Grapevine Editor and Staff Writer Yesha Callahan and The Root Staff Writer Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
The Root

2015 was chock-full of events that made writing for The Grapevine—The Root’s blog that covers trending stories on black Twitter, social media and entertainment—that much more eye-opening, hectic, fulfilling, hilarious and, at times, disturbing.

We’re shelling out awards, in two parts, to the biggest newsmakers from this past year who kept people glued to their social media timelines and newsfeeds. They had people trying to cram think-piece-esque ideas into 140 characters and inspired the funniest memes ever created. Here’s part 1:

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.