Terry Fox

39 years ago, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in St John’s, Newfoundland. That day he started a legacy that has been engrained in the minds of millions of Canadians across this country.

Growing up, I always heard the name and his story. The Terry Fox Run happened every September and it was always a reminder of what he meant to so many people. As I grew older, I learned even more about his story and it made me appreciate him even more.

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Port Coquitlam, BC. He had a relatively normal life but he grew older his health began to give him troubles. Fox was diagnosed with cancer in his knees in 1977. Sadly because cancer had spread in his knee, he had to have it amputated.

During this time, Terry Fox was determined to not let his cancer limit him. Through some inspiration, he decided to embark on a cross Canada run which he titled the Marathon of Hope in 1981.

His intention was to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Throughout the entire time, he was supported by thousands of Canadians across the country at different cities from Halifax to Montreal to Toronto. By the time Terry Fox was getting to Thunder Bay, it was discovered that his Cancer has returned and was spreading quickly. Due to this, Terry Fox has to make the tough decision to cancel his Marathon of Hope.

He was flown back home to BC to get treatment but sadly on June 28, 1981, he passed in a New Westminster hospital.

Terry Fox legacy is something unmatched. He is a Canadian icon who will never forgotten.

What Makes Good Reality TV

Reality TV is something that so many of us enjoy. Many times we use it as an escape for an hour or so. But with so much reality TV, what really makes a great show or season?

Well, there are many factors, I think that a mixture of drama, makeups and good villains are what really make them succeed.

Let’s take, for example, The Real Housewives of Vancouver. In this short-lived show, we had a really good villain through Jody Claman who was truly one of the ultimate villains on reality TV. Jody brought hatred and drama that we all need. Ronnie Negus and Mary Zilba really came with the drama that lasted the entire season. The Real Housewives of Vancouver really was a great reality tv show.

Season 2 of Rupauls Drag Race: All-Stars is another reality moment that was great television. We had a great villain through Phi Phi O’Hara who was able to keep up with the rest of the pack. As well, there was an interesting twist in which the contestants were the ones who chose who got eliminated and finally, the contestant to episode ratio was fairly equal.

Now what doesn’t make a good season of reality TV is if there are too many gimmicks or if the villain in that particular season is not able to keep up or compete with the other cast members. Yes, reality TV can be good and not just trash TV if it is done well.

I hope that after this you will be able to analyze Jersey Shore: Family Vacation the next time you watch it.

Billie Eilish

It seems as if the artist on everybody’s lips right now is Billie Eilish. With her recently released album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? she is truly the 2019 artist to watch. But her sudden rise to fame has made people analyze her and what her music is all about.

People are really divided on Billie Eilish, you either get her or you don’t. And with that comes comparisons. The main one people seem to be saying is with Lady Gaga. Now, while on the surface Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga have 2 completely different styles they can still be compared. Lady Gaga was also the first artist in a long time that came along to really shake things up in the mainstream Pop music scene.

When Lady Gaga first came along, her over the top style and extremely thought out videos rubbed people the wrong way. It seemed as if the younger generation of music fans really loved her and supported her from the get-go. Lady Gaga really changed the music scene with her presence. As of now, Billie Eilish’s music is really captivating a wide range of people and it seems as if she’s fully on the road to becoming a mainstream success.

Just like Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish’s debut album earned incredible first week numbers on the charts. We will see if her impact will be as big as Lady Gaga’s but with the comparisons, it is definitely possible.

Mandela Effect

Do you ever have a feeling that something is just a little bit off? Like you see something that you swear you’ve always seen one way and then one day it’s just different. Well, you’re not alone. What you’re probably experiencing is a Mandela Effect.

The Mandela Effect is a theory in which many people claim to experience the same false memory of something that didn’t happen or was always a different way. For many people, little things have changed like dates of events of letters in names. Weird right? The most common Mandela Effect that really made people question a lot is that of the Berenstain Bears. When people think of the childhood classic, many people remember it being spelled Berenstein Bears, but now its Berenstain Bears. Personally, this Mandela Effect is the first of many that made me question a lot of things.

Another big one that people cite is one in Star Wars. Do you remember the iconic line Luke, I am your father? Well if that’s how you remember it then you’ve been mistaken. The actual line has always been No, I am your father.

Are you a fan of that classic movie Forrest Gump? What’s the line again? Life is like a box of chocolate right? No, the actual line has always been Life was like a box of chocolate. Am I freaking you out yet?

The list of Mandela Effects is endless. There are new ones popping up all the time. All I can tell you is that its good to question everything. Just keep that in mind.

The 27 Club

There’s a myth in Hollywood about death at age 27. So many celebrities, especially musicians seem to die at this age. But what’s the reason for this phenomenon? Is the 27 club even a real thing?

Many of the celebrities who have passed away seem to have done so from some sort of drug overdose. Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and Amy Winehouse all died of drug overdoses. Others at age 27 who have died include Kurt Cobain and Korean singer Kim Jong-hyun from suicide.

In all honesty, there is no evidence to support a theory that the age of 27 is related to tragic celebrity deaths. Just as many people have died at different ages in similar circumstances.

The idea of the 27 Club at this point is a cultural phenomenon that makes it sound almost like an exclusive and prestigious thing. A lot of magazines, websites or journalists have really pushed the idea of this 27 club which is why so many speak about it today. Also, the death of Amy Winehouse in 2011 it really brought attention back to the 27 Club. Amy was such a beloved artist of this new generation who was truly the first big-name artist to enter into this club.

In conclusion, the idea of the 27 Club is definitely one of the more intriguing things to come out of the Hollywood machine, but the scientific evidence is clearly lacking.

Let’s hope nobody joins the 27 Club anytime soon.

On My Block

Season 2 of the popular Netflix show “On My Block” was released on March 29, 2019, and its already gotten rave reviews.

The show centres around a group of inner city kids living in the fictional town of Freeridge, California. The show deals with many aspects of these kids’ realities. This includes gang violence, broken families, coming of age, friendships and so much more. Season 1 premiered in early 2018 and it was praised for showcasing the true realities that many people, especially in Southern California, face. The characters from all walks of life which is further expanded in the 2nd season.

It’s important with shows that deal with harsh realities for them to be authentic. I appreciate that with “On My Block” there are consultants on set to help move the story along in a way that can translate those realities on TV. This is really important to do, especially in today’s age when so much can be misconstrued and people think a certain way about groups of people.

I know that coming of age shows are sometimes a bit clichè but “On My Block” is truly a needle in a haystack. The visible minority representation is amazing, the actors playing these roles were made for them and you can truly feel the chemistry oozing out from the screen.

“On My Block” is truly must-see TV! Make sure you check it out on Netflix and support this amazing show.

5 Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

If you’re on the hunt for some cherry blossoms to put on your Instagram feed, Vancouver is the place to be. So many people flock to the city in the springtime to check out these incredible flowers. Sure you can find them in all parts of the city but these places are known to be beautiful picturesque for these flowers. Check them out!

Queen Elizabeth Park (Riley Park)

Burrard Station (Downtown Vancouver)

Granville Plaza (Waterfront)

Granville Island (Kitsilano)

Check out these places and make your Instagram cherry blossom filled!

The Legacy of Selena

24 years ago this Sunday, a superstar was tragically taken away from us. Selena was a star for more reasons than I can name in this post. By the age of 23, she had already broken tons of stadium records, won a Grammy and was on her way to becoming a mainstream sensation. Sadly, the morning of March 31, 1995, she walked into a hotel room in Corpus Christi, Texas to confront her fan club president about embezzling money. In what felt like seconds, Selena turned her back and was then shot. She had to walk across a field to the lobby where the receptionists called the ambulance. Sadly, at 1:05 PM, Selena was pronounced dead due to a loss of blood.

Selena was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. From an early age, her father Abraham Quintanilla saw something special in her and spent his time trying to perfect her craft. He put her and her siblings into a band and named them Selena y Los Dinos. They performed from a young age at festivals, restaurants, beaches and more. After years of touring around Texas to get their name out, Selena y Los Dinos were discovered by Jose Behar, who was the head of EMI Latin at that time.

From there onwards, Selena recorded hit after hit. Some of these included, Baila Esta Cumbia, La Carcacha, La Llamada and Buenos Amigos. In 1993, she released her album ‘Entre A Mi Mundo’ which included the song that pushed her into superstardom; Como La Flor. The song hit Number 1 on the Latin charts and is considered one of her signatures. Selena continued her success with the release of her next 2 albums, ‘Live’ and ‘Amor Prohibido’ which contained even bigger hits such as the titular song, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, Donde Quiera Que Estes, No Me Queda Mas and El Chico Del Apartamento 512.

Selena was never one to be put in a box. She expanded herself by becoming a fashion designer and opening a boutique store in Corpus Christi named Selena Etc. By 1994, her life was looking perfect, she was married to guitarist Chris Perez, had an amazing career, a loving family and had already accomplished so much in her young life. She was ready to take on her next dream; crossing over into the English music market. At the time of her death, Selena was halfway through recording songs for her first full-length English album. She sadly didn’t get to see her success come to fruition.

And that is why Selena’s death was a huge loss for the music industry. She was beloved by so many people, respected for her impact on Latin music and kept on breaking down barriers as if they were nothing. When her life ended, the Latin community was hugely impacted, but as time moved forward, more people outside of the Latin world came to know her name largely due to her fans and the 1997 biopic starring a young Jennifer Lopez. But that is a testament to her ‘it’ factor. Even in 2019, she is still being immortalized through shirts, covers, tv shows and even google doodles.

Selena means so much to me for so many reasons. I grew up listening to her almost every day and watching the biopic all the time. As I grew older, I discovered more about her life and the type of person she was which made my love for her grow even stronger. Selena represents me more than any other icon ever could. She was a Mexican-American who struggled with being both Latin and American in the US. She loved both English and Spanish music and had an incredibly close relationship with her family. She just had that “It” factor and it’s so sad that her life had to end in such a tragic way.

Selena was on the verge of a breakthrough into the mainstream world and would’ve been a giant star today. Her legacy will live on for eternity because that is exactly what she deserves.

I’ll be dreaming of you forever Mi Amor.

Us Theories

Jordan Peele’s latest project “Us” came out this weekend. After his blockbuster directing debut with “Get Out”, the world was anxiously awaiting his next film. It surely did not disappoint. “Us” starring the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elizabeth Moss tells the story of a woman whose past comes back to haunt her and her family in the form of look-alikes.

Just like “Get Out” there are so many theories as to what the underlying meaning of the movie is. I watched the movie this weekend and am still confused as to the hidden meanings. Let’s try out best to analyze the biggest themes  Warning, there are spoilers ahead.

11:11

The number 11:11 comes up a lot throughout the film. Whether it be the hour, the concept of making a wish and even the biblical verse of Jeremiah 11:11. By seeing the same number back to back, it seems to represent the duality that is present through the film. There are so many doubles and that is what the number 11:11 represents

Hands Across America 

The “Hands Across America” movement is a main aspect of the film. When Adelaide was little, she seemed to be fascinated by the idea of it, therefore when she switches with “Red” she still has this idea in mind as her revenge. But what do the “Hands Across America” movement represent in the film? Well, some theories think that because the movement did not do really anything for people during the time, in the film it may represent that we are all interconnected and are the same. By holding hands, we are connected together.

Rabbits

What about all those rabbits? Well, Jordan Peele himself has said that rabbits’ eyes make them look like sociopaths. The fact that they are able to reproduce in large quantities also represents the tethered down in the tunnels. They are able to quickly grow in numbers. One of my personal favourite theories as to why rabbits are in the film is because rabbits don’t have a distinct sound like other animals. The tethered are not able to speak and only make mumbling sounds, just like the rabbits.

“Us” is still relatively new and so theories are still arising but the movie is definitely a must watch. Even if it is so confusing if you’re into horror you will love it.

4 Powerful LatinX Women

On this International Women’s Day, I would like to take some time to look at some powerful Latina women who have made incredible strides in the world. We must always acknowledge that there are some incredible women all over the world and their stories deserve to be told.

Rigoberta Menchu

Rigoberta Menchu is an indigenous woman from Guatemala who made strides in the indigenous women’s rights movement. She did so much for women in Guatemala that in 1992 she won the Nobel Peace Prize. Menchu is still fighting for indigenous rights to this day.

Eva Peron

As the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron was a very controversial figure in Argentinian culture. With that being said, Peron fought hard for women’s rights in Argentina, eventually leading her to give women the right to vote in 1947. Powerful.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is a household name, everybody knows her and her beautiful paintings. She is a cultural icon. She channelled her pain she endured in her life into art and eventually made it big. Frida Kahlo is definitely a female figure to look up to and well deserving of a worldwide name,

Isabel Allende 

One of the most famous literary masters from Latin America is Isabel Allende. Over her entire career she has sold 37 million copies of her books as well as having her stories translated into countess languages. In 2014, Allende received The Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. She’s incredible.

These 4 women are incredible representations of Latin culture. Keep it up ladies! Lets celebrate women not just today but everyday.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

March 8, 2014, was a day that changed so many peoples lives. It brought so many people from all walks of life together for the worst possible reason. Their friends and family went missing on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Its been 5 years and there’s still little to no evidence as to what happened on that fateful flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Although the general consensus is that the plane went missing around or over the Indian Ocean, there has been little to no debris found anywhere. The missing plane and lack of evidence has left the world baffled. The black box was never found so we don’t know what truly happened during the flights last moments.

The flight’s captain seemed calm when speaking to the people on the ground the whole time until it lost contact with the ground.

So what exactly happened? There are so many theories and none have really been proven or debunked. Some people think that it might have been an inside job or terrorist attack. That the plane wasn’t actually crashed but it landed safely somewhere in order for it to be used for a future terrorist attack. Others think that the captain himself took the plane down as a suicide attempt. Who really knows.

Honestly, it is quite possible that we will never know what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. There just isn’t enough evidence to determine anything. Will we find the airplane anywhere? All we can do is hope that in the next 5 years we get some answers to anything.

The Story Of Milli Vanilli

On March 7, 1989, Milli Vanilli released their debut studio album. No one expected what came after.

Milli Vanilli was an R&B/Pop duo from Germany that came into the mainstream world and took it by storm. One day they were nobodies and the next day their songs and likeness’ were all over the media. They had hit after hit and sounded perfect each time they performed live. They won countless MTV VMA awards and the coveted Grammy for Best New Artist. Their songs “Girl You Know It’s True” and “Blame It On The Rain” were hits on the radio. Everything seemed to be going great for these 2 guys from Germany. Until it wasn’t.

During a performance of “Girl, You Know Its True” at an MTV event, something went wrong. Their backtrack got stuck. The 2 singers froze on stage until eventually, one ran off. This incident kicked off a slew of questions. Were they lipsyncing, who were they really, had they been lying this whole time? The publicity got so intense until one November day, they admitted the truth. They not only lipsynced to their songs but they didn’t even sing them. A whole other band was behind the scenes writing and recording the vocals. The 2 friends were merely the face for the band. This set off a firestorm of angry fans and critics alike.

Milli Vanilli was forced to give back the majority of their awards including their Best New Artist Grammy. In a matter of days, their story fell apart. All that happened 30 years ago.

It’s crazy to think that back then, lipsyncing would have cost you your career and today it seems as if all the artists’ lipsync. Oh, how times have changed.

 

5 Incredible Biopics

Will Smith was recently announced to star as the lead role of Venus and Serena Williams father, Richard Williams in the upcoming biopic of their lives. His casting has been controversial, to say the least, but it did get me thinking; what are some amazing biopics? There have been so many and some of them hit it out of the park while others strikeout. With that being said, these are 5 of my favourite biopics.

Selena 

2 years after the untimely murder of Tejano superstar Selena, Gregory Nava took on the task of recreating this beloved singers short but impactful life on the big screen. Jennifer Lopez stars in her first lead role as Selena alongside veteran Edward James Olmos. This film was so important, powerful and heartfelt. It is unanimously agreed that no one could have played Selena other than Jennifer Lopez. If this woman deserved an Oscar for any role it is for her portrayal of Selena. Iconic.

Hidden Figures 

This Oscar-nominated film tells the story of the 3 African-American women behind NASA’s first man-made mission of the moon. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monét, this film is so powerful and tells their story so beautifully. Before this film came out, many people did not know of these women and their impact on the space race. Their story was told and received. Hidden Figures is a reminder that we need to not forget of the people behind the scenes who are pulling the strings.

Ray

Ray Charles was and still is a cultural icon. Everyone knows that laugh, smirk and voice. Its almost haunting how well Jamie Foxx played him in this 2005 biopic. There was no one that year who deserved the Oscar more than he did. This biopic tells the story of R&B legend Ray Charles. What is great about ‘Ray’ is that it focusses on 30 years of his life, therefore the story can be told through a deeper lens unlike if it focused on all aspects of his life. Definitely in my opinion one of the best biopics of all time.

The Social Network 

With Social Media being so prevalent in our lives, why not have a biopic about the start of the biggest social media platform of all time? I remember when this movie was announced, I was very hesitant to watch it because it seemed like just a movie about Facebook but once it came out I was mindblown. The Social Network really dealt with a lot of tough subjects and dove into the truth behind the scenes of this startup website. It was so well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Milk 

Harvey Milk was a pioneer in the Gay Rights movement and the first openly gay politician to be elected into California public office. His biopic starring Sean Penn in the titular role, tells the story of his life and his political campaign in San Francisco. A critically acclaimed biopic that represents the time and this important story. Milk is a must watch. It has everything that you could look for in a film. So great

Make sure to check out these 5 incredible films. Biopics are amazing and you can learn about someone you might otherwise have never heard of.

Phoenix Lights Phenomenon

UFO sightings are constantly coming out. It seems like every day there is a new video on Twitter or Facebook. Although these videos usually turn out to be hoaxes, there is one UFO sighting that to this day has never been explained: The Phoenix Lights Phenomenon.

On March 13, 1997, a series of lights was seen over the skies of Nevada, Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora. These lights were not seen by 1 or 2 people, they were seen by hundreds of people. Many people said the lights were in a distinct V-like formation and were just hovering over them.

The Phoenix Lights have 2 distinct times. The first incident occurred over Henderson, Nevada where people began seeing these lights just hovering over at around 7:30. There isn’t much video or photo evidence of this incident as not many people reported it. People reported seeing it for a while until eventually, the lights went over the mountains.

A little while after this first sighting, the lights were seen over Phoenix. The photos and videos of these UFO sightings are mostly of this time. The reason this incident is one of the most well known UFO sightings is because of the number of people who witnessed it. Almost everyone in Phoenix saw these lights. They were so large and bright you couldn’t miss it.

The Phoenix Lights Phenomenon didn’t get much traction until months later when an article was published in USA Today. This got worldwide attention and people began theorizing and analyzing. The story got so big that even the governor of Arizona jokingly addressed it with a mascot of an alien. Now what makes this weird is that years later, the governor admitted that he too had seen the lights over Phoenix that night and he didn’t know what it was.

So what were these lights? A government aircraft? A missile? Or something not from earth? The Phoenix Lights are unexplained to this day. Maybe one day we will know what that giant object in the sky was. Or will we?

Let your kids watch Andi Mack

A children’s television show making waves across social media is not something you normally hear of. Disney Channels Andy Mack is doing just that. What is the reason you may ask? Well, because Andi Mack is the first show to prominently show a Gay main character and storyline.

This is so important to show on television in 2019. Children need to see people of different colours, shapes, sexualities and religions on children’s television in a positive light. It’s time.

For myself, growing up around ages 8-13, all I watched were shows on Disney Channel/Family and Nickelodeon. By that age, I was beginning to understand more and more about the world around me. What I’m saying is that children’s television gives kids new and different views of thinking in a way that they understand it. I learned about body issues, racism, discrimination and even divorce. It made me aware of these issues.

That is why today in 2019 I believe a show that showcases a Gay preteen in normal light is amazing. I would have really appreciated seeing that when I was watching these channels at a young age.

I understand people being uneasy with certain subjects but at the end of the day. television is supposed to represent the real world. The real world has people from all walks of life and they should all be represented.

We need to start teaching this new generation at a young age that being different is okay and valid. Don’t shelter your child from reality but instead have real age-appropriate conversations after watching shows like Andi Mack with new topics. It’s important.

One Day at a Time

Season 3 of One Day at a Time has been out for a few weeks now, and the show is still delivering amazing storylines. Centred around a Cuban American family and the daily struggles they face. A LatinX show is always amazing, but what sets One Day at a TIme apart from other shows is that it tells stories that so many people face.

One Day at a Time is a remake of the 1970s sitcom of the same name but with a 21st-century twist. The shows are both different but similar at the same time. They both tug at your heartstrings.

The show deals with tough subjects like depressions, PTSD, teenage sexuality and so much more. But as tough as these subjects are, the show addresses them in a very realistic and light-hearted way. The show is a sitcom at the end of the day.

Another great part of One Day at a Time is Rita Moreno. A Hollywood legend, EGOT winner and all around amazing woman. She brings so much light to the show and steals each scene that she is in. A show can only be as good as its cast. The writing can be amazing but a good cast with amazing chemistry to showcase the writing is truly something magical.

One Day At A Time is a show that has something for everybody. It will make you laugh, cry, get angry and then laugh again.

Check it out today! Shows like these are important and need to stay on television.

Jonestown

November 18, 1978, is a day that many people around the world will never forget. This day marked the largest amount of American lives lost until 9/11. A mass murder in the town of Jonestown, Guayana led by cult leader Jim Jones. It was almost as if it was a terrible nightmare that no one wanted to continue seeing on their televisions. A true American tragedy.

The People’s Temple was a community church founded by Jim Jones in the 60s. Jones wanted to create a community for people to come and feel safe. Initially, he seemed like an extreme liberal socialist. He has one of the first blended families in the country.

 

As time moved forward, Jim Jones seemed to be getting more power hungry. He became more controlling of his congregation, making them live at the church and work full time for him. This control took an extreme turn when he convinced his people to relocate to the Guayana jungle and begin a new community there. The community seemed to thrive but as many things go, soon people began wanting to relocate back to the United States.

After some of the congregations family members in the States began the process of showing Jonestowns true colours, an NBC camera crew that included Congressman Leo Ryan went down to Guayana to see what was going on. Jim Jones wanted to make it seem as if everything was going smoothly and welcomed them with open arms. People soon began sliding notes to the crew letting them know that they wanted to go back to the USA with them.

the congressman and the camera crew left, Jim Jones made a couple of his workers escort them to their plane. As they were getting on the platform, shots were fired and they killed the congressman as well as some of the camera crew.

Realizing he was going to get in trouble. Jim Jones gathered his people and gave a speech about how their time on this earth is up. He made everyone take a drink mixed with cyanide and as soon as they drank it, everyone instantaneously began throwing up and falling left and right. Once all was said and done, a total of 909 individuals died of cyanide poisoning in Jonestown. Jim Jones shot himself in the head.

Jonestown is said to be a mass suicide but in reality, those survivors and audio evidence show that people did not want to die but were forced to.

This event is truly a tragic tale that needs to be remembered. These innocent people had lives and stories to tell.

Rest In Peace.

Black Excellence

With Black History month coming to an end, I think it’s an appropriate time to look at the young black trailblazes paving the way in our present day. It’s always amazing to look at our past, but with all the struggles that Black people face today, it’s very important to highlight the positive role models of today.

Chloe X Halle

These 2 young ladies are making moves in the music industry. Nominated for 2 Grammys in 2019, these Beyoncé protégées were discovered in 2013 after their Youtube cover of ‘Pretty Hurts’ went viral. The girls have been working hard and touring ever since then and have released incredible pieces of music. Keep an eye out for these sisters as they are incredibly talented and good role models.

Marsai Martin 

Imagine the youngest executive producer for a film. That is Marsai Martin. This 14-year-old actress and producer is making big moves in Hollywood. Beginning as an actress on the hit TV show Black-ish, It just goes to show that anybody of any age, race or colour can become a success story and do whatever they set their mind to. Marsai is a prime example of black excellence. You go, girl!

Shangela

At the 2019 Oscars, Shangela made heads turn. A large part of the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper film ‘A Star Is Born’. Shangela is one of the most successful drag queens of all time. Beginning her career on the 2nd season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Shangela has truly made her mark in Hollywood. From All-Stars to movies and tv shows as well as music. Shangela can do it all. She represents so many young black gay kids looking to find a way out of some unfortunate situations. Let’s keep on supporting Shangela. A wonderful Drag Queen.

The Ladies of The Real 

These women have made their mark on daytime television. Yes, they’re not all black, but Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai represent minority culture in a space where not much has been seen before. Loni and Tamera represent 2 different types of black women who have gained success in different ways. Many times we see a staple black person on a talk show but in reality, black people come from all aspects of life and there is no token black person. The Real is deserving of all their Emmy wins and will continue to be a success story for people of colour.

Let’s continue to celebrate these black women who represent so many people today and every day. Cheers!

2 Canadian True Crime Cases

Everybody loves an interesting true crime case. Whether it be an unsolved murder, serial killer or break-in, for some reason it’s fascinating. Although we hear about cases like these from all over the world, there are Canadian stories that are just as fascinating.

Jennifer Pan and her Kill-for-hire plan

This chilling story comes out of Markham, Ontario. Jennifer Pan grew up in a strict overprotective household with her 2 parents and brother. Her parent’s tried to give her the best life possible but Jennifer always felt that they were too overbearing. One night in 2010, 2 burglars came into her home and shot both of her parents but left her unharmed. Sadly, her mother died that night but her father managed to survive after being in a coma. The evidence against Jennifer began to pile up as her story did not line up. Eventually there was enough evidence to arrest Jennifer Pan, her boyfriend and 2 other men on murder and attempted murder charges.

Murder of Lindsay Buziak 

This story begins in Victoria, BC. in 2008 Lindsay Buziak was an aspiring professional real estate agent who seemed to be living her best life. She had a great family, boyfriend and seemingly no enemies. One afternoon, she had set up a showing for one of her homes just outside of the city. Lindsay had felt a little bit off about the phone calls regarding this appointment so she asked her boyfriend to accompany her to the showing. When Lindsay arrived, her boyfriend still was not there but the couple who she was meeting was. She began showing them the house but what came after was truly shocking. During the time of the showing, the couple stabbed her multiple times and left her there to die. Her boyfriend arrived shortly after to find her dead body in the house. To this day, there is no solid evidence pointing to any suspects. Her boyfriend has been ruled out as a suspect and so the case remains unsolved.

These are just 2 of the countless true crime cases in Canada. Stay vigilant and safe.

A Moment In Time

When you hear the term “Iconic photo” what images come to mind? It might be the Vancouver couple kissing during the madness of the 2011 Stanley Cup riots or the Afghan Girl cover on National Geographic. Regardless, the images I’m about to show represent a specific moment in time. Good or bad these images are iconic.

Wait For Me, Daddy – 1940

This image taken in October 1940 shows a young child running out of his mother’s hands towards his father in a lineup during a march on 8th Street in New Westminster, British Columbia. The image is seen as innocence in the wake of darkness. It has been seen worldwide and is now an iconic image of Canadian wartime.

 

 

 

V-J Day in Time’s Square – 1945

This image is arguably one of the most iconic images of all time. Taken in August of 1945 as soon as Japan surrendered in World War II, the image is supposed to capture the happiness of that day by showing 2 people kissing in the middle of celebrations in Time’s Square, New York. While the image has taken on a life of its own, it is interesting to note that the woman in the image has said she did not want to be kissed by the man and was simply grabbed in the heat of the moment. There’s some history for you.

 

The Agony of Omayra Sánchez – 1985

Omayra Sánchez was a young girl who died after a Volcanic Eruption destroyed her village in Colombia in 1985. Omayra was under water unable to get out due to house debris trapping her legs. She died 3 days later. The image of the young girl with black eyes serves as a reminder of the Colombian governments’ negligence with this and many other Volcanic eruptions throughout the country. A truly stunning image that will never be forgotten.

Tank Man – 1989

Everyone knows the image of the Tank Man. A symbol of resilience towards the Chinese government during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the image speaks volumes. Nobody knows what happened to the ‘Tank Man’ after the picture was taken. He could have died, been arrested of just be living somewhere in China. Still, the man gave us one of the most iconic images of a protest in history.

The Falling Man – 2001

This eerie image taken of a man jumping to his death during the September 11th attacks puts everything about that day into perspective. Throughout the chaos and agony of that terrible day, this man chose to jump to his death for reasons we will never know. So much was lost that day and this image reminds us that at the end of the day we are all just human.

 

 

Death of Alan Kurdi – 2015

The image of Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a beach in the Mediterranean Sea will forever be implanted in the minds of people. This image represents the struggle families have to face in order to give their children a better life. Alan was 3 years young and sadly lost his life. His image, however, will live on forever as a symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis.

These 6 images represent different moments in history. They serve to remind us of things we should continue or stop doing. Iconic images become iconic because we can see our human side through them. They tug at our heartstrings and remind us, we really aren’t all that different.