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What is The Future for India's Air Quality?

Published article October 2015

Violence Against Women: Is There Hope for India?

Published article October 2015

Social Message Of Love Gone Viral: ‘I Am Indian And I Don’t Hate Pakistan’

Published article October 2015

Disney-Pixar Brings Indian Flair To Pop Culture Zeitgeist

Published article October 2015

Meet The Woman Behind The Magic Of Marvel

Published article November 2015

Priyanka Chopra’s Rising International Exposure: From Quantico To Baywatch?

Published article January 2016

Dolce & Gabbana Launches First Ever Hijab And Abaya Fashion Line

Published article January 2016

India Vs. The Queen: Diamonds Aren’t Always A Girl’s Best Friend

Published article November 2015

Abercrombie & Fitch Reinvents Itself With Their First South Asian Face

Published article November 2015

The Richest: India's Top 8 Billionaires

Published article October 2015

A Familiar Hollywood Face will be Visiting India This Month

Published article October 2015

Meet The Alluring Ladies of Bajirao Mastani

Published article November 2015

Life in the Fast Lane: India's First Ever Bullet Train

Published article December 2015

Rescue Efforts in India Continue as Chennai Gets Downpoured

Published article December 2015

Battle at the Box Office: Which Movie Will Take the Lead?

Published article December 2015

India's 'Yes Bank' Widens its Market to the London Stock Exchange

Published Article January 2016

British "Flash Crash" Mastermind Fights Extradition Charges

Published article February 2016

Jian Ghomeshi Trial: What You've Missed so Far!

Published article February 2016

2016 People's Choice Awards: Everything You Need to Know!

Published article January 2016

Sunny Leone Gracefully Shuts Down "Slut-Shaming" Interview Like a True Heroine

Published article January 2016

Katrina Kaif Dazzles Catwalk at Tarun Tahiliani Fashion Show

Published article February 2016

Where Does Volkswagen Currently Stand in the Automotive Industry?

Published article October 2015

'Ki & Ka' Trailer Release: Has Bollywood Redefined Itself?

Published article February 2016

Back in the Spotlight: Charlie Sheen Reveals Exclusive Details About His Longtime Secret

Published article November 2015

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Disclosure: 'Fusion' is an unpublished magazine designed in partnership with Nomaan Khan using Adobe InDesign.  The images and text do not belong to Nicole Zoe Singh.

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Mohawk Journalism 2012

2012 Fall/Winter Toronto Fashion Week-Rudsak

2011 Provincial Elections NDP Campaign Party

From Blank Page to Center Stage

It’s impressive when a young artist can stay focused and driven in a wild unforgiving industry.  Rapper and songwriter Rexx has been on his independent-grind since a young age, giving many underground artists hope for future fame.


Ignite News had the opportunity to sit down with the Hamilton hip-hop artist in the studio to talk about music, the industry, and how to make dreams reality.


Kolton Lynch who goes by the stage name Rexx says he first realized he had musical talent in high school when people heard his music and said he sounded good.


“I listen back on my old songs and say to myself, what the? What were they thinking?”


The 22-year-old artist would describe his music as the southern/Miami type of hip-hop.


“I like to think my music is a lot different from most Canadian artists because I have always been a fan of Southern Atlanta/Memphis type of music. I love the bass and the beats in their songs.”


When asked if he could describe his music in a few words, he responded “Parental advisory LOL.”


“It’s not that I talk about guns and violence but I do talk about things that most people would find negative.”


One thing that Rexx would like to change about the music industry is the fact that once an artist gets signed to a label they will still be able to do what they want, instead of being controlled like a puppet.


In such a huge hip-hop industry where there are so many other aspiring artists trying to make it and already so many talented artists that are well known in the industry, Rexx still manages to find his niche.


“My drive sets me apart.  I feel like there are a lot of artists that are talented but they are either lazy or have too much going for them and feel the need to give up. I work real hard at what I do and tell my self everyday I won’t stop until I am heard.”


Growing up, Rexx says he was influenced by the music of Bow wow, Red Café, Wale, and Bun B, although he can’t directly compare his music to anyone currently in the industry.


“People who listen to my music have told me I have almost the same voice/sound as J.Cole. But I don't hear it.”

Fans are always updating Rexx on how his music made them feel.


“My music lately has been about letting loose and having fun.  I get texts from fans all the time saying how they played my music at one of their parties or to get them in a good mood,” and goes on to say “It makes me feel good knowing I can affect peoples moods like that.”


Rexx is currently in the works of some pretty major projects and will be releasing his new track soon.


“I can’t say any details yet but I can say I’ve been working with a pretty major producer who also produced Drake’s “Thank me Later” mix tape and a lot of other mix tapes by major artists in the industry.”


Fans can also expect to see him performing live on Halloween in Hamilton’s club district, Hess Village where Rexx will be headlining for another artist.

Rexx always believes dreams can become reality if you really work hard at them.  As a former Mohawk College student, he gave advice to current students and anyone trying to pursue their dreams.

“They should keep their head up.  There will be hard times, times where it feels like you want, and need to give up, but if you stick it out there will be a brighter side.”



Fashion Industry Turns to Fashion Nightmare…


Samantha Cameron, wife of the Prime Minister of the U.K. and ambassador of London Fashion Week appeared to have a somber look on her face while watching the skeletal models glide down the runway of the 2011 Erdem fall/winter fashion show.


17-year-old Chloe Memisevic (as shown in the picture) is not the only model in the fashion industry to be extremely thin.

According to Canada’s top modeling and runway agency Sutherland Models, a women must be 5″8 in height and weigh 108-125 pounds.  They admit that a somewhat scrawny build drapes clothing nicely and ensures a good fit in the standard wardrobe.


According to Statistics Canada, the average height of a normal Canadian woman is 5″4 and weighs 145 pounds.  This evident perfect body image is not only seen on the runways of fashion shows.  This body image is portrayed everywhere in the media, on the cover of magazines, in movies, and on television shows.


This pressure to be thin is affecting younger girls.  The Canadian Women’s Health Network warns parents that weight control measures are being taken by girls as young as five and six.  In 2003, Teen Magazine reported that 35 per cent of girls ages six to twelve-years-old  have been on at least one diet.

The most disturbing fact of all is that the media portrayed beauty is unrealistic and unattainable for most women.


“Our models within our agency do differ from the models seen on some of the fashion runways.  I am not denying that there are models within the industry suffering from eating disorders, however our agency does not put this kind of pressure upon them,” says modeling agent Arnika Tamatoa for Elite Model Management.


“Models do definitely need to have a certain body in order to model and make it in the industry but they are just doing their job, it should not be taken the wrong way by the rest of the world.”


In all reality,  it has become a culture of thinness.  Being thin is being beautiful, as portrayed by the media.  In 2006, an estimate of 450,000 Canadian women suffered from an eating disorder.  


American fashion model Sarah Ziff co-directed the documentary Picture Me: A Model’s Diary. This gave the world a deeper look at the behind the scenes of the fashion industry and an inner look at the modeling world.


A portion of the documentary discusses body image and the body models are expected to have.  A few models expressed during an interview for the documentary that they were only allowed to eat either one rice cake a day or a cotton ball dipped in juice.


Anorexia and eating disorders are not only leading to a successful career within the fashion industry, however a short life resulting in tragic death.  French model and face of the controversial ad campaign “No Anorexia”, Isabelle Caro had her life end tragically last year at the age of 28-years-old.  The model suffered most of her life from anorexia and eating disorders.  At one point in Caro’s life she weighed only 55 pounds.  The cause of her death is still unknown.


Ana Carolina Reston and Eliana Ramos are two other models among the fashion industry that have died at a young age due to anorexia.


Coco Chanel once said “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous!”  Is anorexia classy or fabulous?  Are the current models of our fashion industry either classy or fabulous?  London Fashion Week certainly displayed otherwise.

                                                                                                                             

John Galliano’s Not So Fashionable Statements


Superstar fashion legend and designer John Galliano has been suspended from Christian Dior after being arrested for allegedly saying racial slurs at a cafe in Paris.


The 50-year-old  designer’s conversation was overheard by other patrons within the cafe “La Perle” on Thursday evening which consisted of comments such as “I love Hitler!” and other anti-Semitic slurs.  Galliano’s comments were recorded on a cellphone by the people sitting at the table beside him.

Paris officials arrested the flamboyant fashion designer.  France’s top fashion house Christian Dior suspended Galliano, pending further investigation.  Galliano was Dior’s creative director for it’s fashion show during fashion week in Paris.


Paris prosecutors office said in a statement that there will be a police investigation with regards to the racial slurs and following that Galliano will stand trial.  The trial could take place in the spring of this year.  If convicted, Galliano could face up to six months in jail and over (EURO)22,500 in fines.


Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman, the face of  Miss Dior Cherie fragrance released a statement about the incident: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,” said Portman.


“In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”

Galliano released a personal statement which completely denies any allegations of racial comments and  apologized for any offense his behaviour may have caused.


Spokespeople for both Dior and Galliano say their fall-winter 2011-2012 fashion shows will proceed this weekend at Paris Fashion Week.