Archives for June, 2012

Musicians

Weekend Listening: New Offspring Album Offers Message Of Hope


Who knew the Offspring had been around for so long?

The Offspring and Columbia Records released the band's ninth studio album, Days Go By, last Tuesday, June 26 - a whopping 20 years since the release of their second album, Ignition.

According to Offspring frontman Dexter Holland, he chose "Days Go By" as the album's first single, and the title of the album, because of it's message of hope:

Part of why I chose 'Days Go By'...
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Celebrities

Caleb Followill, Lily Aldridge Welcome Baby Girl Dixie Pearl


If you'll remember, things weren't so great for Kings of Leon or their lead singer and rhythm guitarist Caleb Followill last summer.

Due to Caleb's struggles with alcohol, the band experienced significant discord (as was revealed in their documentary, Talihina Sky: The Story of the Kings of Leon) and canceled a chunk of their 2011 tour dates.

Well, things have taken a whole new turn for the gritty-voiced artist:

Caleb and his wife, Victoria's...
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Musicians

So, Van Halen AREN’T Ready To Kill Each Other

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were talking about summer concerts.

I was complaining because I couldn't get anyone to drive to Pennsylvania with me for another DMB show, and he was bragging about a then-upcoming Gov't Mule show he was flying to Myrtle Beach to see - the usual.

Or, so I thought, until he laughed and said he was glad he got to see Van Halen before they killed each other.

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Celebrities

Weekend Reading: Actress Kate Winslet Talks Back To Autism

Although she doesn't have any personal connections to autism herself, Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet was so inspired after narrating the 2009 documentary "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism" that she launched the Golden Hat Foundation and recently released a new book, The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism.

According to Winslet, her desire to help came from an innocent question.

After watching the documentary, her daughter turned to her and asked her how it would feel if she couldn't tell her she loved her. Winslet says the thought was "mind-blowing" and she was overcome with a profound drive to do something more.

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Everyday Folk

When Bullying Hits Home: The Dax Catalano Story


We're making big strides in the anti-bullying movement, and - like it or not - we have some celebrities and entertainment media to thank for some of the progress.

From Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation to all the famous names who've contributed to the It Gets Better Project, musicians and actors alike are speaking out to raise awareness and provide resources.

Artists are contributing with actual movies and music, too: The Bully Project gained heavy publicity when people petitioned to have its movie, Bully, changed from Rated R to Rated PG-13 so more kids could see it, and "Bully," the first single off rock band Shinedown's latest album, highlights the dark reality (and thoughts) many bully victims face.

Yet, while these campaigns and projects are excellent ways to spread the word and encourage victims of bullying to seek help, nothing hits home quite like a real life story - especially one that shows us how bullying affects an entire family, even years after the bullying has stopped.

The following is one such family's story:
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Celebrities

Jessie Close: Keynote Speaker At Mental Health America Annual Conference


Mark your calendars!

Mental Health America and the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma have announced that Jessie Close, sister of actress Glenn Close, will be the keynote speaker at the Clifford Beers Awards Dinner at the 2012 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium & Mental Health America Annual Conference on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

A couple of years ago, Jessie and Glenn launched Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit mental health organization geared toward helping...
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Athletes

U.S. Gymnast Shawn Johnson On Body Image And Self-Worth


U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson hopes to make a comeback after her gold and silver wins back in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but the 20-year-old woman has an entirely different attitude about the equipment she uses to compete.

Namely, her body.

Johnson gained around 25 pounds during her three-year break after Beijing. It's no surprise. She went from being a medal-winning Olympic gymnast to a regular teenager.

Yet, the media - which was used to seeing her with next-to-no body fat - went wild.

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Celebrities

Weekend Reading: Joey Pants Talks Brain Dis-Ease And Recovery In “Asylum”


Hey, did you know Joe Pantoliano released a new book just a smidge over a month ago?

Well known for his roles in the HBO drama "The Sopranos" and movies like Memento and The Matrix, Pantoliano, a.k.a. Joey Pants, is rapidly becoming well known for his role as a mental health advocate, too.

Need a recap?

He's the founder of "No Kidding, Me Too!," a 501(c)(3) public charity that aims to provide mental health awareness and education.
He's traveled to Iraq to show troops his documentary of the same name and provide them with talk with them about mental health issues.
He boldly and frankly told Brian Williams, "You cannot be anonymous with mental illness." (A statement I personally feel should become some sort of mantra.)

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