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Monday, November 18th, 2013


Bears Fan Reacts to Brandon Marshall’s Green Cleats, Character, and Fortitude

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Brandon Marshall of the Bears shows off his green shoes to teammate Jay Cutler before last week's game against the Giants. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / October 10, 2013)

Brandon Marshall of the Bears shows off his green shoes to teammate Jay Cutler before last week’s game against the Giants. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / October 10, 2013)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a guest post by Michael Corbin, hardcore Bears fan and mental health advocate. Corbin is the creator of everyminute.org, a grassroots campaign uniting advocates, mental health professionals and organizations into a single coalition creating a public forum advancing the need and benefit of increased mental health research.)

I grew up in a rural town south of Chicago, and I have been a Bears fan my entire life, and as we Bears fans know, there’s a certain dominant, smash-mouth style of play we expect on the field and in fashion.

This week wide receiver Brandon Marshall took a tough stance in a different fashion than most fans are used to:

He announced he would be wearing lime green cleats in his October 10th game against the New York Giants as a way to attract attention to Mental Health Awareness Week.


The Face of Mental Illness: Celebrity Edition

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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Ooooh, I woudn’t want to be in Brian Williams’s shoes right now.

Of course, there’d be a lot of room, given he seems to have shoved BOTH his feet in his mouth last Thursday.

During what’s probably been the most stigmatizing statement I’ve heard all year, Williams announced that Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who held three women captive for a decade, was “arguably the face of mental illness.”

Let’s paint that picture again, just for good measure:

Brian Williams told America that Ariel Castro, a man who kidnapped three women and held them captive, raped them, and beat them for 10 years, was “arguably the face of mental illness.”

Not just the fact, but arguably the face.

I mean, wow.


Drug Abuse and Alcoholism: Painting the Face of Addiction

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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(UPDATE July 16, 2013: Cory Monteith’s official cause of death was a drug overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.)

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Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the Emmy award-winning musical comedy-drama Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room over the weekend.

Some news sources have reported drug overdose as the suspected cause of death, but thus far police have confirmed only that they don’t believe foul play was involved.

An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday, July 15, 2013), after which the coroner will be closer to establishing an official cause of death.


Why Using Bert & Ernie to Celebrate Marriage Equality Doesn’t Make Sense

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a post about anyone’s beliefs, opinions, ideas, thoughts, or otherwise on homosexuality or same-sex marriage. This is a post about how some media outlets–in this specific case, The New Yorker–are celebrating marriage equality. Understand upfront that comments that are hateful and offensive to anyone will not be published.

So, The New Yorker released its July 8-15, 2013 cover this morning, “Moment of Joy.”

“Moment of Joy” depicts Bert and Ernie, two Sesame Street characters who also are longtime friends and roommates, snuggling together on a couch as they look at the United States Supreme Court Justices on a television screen.

It’d probably be a heartwarming picture, if, you know, Bert and Ernie were actually gay.


Things That Make You Go Hmm: Are We Bullying Our Young Artists?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

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We’ve seen a lot of celebrities step up to stamp out bullying: The cast from True Blood joined in with the It Gets Better project; several famous names including Amy Poehler, Shaq, and Mario Lopez stepped up for the Amplify Your Voice campaign; and Glee got in on the action, dedicating an episode to the bullying epidemic.

But, what happens when celebrities get bullied?

Wait a minute…

Do celebrities get bullied?

Yes, according to Jada Pinkett Smith, who recently took to her Facebook to address the issue.


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.


When Bullying Hits Home: The Dax Catalano Story

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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:


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

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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.


Legendary Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt To Receive Medal Of Freedom

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

On Friday, the White House announced that legendary women’s basketball coach Patricia “Pat” Summitt will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of America’s highest civilian honors.

Summitt, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011, launched The Pat Summit Foundation Fund to provide grants for nonprofit organizations that provide Alzheimer’s education, support, and research.

Last week, Summitt stepped own from her role as the head coach for the Tennessee Lady Vols last week with 38 seasons and 1,098 wins under her belt. She is now head coach emeritus.

President Obama praised Summitt for her hard work and success, both as a basketball coach and an advocate for curing Alzheimer’s:

Coach Summitt is an inspiration, both as the all-time winningest NCAA coach, and as someone who is willing to speak so openly and courageously about her battle with Alzheimer’s.

Learn more about The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.

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