 21, he has a lot of work to do. It would be wise of him to not make excuses about why he can’t do anything because of the current occupant of Pennsylvania avenue. People are struggling and now isn’t the time for excuses and empty platitudes.

I hope next year is vastly better than this year on a national and global scale. Life was very hard for many people this year. To anyone reading this and who may be struggling, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HELP to 741-741 to reach Crisis Text Line.

My Favorite Albums of 2020

This year has been a hot ass mess, but the music has been amazing. I was originally going to do a top 20 albums list, but there has been so much music I enjoyed this year that narrowing it down to 20 has been so difficult.

Ungodly Hour

Chloe x Halle sophomore album is my favorite of the year. They have really been on point this year. Dare I say, they were the best artists of 2020. This 13 track masterpiece shows the adult side of the girls, who are now 20 and 22 years old. This album even got three 2021 Grammy nominations. Favorite songs: Busy Boy, Lonely, Don’t Make It Harder On Me.

Future Nostalgia

Dua Lipa was the Pop standout of this year. This album is so good. The title is very fitting for the vibes of the songs. She even put out a remix version of the album featuring 80s idol herself, Madonna. The single “Don’t Start Now” was the song of the summer if we are being honest. I will certainly be on the lookout for Dua in the years to come. Favorite songs: Pretty Please, Break My Heart, Physical

Jaguar

Jaguar is Victoria MonΓ©t’s EP. It’s only 9 songs, but it is so good. We already knew she was an amazing songwriter, but this EP proves she has some pipes as well. Favorite songs: Experience, We Might Even Be Falling in Love, Dive

Ho, Why Is You Here?

Flo Milli shit bitch 😜. This mixtape/EP is a debut from Alabama rapper Flo Milli. Put this on when you really want to feel like a bad bitch. She even has a song on the record titled Like That Bitch. I’m excited to see more from Flo Milli next year. Favorite songs: May I, Like That Bitch, Pussycat Doll

Plastic Hearts

Miley Cyrus has finally got into her rock era. This album features rock idols like Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, and Billy Idol. I was blown away by Miley here. Favorite songs: WTF Do I Know, High, Angels Like You

Good to Know

Jojo really put her all into this album. I love it so much. She even released an acoustic and deluxe version. On the original version, my favorite songs are Man and Pedialyte. On the deluxe version my favorite song is Kiss.

Evermore

Taylor Swift released Evermore a few weeks after she released Folklore. I enjoyed folklore, but I prefer Evermore. Both albums have taylor reaching into her folk/indie side instead of the traditional pop that she is known for. Favorite songs: ivy, marjorie, willow

B7

Brandy hasn’t released an album in a very long time. B7 delves deep into her personal life and gives us a much needed update on the R&B titan. I enjoyed this album very much. I’m glad Brandy is back. Favorite songs: Bye Bipolar, Borderline, Love Again

Lianne La Havas

This self titled album from UK star Lianne La Havas was so refreshing. You can tell she puts alot into her songs. I enjoyed it. Favorite songs: Bittersweet, Can’t Fight, Sour Flower

Love Goes

Sam Smith’s third studio album was wonderful. This album proves once again why Sam is the star they are. Love Goes features collabed with Burna Boy and Labrinth. The album brought out so many wonderful emotions. Favorite songs: Love Goes, My Oasis, For the Lover That I Lost

Positions

Ariana Grande. I have to admit, I wasn’t a big Ariana listener before this album. I heard her hit songs, but had never sat down and listened to an entire album before. This album is very good. Favorite songs: POV, Just Like Magic, Safety Net

Industry Games

Chika is amazing. Her flow is πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯. She is another Alabama rapper and this EP really let’s her shine. I am very excited about what she has to offer us in the next year. Favorite songs: Crown, Industry Games, Balencies

Wonder

Shawn Mendes is in love. You can tell he loves Camilla just by listening to this album. I wish them all the best. This album is really good and I enjoyed it. Favorite songs: Wonder, Piece Of You, Teach Me How to Love

Sawayama

Rina Sawayama’s debut album is one of the best albums of 2020. My god, what a debut. Throughout the album she gives a flawless performance. It’s so good. I feel she got snubbed for the Grammy nominations, but either way I’m excited for what she will do next. Favorite songs: Dynasty, Bad Friend, Chosen Family

These are just some of my favorite albums from this year. I’d say these are my top choices. I listened to a lot of music this year from varying genres. This was my first year listening to K-pop. I enjoyed Blackpink’s album and I enjoyed BTS’s song Dynamite. In the R&B category, Khelani’s album It Was Good Until It Wasn’t was good as well. The UK group Little Mix released their album Confetti and I swear that album is full of bops.

Rap was dominated by women this year. Megan thee Stallion released her debut studio album this year. Good News was exactly what expected from her and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. If you want to shake your ass, go listen to this album. My favorites: Circles, What’s New, and Go Crazy. City Girls released City on Lock, it’s a fun album and you can tell Caresha and JT were glad to be back together. Atlanta rapper and former The Rap Game winner, Mulatto released her debut album Queen of the Souf. It’s good and she has some great features on it like Gucci Mane, Trina, Saweetie, and the aforementioned City Girls. Teyana Taylor released her album The Album and it as a love letter to her husband, basketball star Iman Shumpert and their two daughters. It was sweet.

Maggie Rogers released a new album last week, Notes From The Archive: Recordings 2011-2016. It’s a compilation album of the songs she recorded before she got famous. It’s very good. My favorite songs are: New Song, Wolves, Satellite.

Albums from 2019 that were in heavy rotation for me this year was Doja Cat’s Hot Pink, Harry Styles’s Fine Line, and Maggie Rogers’s Heard It In A Past Life. Even though Hot Pink came out last year, Doja Cat had one of the hottest songs of this summer with Say So. My favorite songs from Hot Pink are: Talk Dirty, Streets, and Addiction. Harry Styles’s Fine Line is his second solo album. God damn was this album good. My favorites were: To Be So Lonely, Falling, and Adore You. Maggie Rogers’s Heard It In A Past Life was phenomenal. Good grief. Just phenomenal. My favorites: Say It, Fallingwater, and Overnight.

There were some albums I listened to this year that were alright. John Legend’s Bigger Love reminded me of his old stuff. Queen Naja’s MissUnderstood was nice for a debut. Country star Mickey Guyton’s EP Bridges was good.

I didn’t listen to Alicia Keys new album although the reviews on it say it’s really good. I didn’t listen to The Weeknd’s After Hours, although that too was critically acclaimed. I also feel with the praise After Hours got, it should have been nominated for a Grammy πŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ.

All the artists and albums I mentioned here can be found on all digital streaming services. Have a Merry Christmas and go enjoy some good music. πŸŽΆπŸŽ„