Lady Gaga Invites Fans Onto BornBrave Bus For Free Counseling Mental health professionals will offer help with depression, bullying and mental health on bus with games, food and music.


There are so many things you can learn at a Lady Gaga show: how to expertly curl your hair with Budweiser beer cans, the proper uses of caution tape as bikini material, just how many other people out there enjoy wearing their mom’s retro lingerie in public and what musical instruments would look like if they were designed by aliens with a rubber fetish.

Up until now, though, the one thing you could not officially get was some one-on-one time with a therapist to talk about what’s really on your mind. Well, at least not officially. But that will change on Gaga’s upcoming 2013 Born This Way Ball
 dates, when the singer will offer her fans mental health assistance on a traveling therapy center called the BornBrave Bus.

Gaga announced over the weekend that the bus will be parked outside venues before her upcoming tour dates and take the stigma out of getting help. “For those wondering about the ‘counseling’ at the BTWBall BornBrave pre-show, it will be a fun tailgating experience for monsters to unite,” she wrote on Twitter. “At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends … #BornBraveBus there will also be food and games, @djws and @ladystarlightny will DJ with host @BREEDLOVENYC to keep the experience fun.”

She also posted a picture of the bus, which is covered with cartoon images of her, flowers, hearts, peace signs and the words “kindness” and “bravery.” Gaga promised that the bus will be a place to get mental health assistance with no judgment because, she said, “I feel like most kids don’t look for help because they fell embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around ‘help’ and make it fun.”

The Born This Way Ball tour kicks off on January 11 in Vancouver. The bus is the latest addition to the range of services offered by Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation,
 which was launched in February by the singer and mother Cynthia Germanotta to help teens with abandonment and bullying issues.

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Lady Gaga’s anti-bullying effort taps Yale expert


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Lady Gaga has enlisted a Yale University psychologist in her campaign to end bullying.

Marc Brackett, a research scientist, is one of seven scholars named to the advisory board of the singer’s Born This Way Foundation.

The New Haven Register reports ( ) that Brackett has been working on an anti-bullying project with Facebook. This spring he’ll head up a new center at Yale devoted to teaching emotional intelligence in schools and other organizations.

Brackett, who is deputy director of Yale’s Health, Emotion and Behavior Laboratory, said understanding how to recognize and regulate emotion makes a big impact on the workplace, family life and school. It’s particularly relevant in curbing bullying.

Brackett said emotions play a role in memories, relationships, decision-making and health.

“It’s pretty much our whole life,” he said. “Our argument is that we should provide every child with an emotional education. It should start in preschool and it should never end.”

In October, Lady Gaga’s foundation chose University of Nebraska-Lincoln psychology professor Susan Swearer to help with research. Swearer will lead a research board that advises the foundation on its youth empowerment and tolerance programs.

Many academics have been doing research on bullying issues, “but how do we communicate what we know and get it out there to the public?” Swearer said. “It helps to have a megastar with a global network, who is thoughtful about the research.”

The practical application of Lady Gaga’s anti-bullying campaign includes parking a bus outside her concerts where youths can learn about local resources that help them deal with problems. And scholars will monitor the program’s effectiveness.

Brackett has already found some benefits to working with the pop star.

“My main job is to help promote the tenets of the foundation, but I do get to go to some concerts,” he said.

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Music Preview 2013: 21 Albums From The Likes Of Lady Gaga, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer & More


Now that the dust has settled from the countless year-end lists that dot the internet like so many discarded Christmas trees, it’s time to look toward what 2013 has to offer. When it comes to music, that means albums from typical pop standouts like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, but also some pretty big reunions and comebacks.

Up-and-comers like A$AP Rocky and Azealia Banks will look to breathe fresh life into rap, while Ozzy Osbourne will strike up Black Sabbath for an album that’s going to be either amazing or amazingly horrible.

As is normally the case in the music industry, some unconfirmed rumors could serve up the most exciting releases of the year. Pearl Jam say they have a handful of songs already recorded, but aren’t sure if 2013 is the right year to drop a new album.

Come spring, two female voices are returning to their craft: Mariah Carey, who released a dud of a song this year with “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),”and Cher, whose “Woman’s World” single fared slightly better than Carey’s track, are both set to release new records in March.

Another huge name supposedly stepping back into the spotlight: Eminem. Will the Detroit rapper find his earlier, angst-ridden voice again, or will he continue to make songs that could double as pep talks from a middle school basketball coach? Stay tuned.

From Kanye West to Thom Yorke and Flea, there’s much more to be anticipated. Ahead, 21 acts who are either definitely or maybe releasing new music over the next twelve months. Let us know who you’re most excited about — and what projects we missed — in the comments.
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Signs and Wonders: Lady Gaga counsels, U.S. growth, Times minority report, Sabbath in Britain


No thanks. Proving the old axiom that “not all help is helpful,” pop star Lady Gaga announced last week that she would offer free counseling before each show on her 2013 Born This Way Ball Tour. “At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends,” she announced on her Facebook page. The sad reality is that many thousands of kids will likely seek out her “advice” and will be encouraged to continue in the self-destructive behavior that is leading to the depression in the first place.

Demography is destiny, redux. New 2012 population estimates released last Thursday by the Census Bureau show an America growing modestly. The U.S. population grew by 2.3 million, reaching 313.9 million people. Those numbers represent a growth rate of 0.75 percent, slightly higher than 2011’s 0.73 percent rate. The annual growth rate of the United States reached a high in 1950 of more than 2 percent, and—despite some “up” years—has been trending slightly downward ever since. The economy drives growth at the state level. North Dakota’s booming economy caused it to grow 2.2 percent from July 2011 to July of this year. The District of Columbia, fueled by the rapid growth in government spending, was next-fastest growing, followed by Texas, Wyoming, and Utah. Two states lost population: Rhode Island and Vermont. California remained the most populous state, followed by Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois.

Biased reporting. Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Illinois clergy support traditional marriage. On three separate occasions, bills that would allow same-sex “marriage” have died in committee in the Illinois legislature. Polls consistently show a lack of support for same-sex “marriage” in Illinois. So what does The New York Times write about? The lead in a story last week said, “More than 250 religious leaders in Illinois have signed an open letter in support of same-sex marriage, which the legislature is likely to take up in January.” The story quotes extensively clergy from rapidly shrinking denominations such as The Episcopal Church, but mentions only briefly the opposition of the Catholic Church, the largest religious body in the United States, and the Southern Baptist Church, the largest Protestant denomination in the country (with about 150,000 active members in Illinois, far more than The Episcopal Church). This story is just one more example of how the Times, which aspires to be our national newspaper, is out of touch with the nation it hopes to serve.

Sabbath suspension. A court ruling in Britain said Christians couldn’t refuse to work on Sundays because remembering the Sabbath is not a “core component” of Christian teaching. The judgment came on an appeal brought by a Christian woman who said her employer forced her to resign because she refused to work on Sundays. Celestina Mba said she loved her job, and she had even found other workers willing to take her shifts. But that didn’t matter to her employer or the court. The case is causing consternation in religious circles in England because it essentially means the courts are now in a position of deciding what doctrines are “core” and which doctrines are not.

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Lady Gaga is getting her little monsters together for her upcoming tour, and she’ll be offering more than just her music.

Lady Gaga has been doing a lot this year to help fight bullying across the country — and across the world. She recently started the Born This Way foundation and even teamed up with Office Depot earlier this year to help raise money for kids in need.

“We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world,” said the organization at the time of the launch. “Together, we will move towards acceptance and bravery. Our movement is only as strong as supporters like you, so BE Involved and share your support.”

Gaga is going one step further and has now said she will be offering “counseling” on her upcoming tour. In a series of tweets on Dec. 28, she explained her new effort.

“For those wondering about the’‘counseling’ at the BTWBall BornBrave pre-show, it will be a fun tailgating experience for monsters to unite,” she tweeted. “At the #BornBraveBus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends.”

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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball tour is kicking off Jan. 11, 2013, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will run for more than two months. The singer hopes to help a lot of people along the way.

“#BornBraveBus there will also be food and games, @djws and@ladystarlightny will DJ with host @BREEDLOVENYC to keep the experience fun,” she continued. “#BornBraveBus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all#BraverWorld.”

Lady Gaga added that she is doing this to help her fans who may feel bullied and don’t seek help.

“I feel like most kids don’t look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around ‘help’ and make it fun,” she tweeted.

Gaga’s tour will wrap up March 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Lady Gaga: “ARTPOP” is “Risky”


Lady Gaga took to her site to share some details about her upcoming album ARTPOP.

She said, “My favorite things about Born This Way album is that it was risky and its own thing. ‘ARTPOP’ is very risky. If you’re not taking a risk you’re not breaking any boundaries.”

She also admitted that she abstained from smoking weed while recording the album, so that influence doesn’t or won’t rear its head. She also confessed that the reason the album is taking so long to finish is because she is writing all the songs herself; she said there will be no friends helping her out.

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Music: Lady Gaga ‘ARTPOP’ Documentary in the Works


Lady Gaga** surprised her fans on Christmas, announcing on Twitter that photographer Terry Richardson is working on a documentary about her and her forthcoming album, ARTPOP. “I love you @Terry_World thank you for believing in me and my fans,” she tweeted . “I have looked up to you and your work for so long, its a dream come true!”
Lady Gaga’s Wildest Looks**

Lady Gaga hasn’t set a release date for ARTPOP, but plans to release the record as a regular album and as an interactive app . Gaga revealed she has already written around 50 songs for ARTPOP earlier this month.

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Lady Gaga to make documentary. Jessica Simpson pregnant again


Lady Gaga sings with Mick Jagger during a performance with the Rolling Stones this month.
Lady Gaga and famed photographer Terry Richardson are teaming up to make a documentary about her life and the making of her forthcoming album “Artpop,” she said in a Christmas tweet. [Styleite]

Also busy tweeting over Christmas was Jessica Simpson, who confirmed that, seven months after having a baby girl, she is pregnant again. It won’t affect her gig as a Weight Watchers’ spokeswoman, apparently, though she won’t be dieting again until after the baby is born. [The Cut]

The wetsuit that allows surfers to catch waves in frigid Pacific waters no matter the season was invented 60 years ago in California and has now grown into a $100 million a year industry. [Orange County Register]

Midge Turk Richardson, Seventeen magazine’s longest-serving editor (from 1975 until she retired in 1993), died in her New York home this month at age 83. As a child, the Los Angeles native appeared as an extra in more than 100 movies. She also was a nun for 18 years before leaving her order for a secular life. [New York Times]

Models Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy and Joan Smalls are appearing in Versace’s spring ad campaign, which kicks off in January. [WWD]

International Herald Tribune fashion editor Suzy Menkes is slated to receive the Fiorino d’Oro in a ceremony in Florence, Italy, on Jan. 9 for her contributions to cultural development. [WWD]

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