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Gabrielle Union: Diagnosed with PTSD after rape doesn't define her life

Gabrielle UnionKristen BellJames Van Der Beek and Brittany Snow are among a group of celebrities opening up about their struggles with mental health or learning disorders.

For the second annual installment of The Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign, the organization once again brought together more than three dozen actors, Olympians, authors, comedians, advocates and other influencers to share the advice they would give their younger selves about growing up with a a major affliction.

“I’m here to tell you that I am a PTSD survivor, thriver,” Union says in a homemade video. “I was diagnosed with PTSD at 19 after I was raped at gunpoint — and I didn’t let it stop me. I didn’t want it to define my whole life, and it doesn’t have to. Asking for help, needing help doesn’t make you weak or less worthy of love or support or success.”

» Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade donate $200,000 to ‘March For Our Lives’

She adds, “You can literally be anything you want to be. PTSD isn’t a death sentence. You don’t have to be alone or feel isolated. There are so many of us out there who are feeling with exactly what you’re dealing with and it doesn’t make you weak. It doesn’t make you anything but human.”

Bell, who’s suffered from anxiety and/or depression since she was 18, said she would advise her younger self not to “be fooled by this game of perfection humans play, because Instagram and magazines and TV shows, they strive for a certain aesthetic and everything looks so beautiful.

“People seem like they don’t have any problems but everyone’s human,” she adds.

“Everyone has problems,” she continues. “Everyone feels yucky on the inside sometimes. You deserve to feel just as beautiful on the days you wear no makeup, the days you don’t shower and the days you feel like you’re depressed. And you have an obligation to take care of yourself from the inside out because that’s how you can truly feel beautiful.”

Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, who heads up the Child Mind Institute campaign, says having stars like Bell and Union talk so honestly about their struggles is impactful for kids.

“By sharing their own personal stories for the second annual #MyYoungerSelf campaign, these actors, athletes, authors and influencers are helping to eradicate the stigma that keeps the 1 in 5 young people who struggle with a mental health or learning disorder from getting help and reaching their potential,” he explained.

“We all know and love these children — if it’s not your son or daughter, it’s a niece or a nephew, or your child’s best friend at school. #MyYoungerSelf represents our society, whether you’re famous or not, coming together to get these kids the help they need.”

For the month of May, which is National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Child Mind Institute will reveal a homemade video and childhood photo featuring a celebrity or mental health advocate, including Lindsey Stirling, Ginger Zee, Charles Schwab, Jessica McCabe, Tim Howard and Adam Grabowski. Visit childmind.org each day to view the latest update.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s wife announces birth of baby girl

There’s a new Earnhardt on the racing scene.

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Amy Earnhardt announced the birth of Isla Rose Earnhardt on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“She’s finally here!” the wife of former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted. “It feels like a dream. The best dream ever.”

It is the first child for the couple.

Dale Jr. has been busy since retiring from active racing, working as an analyst for NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America.” Before that, he covered the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics for NBC.

The baby was due May 2, but arrived a day early. Had she been born on April 29, she would have shared a birthday with her grandfather, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, and the former Amy Riemann, 36, were married on Dec. 31, 2016.

Kanye West wants to 'start healing' with surgeon he once blamed for mother's death

Kanye West is ready to meet with the man he once blamed for his mother’s death after the surgeon reached out to him in an open letter on Monday.

The rapper, 40, shared the letter written by Jan Adams and wrote, “Open letter from Jan Adams This is amazing. Thank you so much for this connection brother. I can’t wait to sit with you and start healing.”

Adams – who was the plastic surgeon who operated on Donda West in 2007 – wrote the letter, obtained by The Blast, after West announced plans to feature the doctor’s face on the cover for his new album. In his letter, Adams thanked West but declined to be on the cover “at this time.”

“Dear Kanye: Thank you for thinking of me for the cover of your next album. That is kind of you. I can truly say I have never been on an album cover before. I did do a product cover for Chanel Allure Cologne back in 2005… but never an album cover,” Adams writes.

“Unfortunately, I have to decline at this time, and I ask that you cease and desist using my photo or any image of me to promote your album or any of your work,” he continues. “I don’t want to seem ungrateful… I just think that if in fact this conversion to love is genuine on your part… then it’s inappropriate to drag the negativity of the past with it.”

Adams explains in the letter that Donda’s surgery took five hours and was considered successful “from a surgical standpoint.”

Referencing People’s report on the coroner’s findings, Adams reiterated that he was not found to be responsible for Donda’s death.

The surgeon went on in the letter to suggest that Donda’s nurse Stephan Scoggins, who is also West’s cousin, did not follow postoperative care instructions. Scoggins was cleared of negligence in a subsequent investigation.

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“So if your journey is true… “To forgive and stop hating”… start by dealing with the facts,” Adams writes. “Perhaps you should put your cousin’s picture on your next album. Don’t put my picture out there and claim you are about love.”

He continues, “Love deals with truth. Over the past ten years, I have tolerated all the errors, misinformation and frank lies told be reporters, journalists and people on the street out of respect for the doctor-patient privilege and your mother.”

“If you want to heal, first call out the people in your own camp who knew better and persisted with the charade in order to hide their own guilt,” Adams writes. “You are a father and a family man. Take the time to cherish those things… you won’t regret it. Everyone can get past this but you have to be intellectually honest.”

The surgeon adds a final message to the “Stronger” rapper, referencing his previous conversation with friend John Legend about President Donald Trump.

» Kanye West accuses John Legend of trying to 'manipulate my free thought' amid Trump controversy

“P.S. Please, when you have the opportunity, reach out to JL,” Adams writes. “He is about love. He was not trying to influence you, your thoughts or your process. His message was love and he was only offering perspective.”

Legend, 39, and West made up last week at Legend and Chrissy Teigen’baby shower, one day after West publicly shared their text conversation regarding his recent Twitter spree supporting Trump.

» Kanye West and John Legend party together after they disagreed about rapper's pro-Trump tweets

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On Saturday, West tweeted another text conversation with one of his friends, this time revealing the cover art for his forthcoming album.

“This is my album cover. This is plastic surgeon Jan Adams. The person who performed my moms final surgery. Do you have any title ideas?” West wrote along with a photo of the California doctor who operated on Donda before her sudden November 2007 death.

“I want to forgive and stop hating,” he texted to his friend named Wes, who wrote back, “LOVE EVERYONE.” (West has been known to be close friends with director Wes Anderson as well as his G.O.O.D. artist Sheck Wes.)

Daytime Emmy Awards 2018: Complete winners list

Daytime television stars gathered Sunday in Pasadena, California, for the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards. Check out the complete list of winners below:

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  • Outstanding Drama Series: "Days of Our Lives"
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Eileen Davidson, "The Young and the Restless"
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: James Reynolds, "Days of Our Lives"
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Camryn Grimes, "The Young and the Restless"
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Greg Vaughan, "Days of Our Lives"
  • Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Chloe Lanier, "General Hospital"
  • Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Rome Flynn, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
  • Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Robb Derringer, "Days of Our Lives"
  • Outstanding Writing Team: "Days of Our Lives"
  • Outstanding Directing Team: "Days of Our Lives"
  • Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program: "Judge Mathis"
  • Outstanding Game Show Host: Wayne Brady, "Let's Make a Deal"
  • Outstanding Game Show: "The Price Is Right"
  • Outstanding Morning Program: "Good Morning America"
  • Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish: "Despierta America"
  • Outstanding Entertainment News Program: "Entertainment Tonight"
  • Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host: Steve Harvey, "Steve"
  • Outstanding Informative Talk Show: "The Dr. Oz Show"
  • Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host: Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, "The Real"
  • Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show: "The Talk"
  • Outstanding Culinary Program: "A Chef's Life"
  • Outstanding Culinary Host: Lidia Bastianich, "Lidia’s Kitchen"

>> Visit the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards website to learn more

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Photos: Daytime Emmy Awards 2018 show

See which stars and shows won big at the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards!

Photos: Daytime Emmy Awards 2018 red carpet

Giada De Laurentiis, Eve and Kellie Pickler and other stars walked the red carpet at the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards. Keep clicking to see what your favorite celeb wore!

White House Correspondents' Dinner: 9 shocking jokes from Michelle Wolf's speech

Comedian Michelle Wolf sparked controversy with her brutal speech at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner, blasting President Donald Trump – who skipped the event to hold a rally in Michigan – and administration officials in the racy half-hour roast.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Here are nine of Wolf's shocking jokes, many of which drew criticism – and praise – on social media:

>> Watch the full speech here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

1. Referencing Trump's embattled personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and the Stormy Daniels scandal: “And I know as much as some of you might want me to, it’s 2018 and I am a woman, so you cannot shut me up ... unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000.”

2. On White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "We are graced with Sarah's presence tonight. I have to say, I'm a little starstruck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in 'The Handmaid's Tale.' Mike Pence, if you haven't seen it, you would love it."

3. Another jab at Sanders: "I actually really like Sarah. I think she's very resourceful, but she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she's born with it; maybe it's lies. It's probably lies."

4. On Trump's suggestion to arm some teachers in wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida: "He wants to give teachers guns, and I support that because then they can sell them for things they need like supplies."

5. On Vice President Mike Pence: "Mike Pence is what happens when Anderson Cooper isn't gay. Mike Pence is the kind of guy who brushes his teeth and then drinks orange juice and thinks, 'Mmmm.'"

6. On Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway: "Kellyanne Conway has the perfect last name for what she does – Con-way. You guys have to stop putting Kellyanne on your shows. If you don't give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie. If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree? I'm not suggesting she gets hurt, just stuck – stuck under a tree."

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7. On Trump's net worth: "Mr. President, I don't think you're very rich. Like, you might be rich in Idaho, but in New York, you're doing fine."

8. On Democrats: "Democrats are harder to make fun of because you guys don't do anything. People think you might flip the House and Senate this November, but you guys always find a way to mess it up. You're somehow going to lose by 12 points to a guy named Jeff Pedophile, Nazi doctor."

9. On Trump's cabinet: "I did have a lot of jokes about cabinet members, but I had to scrap all of those because everyone has been fired. You guys have gone through cabinet members quicker than Starbucks throws out black people."

Buffalo superfan 'Pancho Billa' announces team's 3rd-round pick

The Bills Mafia took care of its biggest fan during the NFL draft Friday night.

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Ezra Castro, known as “Pancho Billa,” was called to the podium by Buffalo Bills legends Andre Reed and Fred Jackson to read the team’s third-round pick, The Buffalo News reported.

Castro, a Dallas resident, was in attendance at the draft, which was held at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington, Texas. 

Castro is president of the Dallas Fort-Worth Bills Backers chapter and a lifelong Bills fan. He has been battling cancer since last fall and recently had chemotherapy, the News reported.

At the podium, Jackson acknowledged Castro, calling him “one of the most recognizable fans in Buffalo’s history.”

Then Reed, the Bills’ the Hall of Fame wide receiver, said that Castro “has been battling cancer, but this is not to dampen his spirit and his love for the game and his Bills.

Jackson returned to the microphone and invited Castro on stage to read the Bills’ draft choice.

"With the 96th pick, the Bills Mafia selects Harrison Phillips, defensive tackle, Stanford," Castro said, his voice cracking.

Reed and Jackson presented Castro with a Bills No. 18 jersey that had “NFL Draft” stitched on the back.

General Manager Brandon Beane said Castro’s moment at the podium “sent chills up everybody’s spine in the draft room."

“We’re all praying for him,” Beane told the News.

Seven minutes with Demetria McKinney (‘Saints & Sinners’)

(Posted Thursday, April 5, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog)

Demetria McKinney is best known for her time on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” as well as a short stint on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” where she managed to maintain her dignity and reputation.

Her career is currently on the rise. She has regular roles on not just one show but two: Mario Van Peeples‘ horror drama “Superstition” and Atlanta-based Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners,” which returns Sunday for a third season at 9 p.m. She released her first album last year and opened for Fantasia last year. And she’s touring with Da Brat in the play version of “Set It Off,” which recently was in Atlanta. Continue reading...

'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin posthumously gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Crikey, mate! Steve Irwin now has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin, known to television viewers, as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard Thursday, Time reported.

Irwin, 44, who was killed on Sept. 6, 2006, by a stingray that pierced his heart while he was filming the underwater documentary “Ocean’s Deadliest,” was represented by his widow, Terri, and their two children, Bindi and Robert, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Fans brought plastic crocodiles and yelled “crikey” while the Irwins brought an anaconda to commemorate the event, the Herald reported.

“Steve always said that he hoped his message of conservation would live on forever,” Terri Irwin told Time. “It means the world to us that Steve’s memory will live on in so many ways.”

Irwin was given the 2,635th star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, which celebrates the achievements of individuals in the entertainment industry. 

Steve and Terri Irwin hosted “Crocodile Hunter,” a wildlife documentary series, and also ran the Australia Zoo wildlife park in Brisbane.

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