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2019: A Look Back

It’s the end of the decade! Wow. I made it to 2019. It’s been a journey.  I’m going to recap the year and some big moments from the past decade.

2019

  • Got promoted to full time at my job
  • Cut my hair for the first time
  • Got my first apartment
  • Got two tattoos

2019 was a big year for me. I am very happy how things have turned out this year. If you have been following my blog for some time, you have read about my ups and downs over the years. So for this year to go as well as it did, I am very grateful.

2009-2018

  • Graduated high school in 2010
  • Voted for Obama in my first eligible Presidential election in 2012
  • Started my blog in 2013
  • Finished college in 2014

These were some of my best moments over the past decade.

Across the Nation

The past ten years have been a rollercoaster for the country

  • Obama served two terms from 2008-2016
  • Gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states in 2015
  • Mass shootings continue to claim the lives of hundreds each year
  • Police involved shootings of unarmed Black people led to the founding of Black Lives Matter
  • TV shows such as Scandal birthed the phenomenon of live tweeting
  • Netflix became one of the biggest streaming platforms ever with original programming premiering in 2012.
  • We lost Michael Jackson in 2009, Whitney Houston in 2012, Prince in 2016, and Aretha Franklin in 2018. We honestly lost a lot of famous people this decade.
  • TV shows and movies got more diverse, even though the awards shows did not.
  • Disney now owns pretty much everything, and released their own streaming service this year
  • Reboots of 80s and 90s movies and TV shows have ruled the airwaves much to many people’s disapproval.

 

This year has been good for me. I am grateful to have been able to accomplish what I accomplished this year. I hope the new year brings more joy and good experiences. Have a happy New year.

My Top 10 TV Shows of the Decade (2009-2019)

TV has come a long way in the last 10 years. So many shows. So many characters. So many great stories. It was so hard to narrow it down to just 10. Join me as I count down my favorite shows of the decade.

10: Orange Is The New Black (2013-2019, Netflix)

The show that put Netflix on the map. Even though House of Cards premiered before Orange, this is the show that led me to keep my Netflix subscription. Based off the memoir of the same name, OITNB follows Piper Chapman and her trials as an inmate at Litchfield Penn. Through 7 seasons we were introduced to a wide array of characters and stories. This show gave us Samira Wiley, Laverne Cox, and Natasha Lyonne.

9: Bojack Horseman (2014-Present, Netflix)

A cartoon for adults. I’ve talked about Bojack before, so it was imperative that I put it on my list. Bojack is a talking horse who is struggling with addiction and his story as well as the stories of the other characters in the show are very relatable. This is a really well done show.

8: Steven Universe (2013-Present, Cartoon Network)

I love this show. Steven Universe is the best show on Cartoon Network right now. We follow Steven, his father Greg, and the Crystal Gems as they save the world time and time again.

7: Dear White People (2017- Present, Netflix)

Based off the 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People follows a group of African American students studying at a predominantly white university. I like the show for their ability to discuss tough topics without sounding like an after school special.

6: Euphoria (2019-Present, HBO)

Zendaya is in her bag with this show. Give her all the awards next year. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

5: How to Get Away with Murder (2014-Present, ABC)

Viola got her Emmy for this one. Annalise Keating is a powerhouse attorney who is tasked with teaching a class of law students dubbed the Keating Five. As the title suggests, someone dies, and they have to figure out what to do. In it’s 6 seasons, this show has had many twists and turns and I love it.

4: This Is Us (2016-Present, NBC)

I adore this show. Jack, Rebecca, and the Big 3. If you haven’t seen this show yet, please go watch it. It takes place between the past and present with as many twists and turns as HTGAWM, but it’s a family show.

3: Pose (2018-Present, FX)

Live. Work. Pose. This show hit the airwaves in 2018 and has been a hit right out the gate. I love this show. Billy Porter won an Emmy this year for his portrayal of Pray Tell. I love that the show has the largest LGBTQ cast in TV history as well. The storylines are great, the acting is great. I’m just in love.

2: Scandal (2012-2017, ABC)

Kerry Washington. That’s it. That’s the description. All 7 seasons.

Honorable Mentions
  • American Crime Story (2016-Present, FX)
  • One Day at A Time (2017-2019, Netflix)
  • Star (2016-2019, Fox)
  • Black Lightning (2018-Present, CW)
  • On My Block (2018-Present, Netflix)

1: Glee (2009-2015, FOX)

My favorite show. I have all six seasons on DVD as well as the Concert tour. The music covers were great as well, I even had some of the songs on my iPod. I love this show so much as it has gotten me through some tough times. I was devastated when Cory died. The tribute episode to him still brings tears to my eyes.

Best Movies of the Decade (2009-2019)

Here are some of my favorite movies from the past 10 years.

2009

The Blind Side

Precious

The Lovely Bones

My Sister’s Keeper

500 Days of Summer

Up

The Hangover

The Princess and the Frog

2010

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

Despicable Me

Grown Ups

Death at A Funeral

2011

The Help

Bridesmaids

Beastly

The Hangover 2

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

2012

Silver Linings Playbook

Wreck It Ralph

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Brave

Magic Mike

Rise of the Guardians

Flight

The Hunger Games

Pitch Perfect

2013

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Frozen

Monsters University

2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Annie

2015

Inside Out

Straight Outta Compton

Amy

Pitch Perfect 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay PT 2

2016

Moonlight

13th

Zootopia

OJ: Made In America

Hidden Figures

Finding Dory

Moana

Fences

Strong Island

Sing

2017

Get Out

Mudbound

CoCo

Pitch Perfect 3

2018

Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Ralph Breaks the Internet

2019

Us

American Son

Dolemite Is My Name

My Favorite Songs of the Decade (2009-2019)

As we end another decade, I want to share some of my favorite songs from the last 10 years. All songs can be found on YouTube and other music streaming services. In no way is this a definitive list.

2009

Single Ladies – Beyonce

You Found Me – The Fray

Run This Town – Jay Z & Kanye & Rihanna

Hot N Cold – Katy Perry

Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

Fireflies – Owl City

Knock You Down – Keri Hilson

Empire State of Mind – Jay Z & Alicia Keys

2010

Love the Way You Lie – Eminem & Rihanna

Need You Now by Lady Antebellum

OMG- Usher ft will.i.am

Firework- Katy Perry

Airplanes – B.o.B ft Haley Williams

What’s My Name – Rihanna

2011

Love on Top – Beyonce

Someone Like You – Adele

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

Rolling in the Deep – Adele

We Fell In Love – Rihanna

Black & Yellow – Wiz Khalifa

2012

Some Nights by fun

Kiss You – One Direction

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Somebody that I Use to Know – Gotye

Payphone by Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

We Are Young – fun

Same Love – Macklemore

No Lie – 2 Chainz

Locked out of Heaven –  Bruno Mars

2013

Roar by Katy Perry

Started From the Bottom – Drake

Stay – Rihanna

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Story of My Life – One Direction

My N* – YG

2014

Stay with Me by Sam Smith

Hot N* – Bobby Smurda

Rude by Magic

Monster – Rihanna & Eminem

All of Me – John Legend

Ghosts – Ella Henderson

2015

Hello – Adele

Trap Queen – Fetty Wap

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Alright – Kendrick Lamar

2016

Work – Rihanna

Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes

Formation – Beyonce

Panda – Designer

2017

Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Hello – Adele

Remember Me – Miguel & Natalie Lafourcade

Wild Thoughts – Rihanna

Sorry not Sorry – Demi Lovato

Bodak Yellow – Cardi B

Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato

2018

Love Lies – Khalid & Normani

Ape Shit- Beyonce & Jay Z

In My Blood – Shawn Mendes

High Hopes – Panic at the Disco

Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee

2019

Motivation – Normani

Panini – Lil Nas X

Lights Up – Harry Styles

The Bones – Maren Morris

What If I Never Get Over You – Lady Antebellum