MILAGRO

spanish for "miracle"
1. A marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent.

de l'espagnol pour "miracle", n.m.
1. Phénomène répute contraire aux lois de la nature et attribué à l'intervention divine.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Letterman. Oh, and I love you.

February 1st, 2012 by Martine St-Victor

Letterman is more than a talk-show host and more than a pertinent interviewer. He’s a raconteur, a fan of indy bands and of Darlene Love, a geopolitical connoisseur even if he modestly tries to dumb himself down.

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Le Monde, Money, Haiti.

January 8th, 2012 by Martine St-Victor

Haiti is flawed and there are many injustices that must be denounced. Many things have to change, I know this. Condescendence, however is also a flaw that helas, too often rears its ugly head whenever the West talks about Haiti. That too, must change.

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Reminder From The Wise Men ::

August 25th, 2011 by Martine St-Victor

Everyone is a teacher. Never has this adage been truer than this week, for me at least. My teachers in recent days have been Jack Layton & Steve Jobs. Layton, a Canadian politician and chief of the official opposition, passed away a few days ago after a ferocious battle against cancer. Then yesterday, Apple’s architect [...]

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Lettre d amour à Oprah.

March 2nd, 2011 by Martine St-Victor

En 25 ans passés sur les bancs de votre école, je me suis épanouie. Bien au-delà de la couleur de votre peau, qui est la même que la mienne, j’admirais vos faiblesses, parce que vous avez su les convertir de passives à actives. Votre passé trouble et votre constant combat avec votre poids sont certaines des caractéristiques qui ont fait de vous l’une de nous. Mais il y a vos forces aussi: votre culot, votre curiosité et, bien sûr, votre générosité, qui a fait rougir les plus riches de cette planète.

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Why Bill Cosby Still Matters.

December 30th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

Bill Cosby should be a model for anyone who wants to be on TV. Today’s television is inundated with one too many reality stars whose claim to fame is well, only that. Where’s the talent? Where’s the craft?

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The Haitian Citizen: My Person Of The Year

December 14th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

The title should be bestowed on the Haitian Citizen. For sentimental reasons, of course, but also because I don’t remember a community not at war, being put through the ringer so much in such a short time. The Haitian Citizen has been failed by Mother Nature, by science and by Human kind camouflaged in greedy political administrators and yet, he is still standing.

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Ma réponse à l’ article du journal La Presse. Pour mon papa, pour mon frère et pour Tristan.

November 24th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

Il y a plus d’une semaine, le journal La Presse publiait un article intitulé « Le fléau caché » sur la violence conjugale en Haïti.

La photo a dérangée plusieurs lecteurs, toutes origines confondues. Moi, c’est l’article que j’ai trouvé dérangeant. J’ai écrit à La Presse. Mon texte n’a pas été publié (comme les 84 autres lettres reçues au journal, d’ailleurs). La voici.

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Whatever Happened to Just Dinner And A Movie?

July 5th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

While devouring this weekend’s New York Times, an article on first-time dating caught my attention (read it here). It described how the ritual of the first date is now theme-inspired. Huh?! Whatever happened to dinner and a movie? Well not literally dinner and a movie but how about drinks? Or lunch? The article describes someone [...]

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Voyeurism: 1, Privacy: 0

March 30th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

*Photo taken from Madre’s Missives. Yesterday, various news agencies & all social media outlets were tripping over themselves reporting Ricky Martin’s revelation of his sexual orientation. Unless you’ve been living in Amish country, the fact Ricky is a homosexual was no surprise. I find it quite unfortunate that today; a public figure’s orientation still makes [...]

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Michelle, Ma Belle.

February 4th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

In Montreal, like in many other cities in the world, February is Black History Month. Even though I question its existence, I applaud all the initiatives executed by the dedicated team behind the Montreal edition. It was thus impossible for me to refuse when they asked me to pen an op-ed on Michelle Obama: their [...]

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Not Perfect Enough for Canada.

December 9th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

They left Paris for Montreal a few years ago. Since then, the Barlagnes have fully integrated the Maple Leaf while contributing to the work force, participating in the school system and being part of the country’s social fabric. Despite having followed all “Immigration Canada” rules and regulations, they are now asked to leave the country [...]

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Ask and You Shall Receive

November 25th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

A new reality show in the Netherlands has been causing roars and indignation all over the World. The “Big Donor Show” will have contestants vying for a terminally ill woman’s liver. Yes it’s grotesque, unethical and disturbing but we asked for it.

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I Am A Citizen of Roc Nation …Despite Living In Montréal.

November 1st, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

On Friday, October 30th the King of New York graced Montreal with his presence, his repertoire and with his place in pop cultural history. After a 10-year absence, Jay-Z was finally back in a City where he is deeply loved, despite the obstacles. I could speak of the man’s excellence or of his accomplishments but [...]

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Barks over Bras.

August 17th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

Shamed NFL player Michael Vick had barely enough time to ditch his prison jumpsuit that he was already granting 60 Minutes his first post-jail interview. Prepped and ready for a barrage of questions (albeit quite softball-like ones), Vick appeared somewhat remorseful and well trained by PR gurus. It’s an exercise we’re used to since we’ve [...]

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So Cool He Only Needed One Glove.

June 26th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

This morning while watching the Today Show, music genius L.A. Reid delivered the wisest words: “Turn down the chatter, turn up the music”. As a student of Michael Jackson – because if you can recite the lyrics to most of his songs, that’s what you are – I choose to remember the Greatness, not the [...]

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Bouquets and Bridesmaids.

May 25th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

Tis the season for I do’s and vows. I love weddings (well, most of them) and I’m delirious with excitement over the one I will attend in a few weeks. I have seen in friends and family members that have gotten married the positives of matrimonial unions: the emancipation, the complicity, the support and the [...]

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Meow! When Female Columnists Attack.

May 12th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

No, you haven’t been experiencing Groundhog Day: you have been seeing Elizabeth Edwards everyday on TV for the past week. On all sorts of tribunes and formats, Mrs Edwards has been promoting Resilience, her latest book. Recounting a life that has little to do with ordinary, she shares such transforming events as the lost of [...]

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Juliette Powell

April 21st, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

Juliette Powell, New York | Sure, the name might sound familiar. To many of us who grew up on music videos in Canada, Juliette was that VJ. Long gone are the celebrity interviews with chart toppers and the gossip. Juliette is now a badass in her life’s next act as an author and as webmaster [...]

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Deadbeat Dads Are So Passé.

March 30th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

Watching Steve Kroft interview Lebron James on 60 minutes, my rage surpassed my amazement. Amazed because of course, we all know how great King James is. Not only on the basketball court but because he’s proven to be a savvy, successful & generous businessman who has not only understood the old boys’ network but has [...]

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Black Girls Rule. Now you know.

December 22nd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I can’t exactly remember when it started but there was a moment. A moment when white boys started to look at me differently. If at first the looks were mostly out of curiousity or mathematical probability (always the sole Black girl in the class) … the looks were now more inviting and not solely based [...]

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Bless Her Heart.

December 16th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

In Montreal, the main newspaper is La Presse. Main because it more or less equally covers the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, International and Business. La Presse boasts excellent journalists and if a time capsule of Montreal were to be built, a copy of it should be included. One of La Presse’s famous or infamous and popular [...]

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Find Another Battle, Campbell.

December 8th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Last week, CNN anchor Campbell Brown, deplore remarks made by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. In front of an open mic (Geez, will they ever learn?), Governor Rendell said the following about the next (if confirmed) Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: “Janet’s perfect for that job. Because for that job, you have to have no life. [...]

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Turning Hope Into a Generic Brand.

December 1st, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Driving up trendy Montreal staple, St-Laurent Boulevard, I was stunned to the point of pulling over. I triple-blinked, in disbelief, at the sight of a giant sign that read “YES WE CAN” next to the picture of a aluminum can, in the window of a soon to be open bar. What?! Are these people for [...]

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People in Fashion are killing Fashion.

November 28th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Fashion is like a heartbeat: everyone has their own and everyone needs it. Styles and trends go but the vehicles remain the same: people in the streets, music videos, television and aaarrgh, magazines. The latter is the leading culprit in the degradation of Fashion. Some Fashion magazines are unequivalently a plague for Fashion. Extreme photoshop, [...]

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Palinomics

November 11th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Get ready. The Sarah Palin media tour has started. The Fox network yesterday, the Today show and NBC this week. She’s not clearing up things: she’s auditioning. The fact Sarah Palin is thinking of running for President in 2012 – although her right – makes me miss Ross Perot. And as a sidebar, Chris Matthews [...]

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We, The People.

November 6th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

We are in day 1 of the AO (After Obama) era. Contrary to most of the media coverage President-elect Obama’s victory triggered, this was not a victory just for Blacks. Still, for the Black community, it has set a standard. One that hopefully, will force rappers to clean Hip Hop, deadbeat fathers to contribute to [...]

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Election Awards

November 3rd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

The campaign has been long and in this era of survival of the Barackiest, it’s only normal to hand out awards – and warnings. Words, Expressions and Characters we need to delete from our collective memory, as of November 4th: Words * Gravitas * Maverick * Trig * Piper * Earmarks * Mispronounced “nuclear” Expressions [...]

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Tuesday Cannot Come Soon Enough.

November 2nd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor
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Segregation

October 31st, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I have Election-fatigue and, when I close my eyes, I see Wolf Blitzer which is a clear sign that I’ve been watching too much CNN. Still, I’ll take fatigue over apathy any day of any week. Take away his knee-shaking smile, his heart-melting charm, his intellectual prowess and Senator Obama is still the guy. The [...]

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So Desperate.

October 28th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I have been asking for Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s quick dismissal from The View for quite some time but in reality, she’s provided me with much content for this blog thus perhaps she should go on as the resident idiot. Last weekend, Hasselbeck travelled with Governor Palin in Florida, to rally the troops. Regardless of one’s political [...]

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One Giant Step Back.

October 27th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I would think, in a time of global turmoil, that CNN would embrace its original mission statement to bring hard but comprehensive news to TV viewers across the world. Helas, I am wrong, Kings-of-comedy dead wrong. As of last Saturday, comedian D.L. Hughley has his own show in primetime on CNN. Somewhere, Aaron Brown is [...]

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Palin hearts Neiman Marcus? Which woman in her right mind doesn’t?

October 23rd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

By no stretch of the imagination am I a fan in any way, shape or form of Sarah Palin. Still, I find ridiculous all the media brouhaha over her $150 000 shopping spree. Who cares? That’s RNC money. I can already imagine the headlines and comments had Governor Palin not undergone her much needed makeover. [...]

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The Next Three Weeks Will Be Ugly.

October 13th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

The Republicans are down in the polls and the mob side of the Party is rearing its ugly head. The attacks have gotten more personal and if you squint at the crowds at some of the McCain/Palin rallies, you can spot at least one Grand Wizard. Some advanced ballots in New York State printed “Barack [...]

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After The Chatter.

October 6th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

The much anticipated Vice-Presidential debate is now over. Pundits and Monday-morning quarterbacks have overanalyzed it to death when in fact, the Debate boils down to this: . Governor Palin can retain information even if clearly, she doesn’t understand it; . Governor Palin cannot, like W, pronounce the word “nuclear” and I can’t help but wonder [...]

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Ostentatious Doesn’t Win Elections.

September 17th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

In Beverly Hills last night, the great Barbra Streisand and the even greater Steven Spielberg respectively hosted Obama events at $2800 and $28500, a plate. The major faux-pas is that Senator Obama attended them. In the wake of financial crumbles, mortgage nightmares and major job cuts, the last image Middle America needs to see is [...]

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Turns Out John McCain is A Genius. Well, Sort Of.

September 2nd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

By choosing Sarah Palin as his Veep pick, McCain made us think about what is acceptable and what isn’t. If you take Palin and study her to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th degree, obviously, the thought of having her as a Vice-President is preposterous. But the average Joe in Middle America doesn’t think that far. [...]

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Chris Matthews for President.

August 26th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Forget Obama, forget Mc Cain. Chris Matthews for President! (if only for a day). What is mind-boggling about the Obama Haters is they oscillate between flogging him for supposedly being a Muslim and in the same breath, for his affiliation to Reverend Wright. Make up your mind. It can’t be both. Oh, please.

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The Morning After.

August 26th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

First, the expectations were too high. It’s the Democratic National Convention, not the parting of the seas. What is scary about the Conventions (both the current Democratic one and the upcoming Republican one) is that we’ll judge both the candidates on matters which will be irrelevant to how they could perform in the White House [...]

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Advertisement On The Podium.

August 14th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Watching the Olympics, it’s easy to get lost between endorsements and products placements as both Athletes and venues are draped in logos and brands. Commercials for the Olympics however, sometimes manage to capture the depth of athletes’ dedication and sacrifice without shoving logos down our throats.My gold medal goes to Nike and the silver, to [...]

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Kiefer Sutherland For Vice-President.

August 12th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Some media reports, fueled by actor Dennis Haysbert, have been suggesting Americans were more willing to vote for Barack Obama because of the TV hit « 24 » where Haysbert played a Black President. I purposely ignored this story when I first read it in the famed French www.rue89.com but was forced to revisit it [...]

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Two Wrongs Makes it Worse, not Right.

August 6th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Worse than John McCain’s vulgar recent political ad are media outlets reporting Paris Hilton’s response. What’s next? Media outlets reporting on the candidates’ shoes? Oh, wait … never mind.

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How Much Longer With Elizabeth Hasselbeck?

August 1st, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

If you’ve read this blog before than you know how much Elizabeth Hasselbeck irritates me. “The View’s” co-host is easily one of the emptiest brains on television (move over Brooke Hogan, you’ve got company). It’s not because she’s a Republican that I dislike Hasselbeck as TV Land and other media outlets are filled with highly [...]

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All Babies Are Not Created Equal.

July 24th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

There was a time when carrying your newborn’s picture in your wallet would suffice as a bragging tool. Nowadays, you must get the cover of People, US Weekly or InTouch and command a vulgar price for it, ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars (sorry Jamie-Lynn, overexposure’s a bitch) to multi-million dollar price tags (proof [...]

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In Case Senator Obama Reads This.

July 17th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I know, he won’t. No need to send me your recommendations for medication. I’m not that delusional. But still, I can’t help but add my opinion to the already too loud chorus of suggestions for the Senator’s Vice-Presidential choice. Facts & Suggestions: 1. It must be a woman. First, because it’s time. Second, there is [...]

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Italians Do It Better. Always.

July 2nd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

July for many means moving into a new apartment. For many others, July means fun in the sun. Add this to your July: Vogue Italia’s homage to Black models. How refreshing to see Black Beauty another month besides February and in another spectrum than Hip Hop videos. Black is Beautiful.

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Life is a True Story

June 27th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Today, famed-French magazine and new Milagro friend Paris Match releases a special issue, declaring its love for the province of Québec. It does it with style and photography like only Paris Match can do. The mag also recently released poignant commercials, evoking life’s various emotions since after all, la vie est une histoire vraie. Here’s [...]

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Cleavage Vs. Cleavage

June 16th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Last week, Québec’s Women Council rang the alarm on the hypersexualization of girls and women by men. I wish they would shut up and concentrate on real issues like increasing the number of shelters for battered woman and on toughening laws against the cowards who beat them up. I wonder why the Council has chosen [...]

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If It Was Sunday Morning, It Was Café au Lait & Tim Russert.

June 15th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

By now, you’ve heard the news and you’ve seen the touching tributes. The great Time Russert is dead. He was smart, unpretentious, clear and fair. Beyond the human tragedy of the death of this father, husband and by all accounts, loyal friend, is the lost for Television. Tim Russert was part of a rare breed [...]

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Carrie. Miranda. Samantha. Charlotte.

June 9th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I wanted to write this post right after I saw the movie, the night of its premiere in Montréal. I instead decided to wait until more faithfuls had seen it, more reviews had been published and once the hype had diminished, even if just little. First, a disclaimer: I adored the series from the very [...]

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And The Winner Is: Vanity Fair! Again.

April 29th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Over the weekend, pictures of 15-year-old Miley Cyrus in a Vanity Fair spread, surfaced to stunned pop cultural followers. It isn’t the image of a bare-backed 15-year old that was shocking but rather the fact that anyone, would toy with the billion-dollar Industry both the Disney Channel and Team Miley Cyrus have created. That’s simply [...]

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Bouquets & Bridesmaids.

April 17th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Tis the season for I do’s and vows. I love weddings (well, most of them) and I’m delirious with excitement over the one I will attend in a few weeks. I have seen in friends and family members that have gotten married the positives of matrimonial unions: the emancipation, the complicity, the support and the [...]

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Stuff (insert ethnic, religious or race epithet here) Like.

April 14th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Not long ago, I was introduced to a witty blog called “Stuff White People Like” (www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com). It’s funny, sarcastic & smart. Obviously, like all good things, it has been copied and unfortunately, not so cleverly imitated. Stuff Indian people like & Stuff Jewish Young Adults like have already hit the blogosphere and now no ethnic [...]

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We Have The Power

April 10th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

If like me, you thought the “Idol Gives Back” was more an exercise in Rolodex-flexing than it was about genuine generosity, then you know that in reality, each of us can make a difference. Way before the Madonnas and Angelinas of this world made trips to Africa the Olympics of the Paparazzos, brave volunteers, teachers, [...]

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Shut Up, Already.

April 9th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Many many times I’ve written of my complete disdain for Elizabeth Hasselbeck. The View co-host is vulgarly offensive with her blind neo-conservatism that is neither based on knowledge nor experience. She prays to a God named George W. Bush and like a religious fanatic, never questions his writings. But, this is a democracy and she [...]

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O!

April 8th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

By now you’ve heard, read and seen this man who’s pregnant. At first, simply an item in less prominent news outlets, the male pregnancy made it to mainstream media such as CNN and helas, Oprah. To see this man on the Oprah stage was a disappointment and for one of the rare times in 22 [...]

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Look, Ma! No Cords!

March 26th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

This year, the Easter Bunny was especially good to me. He not only brought dark Suchard chocolate but he conspired with his cousin, The Energizer Bunny to also bring me the Energi To Go portable power device for my iPod. If you’re often on the go and always rocking to your iPod when you are [...]

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C U Next Tuesday, Jane.

February 15th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Yesterday morning, between two bites of my delicious croissant and beurre danois, I was amused by the always feisty Jane Fonda, on the Today Show. The ex-Mrs Turner dared to utter the word “Cunt”, while being interviewed by Meredith Veira for her upcoming performance in the Vagina Monologues. Less than 20 minutes later and before [...]

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How Do You Spell Privacy?

January 24th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Since Heath Ledger’s death two days ago, the media attention has been more on how he died than what he actually accomplished in his short life. What Heath Ledger did is public domain as he chose to be an Artist and to share his Art through films. Who Heath Ledger was is private. Do we [...]

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Naked Icon

January 12th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

This week, icon Simone de Beauvoir would have turned 100 years old. And, as lit-fans across the world celebrated her achievements and status, much of the attention has been on Le Nouvel Observateur. The weekly magazine published on its cover a naked picture of Madame de Beauvoir, to headline a tribute to the anniversary. Feminists, [...]

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Passion is Good

January 8th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

When I first saw the footage of a teary-eyed Hillary Clinton I knew her opponents would use it as ammunition against her. Most media who showed the clip reminded viewers that a campaign is much like an Olympic event where you give blood, sweat and tears and where often fatigue takes over resilience and ambition. [...]

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New Year.

January 1st, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Year ends bring on a ton of emotions and tasks. Regret, surprise, stupefaction, and lists. Top Ten this, top ten that. Who in the world is accredited to decide what and who’s cool? What looks good and who should wear it? Still, I have a list of my own. A wish list, if you will. [...]

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Hardcore Huckabee.

December 18th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

U.S Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee mat not have the glam & glitz nor the celebrity endorsements (Chuck Norris is not a celebrity) but what he lacks in Hollywood and foreign affairs quotient, he makes up for in pure guts (which may also be camouflaged naïveté.). His latest ad campaign is simple but I predict he [...]

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The Definition of Fascinating.

December 9th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

The end of the year has many traditions: Christmas, Hanukah and the Barbara Walters special. Her famed “The 10 Most Fascinating People” is for TV freaks like me, a must. I was however skeptical of the list when in a trailer for the show, I saw Imus was part of the list. Imus? He certainly [...]

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To Endorse Or Not To Endorse

December 5th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Barbra Streisand is endorsing Hillary and Oprah is getting on the Obama campaign bus.Celebrities have the right to voice their political preferences even if they would be much more helpful fighting concrete social issues such as the pitiful state of education in poorer neighbourhoods but that might not be glamorous enough. Many pundits have condemned [...]

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TV’s Much Needed Facelift.

November 22nd, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

American Princess and famed journalist Maria Shriver recently announced she would not be returning to NBC News. She’s quit the profession all together after being disgusted by the Anna Nicole Smith coverage, following the starlet’s death. It was indeed nauseating. We are far from Walter Cronkite reporting JFK’s death. Times have changed. Let us not [...]

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The Biggest Loser

November 14th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

So it can be done. Reality TV can be inspirational, motivational and non-humiliating. The Biggest Loser is a competition amongst overweight contestants, battling to see who will loose more weight. Thing is, there are really no losers. Even if you’re to be eliminated after one week, you’ve already lost some poundage and you’ve been exposed [...]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels On The Loose.

November 7th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Arrrgggh! Explain to me why TV shows are booking Dog the Bounty Hunter Chapman. Fox’s H&C last night, Larry King tonight and I imagine a slew of others in upcoming days. The man used the word Nigger in a private conversation with his son. That makes him an interesting TV guest? When is Television going [...]

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Fight For Your Right To Profit

November 6th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

At midnight yesterday, the Writers’ Guild of America declared war on TV Screens across the world. By striking, writers are protesting their right to a larger piece of the giant pie that has become the American Media Domination. American because it is being produced in the United States but in reality, the pie has crossed [...]

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Dirty Dog.

November 5th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

When news broke that a tape containing a racist rant by Dog « The Bounty Hunter » Chapman had been leaked to the National Enquirer, a few days ago, all media-hell broke loose. All eyes were turned to Al Sharpton and to A&E, the network which broadcasts the Bounty Hunter’s TV show. As expected, Al [...]

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Bons Baisers de Sarkozy

October 29th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Leave it to 60 minutes to rekindle my obsession for Men in French politics. Last night, France’s new President Nicolas Sarkozy showed the American public what the fuss has been all about. Brash, direct and un-cookie-cuttered-like, Sarko refused to dance to Lesley Stahl`s beat. Despite his cult-like love for all-things Americana, Sarko refused to answer [...]

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Picking the Right Battles

October 16th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

This is one of these days when little makes sense. Former lead singer of French Rock-Band Noir Désir, Bertrand Cantat, is being released today after serving four of the eight-year jail sentence he received for the brutal and deadly beating of his former love, French actress Marie Trintignant. Four years? I’m disgusted. Enough with defending [...]

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Hear Me Roar

October 16th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Not so long ago, women were confronted with black & white choices. Love or security? Career or baby? Full or half-cup cut? Now, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. It’s not about having it all, it’s about having choices. With time, barriers have broken down and a woman’s impact has far surpassed [...]

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When One Speaks at Columbia.

October 1st, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Despite the roars, the nasty editorials and the fervent demonstrators, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad landed in New York City where before his scheduled address at the United Nations, he was to speak at Columbia University. And speak, he did. Spitting out a slew of rhetoric that only confirmed his reputation as a crazed man, Mahmoud [...]

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Chuck D., Where Art Thou?

September 24th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

In 1990, nestled in a sheltered private catholic school, I was shaken by Spike Lee. The movie “Do the Right Thing” had just be released, and its soundtrack, led by powerful Public Enemy tracks, exposed me to a world I didn’t really knew existed. Under the tartan uniform and behind the awkward braces, I was [...]

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And Then There Were Six

September 20th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

A few readers have asked me where I stood on the Jena 6 incident.I refuse to blog about it as it is a deep sociological issue which I am far from being qualified to correctly analyze although it’s clear to see that it is yet another creepy example of what happens when ignorance rules. The [...]

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‘Til Death Do Us Part.

September 17th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Watching the Emmy Awards last night, I was reminded of a frightening trend noticeable in all award shows. Past the impossibly perky breasts, the many viles of Botox that had to be sacrificed and the cleverly camouflaged back stabbing, the evening had the inevitable “In Memoriam” montage where recently departed Entertainment luminaries are remembered. What [...]

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The House Britney Built

September 10th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

The buzz was definitely over-rated and borderline annoying. The MTV Music Awards were to open with a breathtaking Britney Spears performance. Well, breathtaking it wasn’t. Britney simply looked uncomfortable and rusty. Mind you, I’m a big Britney fan. I think all she needs is discipline and a good kick in the ass and she’ll be [...]

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Parenting 101

August 29th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Once again, overzealous TV Execs are being blamed for America’s poor parenting skills. Kid Nation, a TV show set in a New Mexico ghost town, leaves children to their own devices with the objective to create a running municipality. One too many martinis at the CBS production meeting? Perhaps. But the problem doesn’t stem from [...]

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It Only Looked Good On Liberace

August 28th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Now here’s a trend I can understand. Advertisers, car makers, clothes designers, many have understood that ostentatious is passé. The dangers of too much flamboyancy have only deepened the wedge between the poor and the rich. The tasteful and the tasteless. We have survived a period where everything was monogrammed, studded or stamped with tartan. [...]

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And the Answer is: "What is the End of An Era"?

August 13th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Merv Griffin. The name might not ring a bell but if you’ve watched television between 5pm and 8 pm, you know of his ingenuity. The man behind such classics as Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune passed away this weekend. Besides his daring creativity (remember these shows were respectively created in the 70’s and 80’s and [...]

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Pierre de Coubertin is somersaulting in his grave

August 8th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

The hype has started. The commercials are rolling. The countdown is on. The 2008 Beijing Olympics are a year away. I applaud and marveled at China’s economic progressive domination but the buck stops there. The country is still one of the most oppressive regimes on Planet Earth and holding the Olympic Games there will only [...]

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Hitting Below the Breasts

August 1st, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

The U.S. Presidential race has brought out the worse in pundits and in tank thinkers. Candidates have been rattled over their pocket books, their Rolodex, their spouses and their cleavage? In a desperate attempt to mince Hillary Clinton’s judgement, Washington Post writer Robin Givhan pointed out to Mrs. Clinton cleavage. Givhan writes: “She was talking [...]

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Tour de Fake

July 25th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Here we go again. After the start of what its organizers swore would be a clean edition, the Tour de France was splattered by doping allegations. This year’s culprit? Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov. Singled-out since the Tour’s early stages as a plausible future yellow-jersey wearer, Vinokourov was kicked off the Tournament, leaving this prestigious event with [...]

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Aaaarrrgh!

July 18th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Multi-talented athlete Michael Vick has been indicted and will possibly be arrested for allegedly keeping a dog fighting ring for over 6 years. These are despicable charges for despicable acts, if true. Regardless, I find the media’s attention on this matter to be loathsome. No, Michael Vick cannot be immune to scrutiny because of his [...]

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Coming To America

July 16th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Dear Victoria,Dear David, Welcome to America but more importantly, thank you. Thank you for being here and for dethroning Brangelina from the cover of every single entertainment magazine. Thank you for bringing style back and for shunning Juicy Couture sweat suits. I hope that with all this style, substance will follow …eventually. I hope you [...]

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The Problem with Barry

July 12th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Barry Bonds is an all-star baseball player. His lineage alone makes him baseball royalty and his career is tattooed with a slew of broken records. All eyes are on Barry now as he is on the verge of breaking the mother of all records: Hank Aaron`s number of career home runs. Like many high-profiled athletes [...]

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In Michael We Should Trust

July 11th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Michael Moore is fat and not-fashionable. Perhaps in this look-obsessed society, this is why we tend to see him as a marginal standing on a soap box. But, whether we like it or not, he delivers the bitter bill we fight to not swallow. On CNN last night, the filmmaker blasted my beloved Wolf Blitzer [...]

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For the Venus in You

July 10th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

An avid tennis watcher for over two decades, the Wimbledon tournament always represents for me a sort of Christmas and New Year’s Eve rolled up in a traditions-draped exceptional calibre two-week tennis event. Although the occasional glimpses of gorgeous and well-preserved Bjorn Borg sitting in the bleachers would have sufficed, Venus Williams` 4th Wimbledon victory, [...]

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The Best of Montréal

July 10th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Montreal summers mean The Jazz Fest, Just For Laughs, various exceptionnal Film Festivals and great new music. Montreal’s Slim Williams has just released his first music video, Victorious.

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Obvious vs. Subtle

June 19th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

In what was one of the longest hours in recent TV history, NBC christened “Age of Love”, the network’s answer to ABC’s “The Bachelor”. NBC’s version has, I must admit, a few more bells and whistles. For one, the prey is not some unknown genetically blessed thirty-year old. It is (drum roll, please) Mark Philippoussis [...]

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Can’t Take Him Anywhere

June 13th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

After a meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, France’s newly elected President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to be slightly inebriated at a G8 briefing. I love it. Cheers!

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Young Enough To Screw and To Be Screwed

June 12th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

In 2005, when he was 17 years-old, Genarlow Wilson attended a New Year’s Party where he befriended a 15 year-old girl and after one thing leading to another, received oral sex from her. In theory, this scene is nothing less than reenactment of what has been going on forever in high school parties all over [...]

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Engines and Good Genetics

June 11th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Montreal is freshly out of one its best events: the F1 Grand Prix. A weekend of parties galore and of celebrity sightings. A time to hit the streets, the restos and terraces and for just a weekend, share the glamour of what only a handful of other cities in the World can brag about: having [...]

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Tasteless

June 5th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Ah ha! This is why the rest of the world has disdain for North America.More than a third of the world population is dying of hunger. Even amongst us, the rich nations, children go to school hungry. To hold such eating competition is one thing but to broadcast it on such networks as CNN and [...]

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Private Death

June 4th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

After 8 years, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was released from jail where he was cowardly sent for medically assisting in the death of an ALS stricken man who had seek Dr. Kevorkian’s intervention. Jack Kevorkian’s imprisonment was unjust. The man dubbed Dr. Death did nothing but pull the plug on misery, pain and suffering of this [...]

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Ask and You Shall Receive

May 31st, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

A new reality show in the Netherlands has been causing roars and indignation all over the World. The “Big Donor Show” will have contestants vying for a terminally ill woman’s liver. Yes it’s grotesque, unethical and disturbing but we asked for it. “The Big Donor Show” is the result of the evolution (and I use [...]

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Private Matters

May 30th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

News directors need a reality check. From Larry King Live to national news broadcasts, all reported last night on Lindsay Lohan’s latest debacles and immediate return to rehab. Substance abuse is difficult and its resolution is painful, private and hardly news material. I couldn’t care less about Lindsay Lohan but it pisses me off that [...]

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She’ll Be Just Fine

May 17th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

I’m late putting up this post today. I was waiting to take the pulse of American Idol-obsessed TV Viewers and critics before shouting from my own peanut gallery thus pardon my tardiness. Melinda Doolittle, arguably the best Idol has ever seen, was eliminated last night leaving Blake and Jordin as the Final 2. This morning’s [...]

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Satan’s Got Company

May 16th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Televangelist & public piranha Jerry Falwell died yesterday.He supported Apartheid. Was an Anti-Semite. Condemned Feminism. Believed God created AIDS to suppress homosexuals. Alleged 9/11 was retaliation for America’ sins. He will not be missed and I hope he was the last of his kind. Now, if only media outlets could stop their docu-reports on him. [...]

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Share The Blame

May 15th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Call it the post-Imus effect: airwaves policemen are out and want to make-up for lost times. Suddenly, they have realized the pitiful state of language in music and Hip Hop is their enemy number one. For years now, Hip Hop has been downgraded by foul language despite an increase in the genre’s popularity. Some Hip [...]

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It’s Not the Ovaries

May 14th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

New ratings, same conclusion: the CBS Nightly News broadcast is still a distant third behind ABC & NBC’s. With Katie Couric at the helm, the news show has never known such low ratings. But here’s the shocker (listen up old school chauvinist dinosaurs): the ratings aren’t low because Katie Couric is a woman. The ratings [...]

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Raunchy is so Passé

April 23rd, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

I curse censorship. I do, however, prone good taste and sensibility. The trend that started I guess in the early 90’s of sexual innuendos in every media (print, radio and TV) has unfortunately grown and can now even be found in cereal commercials. Blink anywhere and you will be flooded with images of pecs and [...]

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