MN Year In Review: The Biggest Celebrity Successes Of 2012

December 14, 2012  |  
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In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.

Sometimes we’re so bombarded with sad news and negativity about celebrities that it gets a little draining, so instead of talking about the bad stuff, we decided to try to find 9 successes from celebrities that occurred in 2012. We’re not going to lie, it was hard, but we think we found some good ones to make you smile, so let’s get to it!

Gabby Douglas shines in Gold

Gabby Douglas was and continues to be an amazing presence in the public eye, not just because of her amazing talents as a gymnast but also for her positive attitude and persistence in the midst of criticism. Still, we can’t forget about how awesome it was for her to take home the all-around gold this summer.

Drake Gets his GED

For some, after dropping out of school, education becomes an afterthought. And it can be understandable for a celebrity who has made their mark in the entertainment industry and made a grip of cash as well to be more concerned about popping bottles than flipping through books. But Drake inspired the industry and his fans when got his GED this fall, adding that monument to his long list of other accomplishments.

Black Television and Movies

While black entertainment seems to be dominated by screaming and fighting reality stars, 2012 brought a come back to Black entertainment.  With “The Game” being renewed on BET, the creation of the show “Scandal,” and movies like “Think Like a Man,” these productions showed that Black entertainment can be profitable and has opened the doors to new up and coming talents, including Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl) as she works with Shonda Rhimes.  Also, Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” surpassed classic Black sitcoms like “The Jeffersons,” “The Cosby Show,” and “A Different World,” as the longest running Black sitcom.

Monica and Brandy Reconciled

I have to admit, for years I just thought that the “Boy is Mine” beef was just a rumor, but when Monica and Brandy teamed up and revealed that it was true and someone got slapped up, the two went on to address how they put that in the past and have not only became friends with one other, but support each other as well.

That might not sound like something big, but when women on women beefs and violence is glamorized the way it is now, it’s great to see two Black women bury the hatch and actually support each other.

Celebrities Helping Others

Many celebrities like to talk about charities that they participate in and and some were proactive.  Lala helped to raise money for breast cancer, the Keep a Child Alive, the (Red) and One campaigns continues to help people globally, and Kristen Johnston (the former actress from “3rd Rock from the Sun”) even bought a coat for a homeless man in New York and stuffed money in the pockets. In January, Zoe Saldana also started off the year on a high note, playing good samaritan to a crash victim in LA.

New Mommies

A new life is always something to celebrate and this year, a few of our favorite brown celebrities became new mommies, from Beyonce, to Jessica Simpson, to Tamera Mowry.

Frank Ocean’s Coming Out

Coming out in general is never easy, coming out as a black man and an R&B artist is doubly difficult, but Frank Ocean managed to do it. This year, Frank put an end to speculation he was homosexual and wrote a very honest open letter describing his love for another man. What’s even more encouraging about his strength is the positive response he received from others in the industry.

Grammy nods

Grammys are hard to come by and these celebrities definitely earned them.  Congratulations are in order for Miguel, Frank Ocean, Wale, and Elle Varner, just to name a few, for releasing amazing albums and singles that were recognized by the Grammys!


Two terms, a quieter Donald Trump, and a non-existent Mitt Romney. Need we  say more?

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