Beyonce hijacked the pop culture (and feminism) conversations for weeks. Pope Francis went about reorienting his billion-member church to the wider world, via surprise phone calls and selfies. And Miley Cyrus rankled, if only because she made your aunts talk about twerking. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, Gregorio Borgia/AP, Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP hide caption

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Redefining Philanthropy: How African-Americans Give Back

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Monica Calhoun (left), Melissa De Sousa and Nia Long star in The Best Man Holiday, one of this year's eleven top-grossing films starring black actors and by black directors. Michael Gibson/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013

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Medgar Evers was the first NAACP field secretary in Mississippi. The civil rights leader was killed in 1963. AP hide caption

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Civil Rights Turmoil In Verse: Retelling Medgar Evers' Story

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Like many Japanese-Americans, Yuri Kochiyama was place in an internment camp during World War II. She became an outspoken civil rights activist, and began an unlikely friendship with Malcolm X. Courtesy of the Kochiyama family/UCLA Asian American Studies Center hide caption

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In Texas, Pancho Claus Steals Spotlight From Santa

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