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Michael Cera- True That

It’s no secret that Michael Cera, one of Canada’s finest specimens, was born to do great things. When he first emerged on our screens in Arrested Development in 2003, everyone immediately saw that this kid had pure comedic potential. This week, an album called “True That” randomly made its way to Bandcamp under the name of […]

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In Defense of the Sad Girl

While I do not owe anyone an explanation for my work, I would like to clarify a few things. First and foremost, my intent with The Rise of the Sad Girl was never to glamorize sadness and/or depression. In no way was I trying to say that it’s cool to be sad, but rather that it is […]

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Through the Looking Glass: How does Lewis Carroll critically examine British society & culture through the lens of a child?

 My final essay for my British Life & Cultures course from my semester abroad in London. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is a classic tale in the lives of most children. Whether we have seen the movie or read the book, people around the world know all about Alice and her travels to Wonderland. Written […]

MEN ON TOP, WOMEN ON BOTTOM: GENDER ROLES IN ‘GOLDFINGER’ & HOW THE BOND GIRLS RESIST HETERONORMATIVITY

My final essay for my Media in Britain course during my semester abroad in London. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————  Before “Goldfinger” was adapted into a major motion picture film in 1964, it was published in 1959 as one of the first books in the original James Bond series written by Ian Fleming. In relation to the representation of […]

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FKA Twigs- EP2

FKA twigs’ (formerly known as twigs) EP2 is minimalistic in the sense that as a solo performer, the London based artist didn’t have to do too much in order to leave all listeners speechless once more. As the follow-up to her highly acclaimed self-release debut from 2012, Tahliah Barnett sets herself apart as one of […]

BOY BANDS VS. GIRL GROUPS

My final paper for my History of Rock course. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Since the beginning of time, boy bands and girl groups have been battling each other for fame, fortune and glory. Some critics argue that the presence of girl groups at the same time as boy bands is necessary in order to challenge them. Are females […]

COUNT VON COUNT & HIS PURPOSE IN CHILDREN’S TELEVISION

My final paper for my Vampire Narratives course. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— I. INTRODUCTION Count von Count was officially introduced to the cast of Sesame Street in Season 4 on November 27, 1972. While the Watergate scandal was plaguing the American nation and race riots were breaking out post the Civil Rights Movement, Sesame Street became a production […]

A BREAKDOWN OF THE BLACK MIDDLE CLASS IN AMERICA

My final research paper for my Black Popular Culture course. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— “The real story of the last forty years has been the emergence of the black middle class, whose income gains have been real and substantial. The growth in the size of the black middle class was so spectacular that as a group it outnumbers […]