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Keynote and Media Opportunities

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Blog, Critic's Area | 0 comments

Keynote and Media Opportunities

If you are in Toronto, join me at public event “This is my Glamour 18”, which will be held at the Globe and Mail Centre on May 6. I will give a keynote speech on “Glamour and Celebrity Activism”. Huge thanks to ANOKHI Media, public personality Raj Girn, media and sponsors. I will be back in New York City for a conversation on celebrity activism at the East Side Institute on May 22.  If you are in NYC, join me and the public for one-on-one meetings and conversations on activism in celebrity culture. Also, honored to be covered by first 24 hrs Iranian national television news network Press TV...

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Celebrity Death

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Blog, Critic's Area | 0 comments

Celebrity Death

As I mourn the passing of my dad, I get interviewed on celebrity death. The end of life in both cases is an unknown terrain in my academic world. It is an accidental area that marks an extension of my research on celebrity activism. My interview in VICE magazine, quotation in Preen magazine, and conversations with journalists has developed an understanding of what it means to die in fame. Those who are interested in psychology and celebrity culture can be part of my latest conversation with journalist, writer and content editor of Yahoo, Raechal Shewfelt (below). Raechal Shewfelt: Why does a...

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Success in Post-Weinstein Era

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Blog, Critic's Area | 0 comments

Success in Post-Weinstein Era

Photo Credits: Jeremiah Hill | Interview by: Riddhi Ghosh If you read my latest interview on fashion and women, you may come out with a sense of success. After all, it is about using fashion (or any symbolic / aesthetic mode of communication, for that matter) that is right for success in a workplace setting.  Success is not easy but we learn invaluable life lessons from hardships on our professional & personal paths. For the last decade of my academic life and media career, I have often received harassment and unsolicited messages that discriminate women on unethical grounds of sex,...

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The Play Ethic – Is the Future of Work Playful? By Richard Claydon

Posted by on Feb 4, 2018 in Blog, Critic's Area | 1 comment

The Play Ethic – Is the Future of Work Playful? By Richard Claydon

Tonight marks 15 years since I last spoke with my mum & tomorrow night marks 52 weeks since I last spoke with my dad. It is with their thoughts that I woke up around 4 am this morning and decided to check messages in response to my current Instagram posts on ‘play’ – something they both encouraged through performance, photography, and outdoor games as forms of public practices. I have particularly found ‘street play’ with outdoor children not only inclusive of performance and photography but also an activist tool to practice social equality. It is a form of...

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Turning Tears into Words

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Blog, Critic's Area | 0 comments

Turning Tears into Words

Hope October is going well. I am about to draft the 54th edition of Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) while I continue being an executor for my father’s estate.  I celebrated his 75th birthday on the last day of our CMCS conference in New York – haven’t seen him for over 35 weeks. I will never forget the sense of deep loss I had while being cheered for the immense success of our research centre. I was moved to tears. Sometimes, we lose to succeed. I had nothing to lose – I was in deep loss already. I lost everything I could but had to turn moments of that...

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In VICE + FREE Op-Ed Writing Webinar – September 23!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Blog, Critic's Area | 0 comments

In VICE + FREE Op-Ed Writing Webinar – September 23!

Pleased to share that my latest views are covered in VICE magazine: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/7xxj7e/why-your-grief-over-a-celebritys-death-is-real. Thanks to journalist Luke Ottenhoff & Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) member Jacque Lynn Foltyn for joining me on VICE‏. Read and share your views – we want to hear from you! Also, special thanks to Nafsika Antypas for sharing my article “Sexism and Speciesism in Not-So-Female Friendly Hollywood” with worldwide readers and viewers:...

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