The 27 essays and articles on the list "defined conversations about race, pop culture and identity in 2015," the article says.
"When talented writer Jazmine Hughes was hired at The New York Times this year, she writes she was seized by imposter syndrome. To get over her anxiety, she decided to dress up in recreations of some of 'Empire' character Cookie Lyon's best outfits for a week," writes The Huffington Post. "Her experience makes for a funny and enlightening read."
"My exterior now telegraphed something totally different from my norm, and I didn't quite know how to deal with it," wrote Hughes of the experience of wearing the over-the-top outfits donned by the character. "Everyone I knew treated me the same—I'd smack them if they hadn't, a Cookie trait I was born with—but I could feel strangers reading me differently."