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We Need To Ask Women About More Than Fashion On The Red Carpet

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women

No matter how accomplished a female celebrity is, it's almost guaranteed that her red carpet interviews will prioritize the topic of her fashion choic...

Movie Star Power Dims As Actors Become Hucksters

Robert Marich | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Marich

This stars-as-shills is a new trend of just the past few years and I think it's no accident it coincides with movie stars losing some luster with cinema audiences.

We Need to Stop Perpetuating Celebrity Disclosure

Abbie Salter | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Abbie Salter

The depths to which celebrities will go to sustain public interest is uncomfortable, and the extent to which the public are interested is, frankly, sinister.

Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus Should Get a Do-Over

Molly Fosco | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Sometimes the showiness is intentional and is a necessary part of the art itself. But sometimes it completely detracts from the real, raw talent. And isn't it the talent that makes music what it is? Maybe it's never truly existed, but I wish we could find a way back to that simplicity.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life -- So You Want to Be Famous? What You Need to Know About Celebrity

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 05.13.2014 | Celebrity
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

The negatives of being famous are hardly ever discussed in the media in favor of coverage emphasizing the excessively lavish celebrity lifestyle, giving us a glimpse inside a world beyond our reach.

Why We Should All Listen to Miley

Hayley Grunebaum | Posted 04.15.2014 | Celebrity
Hayley Grunebaum

Despite a reputation for uncontrollable twerk-age and a tongue that flaps outside of her mouth, Miley has things to say and is not afraid to say them. It is appalling how much we criticize each other.

Lifestyles of the Rich & Desperate: The Sociology of Being Famous For Being Famous

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Reality TV stars are like the "dollar store" of celebrities. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. I like dollar stores.

Exclusive: There Is More To Motherhood Than A Post-Baby Bod

Kate Spencer | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Kate Spencer

Our cultural conversation about pregnancy, birth and motherhood is way off from what the actual experience is. And it's hurting women.

The New Celebrity: Homegrown vs. Born

Jim Joseph | Posted 09.15.2013 | Celebrity
Jim Joseph

Think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Jennifer Aniston in Friends, Whitney Houston's debut album. These were all well orchestrated launches of what would become entertainment legends.

Jason Linkins

Paula Deen And The Celebrity Atonement Industry | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

Over at ThinkProgress, Alyssa Rosenberg makes a series of stellar points about how the fixation on Paula Deen's past misadventures in the world of rac...

Be a Self-Celebrity: My Message for the Now 'Stan' Infested 21st Century Youth

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.26.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

What saddens me the most is that as much as my young cousin can eloquently predict the future for Ms. Nicki Minaj, she cannot even see a clear one for herself as she embarks high school. Where did we go wrong? Is there a way out?

'Fame,' 'Celebrity,' 'Stardom' and Other Dirty Words

Howard Sherman | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Howard Sherman

Perhaps if the media didn't kowtow to the cult of celebrity, if they realized how theater is a launch pad for many, a homecoming for others, and a career for vastly more, theater might be valued more.

Will the Real Jennifer Aniston Please Stand Up?

Suzanne Ely | Posted 08.21.2012 | Celebrity
Suzanne Ely

Who is Jennifer Aniston? She's the actress hired to play you.

Un-Occupy Hollywood: The Power of Media

April Salchert | Posted 08.05.2012 | Media
April Salchert

I hear Hollywood tends to be liberal. But from what I gather from its messages, it couldn't care less about its main audience: the middle and lower classes. As far as I'm concerned, it is just as bad as Mr. Trump and his birther banter.

When Doing Good Lands You Among The TIME 100

Tijana Milosevic | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
Tijana Milosevic

Living in a society where personal projection, ego-management and soft-skills account for much of one's success, I wonder to what extent will celebrity status motivate future online activists?

Americans Do Not Have An Unhealthy Obsession With Celebrities

Liz Smith | Posted 05.28.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

Gossip and celebrity are the great luxuries of true democracy. They're the tawdry jewel in the crown of free speech and expression. Gossip about the famous or infamous is for leisure, for fun, for entertainment, for relaxation.

Jon Hamm vs. Kim Kardashian: Who Do You Think Gets The Last Laugh?

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 05.13.2012 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Hamm's remarks don't seem very careless -- they actually seem pretty thoughtful -- and he didn't say Kardashian isn't successful.

Why Artists Aren't Rock Stars

Kristen Hotham Carroll | Posted 04.28.2012 | Arts
Kristen Hotham Carroll

Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Robert Mapplethorpe are all names I remember hearing as I was growing up. I would be hard pressed to find a 12-year-old who could name a living artist today.

Seeking a More Cosmopolitan America

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Paul Stoller

The lack of volition to travel overseas corresponds to a shocking ignorance about other parts of the world. Contemporary students are notoriously ignorant of world geography. Many of them think that Africa, for example, is one country rather than a continent of 53 sovereign nations.

Celebrity Culture, Media and Presidential Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.18.2011 | Media
Paul Stoller

In this media environment, many pundits are compelled to reflect upon the nonsensical, which, in the end, gives the nonsensical a degree of public credibility.

Celebrity Gods And That Blinding Warlock Sheen

Kelley Harrell | Posted 06.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

We don't have earthly gods and goddesses to look up to anymore, but we do have the next best thing -- celebrities -- seekers of fame and fortune, whose lives are thrown into the awareness of almost every living creature in the modern world.

Domesticated Deities: About Messiahs Come to Redeem Our Country, Not Govern It

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

The less that it is understood what politicians do, the more compelling the need to clothe them in an aura like Andy Warhol, one that you can only see on people you don't know very well or at all.

Art with a Capital "F"

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steven Weber

In a media culture where cats batting balls of yarn get a larger audience than The Hurt Locker, artists don't bother to study in their fields, preferring to arm themselves with a cool, teeny camera and have at it.

For Success, Embrace Your "Healthy" Narcissism

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

Not all narcissism is pathological -- "healthy" narcissism can help you to accept and love yourself, and work to make yourself the best possible you.

Us Weekly's Freaking Out That Jon & Kate Are Yesterday's News

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Us Weekly has profited enormously from the Gosselins' marriage failing -- producing six consecutive covers this summer featuring either Jon or Kate -- and they're not quite done feasting off that carcass' bones.