Shakira on the cover of Faze Magazine!
Love her or hate her, we need more Shakiras in the world. Not because of her good looks but because of the way she has embraced her heritage and proudly weaves it into the fabric of her music. She is proud of who she is.
Too often we try to hide who we are. We attempt to ‘fit in’ by blending in; we try to be like everyone else and unfortunately can lose sight of who we are.
We all talk about being real – so let’s do it! More than just being proud of our heritage we have to be proud of who we are. We’ve got to stop wearing what everyone else is wearing and stop saying what everyone else is saying!
By introducing us to Middle-Eastern music, Shakira makes us comfortable with it. The more comfortable we become, the more open and accepting we become of not only the music but of the culture and of the people as well.
We must all help to develop an understanding of what we do not know. We can no longer laugh or make fun of each other because of our differences; it is a sure sign of our ignorance.
We must build tolerance through understanding one person at a time – starting with ourselves.
Lorraine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Faze Magazine
Letters To The Editor
It is incorrect to use the term “hacker” in reference to a person who “breaks into” systems or sabotages them (Netspionage, Holiday 2001). “Cracker” is the correct term and is derived from the word “crack” which is to break into a system or cause any other sort of damage or electronic crime. Also, there are a few other slang words that you might be interested in: Cryptos (people who use cryptography) and Phreakers (people who manipulate phone lines through use of the internet).
–‘Benos Mc, Cyberspace
In your “Oh Canada and Beyond” section (Holiday 2001), you refer to “the brains of girls with acute anorexia nervosa.” You seem to be saying that anorexia affects only girls. Although is isn’t nearly as common, the male population CAN suffer from this disorder. While I’m sure that you know that, not all of your readers might.
— Cassy, New Brunswick
I get what you saying in the child soldiers article (Forced to Fight, Holiday 2001), but me and my buddies would do whatever it takes to defend our way of life. Sure, war might be ugly but oppression is worse.
–Mike, 17, Alberta
I was pleasantly surprised to find the Faze Magazine did in fact cover real issues, and was not in the business of preaching fashion and diet tips to adolescents. Faze has definitely become my favourite magazine over the past few months, and I promise to remain a dedicated reader
I recently read your “Back to School 2001” issue and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve never read a magazine like it before and I was pretty happy to see it was Canadian.
–Rachel, 16, Nova Scotia
I just wanna say THANKS! This mag is the best. I have spent WAY too much time and money reading degrading crap. The magazine was useful and had stuff that important to Canadian teens. I am definitely gonna subscribe…well, as soon as I get some income. I actually read a whole magazine for the first time.
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