We wouldn’t be surprised if the poll results for “Why do you watch Orange Is the New Black?” came back with a resounding majority answer: Taystee! Danielle Brooks brightens the entire show whenever her character, Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, is on screen. With sassy one-liners, the best dance on television, and her sweet — sometimes touching, often hilarous — friendship with Poussey, Taystee has won over our hearts as the life of the prison. Because we want to share the love, here are 10 GIFs of Taystee’s best moments on OITNB.
Taystee asks the questions that need to be asked during her campaign for women’s advisory council.
During an AA meeting, Taystee recounts the time she hit rock bottom.
Have some respect for The Goblet of Fire!
One of our favorite things about Taystee is her love for the show Planet Earth, which she makes the other inmates watch 24/7, as president of the TV.
Poussey makes Taystee recognize her French roots, and their friendship quickly blossoms.
Taystee closes out her women’s advisory council speech with a heavy-hitting issue.
Taystee and Poussey imitate what someone like Piper Chapman and her peers (aka WASPs) would talk about.
When Pennsatucky suggests a whites-only bathroom, Taystee puts her in her place.
Piper trades in a few locks of her hair for some shea butter, making Taystee the happiest gal in prison.
Taystee looks out for the people.
Taystee and Poussey are the kind of best friends we all wish we had.
Taystee gives Poussey a very special goodbye upon leaving prison.
And just one more reminder of why we love Taystee: