Rihanna is certainly ending 2012 on an up note. First, she earned a reported $54 million, and she just bought a brand-new crib in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles for $12 million. The 11,000-square-foot home’s features include seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a cutting-edge kitchen, a swimming pool and a four-car garage. Lastly, word is her bosses at Roc Nation gave her a $170,000 Porsche 911 Coupe for Christmas.

Actor Michael Ealy married longtime girlfriend Khatira Rafiqzada back in October, his rep tells People. Ealy, 39, and Rafiqzada, 31, wed in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. They have been dating for almost four years. “Michael has always been a private guy, and he wanted to enjoy his time as a newlywed with his wife privately,” his rep said. “Now that some time has passed and the holidays are here, he wanted to share the news with his fans that he is married and very happy.”

Gospel newcomer Mario Brown recorded one of the all-time Christmas favorites, “This Christmas,” and is making it available to all.

“2012 has been a great year,” he said. “My album ‘Glory: The Mario Brown Project’ has been released, and I am surrounded by families and friends. God has truly blessed me. My gift to the community comes in song. ‘This Christmas’ has always been special to me, so I give everyone the gift of my version of the classic.”

According to sources, last year Keenan Ivory Wayans announced he was bringing his groundbreaking sketch comedy series “In Living Color” back to TV. Well, he was, until his brother Damon Wayans shut down production. According to comedian Lil Rel, who was part of the new “In Living Color” cast, all of the original cast members agreed to return to the show, but in the first day of taping, Damon Wayans backed out of the project and everybody else backed out with him. The bitterness ran so deep that Damon Wayans later refused to allow his likeness to be used in an “In Living Color” tribute on TV Land.

On Dec. 20, Film Life Inc. announced that the 2013 ABFF Star Project acting competition is now open. Aspiring actors who are serious about their craft will once again have an opportunity of a lifetime to break through and get discovered. Launched in 2009 as part of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), the goal of the Star Project is to provide a platform to spotlight talented yet undiscovered actors while supporting their career advancement. Each year, two thespians, one male and one female, are selected as grand prize winners. To date, the Star Project has served as a catalyst for its talented winners to break into the film and television industry. To enter the contest, visit www.ABFF.com, click on “ENTER TALENT COMPETITION” and then click on “THE STAR PROJECT” to access the submission form. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013.