From Oprah’s new network to Rihanna ruling the pop charts, Black women shined this year. Here's 25 reasons why we're feeling proud right now.

Yolanda Sangweni
Dec, 05, 2011

It felt so good to be a Black woman in 2011. Everywhere we looked we saw examples of Black women’s excellence. Sisters like Oprah, Rihanna, and First Lady Michelle Obama, broke records and smashed expectations of what we can and cannot do.

As we close out the year, we take a look at 25 reasons Black women rocked in 2011.