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Why We Should Be Thanking Caitlyn Jenner

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 11.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Whether or not you endorse the statements and behaviors of Ms. Jenner, it must be noted that her celebrity has focused attention on a matter too long ignored.

Why Does 'Survivor' Continue To, Well, Survive?

Aimee Chan | Posted 11.19.2015 | Entertainment
Aimee Chan

Yes, after 31 seasons I am more obsessed than ever with the granddaddy of reality television shows. Long after giants like Idol have fallen, Jeff Probst is still out on a deserted beach somewhere, standing around painstakingly rustic looking props, filming a group of people competing to win a million dollars.

5 Reasons Why The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Are So Popular

Quora | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment

I haven't been watching the series from when it first started, but in the past few years I haven't missed a season. Here are a few reasons why The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series do so well with audiences.

Friday Talking Points -- North, To Alaska!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama had some fun this week, and by doing so actually forced the media to tackle a serious subject on his agenda.

Why I Lost 70 Pounds to Become a Beauty Queen Grandma

Janice Celeste | Posted 08.13.2015 | Fifty
Janice Celeste

Over the years, I lost myself in being a mom and a wife, and I just couldn't seem to lose weight. Being overweight and finding myself on daily blood pressure medication wasn't enough to get off my butt to get serious about weight loss. Pageantry became my carrot on a stick.

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.

The Real Mama Drama

Mia Redrick | Posted 07.27.2015 | Parents
Mia Redrick

Motherhood is hard and rewarding. That is the truth. Enjoying the journey has everything to do with how you manage the obstacles that are in front of you and the systems that you put in place to support your life.

What Reality TV Fans REALLY Want to Know About How Shows Are Made

Sandy Malone | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Sandy Malone

Reality television fans all have assumptions about how much is real or fake in the shows they are watching. Sometimes there are giveaways and other times you just know that so-and-so didn't have that brilliant idea on his own because, let's face it, the guy is not that bright.

So What You Sold Dope and Pimped Ho's? I Never Had the Privilege!

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
David Alexander Bullock

Turning your life around after dope selling, pimping and being institutionalized may make someone an expert on personal piety and individual transformation. However, if we are going to end poverty, fix failing schools, lower incidents of urban violence and police brutality we are going to need more than experts in personal piety.

My Own Season of "The Bachelorette"

Rachel Weight | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Rachel Weight

I give up at some point every season, but this year, I more give up. The Bach has been on for 20-something seasons, and we're just shamelessly recycling plot lines. How many times have we encountered fears of heights? Or made out in waterfalls, which is actually a good way to drown and never as sexy as it looks on tv?

Get Rich Quick and Bootstrap Stories Are American Fairy Tales

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

Once upon a time a truly great country existed -- this nation was by far the greatest land in the whole wide world -- its laws promised liberty, freedom and justice for all.

Nostalgia Nouveau: Tech on Top of Tech

Kimann Schultz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology
Kimann Schultz

Technology transports us, literally and figuratively. As time moves forward, tech morphs and takes us with it -- handing us time and again mixed bags of everyday altering accouterments and circumstance.

10 Commonly-Asked Questions by 'Talent' Considering a Reality TV Show

Sandy Malone | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Sandy Malone

There is no guide to starring on reality TV, and that's not by accident. Production companies and networks are perfectly comfortable with the idea that new reality talent have absolutely no idea what they're doing. Seriously. It makes their jobs easier.

What Being a Reality Show Loser Taught Me About Winning at Life

Francesca Hogi | Posted 03.10.2015 | Entertainment
Francesca Hogi

It's hard to say which subjects one to more derision -- being a contestant on a reality TV show, or failing miserably as a contestant on a reality TV show. As far as losing on national television in front of millions of people goes, I have special expertise.

Sorority First, Last, and Always aka VH-1 and Sorority Sisters You Will Not Step to Us Like That

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

African American sororities cannot effectively engage in, challenge, or support any effort to address the adverse impact of reality shows or any other issue affecting our community if our reputation is in tatters.

Feds sue 'Bering Sea Gold' star over costs of retrieving sunken vessel in Cordova

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment
Alaska Dispatch News

The federal government filed a civil lawsuit on Monday against a gold dredge captain who has appeared on Discovery Channel's "Bering Sea Gold," alle...

Nigella Lawson Talks About 'The Taste', 'Modern Family' and Beer Pong

Ali Rosen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Taste
Ali Rosen

Nigella Lawson is a renowned cookbook author and television host, but who knew she was great at beer pong?

New Lifetime Reality Show Will Turn Nuns Into Kardashians

Jo Piazza | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Jo Piazza

Nuns deserve recognition for the things they have accomplished. They are on the front-lines of social justice every single day. They are brilliant women with PhDs who have run colleges and hospitals. This show is only going to serve to drag their vocation through the mud.

What Is Branding? Not Reality Television

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Adrian Kamalii

Your brand is not a logo, a website, your social media handles, your product or your image. While these examples contribute to the sum of your brand, individually, these facets are not a definition of a brand.

Moving On

Doug Kreeger | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

As I turn the page on a new chapter of my life -- sober, aware, present, instinctual -- it only made sense that I search for a new place to hang my hat.

'Alaskan Bush People' Indictments? So What? Reality TV Fakers Know No Bounds

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Alaska Dispatch News

Once there was fact, and then there was fiction, and finally along came something called reality TV to marry the two into some new, bastardized product one might just call bizzarotainment.

Zach Rance: The Reality Star Who Stands Out From the Rest

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

We have reached a pop culture-dominating existential crisis; reality stars are getting too big for their britches or for what any "15 minutes of fame" should entail. I did not feel this way about Zach Rance, a contestant on this past season of Big Brother.

Stars of Alaska Reality TV Show Charged With Fraudulently Applying for Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alaska Dispatch News

The Browns are characterized in the Discovery Channel show as "a recently discovered family that was born and raised wild." A Juneau grand jury charged six of the family members with a total of 60 counts of first-degree unsworn falsification and first- and second-degree theft, according to the documents filed Oct. 3.

5 Things Feminists Can Learn From the Kardashians

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.17.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

There is something fascinating, captivating even, about the Kardashian family that has drawn me in. Part of that I believe is the fact that the family is full of strong, independent women. Being such an avid feminist activist, this is obviously appealing.

Chelsea Handler Slams Her Former Talk Show Guests

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.09.2014 | Entertainment

Chelsea Handler just got real about reality stars. The former "Chelsea Lately" star has gone on record saying a big reason she quit her show was so...