We Found the Light: Our Top Ten Moments from the 46th Presidential Inauguration


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If yesterday’s inauguration ceremony did not feel like a breath of fresh air, then let this list blow some oxygen into your lungs! 

1. Bye Cheeto!

Whatever the future holds, at this present moment, we are glad the wig is gone and that there is a new administration in town–with a Black woman as the deputy. 

2. Michelle Obama’s Belt

Let us get into our favorite’s golden belt! The former First Lady wore a maroon winter coat with a turtleneck and flared pants combo by Sergio Hudson, finishing the entire ensemble with a custom made golden belt.  A look that had our edges snatched! 

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 in Washington. (Win McNamee /Pool Photo via AP)

3. Amanda Gorman’s poem

“When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?”  ~ Amanda Gorman. 

Amanda Gorman’s #blackgirlmagic illuminated our hearts, reminding us of the hope we had all lost during the previous administration. The 22-year old National Youth Poet Laureate, the youngest poet to ever perform at a presidential inauguration, captivated our ears with her powerful and assuring words. After her performance, we understand why Dr. Jill Biden recommended her fervently. 

American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

4. JLO’s “Let’s get loud/This is our land remix” 

Chiiiillleee! Let us get into how JLO snuck in some Español prior to screaming “let’s get loud” in the middle of, “One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.” 

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5. Melania Trump’s press snub

If “I am over it” was a person, former first lady Melania Trump’s final walk into the car–snubbing the press–would be them. Wearing what many described as a printed rug, it was clear that the former first lady was ready to be done with everything. Sis, should we expect a book?

6. Bison Drill Team performance and the Showtime Marching Band

You know the Bison family had to make sure their own made it safely into her new office. Vice President Kamala Harris’s alma mater did what needed to be done during the inauguration parade with their special drum cadence created just for the occasion. The Showtime Band was joined by the drumline team, the Flashy Flag Squad, and the Ooh La La Dancers

The Howard University marching band performs during the Presidential Escort, part of Inauguration Day ceremonies Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

7. Michelle Obama’s hair

Michelle Lavaughn Obama was the Slay seen around the world! Her look went viral when Black Twitter introduced the colloquial meaning of “Laid” to, well, everybody else. Kudos to her hair stylist Yene Damtew who also went viral.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, arrive to attend the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the U.S. and Kamala Harris became the first woman vice president. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

8. The AKAs and everybody who went to Howard University on social media

Black Twitter always brings life and critical analysis to the party, but during the Inauguration HBCU students and alumni took over for the tweets and the IGs. From throwback pics of their marching band days and probates, to every designer selling Howard U gear, Ms. Harris’s fellow Bison repped the University HARD. (Just when you thought Bison couldn’t stop talking about their–ahem, my–school, consider Ms. Harris’s achievement a lifetime brag.) 


Audience members take photos of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters after speaking at an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority luncheon in West Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

9. Bernie Sanders stopping by the Inauguration

While most people swooned over the jewel-toned color coordination of Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and Kamala Harris, and pondered the Hunger Games-esque mockingjay pin/pigeon holding an olive branch on Lady Gaga, others wondered about Bernie’s underwhelming outfit choice. For someone whose work is centered around Democratic Socialism, affordable healthcare and livable wages for all, it should be no surprise fashion wasn’t a priority for the former Presidential nominee. However, that did not stop people from turning a seated Sanders and his mittens into a plethora of memes–posting him in more places around the world than Carmen Sandiego. Now those memes have turned into a full blown website. See exhibit A.

Attendees including Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listen during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)

10. Nikolas Ajagu’s coveted sneakers

Nikolas Ajagu, the partner of Vice President’s niece Meena, was spotted with the limited edition Dior x Jordan 1 High sneakers. Let’s just say the sneaker community hella rejoiced. Just as one twitter user expressed that joy in a gif, queue the drill music.

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