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Hey there!

10th September 2014

Hey there. I’ve been gone a while and a lot has changed. I’m excited to get blogging again. I always find it funny when I sit down to write personal blog posts. Who am I writing to, exactly? Maybe no one, maybe just my family. Regardless, I plan to keep up this blog more frequently while I attempt to write a series of posts as I begin a really exciting journey for the next three months (but more on that later). For now, an update. 

This spring/summer was a pretty incredible one, beginning for me in April when I won the Dean’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I was flattered and really excited to receive it. 

Myself, my teacher Lindy and friend Kristen at the Dean’s Awards.

Then I launched into what I thought was going to be a full-time summer position at an organic juice bar until a woman walked in who looked super familiar. It turns out she, Samantha Pynn, is an interior designer on HGTV. I went home and typed her name into Google (a journalistic habit) and discovered she was also a design expert at Chatelaine Magazine, where I was hoping to intern during the fall. A few advice questions for Sam turned into a really great connection which turned into a really awesome job. I’ve had the honour of accompanying Sam to events such as CityLine and learning about the world of TV production. 

Today marks the first day of my design internship at Chatelaine Magazine (!!) and I am excited, absolutely terrified and so eager to learn everything there ever was to know about magazine publishing and design.

Feel free to join me as I attempt to blog daily about my trials and hopefully not too many tribulations as a design intern. I hope to start a series called “How to Survive a Magazine Internship” because let’s face it…does anyone really know what they’re doing when they’re just starting out? I realized quite quickly I don’t, but in the best possible way. 


Mouse Trap: a poetry short film to help end gun violence.

29th April 2014

Shane Romero, a world touring poet and activist, has been working on creating a short poetry film to help combat gun violence. Read my article about it here. 

Shane Romero, who was first shot at when he was fourteen, says the mentality in his neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, is to shoot first and ask questions later. Romero, 27, is a world touring poet and activist. He says it’s time for people to live lives free from fear caused by gun violence, a message he’s trying to get across through his poetry short film Mouse Trap which will be released tonight.

Shane Romero is a world touring poet and activist and creator of "Mouse Trap."

Shane Romero is a world touring poet and activist and creator of Mouse Trap.

“I really am just trying…to get the message out to help people help us, to come to these poverty neighbourhoods and help us find ways to get out of these streets and put the guns down,” Romero said.

Mouse Trap is written to 14-year-old Chicago-based rapper Lil Mouse. His music has fallen under controversy for content involving sex, drugs and gang violence.

“Seeing a 14-year-old kid rise to success talking about killing people, I really felt it shows how detrimental things are to our youth here in America,” Romero said. “You can talk about being in the hood, what’s going on in the hood, but you don’t need to glorify it, especially things you aren’t doing.”

In his own poems, like Mouse Trap, Romero addresses the gun violence he is surrounded with on a daily basis and believes it is important for artists like Lil Mouse to talk about what is going on in their communities, especially Chicago which has been labelled the murder capital of America. Commending it, however, is where he sees the issue.

“I’m all about you telling your story. In my poems, stuff that I’ve written about that deal with my neighbourhood, I talk about the killings and the constant gun violence in the brown and black communities,” Romero said. “But not once am I talking about how I’m carrying a gun, how I will kill somebody. I feel like that’s what Lil Mouse and them do, they’re glorifying it and bragging on it, like it’s something dope. Being shot at is not cool at all.”

Outside of poetry, Romero is involved with the program Man Up where he teaches young men how to not become products of their environment. He believes this to be a huge part of the problem in neighbourhoods like his.

“[America] has installed into our brains and our neighbourhood that if we’re not [being shot at or pulling guns on people], we’re not gangster and we’re not cool in a sense,” Romero said. “My goal is to show people that you can be of your environment but not a product of it, I’m a prime example. I come from the hood so I’m here to show them that they can get out of it.”

Romero has done simple poetry videos before like most spoken word artists, but wanted to take Mouse Trap to a bigger scale, working with Boston director Cliff Notez to create a video with a story.

“I wanted to be the poetry video on Broadway,” Romero said. “When we decided to make it a longer video and give it a story we were able…to put it on a Global scale where it needs to be, like film festivals and lectures because it’s now considered a film.”

Mouse Trap has been accepted into the film festival Shoe City Screens Film Festival in Boston which takes place this August. Romero’s goal is to keep the project expanding internationally.

“Gun violence is a problem worldwide. I want to show these kids that literally taking someone’s life is never the answer,” Romero said. “I want to see us coming together and trying to convince the younger generation to put the gun down…to get us back to not tearing each other down anymore.”