Kim and Kanye: Have We Set a Standard for Double Standards?

By Alicia Sparks

When is it acceptable for a woman to behave toward a man in such a way that is unacceptable for a man to behave toward her?

Is it ever?

I read a piece of of an interview Kim Kardashian gave London’s Sunday Times Style supplement the other day during which new mom Kardashian talks about her weight loss and post-baby fashion choices.

Overall, yawn, right? We’ve heard enough about Kardashian’s closet for a lifetime.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Impresses ‘Dracula’ Coworkers

By Alicia Sparks

Seems like things are looking up for Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

Thanks to Netflix, The Tudors isn’t exactly long gone; however, the 36-year-old Meyers is filling another swoon-worth role as Alexander Grayson, the lead in NBC’s new fall drama, Dracula.

Aside from Albert Nobbs (written by and starring Glenn Close), we haven’t seen much of Meyers, who’s reportedly struggled with substance abuse and alcohol addiction and entered rehab on several occasions.

Starting October 25, though, we’ll see him every Friday night!

(Unless you’re in the UK, in which case you have to wait until Halloween–which, let’s face it, is way cooler.)

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

By Alicia Sparks
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.

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5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When a Health Crisis Strikes

By Alicia Sparks

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Recently, a close family member of mine was diagnosed with malignant ascites.

Extremely simply put, my family member has a build up of fluid in the abdominal cavity that, after initial tests, shows cancer. Currently, doctors are conducting a variety of tests to determine the exact location, extent, and finally, treatment options.

So, how does any of this relate to “celebrities,” the theme of this blog?

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7 Celebrity Quotes On Getting Older, Wiser, and Better

By Alicia Sparks
Image: Bill Ebbesen | CC

Image: Bill Ebbesen | CC

It’s World Mental Health Day 2013, and this year’s theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults.”

Because our celebrity quotes posts are always popular, I thought I’d give the readers what they want!

Only, this time focus specifically on older celebrities* who have a lot of wisdom to share when it comes to getting older, wiser–and better!

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Time for Some Humor: Post-Concert Depression Symptoms!

By Alicia Sparks

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Let’s start this week out with a little humor!

As most of you know, I like a good concert. I especially like Dave Matthews Band shows.

Truthfully, these are the only shows I travel a significant distance to see (I think the second farthest was Ryan Bingham), so what I’m about to share with you is especially significant to that area of my life!

Last month, Alternative Press posted The 9 Phases of Post-Concert Depression, and I think anyone who’s been super excited and spent weeks or even months preparing for a big show can tell you, they’re all spot on!

Euphoria, reflection, reality–this is good stuff :)

So take a few minutes this Monday morning (or, whenever you’re reading this) and enjoy a laugh or two!

Then, let us know which concert caused YOU the most post-concert depression?

(Big thanks to Michael Corbin of everyminute.org for the head’s up on this funny stuff!)



Sinead to Miley: “Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Prostituted”

By Alicia Sparks

Sinead O’Connor has penned an open letter to Miley Cyrus, stating she’s “extremely concerned” for the “Wrecking Ball” singer and reminding her that the music industry doesn’t “doesn’t give a s–t” about her.

The entertainment industry exploded when the 20-year-old former Hannah Montana star sang and “danced” along side Robin Thicke during his summer hit, “Blurred Lines” at the 2013 MTV VMAs.

Though, it’s pretty safe to say there were no “blurred lines” where viewers’ opinions were concerned: you either loved it or haaaaaaaated it.

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Dave Matthews and Grover Learn to Express Their Feelings

By Alicia Sparks

Dave Matthews recently teamed up with Sesame Street’s Grover to sing a little ditty about feelings and how sometimes we just can’t seem to express them.

(Oh, come on. You knew it was coming.)

The video begins with Dave and Grover realizing both of them are “feeling a feeling that’s not a very good feeling,” but neither really knows what to call the feeling.

Dave: “You know what we need?”
Grover: “What?”
Dave: (*sneaky little Dave smile*) “A song.”

Check out the video after the jump.

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Creating a Personal Profile: Think You Could Do It?

By Alicia Sparks

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NBC knocked it out of the ballpark last night with the network’s new drama, The Blacklist.

(Really, I don’t know how any network could go wrong with James Spader, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.)

Basically, without really spoiling anything, James Spader plays Raymond “Red” Reddington, a mastermind criminal who’s known as “The Concierge of Crime” and who happens to be one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. For reasons we don’t yet know, Reddington surrenders himself, claiming he can help the FBI bring down the world’s most dangerous criminals (the “Blacklist”).

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Using Personal Experiences in Creativity: When Does It Cross the Line?

By Alicia Sparks

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I’ve been thinking about how our personal lives play a role in our creative processes lately, and how open we should be about those roles.

Part of it’s kind of a no-brainer, I know. I mean, as a writer, I don’t think there’s one thing I’ve written that didn’t have at least a hint of personal experience and emotion in it — even the folder of documents I jokingly call a work-in-process novel.

But, what about the other part? The part about how open we should be about it?

Especially if it’s blatantly about someone else?

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