I’ve been seeing a lot of tweets from people complaining about how trashy 2016 has been. Even off social media, a lot of people I’ve been interacting with seem to also share the same sentiments. One person who might not be able to relate to this is Kevin Hart. To say Kevin Hart’s year has been incredible is an understatement. Over the years, Hart has risen from small-time comedian to Hollywood blockbuster A-lister. Kevin took his first step to stardom when he scored a role in the popular comedy, Think Like a Man in 2012, alongside actors Jerry Ferrara and Adam Brody. His 2014 three movie releases all received “outsize debuts”, which basically means tickets sales exceeded expectations for the first weekend of release. This is a major achievement for any black lead actor in Hollywood.
Here Are 5 Reasons Why Kevin is Having Such An Incredible 2016:
1. He took the fashion world by storm
This year saw the return of H&M’s Modern Essentials campaign, starring Kevin, alongside stud and soccer legend, David Beckham. According to the brand, Modern Essentials is a “collection for men to have great personal style no matter where they find themselves”. Hart also made history by becoming the first comedian to launch his own sneaker line, The Hustle Harts, in collaboration with Nike. The collection which is dedicated to the art of hustling boasts motivational mottos which are scribbled on the sneakers, such as “ Health is wealth” and “Don’t stop grinding”. I can understand the the inspiration behind theme for the collection, because Kevin is one of the hardest working men in Hollywood, and is not shy about his hustling ways. He once told E!, “What do I do when I’m not working? I work” and “I want to be a mogul”, citing his idols as Oprah, Jay Z and Tyler Perry. Two months following his design debut for Nike, Kevin launched the “Hart”, which holds 23 reflective quotes from Kevin for constant motivation. “I hope to inspire millions to become the best version of themselves through fitness,” he expressed in a statement.
2. Married his “Rib”
If you though Kevin Hart was flourishing only when it comes to his career, you were wrong. Kevin and his long-time sweetheart, the beautiful Eniko Parrish, tied the knot in a lavish wedding, surrounded by close family and friends. What was even cuter was his kids from his previous serving in the wedding, with his 8-year old son Hendrix taking on best man duties. Eniko who walked down the isle in a custom Vera Wang number proclaimed, “Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this.” Kevin is also known for his tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife Torrei Hart, which saw her walking away with only $175 000 from their divorce when they finalised their split in 2011. The proud dad who reportedly pays Torrei $20 000 a month in child support told Ebony in 2013, “When I was married, I definitely went through a lying period. I just turned into a liar, but you learn from your mistakes.” Things have however turned around for the Wedding Ringer star, “I will say that me and my ex-wife, regardless of the problems we went through, are in an amazing place now where we’re friends, we’re great parents, we’re co-parents,” he recently said in an interview.
3. Crowned the King of comedy
This year alone, Kevin made $87 million in earnings as reported by Forbes, making him the world’s highest-paid comedian. This news means Hart has knocked Jerry Seinfeld off the number one spot, which is the first time this has happened since Forbes started its highest-paid comedians list. MAJOR! Surpassing Seinfeld, who’s combined earnings over the last Ten years pass the $900 million mark is a huge deal. The report also states that Hart’s earnings between June ’15 to June ’16 period were $30 million more than Seinfeld’s. Wowzers!
4. Became part of the Hollywood A-List
Who would have thought that quitting his shoe salesman job to pursue a career as a comedian would lead to a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk Of Fame? Certainly not me. Not that I’ve ever doubted his capabilities, but what he has been able to achieve in his career doesn’t happen easily in the elitist and racist Hollywood. I respect Kevin for staying true to his dreams, even when he was getting booed off stages, he kept on performing and didn’t allow naysayers distract him.
5. Proved he is unstoppable
One would think with all that we’ve already covered in this article that he is done for the year. “Why would I stop when I can keep going and keep achieving? There’s so much more that I can do, so why stop?” he told E! Online. That’s exactly what Kevin is doing, showing no signs of slowing down. Just 4 days after being honoured with his Hollywood Walk of Fame star, the buzzing actor released his new standup special, Kevin Hart: What Now?. Always one to explore unchartered territory, the comedian also dropped the film’s accompanying soundtrack, featuring collaborations with the likes of 2 Chains, Nick Jonas, Akon and T.I. – Genius! In addition to promoting his KEVMOJI (emoji App), Kevin is also currently shooting the upcoming Jumanji sequel, which is due for a July ’17 release. *Phew*