Top 12 Celebrity Boss Moves in 2012

Get Inspired: 12 Major Celebrity Boss Moves in 2012

Jay-Z performed an eight-night concert series at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., to sold-out crowds.(Image: File)

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 Scandal, and is the first black woman to lead on a prime-time show in almost four decades.
  • Gabby Douglas is the first African American to win gold medals in both the all-around individual competition and team competition.
  • Lebron James is honored as Sports Illustrated 2012 Sportsman of the Year.
  • Comedian/Actor Steve Harvey lands a self-titled daytime talk show.