- Posted on 09/03/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Meet Virginia Newsome: She's an Oklahoma City University drama student with a passion for musical theatre and arts advocacy. As the founder of heARTS, a non-profit based in Kentucky, Virginia has turned her love of performing into an organization that helps schools and communities restore and create fine arts programs. Talk about star power! Check out our interview with our HALO Effect honoree for September, and get inspired by Virginia's awesome work!
How long have you been performing? Do you have a specific focus in the arts?
I have been performing since I was four years old. I would sing and dance into a microphone every chance I got. I started performing in plays as young as five and have been hooked ever since. I went to the High School for Creative and Performing Arts in my hometown of Lexington Kentucky to study Drama, and now I am a sophomore musical theatre major at Oklahoma City University, the home of names like Kelli O'Hara, and Kristin Chenoweth.
How did you go about creating a business plan for heARTs? Why is having a solid business plan important to the success of your organization?
My family was very instrumental in helping me form a business plan for heARTS. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs themselves, so I knew they would be able to help me learn the skills to come up with a solid plan for what my goals were with this organization. Business plans are essential when creating a program like heARTS. It not only helps you understand what your exact tasks and goals are for the program, but it provides a clear understanding of what the message and motive of the program is for donors, volunteers, and other affiliates.
Can you tell us a little bit about your music video collaboration with children's hospitals?
This year I am starting to expand heARTS into Children's Hospitals all over the country, starting in my hometown of Lexington, KY as well as where I currently live, in Oklahoma City, OK. I will be providing classes, conducting workshops in drama, dance, voice, and art for children who are able, as well as providing other activities like music videos, and art supply carts to give to new children who have just entered the hospital.
What is one little known fact or common misconception about Arts in Education?
Most people aren't aware that children who participate in Arts education classes throughout elementary, middle, and high school, receive higher test scores on average on the SAT and ACT, allowing them to attend a major college. Just by participating in one class a semester, that can improve your test score an average of three points.
Why do you think it is so important that the arts be a part of every kid's education?
I believe that in our education society, we have started to focus on always having the "right" answer. I know for myself and my friends this has caused us to expect perfection in our school work and extracurriculars, which is near impossible. The arts allow you to have freedom in your thinking. They allow us imagine, and explore to express ourselves and help us forget about the negative in our life and just have fun being who we are, and not worry about what is "right".
To learn more about Virginia and her organization, check out the clip below!
- Posted on 08/29/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Let's face it. When it comes to Back-To-School, you're either ready or you're not. There's a lot to think about (from what to wear on your first day to where you're gonna sit at lunch...) and back-to-school jitters are totally normal. In fact, no one knows this better than Ned Bigby, whose Declassified School Survival Guide contained anything and everything we needed to know about making it out aliiiiive.
Just kidding, school is really kinda awesome. And it's time to get pumped. That's why this Labor Day, we'll be airing episodes of Ned's Declassified and Zoey 101 all day to help you ease into the new year! And in the meantime, check out a few of Ned's best tips for making the first day of school as memorable (or just, you know, as bearable) as possible.
Nobody wants to look like a helpless turtle on the verge of falling over.
Thinking about a new 'do? Probably best to leave it to the professionals.
Don't forget, September is still summer. Hold off on the snazzy fall fashions until the humidity dies down.
Even if your schedule splits you up from your friends, use your electives to stick together!
And just remember, if things don't go as planned, it's alll goood :).
You can check out the full episode, "First Day" right here and don't forget to tune in for more Ned and Zoey goodness this Labor Day! Happy back-to-school, everyone!
- Posted on 08/25/2014 by Rachel1016
On Monday and Tuesday, September 8th and 9th which side will you be on? Cat or Dog?
The ultimate showdown '90s showdown is on during the '90s Are That block with the very best episodes of CatDog and Ren & Stimpy!
And there's only one way to really show your allegiance to Team Cat or Team Dog. We're calling all you feline and canine lovers to send in pictures of YOUR cat or dog for a chance to see them on air! All you have to do is tweet us using #90sCatVSDog and be sure to tell us your pet's name so we can put your furry friends on TV!
Sounds meow-velous, am I right? Get ready for some paw-riffic '90s goodness! It all starts Monday September 8th at midnight!
- Posted on 08/25/2014 by Rachel1016
This week in TeenNick Back-To-School fun, we're talking lockers. These skinny pad-locked cubbies are so special because they're the one place in all of school that you can make your own. And even though most school's policies would never allow the extreme locker makeover we all deserve, we can't help but get totally inspired by these out-of-this-world decorations from shows like Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Victorious! and iCarly. Check 'em out!
SHE NOSE WHAT'S UP
Lisa from Ned's Declassified always had the sniffles. Thankfully, her locker was well-stocked with all the remedies she could ever need.
LOCKER EYE CANDY
Can't argue with Mosely's classic celeb crush-adorned locker design.
MAKE IT SHINE
Some of the lockers that came out of Hollywood Arts High School on Victorious! were truly insane. I mean, look at that paint job!
What's that behind Andre and Beck? Oh, just a tiki hula scene and a full-on keyboard. NBD.
One word: Spoons.
ENTER IF YOU DARE
Beware, there might be a haunted house in this locker.
I CAN SEE YOUR LUNCH
You know, pal, your locker is your space. You do you.
THE CAT'S MEOW
No one ever complained about a kitten-ified locker. Ever.
IS THAT WHAT I THINK IT IS?
You may remember this was actually Ned's locker, cluttered with Post-It notes and a baby doll (from a Home Ec assignment). You'd think he'd be able to take his own advice about locker organization, riiight?
THE ULTIMATE LOCKER
This. Remember when Sam and Freddy won Special Locker 239 on iCarly? We gotta say, this crazy locker takes the cake. It's the size of three (count 'em, three!) lockers and comes complete with a plasma screen and microwave. So next-level.
Which ones are your faves? How do you kick your locker decorations up a notch? Let's hear it in the comments!
- Posted on 08/22/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Credit: Jared Thomas Kocka
Colette Carr has a fuse, and it's about to go off. This sassy spitfire rapper is not afraid to use her voice to send a message, and that's exactly why she's our newest TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist. We caught up with the girl behind the hit song "HAM" to learn a little more about her background, her exciting career and how a certain Snow White costume used to be a staple of her wardrobe. (What?!) Check it out below!
1. As both a singer and a rapper, did you discover one talent before the other? Or have you always done both?
I discovered I could rap in high school when my ex-boyfriend decided he wanted to freestyle battle with kids after school. He was so ummmm...not great/terrible that I started ghost writing for him. I fell in love with free-styling and rap. I didn't know I could sing until I started working on my album "The Skitszo Collection". The first time I really sang was in the studio with FrankMusik recording songs like Killswitch, F16, Delusional, Hearsay & No ID.
2. What is one moment in your career so far that has made you wonder, "How did I get here?"
Anytime I'm on stage and the crowd gets their hands up without me even asking them to, or know the lyrics to my songs and sing/scream along it's like an out-of-body experience. I know exactly how I got here though, it's been a long, crazy, difficult journey. Definitely collaborating with guys like e40 and TechN9ne, legends I grew up listening to, bumping tracks in the studio with them, and having them feature on my songs because they love my sound, those moments are very surreal "how did I get here" moments.
3. You've cited Eminem as a musical influence. What do you admire most about him? Are there any other art forms that inspire you??
Eminem and Dr. Dre were the first hip hop artists I ever listened to, I was tiny and obsessed. I learned all the lyrics to the clean versions of their albums. The way Eminem tells his life stories and paints pictures with words that rhyme seamlessly, it's intimidatingly good, I can't get enough. I love all forms of art. On my days off I like to finger paint.
4. Many of your videos show off your fearless sense of personal style. How important is fashion when you're performing? Where do you get your style inspiration?
It's weird, I never think about "fashion" or clothes, or personal style. When I was in preschool I wore a Snow White costume with mix-matched Chuck Taylor's everyday, my mom was worried about me. I don't really think before I get dressed, I usually grab clothes in a hurry. I just throw on a Pikachu beanie, some sneakers and run out the door. When I write my video treatments I already know exactly what I want to look like to portray my lyrics or the overall mood of the song, so choosing the outfits is the easy part.
I hand made the cake dress for my "HAM" video, [and] I actually hand make and design a lot of the stuff I wear. Fashion is a form of expressing myself therefor it is important to me, although I wouldn't mind wearing a bath robe and pajamas everyday.
5. What are you looking forward to most in the next phase of your career? Is there any one thing you're determined to conquer?
I am MOST excited about continuing to tour and meet/hangout with fans/goers after my shows. I love being on stage and in the studio writing and creating. My favorite though, is making music videos! I can't wait to pick a single, record a music video for it and share it with the world. The next phase of my career will be epic. It will be better than chocolate Nutella on a warm piece of toast, mark my words. :)
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Colette a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!
If you want to catch more of Colette, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!
TeenNick Top 10: Watch Your Favorite Videos + Special Guest Jack Antonoff From Bleachers This Friday!Posted on 08/15/2014 by Kayla6548
It's the moment you've all been waiting for! That's right folks, TeenNick Top 10 is hosting another crazy countdown this week with fabulous special guests Bleachers and Fresh Artist Colette Carr. Something tells us this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!
Looks like we need to boom-clap it up for Charli XCX, who finished in first place in the countdown with her hit single "Boom Clap." But, that's not all: Becky G also proved victorious, jumping from sixth place all the way up to second! If you want to see your favorite artists make the countdown, be sure to vote right here!
Fresh artist Colette Carr is doing BIG things right now! She just released her newest single, "HAM," featuring Ben J from hip hop duo New Boyz. And did you know in addition to her singing career, Colette hosts her own radio show?!
But let's not forget about American indie pop band Bleachers! We can't wait to see Jack Antonoff (from fun.!) rep his new project on Friday's episode! But until then, listen to Bleachers' new song "I Wanna Get Better," along with a ton of other totally awesome tunes on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist below!
So sit back, relax and VOTE before watching TeenNick Top 10 at 10 pm ET this Friday on TeenNick!
- Posted on 08/15/2014 by Kayla6548
TeenNick's hottest summer yet is about to close up shop, but that doesn't mean we're freezing things up here at TeenNick Top 10! Tonight, we're bringing you a fresh roster of hot videos, so get pumped to hear some of your favorites! Are you ready?
This week, we'll also be welcoming celebrity guests AJR and the return of fresh artist Katy Tiz! Did you know AJR stands for the three brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan? Their New York City-based indie pop band has been taking over with their debut single "I'm Ready!" The music video even features a snippet of our beloved SpongeBob SquarePants repeatedly singing his signature catchphrase, "I'm Ready." (Cool, huh?!)
In other news, last week on TNT10, MAGIC! finished at number one in the countdown for their first time! Can you believe it? Let's hope they can keep their winning streak going two weeks in a row! But, something tells us Charli XCX and her hit single "Boom Clap" might be catching up! It's up to you, fans! Vote right here if you want to see your favorite artists make the countdown!
So be sure to vote and tune in Friday at 10 pm ET on TeenNick to watch all the excitement! You won't regret it!
- Posted on 08/14/2014 by Kayla6548
Can you believe in a couple weeks you'll be stowing away your bathing suits and sunscreen until NEXT YEAR?! Summer just started, am I right?
Unfortunately... no. In fact, it's actually time to get in the back-to-school spirit! (Yep, we said it!) But here's the thing: TeenNick back-to-school is all about getting excited to go back to class. No sighing, groaning, or any other unexplained negative noises here because we have some awesome nail art to turn those end-of-summer frowns up-side-down.
Credit: The Daily Nail
Our girl Melissa, over at The Daily Nail definitely knows what's up! Just look at those perfectly painted pencils. Don't they make you excited to sharpen a brand new box of shiny No. 2s? We can smell the shavings all the way over here!
BACK TO SCHOOL = BACK TO STYLE
Credit: The Nail Trail
Nothing says "I'm ready to take on a new school year" better than a stylin' new wardrobe, but you better believe that includes a well-stocked polish pantry. Something tells us we should be taking notes from this nail art guru because her designs scream style with a side of confidence!
Credit: The Daily Nail
Talk about an over-achiever! We think this manicure deserves an A+, don't you agree? It serves as a friendly reminder to try your hardest when doing your school work and when painting your nails!
THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM
Credit: Galactic Lacquer
Are you a bookworm babe? Well, next time you're about to sit down and pick up your favorite pleasure read, remember to take a glance at your nails! We love how each finger is one little part of this overall design. It'll add some flare to your afternoons spent reading and help you show off the inner you! Plus, we all know painted pinkies are key for being prepared for class.
SCHOOL SPIRIT: PUMPED FOR POLISH EDITION
We've got spirit yes we do, we've got spirit how 'bout you?! This year, instead of bringing an apple for your teacher on the first day of school, why not score the big points by fashioning some of our favorite back-to-school nail art designs. Just be sure to remember the #1 nail art rule: always stay class-y!
- Posted on 08/08/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
It's official. We love Katy Tiz. She's a super talented songstress from the UK (currently holding it down in the U.S. of A), and if you haven't heard of her yet, listen up. Katy's hit single "The Big Bang" is a funky, sassy tune that's every bit '20s swing band as it is straight-up pop. Her voice is a perfect mix of Adele and Fergie, but at the same time something new and unforgettable. We caught up with our newest Fresh Artist to learn a little more about her background and career. Check it out below!
1. Congratulations on signing with Atlantic Records! After releasing music independently for some time, how does it feel to make it with such a big name label?
It's AMAZING!! I still wake up everyday and have a little scream... It can get a little awkward when I'm alone and walking down the street... ;)
2. You're originally from the UK but have recently been spending a lot of time around the US. What has been your favorite city to visit so far?
Wow! That's a hard one, I fell in love with Chicago, Seattle, San fransisco and many more! I'm so lucky to travel and get to visit all the places. I do love anywhere with high buildings. I'm all about a view.
3. What made you want to pursue music? Has singing always been your passion?
Music has always been a huge part of my life. It's helped me through some rough patches. I was a late bloomer at 18, but my dream is to help others the way music has helped me. This is what has made me chase my passion.
4. If you had the chance to do a musical collab with any artist, who would it be and why?
Hmmmmmmmm... Well I was lucky enough to go and see Justin Timberlake in concert this weekend [interview conducted in July] and he was incredible so I would have to say him! #fangirlmoment
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Katy a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!
If you want to catch more of Katy, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!
- Posted on 08/07/2014 by Kayla6548
Summer's not over yet! While you spend these last few weeks lounging by the pool or hanging at the beach (before you start buying school supplies), get down with us to TeenNick Top 10's Best Hits of the Summer! We have the perfect soundtrack to help you savor every last minute of sunshine.
This Friday, Kira Kosarin and Jack Griffo from the cast of The Thundermans will be joining us on TNT10! They'll be chatting it up and counting it down along with Nick Cannon and fresh artist Katy Tiz. And did you know Katy's super popular debut single "The Big Bang" landed her a major label recording contract? Way to go, girl!
But let's not forget about last week's excitement! Fresh artists Nico & Vinz finally secured their spot at number one in the countdown! Ariana Grande, looks like your back-to-back standing in first place was stolen by this talented twosome! But don't worry guys, YOU control the fate of your favorite artists! So vote right here for this Friday's episode and tune in at 10 pm ET on TeenNick to see which videos made the cut.
Can't wait for tomorrow? In the meantime, check out TeenNick Top 10's Spotify Playlist. Rock out and sing along to some of your favorite summer hits, while you still can!