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American scholar Camilla Townsend wins McGill-run history writing prize

American scholar Camilla Townsend wins McGill-run history writing prize

American scholar and author Camilla Townsend has won a US$75,000 history book prize from McGill University. The professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey received the Cundill History Prize on Thursday for "Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs.
Elliot Page coming out offers historic visibility for trans and non-binary community

Elliot Page coming out offers historic visibility for trans and non-binary community

TORONTO — One of the first things Alexandher Brandy wanted to do after reading Elliot Page's coming out letter was break into a dance. The urge to celebrate the Oscar-nominated performer's announcement was undeniable.
Jenna Lyons puts ‘real’ back into reality TV

Jenna Lyons puts ‘real’ back into reality TV

NEW YORK — Former J. Crew President Jenna Lyons knows a thing or two about building a brand, but now she’s ditched corporate life to build her own. Lyons started working as a J.

MTV Entertainment commits $250 million to diversify reality

LOS ANGELES — MTV Entertainment Group says it's making a $250 million commitment to spur reality production over the next three years by companies owned and operated by women and people of colour .
Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth to launch political party

Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth to launch political party

NEW DELHI — Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth said Thursday he plans to launch his own political party in southern India in January, ending years of speculation by millions of his fans on his political future.

Hayes and Trethewey receive Bobbitt poetry awards

NEW YORK — Poets Terrance Hayes and Natasha Trethewey are receiving honours from the Library of Congress.
Rapper Casanova surrenders in federal racketeering case

Rapper Casanova surrenders in federal racketeering case

NEW YORK — The rapper Casanova has surrendered to law enforcement following his indictment in a gang-related federal racketeering case, authorities said Thursday.
YouTube announces lineup for discussions on racial justice

YouTube announces lineup for discussions on racial justice

LOS ANGELES — Mark Cuban, Anthony Anderson and Skylar Diggins-Smith will take part in a series of panel discussions on YouTube that are focused on racial justice.
Ho, ho - Whoa! Virus keeping most Santas at a distance

Ho, ho - Whoa! Virus keeping most Santas at a distance

MIAMI — Brad Six becomes Santa Claus, pulling his black boots over his red pants in the office of a Miami outdoor supply company. It's hot, so he forgoes the traditional heavy jacket for a lightweight vest and grabs his Santa hat.
James Wilson Morrice canvas outperforms at auction with more than million-dollar sale

James Wilson Morrice canvas outperforms at auction with more than million-dollar sale

A canvas by Montreal-born artist James Wilson Morrice exceeded expectations with a more than million-dollar sale at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House's virtual live auction Wednesday night.