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Vixen Prediction: Celebrities That Will Own 2014

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Beyonce owned 2013, but its a new year with plenty of prospects poised to take 2014 as their's. These entertainers have big projects on the horizon and are milking their fame and turning it into an empire. We aren't mind readers, but we think you'll find this list to be accurate once December rolls around. Flip the page to see what celebrities we are rooting for and let us know if you agree or not.

--Margot Harris and Sharifa Daniels

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita's scene stealing debut in 12 Years a Slave has garnered her several accolades.  Between her head-turning red carpet looks and magazine cover snags, the break out actress of 2014 will be this Yale graduate.

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Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart continues to build a brand off his comedy career with Hart Productions. With 3 productions already playing, more coming in the summer and inked deals left and right; K. Hart is owning 2014 and the comedy genre.

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Regina Hall

Regina is no newbie, but if you watched her in Malibu's Most Wanted and Scary Movie, you'll notice the spike in more quality roles. She's always been talented and we're glad directors are giving her the roles she deserves.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Its been a long journey for Chris Brown, but the more mature bad boy is ready for his redemption. This year, we see his career continuing to flourish as he slowly erases his tainted image from '09 into a well accredited superstar.

Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya Coleman

Its rare that to see a young woman with star quality, but Zendaya manages to exude that. The singer, actress and model started on Disney and is steadily making her presence known against her competitors. This gorg teen has many years ahead of her to achieve greatness and it's starting in 2014.

YG

YG

YG has been grinding out for year,s but it was his latest song "My Hitta" that gave him mass appeal. With various mixtapes and a new album available, we predict he'll continue to blow this year.

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Michael B. Jordan

The Chronicle co-star came a long way and was discovered quickly after he played Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station. He also showed versatility by co-starring in comedy That Awkward Moment.

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Iggy Azalea
She's been doing music and signed to T.I. for a minute, but suddenly the young rapper has come up being featured in upscale mags like GQ and touring across the country. She has the look and a crazy fan base- her "Azaleans."
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Solange
The singer, actress, fashionista and DJ recently became the creative director for the new PUMA campaign and debuted her Saint Heron label.  She's definitely not living in her sister's shadow.
SZA
SZA
She's gorgeous and with this whole naturalista craze, SZA is definitely on the top of the best natural do's list. As the first lady of TDE, she's making huge strides in the hip hop scene.

Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill
Jonah suprised everyone by executing the role Donnie Azoff in Wolf of Wall Street. Although he took a major pay cut, he also proved himself.
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Nipsey Hussle
Nip Hussle's Crenshaw mixtape received major accredition for him and now he's doing big things with his music and clothing line.

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Schoolboy Q
TDE is making a big statement. The entire group is filled with lyrical geniuses and School oy is one of them. He recently debuted his album and there is speculation that it might be number one on Billboard 200.
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Ashanti
Ashanti's never been stagnant in her music and acting career.  She makes a musical comeback next week with her newest album Braveheart and we believe this will be only the beginning of a major music year for her.
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Casey Veggies
He's an underground sensation, but talent wins every time. The 20-year-old lyricist is moving up on the food chain and recently released a video with his song Whip It presented by PUMA and SE bikes.
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Omarion
He's been under the radar for a minute, but he's back with some sexy sounds and a soon to debut album The Sex Playlist. 

Pharrell

Pharrell
He's always engaging in multiple art forms, but usually he's doing it on the down low. Pharrell clearly has a lot in store with the debut of his GIRL album and the success of his online channel I Am OTHER. 

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Kelis
Back with a bang and a yummy soundtrack, we predict a Kelis komeback for 2014.

 

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