2022 In Review Part 2

The recap of the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2022

We are back to our regularly scheduled programming with part two of this year’s “Good, Bad, and Ugly” recap series! The second half of this year threw just as many punches as the first, but there were some highlights and moments of happiness in the later months of the year as well. Here are some good, bad, and ugly topics from the latter half of 2022 that made headlines.


From The ‘Go Fest 2022

The Good

  • True Star’s Second Annual From the ‘Go Fest 

Definitely the highlight of my entire summer. From planning to executing the festival, I had a great time. With the many talented performers and other creatives there capturing these moments, it was a very enjoyable experience. Stay tuned for From the ‘Go 2023!

  • Beyoncé Dropped Renaissance

Not having any music from Beyoncé since 2019 took a toll on all the fans. Listeners wasted no time sending her streams through the roof and making her songs popular to dance challenges on TikTok.

  • NOPE premiered 

Jordan Peele, creator of NOPE, gave us yet another successful horror/sci-fi movie. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, the movie hit theaters in July and received mixed reviews.


ABC News

The Good

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Announced

This one made all the college students and graduates excited. President Biden announced that there would be a student loan forgiveness program in place for those eligible.

True Star participants pose with Stanley Da Bear. / Photo: Marti Parham
  • Bears Training Camp 

True Star gave me another summer memory by taking us to Bears training camp. We got to see the players practicing and doing drills while having some fun of our own playing football and just enjoying ourselves.


Rihanna took to social media to announce her halftime performance.

The Good

  • Rihanna Announced as headlining Act for Super Bowl Halftime 2023 

This news made everyone excited. After not hearing music from her in song long, it’s going to be good to see her hit the stage and show that she’s still as talented as before.

The Bad & The Ugly

  • Queen Elizabeth II’s Death

There have been many conspiracies surrounding this death, but regardless, it was one that hit everyone hard. The Queen’s passing was something that shocked many around the world.


The Good

  • Rihanna Dropped “Lift Me Up”

After not dropping music since ANTI, it came as a surprise that Rihanna released something music related. This song was done specifically for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.


The death of Shanquella Robinson has made headlines across the globe and has people asking questions about who their real “friends” are.

The Bad & The Ugly

  • Death of Shanquella Robinson 

The death of Shanquelle Robinson was devastating and left many with more questions than answers. One thing it did teach was to always be mindful of the people you surround yourself with. Not everyone is your true friend.

  • Elon Musk & Twitter

When Elon Musk bought Twitter, it seems like everything went to crap immediately after. From the firing and quitting of large numbers of employees, many people are still deciding whether or not to stop using the social media platform.

  • Kanye’s Jewish Remarks / Brands Cutting Ties 

Is it really a surprise for Ye to say something crazy? Not really, but the reactions he got for some of his more recent remarks were harsher this time around. From basically being canceled to having brands and other celebrities cutting ties, Ye’s punishment this time around was pretty severe. Now the big question is, will he be able to bounce back from this?


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The Good

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Premiered 

We’ve been waiting on this since the first Black Panther movie came out. Wakanda Forever filled in the gaps that were left from the first movie and paid a beautiful tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.

  • Homicides Down in Chicago According to CPD

It’s always nice to see things that are uplifting like this. Instead of always hearing about crime, we should be spotlighting the positive moments like this one.

  • Drake and 21 Savage dropped Her Loss

The duo I never knew we needed. Drake and 21 made lots of catchy songs that’ll keep being played on the radio and added to playlists for a while to come.

The Bad & The Ugly

  • Takeoff’s Death 

This had to be one of the most unexpected and tragic celebrity losses. Takeoff was so unproblematic and focused on the things that mattered to him which is why the loss was taken so hard by music lovers everywhere.

  • More Subvariants of Omicron 

Variants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 replaced BA.5 as the predominant virus strain in the United States. This is concerning considering the subvariants keep getting stronger and are gaining more resistance to the vaccines and boosters.

  • Irene Cara Passes Away 

Singer-songwriter Irene Cara’s death was another one that came as a shock as it was so sudden. The award-winning actress’s cause of death is still unknown.


The Good

  • Brittney Griner Released from Russian Prison 

After her extended detainment in Russia, Brittney Griner was finally released from prison in a prisoner swap.

Actress Keke Palmer
  • Keke Palmer is Pregnant

During her SNL monologue, the actress revealed her baby bump to the world. Congrats to Keke! We hope she has a happy and healthy pregnancy.

  • SZA Dropped SOS

Not only did SZA drop music, but she achieved the highest streaming week for an R&B album. We love to see a Black queen winning!

The Bad & The Ugly

  • Stephen “tWitch” Boss Dies

This news came so suddenly and unexpectedly. It’s always sad to see and experience death but it’s even sadder when the people who pass don’t portray that there’s anything wrong. This death was a reminder to check on your friends. You never know what someone is going through.

Tory Lanez
  • Tory Lanez is Found Guilty of Shooting Megan Thee Stallion

We all can pretty much agree that the whole shooting situation between Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez got super messy. Now that Lanez has been found guilty the line for who supports who is has gotten even more blurred.

  • Travelers Coming from China must Now Take a COVID Test

According to recent reports, the number of COVID cases in China are up. Travelers must show proof of a negative test before entering the states.

  • Pelé Dies at 82  

The “King” of soccer recently died after a long bout with cancer. Pelé, an international sports icon, is the only player to have won three World Cup championships.

  • Barbara Walters Dies at 93

A true pioneer in journalism and a role model for women entering the field, Barbara Walters passed on the second to last day of the year. She was someone to know when it came to broadcast journalism and interviewing.

And that’s a wrap for 2022! Hopefully, everyone had a year full of fun, love, happiness, and prosperity. Here’s to making 2023 an even better year! HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody!


By Cierra Lemott, Junior, Columbia College Chicago

Instagram: @cece.kodak / @kodakscamera


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