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From an early age, I was schooled on the concept that lingering in the past or thinking too much into the future is a recipe for missing out on the present—essentially, we’re fully conscious when we’re wholeheartedly embracing the moment at hand. That said, it’s important to take a break from this mental conditioning, to not only celebrate and learn from the moments and people that have created a seismic cultural shift but also to reflect, look deeper, and examine how we continue to grow and evolve as human beings. In this year-ending issue, we’re taking that needed pause to chronicle the style and beauty moments that shined the brightest and spotlight the game-changers, innovators, and creatives who influenced us the most. From actress, writer, and producer Issa Rae to photographer Quil Lemons, Olympian Suni Lee, astrologer Chani Nicholas, and rising social media star Tinx, these are the people who leaned in and brought forth a new kind of energy, perspective, and creative freedom to the last 12 months. Welcome to Coveteur’s Class of ’21. —Jess Teves
What began as a conversation between two friends at a dinner party in Los Angeles took shape in the form of a press conference at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan. Leslie Moonves, then chairman and CEO of the CBS Corporation, and Barry Meyer, then CEO and chairman of Time Warner, stepped from behind the curtain and announced the news: They were merging. A select group of top-performing shows on UPN, owned by CBS Corp, and the WB, owned by Time Warner, would be moved over to the new network's lineup and reach an even larger audience-base of young adults. The two television networks were a home to a slew of Black television programs, including shows that featured long-lost twin sisters who reunited after being separated at birth, a boy sent away by his mother to live in Bel Air with his uncle, and a group of four female friends navigating life as 30-somethings in Los Angeles. In September 2006, the UPN and WB officially shuttered. And so the "golden age of Black television" came to a close.