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- Posted on 01/07/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
It's hard to believe there's only one episode left in this chapter of Degrassi, but if last night's momentous showing was any indication, there's still plenty of drama to go around. If you haven't seen "Firestarter, Part 1" yet, watch it online and then catch up in our recap below!
BET ON YOU
Tiny and Zig competed for the attention of a visiting cheerleader in a bet that would require the loser to dress up in uniform and perform a cheer at the school. After a minor juice spilling incident, Zig happened to be the one to catch the cheerleader's attention.
But when the cheerleader slighted Zoë and Degrassi's cheer squad for sending nude pictures, Zig went on the defensive: "You have no idea what she's been through," he said.
So, Zig stuck up for Zoë. And lost the bet on purpose... for Zoe?
Well, well, well. When Zoë found out that Zig lost a bet sticking up for her, she even opened up to the idea of giving him a chance. Take two for Zoëmund?
A BETTER LIFE
At a PTA meeting, Becky's mom publicly insulted Clare for being pregnant. Clare was ashamed and worried that people would start viewing her as a trashy teen mom (she even made a jab at Jenna, who was in that position not too long ago). But Principal Simpson approached Clare to tell her that his wife was actually a teen mom, and that she had a wonderful life despite the unexpected circumstances: "You can still be a teen mom and have a great life," he said.
So Clare decided she needed to take her life into her own hands (not just because of that frightening dream where she was married to Principal Simpson). She would follow her dreams and go to college, no matter what.
Frankie worried that her involvement in the Degrassi Nudes scandal would surface and put her dad's campaign in jeopardy. She decided that the only way to cover her tracks would be to get Zoë to take the blame for orchestrating the whole scheme.
But when Winston showed Frankie a FaceRange page that exposed her as the mastermind behind the whole thing, she also discovered that he was the blackmailer. No, he didn't create the FaceRange page (Zoë did -- surprise, surprise), but he was the person who brought the entire scandal to light. And Frankie was upset.
When Frankie confronted Zoë about the page, Zoë admitted to sending her down the river because she knew Frankie wouldn't have to deal with whatever consequences would ensue: Frankie's father would bail her out and erase the whole scandal, whereas Zoë would have to relive the dreadful past in the press and at school.
Unfortunately for Frankie, though, that didn't exactly happen. At Mr. H's campaign event, a reporter exposed her as the #Oomfchat ringleader long before Frankie had a chance to do damage control. When she came clean that she was involved, Frankie's dad, in typical Mr. H fashion, put the campaign first: He instructed Frankie to lie and take the full blame, with the hopes that the press would see him as a father taking control of the situation. Ugh. Le sigh times ten.
Devastated, Frankie decided that Zoë had to pay once and for all. ...What could she have up her sleeve?
Degrassi Winter Finale, here we come. Will Frankie really seek revenge on Zoë? Will Clare make more plans for her baby? Will Zoëmund actually give it a shot? Comments: GO!
- Posted on 01/07/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
Welcome to Halo Effect 2015, TeenNick do-gooders! This year, we resolve to make the world a better place, and what better way to get inspired than to take a look at the awesome work of our HALO Effect honorees?
This month's honoree is a girl who has combined her love of reading with her passion for giving back. Sarah Dewitz, a fifteen-year-old Florida native founded the charity Just 1 Book. We caught up with Sarah to learn more about her amazing work. Check out our exclusive interview below!
What inspired you to begin 'Just 1 Book'? Why did you choose to focus your charity on books?
One day I was sitting at my kitchen table and my mom handed me a newspaper article. I read the article and found the information quite disturbing but also very interesting. The article talked about a specific area not too far from where I live and how the residents living there were having a difficult time affording things like their electric bill. If someone can't afford their electric bill, they probably can't afford books in their home. I love to read and couldn't imagine my life without books. I also knew about the correlation between low literacy rates and poverty. I knew I had to help in one way or another. Thus, Just 1 Book was born.
What do you think is the secret to success with your organization? How is 'Just 1 Book' unique compared to other charities?
I believe that the secret to success for Just 1 Book is a combination of my love for reading, my love for community service, and my love for helping others in need. There are several things that make my charity unique. One of them is that I was only 10 years old when I became a philanthropist. Another is that it combines two of my passions, reading and going green, into one cause that many people support. Just 1 Book is eco-friendly by reusing books instead of having people throw them away to rot in landfills.
What is your favorite book and why?
I don't have a favorite book in particular. To me, my favorite book is always the one that I have in my hands. I do enjoy mysteries and horror books though. I'm not one for romantic novels either, but if you hand me a good love story, I'll devour it.
Having started your organization at 10 years old, what advice would you give to other young people who want to make a difference in their community, but may not feel they have the power or resources to do so?
I've always said to other young people that if they have a thought that helps other people, there is no way it could be a bad idea. The only requirement is that they must be passionate about their cause. If the child would like to start their own charity but doesn't know what kind, I suggest doing volunteer work at some other great organizations to help them find their niche in the community service world. If a student does have a cause they are passionate about, I say go for it! Naturally, there are going to be people who will disagree with an idea. I went through the same thing when Just 1 Book was first starting. My initial proposal was already accepted by my principal, yet I would get teased for being "dorky" and wanting to help people in need. Now, I understand that at the age of 10 years old, my thought was very far from being na�ve. But these harsh words never fazed me because I knew that my idea was a good one. And my instincts proved to be true.
What are J1B's plans for the future?
I would like for Just 1 Book to reach nationwide status in the future. It is impossible to know how long this will take, but it is my hope and faith that this goal will be achieved. I would also like to have numerous bookmobiles reaching out to kids in their neighborhoods, leaving them with a book in their hand and a smile on their face.
To learn more about Sarah and her organization, check out this video below!
- Posted on 12/31/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
They say what goes around comes around� but you don't always see it coming. Last night's Degrassi was all about bad karma, and we're here to recap every fateful detail. If you haven't seen "Hero vs. Villain" yet, watch it online and then join the conversation below!
SAYONARA, MILES HOLLINGSWORTH
After last week's failed intervention, Tristan was determined to patch things up with Miles. It had been three loooong days, and it was time to kiss and make up.
But when Tristan caught Miles staring at Maya from across the hall, he realized that the intervention wasn't what pushed him away. Miles still had feelings for his ex-girlfriend.
A heartbroken Tristan confronted Miles and gave him a piece of his mind. He was done being a victim of Miles' fickle heart. And he was done with Miles.
Shot to the feels, #Triles shippers! When Tristan and Miles were good, they were great, but was this relationship doomed from the start? Even Tristan himself questioned Miles intentions from the get-go, right? Sure, it's hard to lay blame since Miles is going through a very trying time, but maybe he's just reckless when it comes to love...
AN HONEST MISTAKE
When Clare found out that her baby was actually Eli's not Drew's, she struggled to find the right way to break the news to both boys. She confided in Alli, who urged her to come clean as soon as possible, but Clare insisted that she needed time to think.
Alli let the news slip to Dallas, who felt obligated to tell Drew. And, oy vey, Drew furiously confronted Clare in the middle of the hall and yelled at her for making such a huge mistake. In fact, he was incredulous about the whole situation: How could she not know who the father was? How could she let him give up everything for her?
Drew obviously has a point, but, man, Clare's tears were real. It really was an honest mistake (albeit a big one) and Clare never meant to mislead Drew. �Right? What do you think? Did Drew overreact?
Clare went to the Dot to tell Eli the truth before he heard it from anyone else. She hoped that Eli might react the news a little differently, but he didn't even give her a chance to get it out. Still clearly heartbroken, he condemned Clare for ruining their future and even shamed her for her actions. Little did he know, he was attacking the mother of his child.
So, not the best week for Clare. Do you think Eli will come around once he find out? Or is this a hurdle just too high to jump?
Since Principal Simpson found out about Degrassi Nudes, he approached the Power Cheer team to see if they had any information. Zoe, who was at first taken aback, put on her best acting face and played dumb. Then she exploited her past experience to cover it up even more: "I'd like to speak at the assembly," she said. "As you might recall, I have some personal experience with the distribution of naked photos." Simpson ate it up.
She may have put on a brave face in front of the principal, but word was spreading and Zoe needed to act fast. She soon enough found out that Hunter wasn't actually the Degrassi Nudes blackmailer and realized there was only one other person it could be... Frankie.
But here's where it gets mental. In order to make sure Frankie didn't go public, Zoe tricked her into thinking she was invited back on the team. She then snapped a topless photo of her in the locker room as insurance. ...Ksjdfhskdjfh. ZOE.
Frankie was upset, confused and had no idea why Zoe would do such a thing. "Whatever you think I did, it's not me," she said. Did Zoe have the wrong person again? Could this thing spiral out of control anymore?
Apparently, it could. At the assembly, Zoe made her convincing remarks about the emotional cost of distributing nude images online -- she thought she nailed it. She deflected attention off the Power Cheer squad and, in a moment of honesty and remorse, even decided to delete Frankie's photo. But that's when she realized it was time to face her comeuppance: The real blackmailer just exposed her to the whole school.
What are your thoughts on this episode, Degrassians? What do you think will happen next week? Get your theories going in the comments!
- Posted on 12/24/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
We'll chalk it up to all those chestnuts roasting, but the Degrassi drama was hot like fiyah last night! Jack and Imogen navigated another more serious rough patch, Maya and Miles bonded over a lie, and Clare found out some big news about her baby. Major spoilers below, peeps, so if you haven't seen "Something's Got to Give" yet, watch it online before reading our recap!
THIS STUFF MATTERS
Imogen found out about Degrassi Nudes and knew it was DTV story waiting to happen. Disgusted, she decided to get to the bottom of it: "Women get exploited enough by the rest of the world," she said. "We shouldn't be doing this to ourselves." Jack wasn't too thrilled at the idea since she and the Power Cheer squad were the ones embroiled in the whole scheme, but Imogen wasn't going to back down.
She let her plan slip to Principal Simpson, who said it was a matter for police. And eventually, Jack confessed to Imogen that she was involved in the whole ordeal. Not only did Imogen explain how big a deal it was selling your body for money, she was devastated that Jack cheated on her.
After Imogen toyed with the idea of getting back at Jack by sending nude pics herself, she confronted her about the situation. "The personal is political," Imogen said. "This stuff matters to the world." Jack said she didn't care about the larger issue of sending topless selfies; she only cared about whether or not she hurt Imogen.
And Imogen accepted her apology.
Okay. So, good things: Imogen and Jack patched things up. Not so good things: Does it feel like Jack is missing the bigger issue here? Is Imogen letting her feelings for Jack eclipse the fact that she was a part of something really serious? ...Something that has implications far beyond their relationship? This isn't the end of the #oomfCHAT saga, and we're hoping to get more clarity soon.
NEED SOME HELP
After Maya and Miles' accident, Maya overheard Dallas saying that it was his car that was hit. Miles had been high when the accident happened and Maya agreed to flee the scene because she knew that if Miles got a DUI, his father would lash out.
But when Mr. Hollingsworth saw the damaged car in their garage, Maya panicked and told him that they were the ones who got hit. Miles agreed to the story, and pretty soon they were lying to police about a hit-and-run that didn't exactly happen as they remembered it.
Maya became paranoid about getting caught in a lie, but Miles didn't seem quite as concerned. In fact, he got high during school and blurted out to Dallas (with questionable word choice and little remorse) what really happened.
Dallas fought the urge to get physical, but ultimately handled it with his words. Miles and Maya realized they had come to clean to the cops and face their parents.
Once they came clean, neither Maya nor Miles were charged. But it remains to be seen how Mr. Hollingsworth will handle his disappointment. It might be easy to strike another tally in Miles' long list of missteps, but there's more at play here... and Miles' relationship with his father has much to do with it.
I'M SORRY, MS. BAKER
Drew wanted to make a good first impression when meeting Grandma Baker for the first time. He complimented her key lime pie, knew the names of each of her beloved dogs� and accidently revealed that he had a baby on the way. Woooooooops.
Unsurprisingly, Becky was pretty upset that he embarrassed her in front of her very conservative grandmother.
And Drew realized that he was once again caught between Becky and Clare. The pregnancy situation was proving to be a distraction he just couldn't ignore, so Drew decided he had to break up with Becky. The baby had to come first and he couldn't keep disappointing her.
Now that Drew was committed to Clare and their baby, he joined her for their next doctor's appointment. After finding out that everything was healthy and that they were having a boy (who would be named Adam, of course!!!), Drew let Clare finish the rest of her appointment in private. But when the nurse told Clare she was farther along than she thought, Clare realized something completely game-changing.
The baby might not be� Drew's?
Holy TWIST! Did you guys see that coming? What do you think will happen now? There is much to discuss this week, so the floor is yours!
- Posted on 12/17/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Last night on Degrassi, Becky spent more time with Jonah, Zo� tried to silence her blackmailer and Miles got into even more trouble. Watch "Hush" online if you haven't seen it yet, then read our full recap below!
I DON'T BUY IT
When Becky started spending more time with Jonah, Drew became a little jealous. Even though Becky and Jonah were making music together, Drew was convinced that it was impossible for guys and girls to be just friends.
So when Becky told Jonah she had a boyfriend, it turned out "getting fresh" wasn't really on his mind. In fact, he was trying to get away from some mistakes that he made in past and Becky, letting Drew's jealousy get in her head, felt a little embarrassed.
After Becky and Jonah's performance at the Dot, Drew was totally impressed and even promised to stop being jealous. Good, right?
Hmm� As long Jonah really meant what he said about not having feelings for Becky...
LISTEN, MISS SECRETS
The Power Cheer girls had a blackmailer who was threatening to expose their #oomfCHAT scheme. They got Grace to help them track the anonymous messages and when she discovered that the threats were coming from the Hollingsworth household, the girls were convinced Hunter was the mastermind.
The cheerleaders ambushed Hunter and demanded that he stop threatening them. He was confused and pretty annoyed at the situation, but agreed to stop sending them messages, anyway. The girls seemed to think they were finally free of their #oomfCHAT problems and ready to rock the competition.
And they did! 1st Place at Semis! Power cheer was back on top, and Zo� finally felt a part of something special. (That's all she's ever wanted, right?)
...But they may have celebrated too soon. Later on, Hunter told his new friend Arlene about the confrontation. Apparently, he had no idea why the cheerleaders approached him and just agreed with the girls to shut them up.
So, the real blackmailer is still out there? Wonder who it could be? Does this mean Zo�'s "ends justify the means" approach will finally catch up with her?
I CAN'T GO BACK
Worried about Miles' excessive weed use, Tristan, Frankie, Hunter and Winston attempted to stage an intervention. Their plan backfired when Miles accused Tristan of going behind his back. He said to Tristan, "You're pathetic, you know that? I treat you like absolute garbage and you keep crawling back for more. Are you really that desperate for someone to love you?" Ouch, grouch.
Miles stormed out of school, but as he was about to speed away from the parking lot, he backed into Maya's bike and completely crushed the wheel.
Miles offered to give Maya a lift to her doctor's appointment, and he found out that she's been in therapy for her anxiety. Considering recent events, Miles knew he was at least part of the equation.
Miles waited for Maya to drive her back to school, but decided to smoke up in the meantime. As they were driving, he lost control of the car and blew an open door off of a parked van. Even though Maya was really upset and worried about the accident, Miles refused to go back for fear of getting a DUI.
Eesh. We knew something was wrong with Miles, but could this be the last straw?
So many questions, Degrassians! If Hunter isn't the blackmailer, who is? Is there something more than just melodies going on between Becky and Jonah? Is Miles falling farther off the deep end? Get it all out in the comments!
- Posted on 12/12/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Rapper Lecrae is an anomaly. The Texas native and our newest Fresh Artist has made his mark with a brand of inspirational rap that stands out not only for its refreshing message, but because it's just really, really good. Case in point: His Grammy-nominated album, aptly named Anomaly, became the first full-length to top both the Billboard 200 chart and Gospel Albums chart in the same week. *Drops mic*
Lecrae shared some of his thoughts on what music means to him, how he plays a unique role in the genre of hip-hop and his love for a certain TeenNick chairman ;). Check out our exclusive interview below!
1. How did you start rapping and writing music? Are there any musicians who have really inspired you?
I started at about 11 with my neighbors. I got really serious at 13. 2 Pac, Lauryn Hill and Outkast were some of my biggest influences.
2. What do you think is one of the most common misconceptions about the rap and hip hop genre?
That all the content is degrading and glorifies negativity.
3. What advice would you give to young people, musicians or not, about spreading positivity and making their voice heard?
I'd tell them to be confident in the truth. Integrity is what matters. Your consistency can change people's lives. Also realize that you'll face opposition for your position so stand firm on your convictions. Allow your character to keep you wherever your talent takes you.
4. You occupy a unique space in hip hop. Are there any challenges you've had to face establishing yourself in the community?
For me I focus on being who I was created to be. I don't worry too much about being accepted. I think when you live for people's acceptance you'll die from their rejection. I know people appreciate me and what I do so I focus on that.
5. What is one message you hope your fans will take away from listening to your music?
There are plenty of messages. One is that they would be who God created them to be not what this world demands them to be. Success is not about comparing yourself to others, it's about accomplishing the mission you were created to accomplish.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
And now, the rapid fire round! We asked LeCrae a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!
If you want to catch more of LeCrae, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!
- Posted on 12/11/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
The Holiday season seems to come out of nowhere every year. Some people like to go over the top with dazzling light displays of glitter and glitz, while others like a more subdued salute to the season. Take the holidays with you wherever you go with some of the most festive nail art designs. You might not hang lights or sing cheery songs, but your paws will surely shine with holiday spirit!
Snow One's Nails Are Cuter Than Mine!
Credit: One Nail to Rule Them All
With frosty tips as fresh as show (without the cold or frostbite), these textured frozen masterpieces bring the season's weather to your nails. When the first snow falls everyone runs to the window, but you'll have everyone flocking to your fingers to see this fabulous look!
Wishing for Turquoise and Gold
Credit: The Nailasaurus
Silver and Gold aren't the only colors that go perfectly together this time of year. Mix and match those classic holiday sheens with a flash of color for a sleek and edgy look. Samantha at The Nailasaurus meshes these shades with an intriquite geometric design!
Oh Glorious Glitter
Who doesn't love glitter? Seriously. Jacqui over at Craftynail knows how to show some serious sparkle in a beautiful way. Play around with your favorite glitter polish and splash a little white color to create a snowy scene. It kind of looks like holiday lights during a snow flurry, right?
Rockin' Around the Painted Tree
Credit: The Nail Polish Challenge
Our girl Kelli at The Nail Polish Challenge has an eye for creating elegant nails inspired by iconic holiday symbols. This striped, dotted, and sparkling design will show off traditions in a stylish way.
Seven Days of Style
Credit: The Nail Polish Challenge
This chic Kwanzaa nail art not only honors a holiday of unity but is totally upscale and modern. Bringing together traditional colors, a dash of sparkle, and edge, this is a strong style to wear this season.
Oh Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle
Credit: The Nail Polish Challenge
Combining the most vibrant sparkles and a steady hand, Kelli does it again! These sparkles will easily dazzle for eight days (not to mention they are just adorable)!
Wrap Up Those Nails!
Credit: So Nailicious
What print do we love this time of year? Tartan, of course! So Nailcious' red and green look inspired by the Scottish pattern is perfect for this time of year. It also happens to make great wrapping paper.
Whether you're playing in the snow, wrapping presents, or lighting candles, give your nails a little festive love this season!
- Posted on 12/10/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
From #oomfCHAT to Triles to the fate of Bhandallas, last night's Degrassi reminded us to never underestimate the power of a curveball. If you haven't seen "I'll Be Missing You" yet, watch it online and then get the juicy details in our recap below!
On Zo�'s birthday, she received a threat from an anonymous person claiming to know about Degrassi Nudes. The blackmailer demanded that Zo� quit the team, but having found a home with the Power Cheer girls, she didn't want to.
So, she asked Grace to help her shut down the site. Grace obliged in the most fantastically Grace way possible--"This is the seriously the nicest thing I've ever done for anyone"-- and Zo� thought she was in the clear. The site was gone, and her problem was *wipes hands of spare dust* resolved.
Not so fast. That day at practice, every member on the squad received the same threatening text and Zo� soon realized that the situation was only getting worse. The blackmailer was not bluffing.
"Kick Zo� off the team, or I tell everybody about your #oomfChat nudes."
YOU THINK I'M THE PROBLEM?
Miles' erratic behavior became even more concerning when he stopped showing up to class. Winston blamed Tristan for a being a bad influence, and he was convinced that Miles' turn for the worse had much to do with their relationship.
Tristan was determined to prove Winston wrong, but when Miles didn't show up to their history presentation, he realized the problem was getting serious. Tristan found Miles skipping school and smoking weed in his pool... a scenario that we're deeming not so cool.
And he decided it was time for an intervention.
NOT ABOUT BEDROOM BUSINESS
When Dallas found out that Alli got into Cambridge, he became worried about their future together. If Alli went all the way to England for college, where would that leave them?
He decided to take Alli on a special date to remind her how important their relationship was. And when niner Shay Powers overheard his conversation with Drew in the gym, she offered her two cents about romance. She suggested Dallas plan a quiet and intimate dinner for them at a hotel.
...But did her advice come with ulterior motives?
Alli wasn't too keen on spending the night at a hotel, since she wasn't ready to take that next step with Dallas. He was heartbroken and started to feel like Alli was drifting farther and farther away from him.
After Dallas complained about his failed plan, he met Shay once again in the gym. He confided in her about the situation while she sprinkled him with a few compliments... and then tried to make a move.
Right as Alli walked in. Oops.
Dallas was, of course, upset and tried to explain to Alli that he wasn't interested in Shay, he was just afraid of losing her. Alli explained to Dallas that sex was complicated for her, but she reassured him that it wasn't necessary for them to have a future together. And in a very mature conversation, they patched things up.
Yes. A thousand times, yes.
And the Degrassi train barrels on! Will Tristan and team be able to help Miles? Is the #oomfCHAT scandal going in the direction we, sadly, thought it would? Is there a larger and important discussion ahead of us? Let's hear it, Degrassians!
- Posted on 12/09/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
TeenNick fans, we have news. Actually, we have really big news. The kind of news that's gonna make you want to fast forward in time.
This January, we're bringing you a brand new show called Open Heart. It's a thrilling drama series that tells the story of Dylan Blake, a rebellious daughter in a family of doctors who has to solve one giant family mystery.
When a run-in with the law lands Dylan community service at Open Heart Memorial Hospital, she uses her volunteer position to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. And even though she's surrounded by a family of doctors and good friends, Dylan is determined to unravel the secrets of Open Heart Memorial Hospital� all while trying to find her place in the world.
Newcomer Karis Cameron will play the role of Dylan Blake and Degrassi's Cristine Prosperi and Justin Kelly will join the mystery-solving team as Dylan's friends! For more information, "Like" Open Heart on Facebook and follow @openheart_tv on Twitter!
Get ready, because this is a drama with a pulse. Open Heart is going to be adventurous and addicting. It all starts January 20th at 9pm ET.
We can't wait.
- Posted on 12/04/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
It's holiday time at TeenNick Top 10 headquarters and St. Nick is ready to party!
Join us on Friday at 10pm ET for a totally festive, totally frosty and totally fa la la fun TeenNick Top 10 NCredible Holiday Mix. We'll be playing all your favorite holiday tunes... plus getting into some antics with St. Nick and his elves.
But there's more holiday cheer to go around! Fresh Artist Kalin and Myles will stop by to chat their brand new EP, what it's like being on the road and... girlfriends?
Plus, Top 10 fave Kendall Schmidt of Heffron Drive will make an appearance for this week's Top 10 Interview Takeover! Y'all ready for this?
Glad tidings to you, TeenNick Top fans. We will see you on Friday at 10pm ET to jingle bell rock it out.