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Kaboom! Magazine.com Top 10 People of the Week

Kaboom! Magazine.com Top 10 People of the Week

They’ve kept us glued to our TV screens, kept us posting memes all day on social media, and helped us get through another grueling school or work week. But which celebs had the best week of them all? Today, Kaboom! Magazine.com lets you know who’s star shined the brightest this past week in “Top 10 People of the Week.” Each week, Kaboom! picks 10 celebs, athletes, entertainers, or regular people who we feel had the best week of them all. This week, our countdown is filled with some of record-setting performers, coaches, and emerging athletes.

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10. Bill Gates
Starting off our countdown this year is one of the greatest entrepreneurs that ever lived. TIME magazine welcomed its first guest editor in its 94-year history and it’s none other than billionaire creative and philanthropist Bill Gates. Gates’ piece is centered around a mindset that he’s endorsed for years: optimism. He explains that the giant leaps and bounds made in science and cultural norms often can help frame current events in a slightly more sunny perspective. Gates interviewed peers to find out what makes them optimistic, covered local lifesavers and aims to deliver surprisingly positive facts about the world.

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9. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake is back to doing what he loves to do best…create good music. Recently, Justin released a teaser video of his new “Man of the Woods” album coming to us in 2018. Later that week, Justin would release the music video for his new single entitled “Filthy” and fans went into a frenzy. The “Sexy Back” singer’s new material is expected to give a self-reflective look at his journey into fatherhood, and offer up personal insight into his layered life experiences.

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8. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey did more than make history Sunday when she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe awards. She gave an impassioned acceptance speech, championing women and the #MeToo and Time’s Up initiatives. She spoke about growing up poor in Milwaukee and how much it meant to her to watch Sidney Poitier become the first black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964. And she also kicked off a wave of calls on social media for her to run for president in 2020.

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7. Marcus Mariota
One definition of a superhero involves “an exceptionally skillful or successful person.” On Saturday, Marcus Mariota was the superhero that the Titans needed. Marcus Mariota did everything to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing two touchdown passes, running for crucial first downs and providing the spark needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole. It all added up to a heart-stopping 22-21 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, the first postseason win for the Titans in 14 years and one that will provide some relief — for the week, at least — for embattled coach Mike Mularkey and his remarkable bunch of underdogs.

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6. Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown made history at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 7. The This Is Us star, 41, became the first-ever black actor to win in the best actor in a TV drama category, and he made sure to thank the NBC series’ creator Dan Fogelman. This was the actor’s first win at the Globes. He was previously nominated in 2017 for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his role as prosecutor Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

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5. Shakyla Hill
Grambling State’s Shakyla Hill put her name in the record books on Wednesday night, becoming just the fourth woman in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to record a quadruple-double. With 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals on the night, Hill’s stellar all-around performance helped lead Grambling State to a 93-71 victory over Alabama State. Hill completed the impressive feat on one of the last plays of the game, finding teammate Monisha Neal for a three-pointer that would seal the win and secure Hill’s 10th assist on the night. The feat had not been accomplished since 1993, and got on “SportsCenter” for her accomplishment.

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4. Kevin Gates
HE FINALLY HOME BABY! the embattled Baton Rouge, LA. rapper Kevin Gates is set to be released from jail next week. Gates has been incarcerated in Illinois since he began serving a 30-month sentence for felony gun possession last year. He’d just come home from serving six months in a Florida jail for kicking a fan in the chest. Going back to life behind bars was an unfortunate outcome for someone who’d gone platinum just the year before. A couple months after being sentenced, it was revealed that Gates would be up for parole in June 2018. Obviously, speculation that the date was being moved up by quite a bit began circling the web. Now, we know he’s actually set to be released exactly on the Jan. 10 date the document indicated.

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3. $450 Mega Millions Winner
One lucky Mega Millions ticket holder in Florida has won a $450 million jackpot after matching all six numbers in the prize. Choosing the cash option would bring home $281 million. The Florida Lottery announced that one winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, Florida. “The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the jackpot-winning ticket,” the Florida Lottery said in a news release early Saturday. The identity of the winner was not immediately available, although the winner cannot remain anonymous under Florida law. The winner’s name, city of residence and details on the winnings can be made public, while the winner’s home address and telephone numbers are to be kept “confidential,” according to the Florida Lottery website. According to the website, only three Mega Millions jackpots have been larger than the most recent grand prize: a jackpot of $656 million in 2012; a jackpot of $648 million in 2013; and $536 million in 2016.

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2. Jon Gruden
Imagine not participating in your chosen profession for years, only to comeback to a $100 million contract. That’s exactly what the Oakland Raiders did when they gave Jon Gruden a ridiculous amount of money to coach their team to a possible Super Bowl in the future. The length of Gruden’s contract is not unprecedented. The Dallas Cowboys gave Jimmy Johnson (in 1989) and Tom Landry (in 1964) 10-year deals as well. Gruden, who coached Oakland from 1998 to 2001 and has been working as an ESPN analyst, is returning to the Raiders to replace Jack Del Rio, who was fired after the regular-season finale Sunday. Gruden will become the 12th head coach since 1960 to have multiple stints with one team, and the 16-year gap between jobs with the Raiders is the largest in NFL history for a head coach with the same team. He won Super Bowl XXXVII in his first season with Tampa Bay, and he has a career 95-81 record in the regular season while going 5-4 in the postseason.

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1. Cardi B.
To start off 2018 at the No. 1 spot we look to none other than the queen of 2017 Ms. Cardi B. Already proving to all of us that last year wasn’t a fluke, the Bronx-born artist’s first three tracks to break Billboard’s Hot 100 are all currently in the top 10, making her the first rapper ever to do so. Only two other artists—The Beatles and Ashanti—have earned the accolade. Cardi B also notched her fourth and fifth Hot 100 entries with “Bartier Cardi,” featuring 21 Savage and “La Modelo,” a collaboration with Puerto Rican trap singer Ozuno that yielded her first appearance on the Hot Latin Songs. Her most recent release could very well become the breakout artist’s sixth Hot 100 hit. This week, Bruno Mars dropped a retro remix of “Finesse” featuring Cardi B. She is set to release her much-anticipated debut album early this year and people are already mentioning that album among the biggest since “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” or “The College Dropout.”

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