Posts made in March, 2014

From International Women’s Day to Celebration of All

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Critic's Area | 2 comments

Dear Readers,  I hope you had a wonderful weekend! My weekend started off with precious moments that I never planned. The moments unfolded within my serendipitous learning practices that I will always remember. On Friday night, I met with friend Jo-Anne McArthur, who is an award-winning photojournalist and author.  I was finally able to attend readings of her book We Animals ( at University of Western Ontario in London. Jo-Anne’s work has been featured in Liz Marshall’s award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine...

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Interview on Celebrities and Journalism

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

Dear Readers,  After I posted my last blog on Ellen’s ‘selfie’ at the 86th Academy Awards, I had the pleasure to meet Toronto-based journalist Jeanie Tran.  Jeanie organized an interview with me to examine representation of celebrities in journalism.  On behalf of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), I offer interviews, media commentaries, research and training in media and celebrity studies. I also use research and media skills to support students, creative practitioners, and journalists to succeed in ethical ways. What I really liked about Jeanie’s...

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Oscar Selfies: Authenticity at the 86th Academy Awards

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Critic's Area | 2 comments

Dear Readers, In the last 12 hours, I had a fascinating conversation with Toronto-based American historian Jarret Ruminski.  On my Facebook page, I shared how Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘selfie’ at the 86th Academy Awards got re-tweeted more than 3 million times.  The re-tweet of the ‘star-studded selfie’ led to Samsung donating a total of $3 million to two of her favorite charities: the Humane Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  More on Ruminski makes an excellent...

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Moving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Paths, Success and Love

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

Dear Celebrity Culture Readers,  In my last post, I mentioned a rare and intimate evening that is coming up end of this month! On behalf of The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies(CMCS), I am proud to introduce our second location The IndustReal Arts Room (688 Richmond Street, Toronto, ON) with premiere event Moving Forward on Saturday, March 29, 2013. A Canadian and Australian joint production, Moving Forward applies media, social justice, and science to empower individual and social change in a cross-disciplinary and intimate setting. Dr. Louis Massey opens the series with his...

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After a Short Hiatus…

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Critic's Area | 1 comment

Dear Readers, I hope 2014 is going well! After a short hiatus, I am back to writing this blog where I document commentaries on fame and journey in exploring celebrity culture.  The hiatus does not mean time stopped. On the contrary, I had abundant moments filled with travels, talks, readings, choreography, writing, publications, and gifts that I would love to share! To be honest, I don’t know where to start as I am always in the middle of a journey, literally and metaphorically. Maybe I will start with a serendipitous moment that I still embrace with honour and dignity – the moment when our...

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