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Session 3: “Maybe she’s born with it”: Deconstructing Media Representations of Body & Gender - Focused On BODY IMAGE

This week at the Regent Park Focus Divas Media Group Program, the Divas were introduced to the concept of the media representation of the body and gender as a social construct.

The Divas used images from magazines and social media to challenge societal expectations about body image; emphasizing the ways in which race, religion and ability are commonly represented.

This activity helped the Divas to deconstruct the social concept of “beauty” and representation of the “body”. The Divas also watched spoken word videos about body image. These videos gave the Divas a different perspective in terms of how/what they think about their bodies. This was followed by an exercise where the Divas were able to use their creative thinking to create and perform spoken word poems about what their body would say if it could speak.

- Titilola Onogu

Regent Park Focus Celebrates National Media Literacy Week

Wed November 2, 20154-5:30pm Tour Regent Park Television Studios and Watch Live Taping of Shows
Tour the studios, learn how a community TV station operates and how you can produce a show on Regent Park TV.

4-5:30pm Radio Regent presents Idolizing Justin Bieber & Kim Kardashian
Join youth in a radio discussion exploring celebrity culture. Learn how you can produce a show on Radio Regent. Location: Regent Park Focus.

5:30-7pm Heritage Public Consultation: On Canadian Content in a Digital World
Participate in a discussion for Canadian Heritage Minister, Hon. Melanie Joly about community TV and independent radio and why public access matters in the digital age. Co-facilitated by the Canadian Association of Television Stations and Users (CACTUS). Location: Regent Park Focus. This event will be streamed live.
November 3, 20164-6pm DJ Workshop
Introduction to the equipment and basic techniques of DJ-ing. Location: Regent Park Focus.

4-5:30pm Game Programming Workshop
Introduction to Scratch …

Divas Media Group Program - Friday 14th October, 2016

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The Regent Park Focus weekly Divas Media Group Program resumed on Friday 14th October, 2016. The Divas were back to having an exciting experience as usual. In this season of the Divas Media Program, the Regent Park Focus has a different plan for the Divas. We have lots of games, fun and exciting activities for the Divas to make their learning experience worth their while. The season started with a ‘spoken word’ series which would go on for a couple of weeks. The spoken word serious would be facilitated by two female professional spoken word artists. In the first class of the spoken word series, the Divas were excited about the art as some of most of them had never written a poem or performed the art before. The Divas were introduced to the art of spoken word, played games, got to know each other, watched videos on spoken word performances and eventually got a chance to create and perform their own spoken word. They all described their experience at the end of…

Session 2: Pink hats... Examining Gender norms and Girlhood

This week at the Divas Media Group Program, the Divas explored gender norms and girlhood. Through forum theatre and spoken word videos, the Divas analyzed media representations of gender and femininity. This activity helped them gain a deeper understanding of the gender binary and learn about a range of gender identities, including gender-fluid and trans-identities. At the end of this session, the Divas composed their first poetry that challenges labels and addresses the themes of girlhood and femininity. It was an exciting session for the Divas.

Session 1: Introduction to the art of spoken word

The first fall session of the 2016 Regent Park Focus Divas Media Group Program began on Friday 14th October, 2016. As well as games and exciting fun activities the focus of the fall Divas’s program this year will be on spoken word workshops. The spoken word workshop series will be facilitated by two female professional spoken word artists; Ayla and Londzo. In the first class of the spoken word series, the Divas played games and got to know each other. Then they were introduced to the art of spoken word. This involved watching videos on spoken word performances and eventually getting a chance to create and perform their own spoken word poetry. The Divas participants were excited about the art as some of them had never written a poem or performed the art before.

They all described their experience at the end of the day as exciting.