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Sooraj Pancholi Finally Charged in Jiah Khan’s Suicide Case

Five years after Bollywood actress Jiah Khan tragically committed suicide, her boyfriend, Sooraj Pancholi, has now finally been charged with abetment in her suicide. Despite lack of cooperation from Pancholi, and an attempt to place blame on the victim herself, Pancholi must now face trial in late March.

Canadian Fashion Designer Taran Cheema Talks About Fashion, Lingerie, and the Runway

Check out Canadian Fashion Designer Taran Cheema cause a storm in the fashion world with innovative collections with a hint of her hometown!

The One-Year Anniversary of ‘Haneri’: A Punjabi-Canadian Short Film on Mental Health

by Jessie Brar - Follow @jessieebrar It’s been over a year since director Rakhi Mutta brought up the conversation about mental health through her short film, Haneri. Haneri shows the struggle of Ruby, a young...

These 25 Bollywood Songs Are Turning 10 in 2018

By Hera Ashraf, Jessie Brar, and Tina Lapsia - Follow @BrownGirlMag It seems like 2008 was just a few years ago, yet a full decade has gone by since Bollywood had one of...

Is Jagmeet Singh Engaged?

This past week, Canada's first Sikh NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, made headlines once again. However, this time it wasn’t for his political prowess or his impeccable style. The light is being shone on his relationship.

The Lush Sleepy Lotion is Guaranteed to Lull You to Sleep in no Time

Lush's Sleepy Lotion is infused with lavender and other essential oils to help you relax and fall asleep. Not to mention that it will make for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season!
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#GirlsBelongHere: What it Feels Like to Live Your Dream Job for One Day

"I learned first-hand from a strong and inspiring woman that is breaking the glass ceiling with every step she takes. Having my dream job for the day made it no longer feel like a dream, but rather an attainable and perfectly achievable goal."

Daddies of Bollywood: These South Asian Actors Are Aging Like Fine Wine

by Jessie Brar - Follow @jessieebrar Sure, all these new guys entering Bollywood are hot, but can we please take a moment to appreciate the men who have made our jaws drop over the years, and continue...

#MeToo: Sexual Assault is Real and No One Deserves It

Sexual assault and abuse are everywhere. From Hollywood casting couches to schools to our streets. The #MeToo movement shows the magnitude of this problem. As I scroll through my timeline, it seems like I should be asking “who hasn’t” rather than “me too” and that disgusts me.

Maria Qamar aka Hatecopy’s Newest Exhibition Highlights Border Detainment for POC

Going through lines, giving up my items, and being stopped for secondary searches is common for me when I walk through airport security coming to the United States even though I’ve never had any trouble with the law, am a Canadian-born citizen, and have not visited any of the countries on Trump’s list.

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: How You Can Help

Myth: Once a person decides to take their life, there is nothing you can do to stop them. Reality: This is not true. Suicidal thoughts are abnormal and they change constantly.

#NotOvaryActing: My Awkward First Time at the Gyno

I felt like everyone’s eyes were on me. I felt like they could tell I was having problems in my vagina and were judging me for it. I felt ashamed.

Learning Self-Love Through Photography

I’ve never done a photoshoot before. I don’t know how to model. Hell, I don’t even like being in front of the camera. At first, I didn’t even recognize myself. I looked incredible! All the things I was insecure about seemed to fade away. The photography was art.

6 Fun Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care is important, but people often think that it’s too time-consuming or that it's meant to be something extravagant like a massage or a vacation. But even a 5-minute cat nap can help you feel rejuvenated.

Stylish Brands Raising Awareness and Giving Back

Over the past few years, many fashion brands have emerged that run on a platform to raise awareness for various social causes. These brands are definitely my favorites and something you can incorporate into your everyday wardrobe.

With My Mental Illnesses, One Thing Led to Another

I have dealt with substance abuse, an eating disorder, and I still struggle with depression and anxiety today. My mental illnesses are very interconnected and I’m slowly tackling them, one at a time. I think many people have trouble understanding how all of these can occur at once. I often hear from people that I did this to myself or that I’m seeking attention. There’s so much stigma around mental illnesses and I hope by being open about mine, I can help erase some of that stigma.

20 Years Since Harry Potter Made a Special Place in My Heart

by Jessie Brar - Follow @jessieebrar Harry Potter has a special place in my heart, as it does for many people. As it comes to be 20 years since the first release of Harry...

Stories of Stigma: Three Generations of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Over the years, people have become more open about their mental health. We are slowly chipping away at the stigma associated with mental illnesses, but we still have a long way to go. Anxiety runs in my family and each generation has had a very different experience with their mental illness. Three generations of women have lived and survived generalized anxiety disorder.

The Mental Health Spotlight: BG Jessie Brar

I started The Mental Health Spotlight to help shed light on the topic of mental health in the South Asian community. Through the power of storytelling and fact sharing, I hope to create a safe environment where we can speak openly about mental health.
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It’s Not a Dirty Secret: 7 Truths About Mental Health

You’ve got a mind, so you’ve got mental health! Mental health can be good, bad or somewhere in the middle. Mental health is not defined by the absence of mental illness, just like health is not defined by the

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