What a year! Despite all the twists and turns of 2013, we must admit that it was still an awesome time for Black women. We showed the world how resilient, intelligent, compassionate, fearless and truly inspirational we are. Here we celebrate some of the best moments of this past year, when Black women shined bright like diamonds and motivated us to shine even brighter in the years to come.
Serena Williams: When she swings her racket, everybody takes notice. First in June, Serena Williams won the French Open, then three months later she annihilated her competition at the U.S. Open. Incredibly, her amazing domination of the sport comes two years after she was sidelined with a pulmonary embolism. But as this year's documentary film Venus and Serena details, Williams (alongside her big sis) does what champions do—get back in the game, work harder than ever and reclaim their No. 1 status.