Posts by Tarini Fernando

When is the last time you finished a book?

In this image: a pile of open books.

Picking up a book is a hard thing to do during the semester. With all your labs, essays, and tests, where’s the time to simply read for fun?  The thing is, there is always time to read. It’s worth it to try and find it. Here are some tips to get you flipping through some pages this…

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Signs from the stars and planets

In this image: a headshot of Kyle Fraser in front of a presentation.

With files from Dylan Coutts. Astrology, its validity as a belief system and field of study has been debated for millennia. But despite modern science’s rebuttal of it, astrology continues to fascinate, and many still turn toward it for guidance.   As Oxford dictionary defines it, astrology is the study “of the movements and relative positions…

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Hollywood award shows: changing with the times?

Headshot of Daniel Kaluuya.

Hollywood awards season is in full swing. For the past few years, award shows have been highly criticized for their lack of gender and racial diversity. But this year, things are changing.  In last year’s Golden Globes best picture nominees, only one film (Get Out) starred a leading actor of colour. Many people were also…

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Home for the Holidays?

In this image: someone putting an ornament on a Christmas tree.

Heading back home for winter break can mean a lot of great things: relaxing nights watching cheesy Christmas movies, or fun days making gingerbread houses with your relatives. But that’s not all.  Being back at home for three whole weeks also means getting some tough questions from your parents and relatives. Things can get awkward. You’ll probably…

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Africville: the untold story through a poet’s eyes

In this image: Headshot of Shauntay Grant.

Dalhousie University professor Shauntay Grant wrote her latest book on the history of Africville, but there’s a twist. This isn’t your typical research book; it’s a book targeted at teaching children about the community of Africville.  Grant, a Nova Scotian writer and assistant professor in the Dal English department wrote her new book about a…

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A Star is Born, for the fourth time

In this image: headshot of Lady Gaga performing.

A Star is Born is the latest hit film to reach theatres this fall. But this isn’t its first time on the big screen – this film is the third remake since the original. There have been some changes.  The movie, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, is about a young, amateur singer named Ally…

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From prose to pop songs

Headshot of Mark Pineo.

Every November, Mark Pineo sits down at his computer and starts making an album of music. By the end of the month, it’s finished.  In his own way, Pineo, an audio instructor in the University of King’s College’s journalism program, participates in a contest called National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo).   Regularly, participants…

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Crazy Rich Light-Skin Asians

Poster for Crazy Rich Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians has undoubtedly been one of the biggest Hollywood hits of the year. The film, starring Constance Wu as an economics professor travelling to Singapore to meet her crazy rich boyfriend’s crazy rich family, has received immense critical and commercial success.   It’s been highly celebrated for its all-Asian team of actors, writers, and director–the first major Hollywood film to do this since 1993’s The…

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