During the red carpet premiere of new OWN series Love Is___, network owner Oprah Winfrey shared her thoughts on the recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and world-renown chef Anthony Bourdain, saying every death teaches the living an important lesson.
“Every death, not just Anthony Bourdain, not just Kate Spade, not just people who are famous and names that we know … every death is here to teach us how to live better,” Oprah shared with Extra’s Tanika Ray.
Winfrey continued, “Every death is here to remind us of our own life and the value of it. So what will come of these deaths in sequence like this, the suicides, is a more open desire to talk about it. There are lots and lots of people who have not been forthcoming because they are ashamed still of talking about mental illness in their family and mental illness in people around them, but it is serious and it is real.”
Regarding mental illness, the mogul believes social media has made it harder for people to cope.
“I actually think social media and society, in general, have made it worse for people, because everybody is trying to maintain a standard that cannot be held … so I think it’s an open door for conversation for all of us to get better.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.