David Spade's Tribute To Kate Spade Highlights A Misconception Many Have About Mental Health

David Spade's Tribute To Kate Spade Highlights A Misconception Many Have About Mental Health

The death of a public figure and beloved designer like Spade understandably affected many people, but it’s her immediate family who is bearing the brunt of the trauma from such a sudden loss.

Spade is survived by her 13-year-old daughter, and her husband of 24 years, Andy Spade.

Andy is the brother of actor/comedian David Spade, who spoke on the recent loss of his sister-in-law on Instagram and Twitter.

In his posts he remarked on how funny Kate was, sharing two candid photos of the designer. In both pictures she’s smiling. The moments are personal, beautiful.

“Fuzzy picture but i love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it. Its a rough world out there people, try to hang on.” 

Coming from a comedian, being called funny is pretty much the ultimate compliment. 

Spade, in a separate Twitter post shared this nice photo of Spade supporting the actor at a book signing. He echoed his love of her sense of humor. The look on Kate’s face is a warm one.

Katy at my book signing. I love this pic of her. So pretty. I dont think everyone knew how fucking funny she was…  Its a rough world out there people. Try to hang on 

Kate Brosnahan met Andy Spade when they were both students at Arizona State University. Kate moved to New York City after graduating and Andy went to the city with her in 1988. He supported her career as a designer and in 1993 helped her launch a line of accessories. They weren’t married at the time, but they called their new business Kate Spade. It was a smash success.

Andy Spade, in an interview with NPR described his relationship with Kate as being close – that they two of them “grew up together” in a way, starting in their 20s and into their 50s. 

David Spade spoke a bit about his relationship with Andy and Kate back in 2015 on an episode of The Howard Stern Show.

“Growing up, I was always at least getting attention because he was cool. We were skateboarding together, but everyone liked him. He was always way ahead of the game. And then there was a window when I got on SNL where I was actually doing a little better and getter cooler for about a year and a half. Then they started Kate Spade and they blew by me on a rocket ship.”

“I love having family around. Love [that] Andy’s around. He’s a smart f*cking guy. He knows his sh*t. And Katy’s really, really smart and good — and she’s hilarious.”

Kate Spade’s family released an official statement to the New York Times following her death, requesting that they be allowed to grieve in private.

“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”  

Her impact on the world of fashion is undeniable.

She will most certainly be missed.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression and needs help, please, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Everything You Need To Know About Saturday's Royal Wedding

In case you missed it this past weekend, much of the world closely observed one of the most anticipated events of 2018, Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. The fairy tale wedding did not disappoint. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went against several royal conventions. For one, they put an end to the long-standing streak of an all-white British monarchy, but they also got married on a weekend, rather than the royal tradition of weekday nuptials. 

Here is the American side of the family showing off their royal wave.

This allowed for incredible celebrity sightings (don’t forget, Meghan was an actress on the popular TV series Suits), outfit changes, a wild party—and resulted in over 1.9 billion people tuning in live around the world

Here’s what you need to know about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding.

1. These were the larger-than-life florals cascading the walls of St. George Chapel, where the two got married. 

2. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the sixteenth royal couple to get married at Windsor Castle since 1863.

3. Here’s the ring Prince Harry proposed with. It was custom made by the court jewelers Cleave and Company, and featured one diamond from Botswana as well as two smaller stones from Harry’s mother, Princess Diana’s collection.

4. At the wedding, Meghan made a regal entrance, wearing a Givenchy dress and a tiara lent to her by the queen. Her veil was hand-embroidered with flora representing the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. She walked halfway down the aisle alone, until Prince Charles accompanied her to Prince Harry. 

5. At which point, the internet melted. 

6. During the church ceremony, gospel singers sang “Stand By Me.”

7.  Teenage cellist Sheik Kanneh-Mason performed.

8. Eventually the newlyweds made a picture-perfect exit.

9. At some point during the daytime luncheon celebration, Elton John performed some of his hits, and this lemon elderflower cake was served. The cake caused a bit of a stir, as it represented another shift from royal wedding tradition, which typically calls for fruit cake to be served the the reception.

10. Prince Harry, Meghan and Elton John weren’t the only ones looking stunning during the Windsor Castle daytime affairs, which called for men to wear “morning dress” (morning coat + waist coat + tie + striped trousers) and women to wear a formal day dress (or skirt suit) with a mandatory hat. 

11. Only a select few of the daytime invitees were invited to continue to the royal couple’s evening reception, which Idris Elba apparently DJed. And Serena Williams’ beer pong skills allegedly put everyone else to shame.

12. After Prince Charles and Camilla decided to “leave the young ones to it” around 11PM, there was a spectacular firework display, which many say was Harry’s decision, as they remind him of his late mother, Princess Diana of Wales. 

13.  Rumor has it, the party continued into the early morning hours in London’s exclusive Chiltern Firehouse restaurant. 

And after that, there was a private house party, making this wedding sound like the funnest and wildest the monarchy has maybe ever had.

But the hangover seems to have worn off quickly, as Kensington Palace released official photos of the wedding early Monday morning.

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This Conspiracy Theory About Kanye West Might Explain His Strange Trump Obsession

This Conspiracy Theory About Kanye West Might Explain His Strange Trump Obsession

Kanye West has been shocking and horrifying everyone with his support of Donald Trump, his extremely messed up statements about slavery and racism in general, and his absolutely wild tweets. No one is exactly sure what’s happening over in Calabasas, but it’s seemingly not good.

Twitter user and @Snowcone96 has a theory. If you get through the whole thing, you’ll either be completely on board or horrified by the lengths fans are going to in order to excuse Kanye’s behavior.

He starts by introducing us to artist Tremaine Emory who @Snowcone96 seems to believe is one of the few people in on an elaborate performance art piece by West:

Then @Snowcone96 shares tweets form Kanye about certain specific artists, suggesting they’re alluding to the current “project” that Kanye is doing.

Especially this piece by Joseph Beuys, where he locked himself in a room with a coyote (someone please call animal protection service on the past). But in Kanye’s piece (that @Snowcone96 is imagining) the coyote is racism?

Kanye has also referenced Andy Kaufman, who is known as a subversive comedian whose work often went to such uncomfortable places he’d be booed off stage. Kaufman was really more of a performance artist than a comedian. Lord knows, a lot of what Kanye has been doing is extremely uncomfortable, but there’s no proof any of it is a performance. Unless you believe @Snowcone96:

There are also references in Kanye’s tweets to “the prestige,” which is also the name of a film. In the film, the prestige is pulling off a magic trick so incredible no one can figure out how you do it. Both Kanye and Emory have been making references to the movie, it seems, and Emory has also mentioned Kaufman.

It’s all ART. ART!! But @Snowcone96 has no idea why or what the ultimate purpose is, nor does he seem to have a clue as to why Kanye would be sowing so much hurt and discord to promote some art idea.

Also, his ideas are ripped off from Reddit:

That’s okay. Kanye’s new album would have to be absolutely transcendent to cut through this mess, and in my opinion, Kaufman is overrated.

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People Can't Believe They Were Wrong About The New Royal Baby's Name

There’s no doubt that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, AKA, William and Kate, are an adorable couple with an adorable family.

Just look at them.

And now there’s a new addition the the monarchy, a bouncing baby boy that Kate Middleton gladly presented to the world, looking absolutely stunning hours after delivery.

Because they’re royalty, and Kate Middleton’s beautiful, and they seem like pretty great people, there’s been a lot of interest in the monarchy’s personal lives. The latest gossip churning on the rumor mill were all the possible names the couple would pick for the latest addition to their family.

In fact there was so much hullabaloo surrounded by the new baby’s name announcement that bookies started placing bets on it, no fooling

The heavy favorite was “Albert,” like Prince Albert, who was married to Queen Victoria between 1840 and 1861. Let’s not also forget the equally important former WWE star.

But, rather quickly, it became evident that the bookies were probably wrong, even before the baby’s name was officially announced.

It turns out the child’s name isn’t one anyone expected: Louis Arthur Charles. Well, “Arthur” is in there, but as a middle name.

In addition to people gloating over how wrong the oddsmakers were, there were some different reactions to the news. Some pro-Brexit people immediately politicized the naming of the baby, calling the names “Remainer” ones.

While others used the naming as a chance to come up with some choice One Direction jokes.

Someone noticed a trend among men’s royal family names: that they’re all just being rearranged for different members of the monarchy.

Popular Arthurs were a bit upset that their name was relegated to the middle one…

Then there were some people who noticed that the dress Kate wore when she showed her baby to the world looked really, really familiar.

And although people had their own theories about the reasoning behind the naming of the new royal baby, and what he’d liked to be called…

There’s a bit of family history behind the naming of this little guy.

And if you lost some money by betting on Albert, well, one, why the heck are you betting on baby names anyway? Do something normal like a horse race. But, two, you can console yourself with the fact that the little guy is healthy and absolutely adorable.

Which is all anyone could ever ask for of a baby. Congratulations to the royal couple!

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Everyone Is Joking About The Sketch Of The Guy Stormy Daniels Says Threatened Her About Trump

Stormy Daniels appeared on The View Monday and released a composite sketch of the man she alleges threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot. Daniels has revealed intimate details of her alleged affair with Donald Trump, and the money she was reportedly paid as an agreement for silence. Because of Daniels, Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was raided and is being investigated by the DOJ. The idea that she might be threatened by hired muscle is all too real.

Daniels alleges the man saw her infant daughter in the back of the car and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mom. Forget about this story, leave Mr. Trump alone.”

She then shared the composite sketch of her memory. She says the man’s face was “burned in her memory.”

She comments that the man was well-dressed and she remembers him as being “kind of handsome.”

Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said they’re now offering a reward of $ 100,000 for any information that might lead back to this guy, though they imply Trump  or someone on his team was the one who sent him.

People have a few ideas of who the mystery man might be:

If not Tom Brady, he looks like a lot of other fellas in show biz:

And I know what you’re thinking, but Mark Hamill has an alibi:

Could it have been The Mooch?

But it always comes back to Tom Brady:

While $ 100,000 is an enticing sum, it’s not enough to cover the costs of actually besmirching Tom Brady’s name. Do not report him unless you’re sure.

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This Wedding Venue Is 'Mortified' About Calling Bride-To-Be 'Cow' By Mistake

Life is full of moments where you want to stab yourself in the neck out of embarrassment.

Getting caught saying something behind someone’s back is one of them. Like when you’re talking smack about a person via text and accidentally sent that text to the person you’re talking smack about.

Not cool. But the good news is that since you’re talking with a friend you can hash that stuff out and go back to enabling each other’s bad behaviors or stop being friends entirely.

But if you get caught doing that and you’re a business in the customer service industry with client reputation on the line, then getting caught bad-mouthing people you shouldn’t be bad-mouthing can be a big, big problem.

Which is reportedly what happened with The Mulberry Tree restaurant when Jade Sharp checked the venue out while she was planning her wedding. 

Sharp posted about her experience with The Mulberry Tree on Trip Advisor. After getting drinks with her fiance one night to get a feel for the place, they scheduled a time to meet with a representative from the venue to discuss potentially booking their wedding there.

When they arrived at their scheduled appointment time, things reportedly went downhill. Apparently no one told the team about their appointment that day and the restaurant wasn’t open for business. The entire exchange after that was an awkward one that left a sour taste in Sharp’s mouth because the individual showing her the venue allegedly couldn’t answer her questions.

Her Trip Advisor review tells her side of the whole story.

After following up with the restaurant via email, Sharp was shocked to see a response in her inbox that seemingly was meant for a work colleague.

It starts off with Jade being called a “cow,” and the fact that she complained “pissed” her off.

The mix-up did little to improve Sharp’s opinion of the Mulberry Tree – it only further solidified Sharp’s belief that the staff there are “rude and unprofessional.”

The restaurant’s manager, Karen Walker responded on Trip Advisor, apologizing profusely to Sharp for her experience.

Before posting online, Walker also called Sharp privately to apologize.

As it stands now, The Mulberry Tree has a relatively good reputation online.

There’s an overwhelmingly positive and ‘very good’ number of reviews when compared to “poor” and “terrible” ones.

But Sharp wasn’t the only one to complain about the restaurant’s customer service.

There were several complaints about the overall attitude of the staff.

There were only a few complaints about the quality of the food, with lots of people saying it was yummy. However it just goes to show how much a poor wait staff can affect the dining experience.

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The Best Part Of The Olympics Is Leslie Jones Tweeting About Figure Skating

Back in 2016, Leslie Jones enlivened the Summer Olympics on Seoul with her live-tweeting and wild passion for Team USA. She was so good, she ended up getting invited to work as a commentary contributor for NBC.

She has been gearing up for the games in South Korea since January, which have just commenced:

No. Her current passion is fashion. 

Jones is watching men’s figure skating and rating their outfits. Some are not great:

But a few got the Jones seal of approval:

She especially liked the work of Christian Siriano, who famously designed a dress for Leslie Jones when she couldn’t find one for the premiere of Ghostbusters. They’re friends, but this is also a good outfit:

But she was impartial on other matters:

And if you’re tired of outfit talk, there’s also just her general fear of ever ice skating to be amused by:

This is the Olympics coverage we crave. 

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Larry Nassar Complained About Listening To Survivor Statements And Judge Aquilina Wasn't Having It

Ex-Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on Tuesday, after more than 150 women and girls came forward to accuse him of sexually abusing them. Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina handed down the judgement, adding: 

Aquilina called issuing the sentence a “privilege,” adding: “I just signed your death warrant.” 

On Monday and throughout last week, 133 of Nassar’s accusers read out victim impact statements, with dozens more women choosing to remain anonymous, telling their stories of Nassar’s abuse and how it has affected their lives

Since then, athletes including Jeanette Antolin, Jessica Howard, Jamie Dantzscher, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Maggie Nichols, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Jordyn Wieber, have been among the more than 150 accusers. 

Aside from the incredibly powerful statements of some of the survivors, one of the main talking points of the last week has been Judge Aquilina. 

Aquilina has been praised on social media for focusing on the survivors over the last few days. When one survivor, Amanda Cormier, explained that she loved to write songs as a teenager, but that she hadn’t written one since the abuse, Aquilina gave some advice to the woman and her unborn baby: 

Every survivor received advice from Judge Aquilina. She told another woman: 

Aquilina told Rachael Denhollander, one of the first women to come forward, that she was the “bravest person I have ever had in my courtroom.”  

And one moment from Thursday has people loving Aquilina even more. Nassar wrote to a letter to the judge, complaining that he was unable to handle the continued victim impact statements because of his mental state, and which contained the phrase: “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” 

“You need to talk about these issues with a therapist,” the judge told Nassar. “Contrary to CNN’s headline, I’m not a therapist.” Moments later, she threw the letter onto the ground. 

Despite the attention she’s gotten on social media, Aquilina is refusing to comment to media, only saying that the week should focus on Nassar’s victims. 

That hasn’t stopped Twitter from praising the judge, though. With Simone Biles, one of the survivors, taking to social media with her thanks. 

There was also a flood of comments from the general public. 

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This Thread About All The Weird Stuff Kids Freak Out Over Is Priceless

Being a parent means traveling everywhere with a small, irrational human who at any point might completely lose their chill. There are also joys to parenting, but this thread started by Twitter user @SparkyROAR is definitely focused on the “losing their chill” part.

@SparkyROAR posted a photo (taken with the parent’s permission) of a kid lodging a silent protest against his color coordinated accessories:

But it was taken with absolute admiration for the child’s commitment:

Everyone commiserated with how odd child behavior is, but also how funny?

Then the stories from parents of all the things that have been upsetting their little weirdoes came out:

Also, many responsible adults pointed out that usually when kids are having a freak out, it’s because they’re tired or hungry and too stressed out to express that verbally. It is duly acknowledged that it’s perhaps not nice to laugh at a kid in distress, even if it seems to be over something ridiculous. But being a parent is also hard, and if you can’t laugh about your kid wanting to lick the plunger, you just might cry, too.

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This Fourth Grade Homework Assignment About Slavery Has People Furious

There are a lot of great, hardworking teachers out there. There are also a bunch of teachers who seem to see the classroom as a place to work out their own issues. Teachers are people, and a lot of people are racist. A woman named Trameka Brown-Berry shared a homework assignment her son, Jerome, brought home from school illustrating exactly that.

Brown-Berry posted a photo the assignment questions Jerome was asked to answer. For context, he’s only in the fourth grade. The worksheet demands that he give three “good” reasons for slavery and three bad ones. Good is in quotes, I guess to indicate that they wouldn’t really be good reasons? Which is a red flag the teacher should have paid attention to. If you already think your question is stupid enough to need qualifiers, don’t ask it.

Young Jerome responded by saying there was no good reason for enslaving people, and in the bad category listed a number of potential abuses suffered by men, women, and children under American slavery, including being beaten and separated from their families. His second answer clearly shows why his first answer is correct; there was nothing good about it.

BuzzFeed Newsreports that the teacher works in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and the worksheet was part of a social studies assignment. Brown-Berry isn’t mad that he was asked to discuss slavery, but how Jerome was asked to talk about it.

“It was the fact that she wanted my African-American son to name three good things for slavery. That’s insulting,” Brown-Berry told local news affiliate WESH 2.

The school attempted to explain the question as a misunderstanding, offering this statement:

“We understand that, as presented, the words used showed a lack of sensitivity and were offensive. The purpose of the assignment was not, in any way, to have students argue that ANY slavery is acceptable — a concept that goes against our core values and beliefs about the equality and worth of people of all races.”

But folks on Facebook are not having it. Some seem to think that it was just a  poor choice of words on the teacher’s part, and she actually meant what advantages slaveowners might have seen to owning slaves, making them defend such a brutal and horrendous system. But that’s a pretty complicated idea to boil down and describe as “good” reasons for slavery. People were mad:

Brown-Berry’s Facebook post attracted a lot of attention, and she recently posted a follow up saying that the teacher and school’s principal had offered a formal apology. They’re also going to be making some changes:

According to Brown-Berry, the assignment will be removed from the curriculum, and any future homework on sensitive topics will be sent home to parents first. 

Teachers will also be “trained in a cultural diversity/ cultural competency inservice” in an effort to prevent this sort of thing from occurring again, at least at this school.

“The moral of the story is, the only way to teach our kids to stand up for their rights and respect is to model it. With all of your support I was able to give my child a personal life lesson about how change starts with you,” she concluded.

And Jerome seems to be doing fine. At the end of the original assignment, he finished by writing, “I am proud to be black because we are strong and brave.” A strong, brave kid, with a strong, brave mother.

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