Winning in 2012: Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey and more

This year was a big one for many black celebs, with many making major career changes whether it be endorsements, arena openings, talk-show gigs, or political elections. As we watched their careers climb newer heights right in front of our eyes, it’s only right that we look to their achievements as a motivational push to make our career dreams a reality. Below is a snapshot of celebrity boss moves that should inspire you to hustle harder in the new year:

  • President Barack Obama is re-elected to serve a second term as United States Commander-in-Chief.
  • Beyoncé inks a $50 million Pepsi commercial deal.
  • Jay-Z opens up the doors to the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn and performs an eight-night, sold out concert series.
  • Oprah Winfrey graduates her first class of students at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls in South Africa.
  • Terrence J leaves BET’s 106 & Park and begins new job as co-host for E!News.
  • Rocsi Diaz leaves 106 & Park and begins new hosting job for Entertainment Tonight.
  • Rihanna earns her first No.1 album on the Billboard 200 charts with her latest CD “Unapologetic.”
  • La La Anthony launches her own makeup line, Motives for La La, along with a clothing line, 5th and Mercer, with celebrity stylist Jason Bolden.
  • Kerry Washington stars in Shonda Rhimes highly popular TV series Scandaland is the first black woman to lead on a prime-time show in almost four decades…
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