See The Stories That Shook Us In 2023: Jada Pinkett Smith, Beyoncé And Laphonza Butler Featured

by Gee NY

In the whirlwind of events that marked 2023, certain stories resonated deeply, leaving an indelible impact on our collective consciousness.

From the personal revelations of iconic figure like Jada Pinkett Smith, to the groundbreaking achievements of Beyoncé and Laphonza Butler, the year unfolded with a tapestry of narratives that challenged, inspired, and often captivated the Black community.

In this retrospective journey, Shine My Crown delves into the stories that shook us, unveiling the highs and lows, triumphs and tribulations that defined the cultural and societal landscape in 2023.

Join us as we revisit some of the moments that stirred conversations, ignited debates, and ultimately shaped the narrative of a year that will be remembered for its remarkable tales of resilience, strength, and the enduring spirit of change.

Laphonza Butler made history as first LGBTQ Senate Judiciary Committee member

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s vacant seat, following the passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein, went to California Senator Laphonza Butler in a historic appointment.

This decision not only marks a groundbreaking moment when the first known Black lesbian was appointed to the Senate, but also designates Butler as the inaugural openly LGBTQ member of the Judiciary Committee.

This strategic move, orchestrated by California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in December 2023, not only commemorates Senator Feinstein’s longstanding Democratic legacy but also ensures the party’s fragile control over the influential committee responsible for scrutinizing federal judicial nominees.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour became the highest-grossing by female artist tour in history

In early October 2023, Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour grossed over $579 million from 56 shows, HITS Daily Double reported, becoming the highest-grossing tour by any female artist, Black artist, and solo American act in history.

Live Nation announced that the superstar’s global trek earned more than $579 million worldwide, with 2.7 million fans attending across 56 dates in 39 cities.

The tour, produced by Parkwood Entertainment and promoted by Live Nation, was a cultural phenomenon, with attendees dressed in their finest silver outfits meticulously documenting every stop on social media.

It made history at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, where she played five nights — the most an artist has had at the stadium since its opening in 2019 — for 238,000 fans across all shows.

Jada Pinkett Smith’s memoir ‘Worthy’ was full of jaw-dropping revelations

In her riveting memoir titled “Worthy,” Jada Pinkett Smith delves into the intricacies of her relationship with Will Smith, shedding light on personal aspects such as the couple’s decision to live separate lives since 2016.

The tell-all book released in October 2023 has been described as a “gripping” and “painfully honest” account of Pinkett Smith’s life, and it touches upon the highly publicized Oscars slap incident from 2022.


“Worthy” courted controversy due to the following five main revelations:

  • Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith Have Been Separated Since 2016.
  • Tupac Shakur Asked Jada Pinkett Smith to Marry Him.
  • Ayahuasca Helped Jada Pinkett Smith Overcome Suicidal Thoughts.
  • Chris Rock Once Asked Jada Pinkett Smith Out.
  • The Oscars Slap Made Jada Pinkett Smith Decide to Reinvest in Her Relationship With Will Smith.

Divorce and breakups that got hit us with force

L-R: Jodie Turner-Smith, Cardi B and Tia Mowry

In a year marked by notable celebrity splits, several high-profile Black women made headlines with the announcement of their divorces.

Among them are Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson, the dynamic duo known for their stylish appearances and shared ventures. Their decision to part ways has captured public attention, leaving fans curious about the factors behind their separation.

Additionally, the high-profile divorce of hip-hop power couple Cardi B and Offset raised eyebrows with news about their breakup as the duo was celebrated for their music collaborations and social media presence.

Lastly, the separation of Tia Mowry, known for her acting career and reality TV ventures, has also become a topic of interest, shedding light on the challenges faced by couples navigating the complexities of fame and relationships.

While 2023 was filled with millions of stories and incidents about Black women, these, no doubt, were among the hard-hitting and made a major impression.

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