Covering the celebrity beat is never dull.
Sometimes it’s exciting – like when Dolly Parton came to Atlanta for her television movie “Coat of Many Colors” or Justin Bieber comes to town for a tour stop and ends up partying in Buckhead or Taylor Swift meets with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta patients during her pre-concert time in Atlanta.
Sometimes it’s uplifting, like when Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton spread Christmas cheer to 2,000 kids and adults – and later revealed he is a new dad!
Sometimes it’s cringe-inducing, like when Steve Harvey crowned the wrong Miss Universe.
Sometimes it’s confounding, like when Kim Kardashian announces a new app letting users send emojis of her booty to express themselves.
Sometimes it’s very, very sad. Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death at 22 this year might have been considered a “top” entertainment story in terms of reader interest but never, not once, did I lose sight of the fact that at the center of the story was a young woman denied the chance to grow up and experience life to its fullest.
At the end of a very busy year, it’s not hard at all for me to pick my favorite celebrity of 2015: James Wright, the guy whose hilarious “Patti Pie” YouTube video went viral. He and Patti LaBelle later met up, joined the aforementioned Steve Harvey for a segment on his show and .. who knows what’s next?
I love everything about this story. The sheer joy James showed in his video. His natural, God-given talent. His sense of humor and enthusiasm for a simple store-bought product. He deserves every minute of the fame that’s come to him as a result of sharing his excitement in such a positive way. I hope to see more of him in 2016!
Thanks for reading in 2015. Happy New Year. See you in 2016!