Sharon Lewis
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Sharon Lewis
Lewis in 2012

Sharon M. Lewis is a Canadian television personality and film director from Toronto. She studied political science at the University of Toronto.[1] She was an actress and author before being the host of counterSpin on CBC Television in 2001,[2] and then hosted ZeD, also for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She began her career on counterSpin with a special on the September 11, 2001 attacks.[1] She called herself an "activist," saying "It's a journalist's job to activate change through information... Who isn't passionate and is in the journalist field, otherwise I don't know what would drive you?"[1]

According to the Toronto Star, in 2001 Lewis initially seemed "mousy and ill-informed" on counterSpin, but survived.[3] A television critic also said that on ZeD Lewis was nicely easygoing.[4] After leaving ZeD, Ziya Tong took over as host. Lewis established the company urbansoul inc., which promotes the art of minority women.[5]

During her acting career, she appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation as the mother of Jimmy Brooks played by internationally known rapper Drake. She also appeared in the film Troubled Waters.

In 2017 Lewis directed her afrofuturist feature film Brown Girl Begins, a feature film prequel to the celebrated novel Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson.[6]

Sharon is a member of Film Fatales.

References

  1. ^ a b c John McKay, "Sharon Lewis finds activism experience a plus for new role as CounterSpin host," Western Star, Corner Brook, Newfoundland: October 6, 2001, pg. 30.
  2. ^ "Sharon Lewis calls it quits," Packet and Times, Orillia, Ontario: June 19, 2002, pg. A.9.
  3. ^ "Host of counterSpin Sharon Lewis quits," Toronto Star, June 18, 2002, pg. C.09.
  4. ^ Alex Strachan, "Audacious, energetic and offbeat: That's ZeD on CBC," The Vancouver Sun, October 23, 2002, pg. B.6.FRO.
  5. ^ "Hart House Lecture 2006: Biographies Archived 2005-11-23 at the Wayback Machine," University of Toronto, URL accessed 13 March 2007.
  6. ^ "Canadian premiere of Brown Girl Begins at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Saturday The Caribbean Camera

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