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Highlights from the 2017 Oscars

The 89th Annual Academy Awards celebrated the magic of the movies in a year when the discussion of diverse storytelling rose in urgent prominence. With an increased mix of artists of different races and creeds represented among the lists of nominees, the awards ceremony raised expectations for an event that would recognize and unite creative talents from all walks of life. Here are the highlights from the 2017 Oscars.

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Life Lessons Learned From… Women in Entertainment in 2014

2014 was the year when women worldwide raised their voices in important discussions of hot topic issues, such as personal identity and equality of the sexes. In the world of entertainment, actresses, musicians, and other talented ladies used their high profile platforms to share their thoughts on being a women and a human being in our day and age, and their advice and hopes for a better future. From the words of these 10 women in entertainment, we can derive several life lessons that can be applied to all aspects of our lives, from careers to relationships, in 2015 and beyond.

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Movie Review: The Help

Based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett, The Help follows the lives of a group of Jackson, Mississippi women during the 1960s and reveals the often-concealed reality of racial discrimination in America.

The film adaptation stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer as Aibileen Clark and Milly Jackson, two black maids who divulge their experiences of working in white households to Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), an aspiring writer who plans to compile their stories into an engaging exposé. The three women come into constant conflict with their high society employers, led by the icy and ignorant Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard).

Through the help’s tales of turmoil, tragedy and injustice, shocking and shameful examples of racial bigotry are unfolded. The fact that strong prejudice perspectives against African-American citizens ran rampant only less than fifty years ago is difficult to grasp, but The Help reminds viewers that such close-minded opinions still exist in present-day society.

However, hope is offered through The Help’s memorable and compelling characters: in the resilience of Aibileen, in the courage of Milly, in the ambition of Skeeter and in the tolerance of blonde bombshell and society outcast, Celia Foote (Jessica Chastain).

With great humour and tremendous heart, The Help delivers an important message about realizing one’s potential and using one’s voice – a powerful tool that can make a positive difference in society.

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.