Joan Rivers Showed Women It’s Okay To Be An Asshole (If You Want)

Yesterday, the world lost one of  THE most daring and fearless stand-up comedians we have ever known, male or female. Joan Rivers was a special kind of icon. She is…

Katrin Higher | September 5, 2014 - 11:00 am

It’s A Shame That Some Obituaries Focus On Lauren Bacall’s Beauty & Love Life Over Her Talent

Two Hollywood legends passed this week — Robin Williams, 63, on Monday morning, and Lauren Bacall, 89, on Tuesday night. They died in extremely different ways, but both were household…

Jessica Wakeman | August 13, 2014 - 2:00 pm

In Memory Of My Therapist

On Saturday night, I learned that someone very important to me died last week. Deb Powell Simons was my therapist throughout my teen years and early 20s. I had known…

Jessica Wakeman | June 16, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Remember Maya Angelou With Four Of Her Most Famous Poems

The death of Maya Angelou, a lioness of American arts and letters, marked the end of her truly extraordinary career. She leaves behind a body of work that is, quite…

Jessica Wakeman | May 28, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

Maya Angelou, a poet and civil rights activist, has died at 86. Angelou is most well-known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings about growing up poor and Black…

Jessica Wakeman | May 28, 2014 - 10:04 am

Report: #DarkSkinRedLip Founder Karyn Washington Dead At 22

Karyn Washington, the founder of the site For Brown Girls and the #DarkSkinRedLip project, has died at age 22, Clutch Magazine is reporting. On the #DarkSkinRedLip website, Washington posted photographs…

Jessica Wakeman | April 11, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Peaches Geldof Dead At 25

Peaches Geldof, a writer, model and designer who is the daughter of musician Bob Geldof, has died at 25, the BBC is reporting. A London-based “It Girl,” Peaches —whose full…

Jessica Wakeman | April 7, 2014 - 1:30 pm

The New York Times Twitter Feed Identifies Accomplished Fashion Designer L’Wren Scott As “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”

Nevermind that fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who died today from an apparent suicide, modeled for Chanel, styled Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds campaign, outfitted a number of Hollywood films, and…

Jessica Wakeman | March 17, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Talent Remembered In Epic Memorial Clip

Maybe you won’t cry while watching this 20 minute long memorial clip of the best moments of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s expansive film career. But you’ll certainly be left with a…

Jessica Wakeman | March 5, 2014 - 12:20 pm

RIP: Maggie Estep, ’90s Slam Poet, Dead At 50

If you were alive in the ’90s and liked poetry, chances are you liked slam poetry. Or at least went to a slam poetry performance, even if you didn’t like

Jessica Wakeman | February 12, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Shirley Temple Black Dies At 85

Shirley Temple Black, the 1930s child star, died on Monday night at age 85. Temple Black acted in 23 films throughout her childhood during the Depression, when she was…

Jessica Wakeman | February 11, 2014 - 10:40 am

Remembering Ned Vizzini (1981 – 2013)

On Friday morning I had just sat down at my desk at work when I got the message: my friend Ned committed suicide the day before.

What? No,

Jessica Wakeman | December 23, 2013 - 11:00 am
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