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Emmanuel Jal said that music can change the way you think about yourself as well as your surroundings. He also affirmed that he only ate one meal per day and that even though he was suffering of starvation, music was able to help him during this rough period. How can music really change the way you perceive your surroundings and do you agree with what Emmanuel said about music?

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  According to dictionary.com, extremism is “a tendency or disposition to go to extremes or an instance of going to extremes, especially in political matters”. Acknowledging this definition, it confirms my idea that this word is related generally to people or groups that reach certain limits to claim a political idea. Thus, I am curious to discover if there are actual limits to their extremity?  

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The article "Discrimination During Adolescence has lasting effects on body”, published by Northwestern University on Science Daily (September 9th, 2015), addresses a study that links the level of cortisol, a stress hormone released by the body, with the accumulation of perceived discrimination over lifetime. In fact, researchers have followed white and black adolescents from age twelve to 32 by measuring the discrimination they perceive as well as their levels of cortisol for seven days when they became adults.

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In her news article entitled “Torrence Collier, 11, says he faces racism, extreme bullying in Westport”, published on June 11, 2014 on CBC News, Lindsay Bird depicts the exasperating life of little Torrence Collier, an 11 years old year boy from Newfoundland who is victim of extreme racism and bullying at school. This 5th grade student is the only black child at St. Peter’s Academy in the town of Wesport. The author says the racist incidents includes racist comments and getting bullied every day by the other white students.

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Indecent Beauty Standards   American Apparel's advertising campaign is known to be controversial, their models are often naked and their ads send out a sexist and sometimes racist message. In an ad for a vinyl mini skirt, they're model who seems underaged is topless, sucking her thumb while leaning on a bathroom vanity. The problem is that the ad is blatantly selling sex, it doesn’t leave much for us to imagine. We should be concerned about ads that sell sex because it contributes to self-objectification and promotes hypersexualisation.  

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On August 26, 2015, an article written by Mary Ward titled “Winnie Harlow says those imitating Vitiligo are ‘showing love’ not Blackface” reports a story about a model and her fans who disturbed social media users. Winnie Harlow, a famous model diagnosed with the rare skin condition, Vitiligo, needed to support her fans after they were called Blackface by Twitter users for posting pictures of them imitating the model’s skin with black and white make-up. This story brings forward the question of whether or not imitation is an insult or an homage to a culture or a “race”?

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Published on August 7th 2015 on The Huffington Post Canada is the article Model Nykhor Paul Shuts down the Fashion Industry's Racism by Arti Patel. This article is one that brings attention to racism within the fashion industry. Nykhor Paul is a 25 year old Sudanese model who, on public media, Instagram, to be more specific, addressed a letter makeup artists asking them she has to bring her own makeup when white models aren’t required to. Within the article, the author includes the entire caption that Nykhor Paul posted on Instagram.

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