Best (And Worst!) of 2013: Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Best Man Holiday

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  • Lee Daniels
  • Kanye West
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Barack Obama
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Rachel Jeantel
  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian
  • Julianne Hough
  • Wendy Williams
  • Paula Deen
  • Best Man Holiday
  • Lamar Odom
  • Beyonce
  • Paris Jackson
  • Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke
  • Lil Wayne
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Halle Berry
  • Lee Thompson Young,  Joshua Marks, Chris Kelly
  • Jay-Z
  • Prince
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Best of 2013
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Emmys

Best: 12 Years a Slave

While The Butler was a populist film with an uplifting ending that could be embraced by the masses, Steve McQueen's gritty 12 Years a Slave held up an unflinching mirror to America's troubled past. Excrutiating as it is to watch, the film — starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery — forces us to come face-to-face with our history and features some of the best performances of the year. 

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