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Robin Roberts bravely came out of the closet in late December 2013. In a short note on her Facebook page, she thanks everyone for such an incredible year including her longtime girlfriend, Amber.
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In late June, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Instagram. Within hours, she accumulated thousands of followers who welcomed her to the social media platform. To date, Mrs. Obama has 493K followers.
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Kanye West went on an all-caps Twitter rant in late September after his good friend Jimmy Kimmel spoofed his BBC interview. West's tweets were not only profanity laced, they were fiery and angry. As a result, the rapper would grab Kimmel's attention and eventually appear on his show, where they squashed their drama.
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There are few stars who use social media to the fullest extent. June Ambrose is one of those few who've found a way to make it work for her brand. The fashion maven tweets and posts to Instagram several times a day. Her followers and fan interactions are at an all-time high.
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Throughout 2013, this actress used her personal Facebook account as a sounding board for her thoughts, emotions and even to encourage others to live a brighter, fuller life.
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Beyoncé's beyhive went into overdrive when she announced and released a new album (complete with 14 songs and 17 videos) in one night. They began buzzing on with their love and praise for the pop star. There is no legion of fans more dedicated to an artist. She has over 13 million followers on Twitter, 8 million followers on Instagram, and over 53 million followers on Facebook.
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Feuds are never a good thing, especially when they're over something petty. Rihanna and Teyana Taylor's Twitter-beef caught everyone's attention when the "Diamonds" singer shared an Instagram video of her stylist mocking Taylor's rendition of an Anita Baker song. The two went on to exchange several jabs via Twitter, resulting in more bitterness with fans standing by.
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Maxwell is an Instagram addict! The singer is perhaps well known for posting unusual photos on Instagram with even more unusual captions. Nonetheless, they're all beautiful and done in the name of art.
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In late January, Blackberry named Alicia Keys Global Creative Director of the brand. Unfortunately, that meant she would leave behind her Instagram account (with 2.1 million followers), which isn't supported on Blackberry. Her fans are patiently awaiting her return.
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Couples are getting more and more comfortable communicating via Twitter. Just ask Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kim's sexy bathing suit shot immediately broke the Internet and West's simple yet direct tweet was perfect: "heading home now."
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Who didn't love seeing Diddy with his family on Instagram. The media mogul opened up his private life for all to see and what a beautiful and rich life it is.
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Our favorite TV shows became more enjoyable with the help of our favorite celebrities. Yvette Nicole Brown's witty and funny tweets about Scandal, Nashville and Grey's Anatomy only took our second-screen experiences to new heights. And for that, we say thank you!
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There are few reliable people on Twitter. CNN contributor and TV One journalist, Roland Martin always (and we mean always) gives us the deets in tweets when it comes to political scandals, notable headlines and major events affecting our community. Not to mention his can't-miss Scandal tweeting.
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The Rev celebrates his birthday Nov. 14.
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