Archive for December, 2012

They’re Here! The Top 15 Celebrity Psychings Posts of 2012

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Happy Monday, beautiful readers!

Can you believe today is the last day of 2012?

Wild!

Less wild is that I’m doing another “Top Celebrity Psychings Posts” post, ha.

How can you blame me, though? It’s been a big year for Celebrity Psychings, and, come on, it’s not like I can resist. We bloggers love these things.

So, you pretty much know the drill. I’ve listed the most viewed Celebrity Psychings posts of 2012. The only difference is, unlike past top posts, I’m only including posts from 2012 (and not, say, posts written two years ago that are still getting tons of love, like the ever famous stuff about Grey’s Anatomy and Kevin McKidd, which has been making the list for years).

Let’s do this!


DoSomething.org Names Top 20 Most Charitable Celebrities of 2012

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

…aaaaaand it shouldn’t come as any surprise (to anyone who doesn’t actually check out which charities celebrities are actively involved in each year) that Taylor Swift made the top of the list.

Whoa! Did that sound snarky?

o.O

I have nothing against Swift. Honestly. She’s worked with various cancer-related organizations and I think that’s fantastic.

I just don’t understand why donating $4 million to the Country Hall of Fame Museum is seen as a significant charitable act when stars like…

Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato were recognized for their anti-bullying campaigns.

George Takei was recognized for his humanitarian work and being a huge advocate for the LGBT community.

Selena Gomez was applauded for her annual UNICEF charity concert.

Jay-Z and Beyonce received nods for all their work with underprivileged students, AIDS patients, and the homeless.

Ian Somerhalder was noted for his namesake foundation that works to educate people about the planet, his support of The Trevor Project, and for being the most ridiculously good-looking person on the planet helping shine light on shelter animals.

Ah, well. They’re all amazing souls who’ve helped make someone’s life a little brighter in 2012!

Check out the full list over at DoSomething.org.

Is there any celebrity you’d add to it?


Dave Matthews Band On The Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre

Monday, December 17th, 2012

When I heard the news of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre last Friday morning, I was, up until that point, far removed from Newtown, CT. I was on my way to Charlottesville, VA for a weekend of Dave Matthews Band.

My sister and I like to attend at least one Charlottesville show to sort of round out the touring season each year. This year, we had tickets to both shows, but a weekend that was supposed to be filled with joy and mirth was marred with shock, outrage, grief, anguish, and guilt.

During the intermission between opening act The Lumineers and the moment DMB took the stage, my sister turned to me.

“Do you think he’ll mention what happened this morning?”

I did, and he did.


Weekend Reading: Frank Ocean On the Magic in Truth, Honesty, and Openness

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Frank Ocean had a pretty big summer.

Not only did the 25-year-old singer-songwriter (who’s penned tunes for stars like Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy) release his own debut album, but he also went public with his sexual oritentation in an open letter posted to his Tumblr account.

The poignantly written entry takes us back several years ago to when Ocean was 19 and in love for the first time in his life, and with a man.


Support Mental Health Charities This Holiday Season: Shop Online!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Can you believe we don’t have even a full two weeks until Christmas?!

This might be the first year since I-can’t-remember-when that I don’t have my holiday shopping nearly finished heading into mid-December.

I’m not sure what the hold up is this year, but thank goodness for online shopping!

Speaking of, if you still have some Christmas shopping to finish and not a lot of time to finish it, consider shopping with GoodShop.com.

With GoodShop.com, you can still shop with all of your favorite retail stores (think Target, Best Buy, Khols, Walmart, Old Navy, and Home Depot). The only difference is, you raise money for your favorite charity with each purchase you make!


Weekend Watching: 2012 American Giving Awards to Honor Glenn Close

Friday, December 7th, 2012

If you’re going to be home this Saturday night, be sure to flip the tube over to NBA at 8 p.m. EST for the American Giving Awards!

Presented by Chase, the American Giving Awards is a star-studded event that honors worthy charities. Charity categories range from Community Builders and Youth Mentors to Champions of Health and Wellness.

This year’s American Giving Awards will feature musical performances by Natasha Bedingfield, Colbie Caillat, Lifehouse, and country music legend Randy Travis. Celebrity presenters include The Office‘s Jenna Fischer and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland.

Oh, and guess who’s being honored for all her work in mental health advocacy?

Who else, but award-winning actress Glenn Close!

Learn more about the 2012 American Giving Awards.

Which charities or celebrity mental health advocates would you honor if given the chance?


5 Facts to Remember About the Jovan Belcher Murder-Suicide

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Jovan Belcher at a game in Denver, November 2010.

On Saturday, December 1, 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins, before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, thanking the general manager and head coach for all they’d done for him, and shooting himself, effectively completing suicide.

Naturally, the Internet is frantic, scrambling to report news about the murder-suicide. Belcher wasn’t the most well-known NFL player, but the situation is absolutely tragic and people are curious.

Belcher was wealthy and famous, after all. He’d been a member of the Male Athletes Against Violence initiative during his time at the University of Maine, and he had a degree in child development and family relations. He and Perkins had just welcomed a baby girl into their lives.

Since Saturday, I’ve read and listened to some speculation among the news reports, and I thought it’d be appropriate to share my thoughts on some of the indisputable facts about the situation.


 

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