The 5 Celebrities That’ll Keep Inspiring You in 2016

Ah, yes. We’ve approached the month of new beginnings. It’s time to contemplate our current statuses and reflect on ways to improve ourselves for the 2016 year. While many of us cozy up around our besties and family, encouraging one another to keep our resolutions and go forth with that business idea we’ve been sitting on, a lot of us are also soaking up Brown celebrity inspiration. And there’s a lot of it trickling from 2015 into the New Year. From Serena to Shonda, we give you 5 celebs who’ve mastered the fine art of achieving success while maintaining their integrity and teaching the masses a few things along the way.

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If there is one thing Lupita Nyong’o is always doing, it’s winning. Whether she’s taking home an Oscar, gracing the cover of Elle or simply landing a role in a cult classic like Star Wars, Lupita is constantly working her magic while looking fierce in the process. Oh, and let’s not forget how humble she is.

The Lupita Lesson: As you attain your 2016 goals, let Lupita inspire you to never forget where you come from. And always radiate supreme confidence, never arrogance.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen


After hearing Chrissy Teigen’s heart breaking confession about trying conceive, the TV personality was happy to finally announce her first pregnancy this year with husband singer John Legend. Both she and FABLife co-host Tyra Banks courageously opened up about their fertility struggles on the talk show. What a fantastic moment to share with the world after years of seeming despair. The model has had to tackle a few negative naysayers for criticizing everything associated with her pregnancy from her bourgeoning belly to her choice of food. Back in October Teigen finally demanded to social media Twitter trolls, “Get out of my uterus!”

The Chrissy Lesson: Remember to be human. We are all going through something, so don’t be ashamed. Oh, and F the haters.

Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg


Authentically insightful entertainers like Amandla Stenberg under the age of 30 (hell, 50) only surface once in a blue moon. She’s 17. 17. We can always count on the talented activist-in-the-making to serve us realness in an impactful and thought provoking way. The seventeen-year-old Hunger Games star expressed her concerns with cultural appropriation in a 4 and a half-minute video project for school entitled, Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows. She continued to express her belief that the system of “cultural appropriation” benefits the over privileged while reinforcing negative stereo types. Amandla and other socially conscious celebrities have stepped up to unveil this as a complex issue which needs to be addressed and resolved immediately. Her passion is contagious, and I’m sure that Amandla will continue to motivate our generation to speak out against all forms of social injustice for many years to come.

The Amandla Lesson: Seriously, stand for something in 2016. We don’t need you to try to cure the world. But please, have some type of perspective.

Shonda Rhimes


Shonda Rhimes stays in # bossmode as she continues to slay the television world with her provocative storylines. Not many writers and producers can boast a resume as extraordinary as hers. She lives by her own rules, which is why she is constantly breaking ground in all aspects of TV drama. However, she’s always been transparent about the hard work and non-existent idea of balance she’s experienced in her life. In my opinion, she is currently the womanist icon for this generation’s women of color. This year the Scandal creator lost an astonishing 117 pounds, but did so on her own terms through good old fashion exercise and portion control. So that basically makes her perfect.

The Shonda Lesson: Work your ass off, stop worrying about “having or doing it all”, see no limitations.

Serena Williams


#Unfuckwithable. That’s all we have to say about Serena.

The Serena Lesson: Don’t…try…me. And, don’t let people think they can try you. Do the work, put in the hours, see the fascinating results and let them (yes, you know who “them” is) know that if they want to come for you, they better think twice.