Archive for August, 2012

Honoring The Dead: How Do You Show Love For Those Who’ve Passed?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Earlier this month, Paris Jackson (the 14-year-old daughter of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson) tweeted a picture of a shrine she created for her father (see right).

The collage seems to be directly above the teen’s bed and according to the tweet took three hours to complete.

I missed the tweet, but according to Stop the Presses!, not every response was positive:

Apparently, some fans considered Paris’s work to be a bit over-the-top, but Michael’s adoring only daughter doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her work. “Someone commented on my pic saying “obsessed much?’” she noted on Twitter. “Yeaa u better believe it…a whole wall of his pics is the LEAST i could do.”


Weekend Listening: Alanis Morissette On Fame Obsession, Commitment And Empathy

Friday, August 24th, 2012

How many Alanis Morissette fans out there are ridiculously excited about the new album dropping next week?!

Havoc and Bright Lights, which hits shelves Tuesday, August 28, is Morissette’s first album release in four years (the last was Flavors of Entanglement, before she had her son) and, according to a recent interview with Rolling Stone, will tackle the ever-popular idea (reality?) of celebrity obsession.

Morissette admits the song “Celebrity” is based on real people (and don’t ask – she ain’t giving any hints), though she notes she’s not innocent, either:

Do I appreciate the idea of jealousy, revenge and all these so-called dark qualities? Yes. Do I write these songs in order to engage in some public war with someone? No. And also, as with any song I’ve ever written, I’m also busting my own chops. This isn’t just finger pointing at one human being – it could well be a composite, and the composite includes me.


Rihanna And Oprah Talk Fame, Family, And Chris Brown

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Got OWN?

The Oprah Winfrey Network, that is.

If so, you might want to tune in to tonight’s episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” for an intimate interview with Rihanna, during which the pop sensation talks about her music career, the price of fame, her family life, and of course, the devastating night in 2009 when her life with former boyfriend Chris Brown changed forever.

I lost my best friend. Like, everything I knew switched, switched in a night, and I couldn’t control that. So, I had to deal with that, and that’s not, that’s not easy for me to understand or interpret, and it’s not easy to interpret on camera…not with the world watching.

We’ve speculated a lot about the Chrianna saga for years – everything from restraining orders and reconciliations to revenge and responsibility.

What has developed since her candid interview with Diane Sawyer three years ago?

The episode airs tonight, August 19, 2012 at 9 p.m. EST. To find your local OWN channel, visit Oprah.com.


Kennedy And Sexton Join DBSA Honorary Advisory Board

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Close to the beginning of 2012, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) announced the members of its new honorary advisory board, a panel of well-known names who’ve dealt with depression, bipolar disorder, or some other type of mental health issue in their lives.

At the time, members included Patty Duke, Marya Hornbacher, Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, Andrew Solomon, Greg Montgomery, and Jessie Close.

Now, the DBSA has announced two new members!


Jada Pinkett Smith On Guilty Pleasures, Eating For Pleasure

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Hello, sexies!

During a recent interview with ESSENCE, actress Jada Pinkett Smith admitted that while she does have some guilty pleasures when it comes to food (namely, pizza and French fries), she mostly eats for nutrition and not for pleasure.

(Soon after, she tweeted a picture of her rockin’ bikini-clad body, which leads us to believe she might be on to something.)

My real diet though, well, I don’t eat for pleasure. I probably had the only West Indian grandmother that could not cook. [Laughs] She was an awful cook, and she taught me that you don’t eat for taste, you eat for nourishment. And I have kept that over the years, so I can eat anything that’s healthy. I eat for my schedule so I have to eat high-protein, lots of greens and healthy carbs so that I don’t fall flat on my face.


Weekend Reading: Bruce Springsteen Battled Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Friday, August 10th, 2012

The New Yorker published a lengthy profile on blue collar rock legend Bruce Springsteen a couple of weeks ago, generating quite a bit of buzz about the singer’s battles with depression and suicidal thoughts.

In addition to his own depression and suicidal thoughts, the piece touches on Springsteen’s father’s issues, such as depression and self-isolation, and how Springsteen dealt with that.

Whenever a celebrity comes out with personal information about his emotional and mental health (or experience with mental health issues), the public takes note. We want to see the person doing well, and hope that by sharing his experiences, he can help others.

Psych Central’s founder and editor-in-chief Dr. John Grohol notes that the piece is definitely worth a read, even if you’re not a Springsteen fan.

(What? I didn’t know such a person existed! :)):

It’s an interesting interview, but you need a good 30 or 40 minutes to read the entire thing. Not being a particular Springsteen fan, I learned a lot about him. It turned him from being “Oh, he’s just one of those rock superstars” to “Oh, he’s a guy who really had to fight, scratch and battle his way up not only in his career, but in his life too.”

I have a lot more respect for him now — and am glad he was successful in battling his depression.

So, carve out a half an hour or so this weekend and head over to We Are Alive: Bruce Springsteen at Sixty-Two.


National Football League Launches NFL Life Line

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Given all the sports-related (and especially NFL-related) health issues in the news lately (Greg Montgomery, Junior Seau), I thought Celebrity Psychings readers would be interested to know that the National Football League has launched NFL Life Line.

NFL Life Line is a free and confidential support hotline for members of the NFL family, which includes current and former NFL players, coaches, staff (for the team and league), and their family members.

Organizations involved with NFL Life Line include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Jed Foundation, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the Education Development Center, and Link2Health Solutions.


 

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