Star Gazing: 1.2.12

Star Gazing: 1.2.12
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 01, 2012

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Nicki Minaj kicks off the new year with a performance during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration in Los Angeles, California.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia exit the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii after viewing a gallery featuring his mother’s anthropological work.

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Chris Brown celebrates New Year’s Eve at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas.

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LeBron James and his son say goodbye to 2011 and welcome in the new year at the Shelborne lounge in Miami.

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Lauryn Hill and Nas perform together on stage at the Shelborne lounge in Miami.

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Sanaa Lathan and Fat Joe pose for a picture at the Shelborne lounge in Miami for a New Year’s celebration.

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Rihanna rings in the new year wearing lace at Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ CIROC The New Year 2012 party in Miami, Florida.

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Leona Lewis celebrates the new year at the Hyde Bellagio nightclub opening in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Bruno Mars arrives for his New Year’s Eve performance at The Bank nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert attend the New Year’s Eve festivities at Time’s Square in New York City.

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Kanye West shows off his skills as a deejay during a New Year’s Eve celebration at Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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RHoA star NeNe Leakes attends Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ CIROC The New Year 2012 party in Miami, Florida.

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Vivica A. Fox attends the Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ CIROC The New Year 2012 party in Miami, Florida.

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Gayle King goes glam at the New Year’s Eve celebration hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs in Miami, Florida.

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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak sosts CIROC The New Year 2012 in Miami, FL.

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Star Jones wears a lacy ensemble to the Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ CIROC The New Year 2012 party in Miami, Florida.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs hosts the CIROC New Year’s Eve celebration in Miami, Florida.

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Mike Epps rips the waves on a jet ski in Miami, Florida.