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Reconnecting With An Old Friend (That I Never Knew)

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

As a gay kid, I lived and breathed movies and television to escape from the teasing and bullying in school. I was drawn to characters like the ones Quinn played. They were sassy and authentic and used sarcasm to outwit the harshest opponents.

The Dangerous American Obsession: Why Are We So Fascinated With Fame?

Nora Turriago | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Nora Turriago

Staying updated on the daily occurrences of celebrities has never been so easy. From Lady Gaga revealing she almost quit her music career to Gigi Hadi...

Sanford & Sins

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 07.15.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

On June 24, 2009, at a hastily arranged press conference in the rotunda of the State House, Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, and a rising star in the Republican Party, acknowledged that he had not spent the better part of a week "hiking on the Appalachian Trail."

Dogs and Underdogs Before and After Degrassi: The Next Generation

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 05.24.2016 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Abbott

I met Imali years in the dog park where she was tossing Frisbees to Quincey, her sleek Doberman Pinscher. Quincey was one lucky dog!

Who Better to Teach the White Man Than the American Indian?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

This is an interview with Dr. Randy Woodley, a Keetoowah Cherokee Indian descendent, serving as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

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.