20 Reasons We're Excited About 2014

The new year is upon us. And judging from all the great movies, new music releases, and TV shows in the works, there’s lots to be excited about. Being Mary Jane is back on our screens, Beyonce's getting back on the road and Lupita Nyong'o just might take home Oscar gold.  Here are 20 reasons we’re predicting a great year.

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The story of a flawed career woman looking for love hit all the right spots when it debuted this past summer. Gabrielle Union returns as news anchor Mary Jane Paul for the new series premiering tonight on BET.

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After grossing nearly $100 million with 2012's Think Like a Man, the actor-producer power duo are gearing up to bum-rush the box office once again. First up is the buddy comedy Ride Along, featuring Ice Cube (January 17), followed by About Last Night (February 14), co-starring Michael Ealy. Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Next they'll get the whole gang back together for the sequel Think Like a Man Too in June. And with the romantic comedy The Wedding Ringer already slated for 2015, Hart and Packer are definitely on a roll.

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Budding talent QuvenzhanĂ© Wallis and silver screen vet Jamie Fox will take the leads in the remake of Annie, due in December. 

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Thursday just haven't been the same since Scandal took a winter break. Come February 27, we're sure we're in for an explosive debut of the second part of season three. What will Shonda throw at us next? 

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The Lifetime film on Douglas' life and inspiring rise to Olympic medalist will premiere in February.

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Everyone's favorite 90s R&B girl group hashes out their differences on their new WeTV reality show, premiering January 23.

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Tupac Shakur

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Davis stars on The CW's hot thriller The Originals as Marcel, a vampire with his own brand of swag. "Marcel is ambitious, he's a leader, and it's obvious that he's got some anger-control issues too," Davis says. "People always love villains and bad guys, so I'm having fun with this character."

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Anthony Mackie

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Denzel Washington

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Last May Miguel told radio host Ryan Seacrest that his next album would be in Spanish. Caliente!

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The actress's will star in 'Non-Stop', a thriller set on an international flight with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore opening on February 28. We can't wait to see more of Lupita! 

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We've seen a sneak peak of the famed designer and soul music maven's collaboration but we cant wait until the full Givenchy spring 2014 campaign is unveiled. We know Erykah served fabulosity. 

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This year will see Solange Knowles collaborate with Puma for her 'Girls of Blaze' line slated to hit stores in February. Kanye West will also pair with Adidas for his much anticipated line expected to hit stores in September. 

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Prince, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Lionel Richie? Forgive us for bragging but come July 4 weekend, the ESSENCE Festival be the hottest ticket in town.

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Mrs. Carter continues her quest to dominate our hearts and minds by extending her tour into 2014. She'll kick things off in Germany on February 20, where lucky fans will hopefully get a taste of her new album.

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The Art of Letting Go, Mariah's fourteenth album, is slated for a spring release and features the likes of Miguel and Jeezy.

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raxton and Babyface's duets album Love. Marriage & Divorce will be released on February 4. 

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