Hina P. Ansari
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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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Noor Inayat Khan: The Muslim Spy Who Fought The Third Reich

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:50 PM

With our media landscape filled with historical wartime accounts of various heroes and heroines and their respective call of duties, I honestly thought I heard it all. Then Michael Wolfe entered the picture and proved me wrong. Big time.

Wolfe along with co-producer Alex Kronemer, head up

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How Obamacare Is Courting Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:29 PM

As someone who enjoys the benefits of Universal Health Care here in Canada, I have always found it peculiar watching similar attempts by our neighbours to the south, being endlessly debated, challenged and buoyed by threats of repeal and the fear-mongering narrative of a Big Brother vibe of government control....

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I Was a Dark-Skinned South Asian -- Now I'm White

(6) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:38 PM

I found it very interesting when medical student Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American woman captured the crown at the recent Miss America pageant.

She won. A gorgeous South Asian woman from Fayetteville, New York won. For a change, it wasn't your cutout fair-haired, bosom-wielding, American pie-noshing, Colgate-beaming,...

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Facebook Can't Face Breast Cancer Images

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 3:56 PM

It was in November 2011 when I had the pleasure of speaking with photographer David Jay about his ever-evolving The Scar Project (acronym for "Surviving Cancer Absolute Reality") comprised of a series of beautiful photographs of men and women showcasing their post-mastectomy scars. With Angelina Jolie's...

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The Fundamentalists No One Talks About

(15) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 4:33 PM

There is this powerful religious community in the Middle East.

For decades they have managed to become very politically savvy, currently courted by leading politicians looking to get them in their corner as they are seen as king makers. Their own population and influence continues to grow, with their...

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Shadows of Liberty Peels Back The Corporate Layers of Mainstream Media

(4) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 1:36 PM

This isn't a newsflash when I publicly declare that we're constantly bombarded by the noise of politicos professing their strategic talking points, super-coiffed cable news anchors revealing the next in the never-ending tale of salacious details on the celebrity scandal-du-jour or seeing another splashy headline on the newsstand or by...

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Could Mobile Technology Combat Sexual Harassment?

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 10:18 AM

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. The obvious catalyst for this recent global awareness was the New Delhi gang rape atrocity.

After the shock subsided, "Why?" was...

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The Art Of the TV Confessional

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 4:16 PM

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, associates and sponsors or is it just another narcissistic attempt from someone who is backed in a corner trying to shift gears in...

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We've All Met Men Like David Petraeus

(28) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:45 PM

When news broke of the four-star General David Petraeus' philandering ways, one of the first concerns was, of course, national security.

Something that can be ripped from a classic paperback page-turner or spy film, you could easily substitute Kevin Costner for the lead and Sean Young for the...

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Stay Classy, Donald Trump (and Other Election Highlights)

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 12:50 AM

It just seemed like yesterday when I flew to New York with camera in-hand to personally document Election Day in 2008. It was a historic moment, with war veteran McCain and a lesser-known junior senator who had that foreign, Muslim-sounding name, battling it out for the Oval Office.

The...

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Having Coffee with Kofi Annan

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:21 PM

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 the ongoing speakers series presented by the Bon Mot...

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The Not-So-Foreign Policy Debate

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 7:11 AM

The stage was set at Boca Raton's Lynn University. The desk dusted, chairs put in place and zingers primed and ready for volleying. CBS's Bob Schieffer the evening's moderator, laid down the house rules to ensure that this "debate is worthy of the Presidency."

Oh, and it was supposed to...

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Lorraine, was it? Highlights from The Presidential Town Hall Debate

(9) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 7:59 AM

The second presidential debate finally took place last night and Obama's self-inflicted pressure to outperform (well actually just perform) was on the minds, lips and fingertips of everyone who cared. And that included me.

Just like the last debate the lead-in to the main event is a slick buildup...

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The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Struggle

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 8:48 AM

When I received an e-mail from photographer David Jay telling me about his latest photo work I was elated.

I remember David from when I interviewed him last year about The Scar Project, his critically-acclaimed series of stunning photographs all intended to raise awareness about...

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Twitter Was the Best Part of this Debate

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Well the first debate is in the books. And I'm using the term "debate" rather loosely here.

What the hell happened? This evening sorely needed...

1. A classic "Imma let you finish" interruption a la Kanye West.

2. Bibi's Wile E. Coyote-esque bomb...

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If People View Muslims As Intolerant, That's Our Fault

(58) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 12:33 PM

My dearest fellow Muslims, please get over it and toughen your skin.

Yes I'm talking to you fellow Muslim activists and protesters. And yes I'm talking to you too, Muslim rioters and thugs.

The film, Innocence of Muslims, has recently been thrust into the spotlight clearly...

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Doug Saunders on His New Book, George Bush and Multiculturalism

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 12:11 PM

Journalist Doug Sanders, whose latest book The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten The West? (Random House Canada) 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...

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Hide Your Broomsticks, Michelle Bachmann's on a Witchhunt

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 4:28 PM

It's the beginning of Ramadan and as I write this millions of fellow worshippers are taking to their fast with the natural reflection and focus on family, friends and overall well being. It's time to refocus, replenish and what I call, an introspective time of year.

Turn the other...

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Being Childless: Why Don't Our Opinions Count?

(36) Comments | Posted April 1, 2012 | 3:12 PM

A friend posted an article on her Facebook wall about PC staffer Amanda Wilkie's jaw-dropping tweet about Wildrose leader Danielle Smith's lack of children.

Yup that's right -- Wilkie went there.

This was on the heels of Wildrose's Family Pack Pledge, including announcements with...

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Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi: Why the Hesitation to Call Them Hate Crimes?

(36) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 10:36 AM

A hoodie and a hijab.

A black teen and a young Iraqi.

My hopes that as time goes by, a certain sense of enlightenment has set in with respect to racial profiling and xenophobia.

Clearly I'm wrong and continue to be hopelessly naïve.

This past week the...

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