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Hina P. Ansari

Editor, Producer, Journalist

Hina P. Ansari has over 17 years of journalistic experience under her belt. Having worked her way up the editorial ranks at Flare, Canada’s national fashion magazine hitting the summit serving a number of years as the entertainment and photo editor. She then was tapped to be the director of photography at Weekly Scoop Magazine Canada’s first weekly celebrity magazine.

She produced Celebrating Canadian Beauty, Photographs by Bryan Adams, released in October 2004 as part of Flare’s 25th anniversary celebrations as well as producing various covers and entertainment and fashion shoots with various pop cultural and fashion icons including Linda Evangelista, Shania Twain, Gwen Stefani and Pamela Anderson.

Her interest in entertainment is part of her DNA as she is the granddaughter of one of India’s revered directors of film noir in the early days of Bollywood. She documented her experience growing up with such a mentor in her September 2003 Flare feature, "My Own Private Bollywood."

Currently she is working in the media world as a producer, writer, journalist. Her articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, Zoomer, Flare.com, Globeandmail.com and South Asian international glossy, ANOKHI magazine where she also serves as the editor-in-chief. She also is busy with her passion project, Ramp1885.com where she and her global team of reporters/bloggers and photographers cover the fashion scene from across the globe.

Hina has been a sought after entertainment and music commentator and has appeared on various television programs including those on Much More Music, Much Music, as well as an entertainment commentator on Global News Toronto and a celebrity guest on Rogers Television’s Fine Print. Currently she lends her views regarding politics and social commentary as part of her other huge love...international politics and foreign policy.

With her solid ties to the mainstream fashion, entertainment and pop culture worlds, she also has equally strong ties to various influential circles in the South Asian community. Due to her unique blend of east and west, she has often been called upon to comment on various South Asian issues as well as emceeing countless charitable events that work towards women empowerment and female education in the third world, a cause dear to her heart.

Hina is a movie buff, a politics addict, news junkie and an avid social media player and seeks to find varying opinions on controversial topics in both the mainstream and South Asian worlds.

You can follow Hina P. Ansari on Facebook/hinapansari; Twitter/@hinapansari as well as hinapansari.com.
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How Obamacare Is Courting Muslims

One of the most interesting movements is led by the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Interim Liaison to Muslim American and Arab American communities, Rumana A. Ahmed who has set her sights to ensure that brand awareness of Obamacare is reaching the various Muslim communities at a neighbourhood level, across the United States.
03/13/2014 04:29 EDT
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I Was a Dark-Skinned South Asian -- Now I'm White

I miss my dark skin. I have Vitiligo -- an auto-immune disease where the body creates antibodies that destroy the pigment, melanin, leaving patches of white pigment-less skin, which spreads over time. So when I see girls electively going through various beauty treatments to achieve that sort of lightness of being, my blood boils. It took me up to a year to go completely white, and that was 10 years ago. So for those who voluntarily want to go lighter, I know deep down, even fifty shades won't make the least bit of difference for them.
09/25/2013 12:29 EDT
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Facebook Can't Face Breast Cancer Images

I had the pleasure of speaking with photographer David Jay about his ever-evolving The Scar Project (acronym for "Surviving Cancer Absolute Reality"). David's photographs are striking. Then I got an email from David last fall alerting me about Facebook's decision to ban photographs from The SCAR Project from being posted on the Fan Page.
06/04/2013 08:23 EDT

The Fundamentalists No One Talks About

Here's a thought. You hate what the "fundamentalist" Muslim is doing with respect to their twisted way of treating women, then you should also be equally furious with the Haredim community because, guess what? They are doing the exact same thing.
05/13/2013 05:12 EDT
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Could Mobile Technology Combat Sexual Harassment?

It's almost impossible to not have a day go by without hearing about an incident of sexual harassment, assault or rape occurring somewhere in the world. Then come the proactive hash tags, fan pages of support, and a myriad of online petitions. Armchair activism in full effect. And this is precisely what Cairo-based NGO worker Rebecca Chiao did NOT want to happen when she initiated a team of volunteers to fight the problem of sexual harassment on the streets of their city. When she was introduced to social mapping and heard that half of the many cellphone users in Egypt were women, she knew exactly what to do.
02/11/2013 12:15 EST
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The Art Of the TV Confessional

Is this Oprah interview with Lance Armstrong a chance for the disgraced cyclist to publicly recognize his numerous wrongs, and seek forgiveness from his fans, or is it just another narcissistic attempt from someone who is backed in a corner trying to shift gears in the hopes rebooting his career?
01/17/2013 05:07 EST

We've All Met Men Like David Petraeus

Could it be that David Petraeus, the ex-CIA director caught having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, fed her lines about his marriage falling apart, another example of a mid-life crisis, and the usual song and dance that a man who is entertaining the thought of having someone on the side usually delivers? Maybe it's our age but myself and many of my similarly aged single friends -- for one reason or another -- seem to attract more married men than single ones. And they all have their tweaked well-rehearsed stories, which they dole out, in the hopes of finding someone who believes them.
11/12/2012 05:34 EST
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Stay Classy, Donald Trump (and Other Election Highlights)

Another election is in the books. And personally I'm glad Obama is back in. He's the right guy for this time. But hey, if you disagree with the results, feel free to join Donald on his march for democracy. I'm sure he'll enjoy your company.
11/07/2012 08:27 EST

Having Coffee with Kofi Annan

I was one of the lucky few who was invited to attend a rare opportunity to have a roundtable discussion with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who was in Toronto for an exclusive speaking engagement as part of an ongoing speakers series. Annan answered our questions which covered various hot button topics including the ways towards a successful society, Iran, Romney and China. Here is what he said.
10/25/2012 12:19 EDT
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The Not-So-Foreign Policy Debate

The stage was set at Boca Raton's Lynn University. The desk dusted, chairs put in place and zingers primed and ready for volleying. Oh, and it was supposed to be about Foreign Policy. Right? Well it kind of was. Kind of. According to Romney, American grade school teachers are part of American foreign policy. Confused? Wait, there's more...
10/23/2012 08:10 EDT
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Lorraine, was it? Highlights from The Presidential Town Hall Debate

Last night Obama needed to win. There really was no other option. Obama was so on (and then some) that you could feel Bill Maher's elation when he tweeted about the return of the "Black Ninja." Then it got seriously real when the issue of energy and drilling companies motivated both to pretty much get into each other's grills creating one of many unexpected and unforgettable moments. Moments such as a woman named Lorraine. Or was it Lorianne? In fact, there was a binder full of women. Romney attempting to spike the ball by asking Obama repeatedly if he has in fact checked his (much smaller) pension. And Michelle and Ann's fashion blunder.
10/17/2012 08:04 EDT
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The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Struggle

Breast cancer mortality is 60 per cent higher for African American women ages 45-64 than for white women, even though African American women are less likely than white women to be diagnosed with the disease. So here we present to you the experiences of four African American women, all of whom are suffering from triple negative breast cancer. These are real photographs. These are real struggles.
10/11/2012 08:14 EDT
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Twitter Was the Best Part of this Debate

Well the first debate is in the books. And I'm using the term "debate" rather loosely here. Election season brings forth probably the best reality television there is for me -- though last night was sorely lacking. Thankfully, Twitter kept it highly entertaining because if it weren't for Twitter I, along with Jim Lehrer, would have nodded off 10 minutes in.
10/04/2012 10:19 EDT
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If People View Muslims As Intolerant, That's Our Fault

The film the Innocence of Muslims has recently been thrust into the spotlight and has played the willing role of firestarter to what can be seen as a tinderbox which harbours the sensitive feelings of my Muslim brothers and sisters. You, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, fell for it. You have played right into the hands of this hate-monger filmmaker and into the hands of his bigoted friends who view Muslims as "crazy," "intolerant," "violent" all in the same breath. And thanks to you we have handed them another high profile example. On a big fat shiny platter.
09/14/2012 12:05 EDT
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Doug Saunders on His New Book, George Bush and Multiculturalism

Journalist Doug Sanders, whose latest book The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten The West? tackles (and pretty much straightens out) the laundry-list of misconceptions and falsehoods that has made its way from the fringe to the forefront of the public domain about Muslim immigration and the West. In this interview, he goes in-depth on the larger issues.
09/06/2012 05:15 EDT
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Hide Your Broomsticks, Michelle Bachmann's on a Witchhunt

During Ramadan, a time for focus and introspection, Michelle Bachmann and her posse are testing me. Big time. She believes that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have infiltrated the U.S. government -- and she's calling them out in public. In today's ballooning and increasingly influential social media landscape, sure sticks and stones can break bones, but a correctly phrased Google search can be even more devastating.
07/24/2012 05:17 EDT
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Being Childless: Why Don't Our Opinions Count?

Amanda Wilkie's jaw-dropping tweet about Wildrose leader Danielle Smith's lack of children hit home for me, because just like Smith, I am 41 years old, I also don't have children, and have had my "credibility" questioned countless times when it came to discussing matters relating to children.
04/01/2012 03:12 EDT
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Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi: Why the Hesitation to Call Them Hate Crimes?

So now we have two tragic stories of a 17-year-old boy in a hoodie and a 17-year-old girl in a hijab. One is gunned down, while the other finds her dying mother brutally attacked at home. And in both cases the police continue to lose the trust of those they are supposed to protect. If the police aren't going to say it, then I am. America, please stop the hate crimes.
03/26/2012 10:37 EDT