Blog | Dance Academy
- Posted on 10/07/2010 by Mary
Well, I looked through the comments to yesterday's post, and I got you a present for Degrassi Spirit Week Thursday. A big, beautiful, locker-worthy present.
I hope you like it.
- Posted on 10/06/2010 by Mary
Degrassi Spirit Week Wednesday = let's hear it for the boys!
Two nights until we get to see Eli again! And Drew! And Adam, and Wesley and... Owen... and ALL OF THEM IN STANDARD ISSUE KHAKI PANTS! Be still m'heart.
Of all the new Degrassi boys introduced this summer during the Boiling Point, who's your favorite? (As for these pics, I'm leaving Fitz out because of the whole "getting carted off in a cop car at the end of Vegas night" bit, and I reluctantly include Owen because he's so MEAN, but... I know some of you are into him and I guess Jay Hogart was fairly mean when we first met him, too.)
- Posted on 10/05/2010 by Mary
You know what we haven't done in a while? DEGRASSI SPIRIT WEEK! (Here's looking at you, Creat1Ve.)
With the Degrassi premiere happening this Friday, and a school full of sad kids going back to what looks like a pretty spiritless school, we OWE it to them to freak the hell out this week. We owe those poor, beleaguered, so-very-disciplined students a pep rally!
We owe them... a new Degrassi Facebook taggable!
Here you go... use it to tag the Eli in your life. Ooh, which raises a question... if you tag someone as Eli, and they know you love Eli, is that basically telling that person that you love them?
Oh, and if you still want the older pre-Boiling Point versions... here's a link to the pre-Boiling Point Degrassi Facebook taggable... and here's a link to the Old School Degrassi Facebook taggable. Sadly, I have no super-super-old-school, like back-when-Mr.-Simpson-went-to-Degrassi version, sorry. But I would totally be Spike.
- Posted on 10/04/2010 by Mary
This is just a quickie to let you know the message boards are over here if you were having trouble finding them. Also if you're bummed because you can't find the Lounge, Fan Fic, Music, Current Events, or RPG boards (or others like them)... there's a "next" button at the top of the MBs page; that's where the rest of the boards are. (We couldn't get them all on one page, sorry!)
And also, I mentioned I would help you find your old friends once we got here; here's the trick:
In the address bar (or URL bar), just type http://community.teennick.com/profile/your friend's old username. Where "your friend's old username" would actually be... your friend's old username. If they kept their username from the old site, that'll be them. Makey sensey?
Otherwise, hope you're getting accustomed to the new site. I know it's always weird when a site you go to a lot changes, but soon enough you can be just as settled in here as you were before. Grab a pillow :)
- Posted on 09/27/2010 by Mary
Who's your personal style inspiration?
Not that you're a style-biter or anything, but is there someone -- famous or not -- who, every time you see them, you're like "I kind of wish I was wearing that"?
This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab
- Posted on 09/24/2010 by Mary
TWO WEEKS 'TIL NEW DEGRASSI!! Eeeeeee!
Which means it's time to gear up and get in a Degrassi frame of mind. How 'bout a cast interview?
During Degrassi: The Boiling Point this summer, I did a post about Chantay. And in the comments, people said some really nasty things about her hair -- and some positive things! But the negative things upset me, 'cause I had recently watched the Chris Rock documentary Good Hair, about the pressure African American women feel to straighten their hair, and the expensive, painful hassle they go through to do so.
So I wanted to talk to Jajube Mandiela (who plays Chantay) about why she likes her hair just the way it is. Here's our interview:
OK, so, what's your personal hair history?
Basically, since I was 4, my mom started dreadlocking my hair. So my hair has been in dreadlocks 'til last December . It was pretty long; in all previous seasons that I was in Degrassi, those were dreadlocks, those were all my real hair. 'Cause some people think those were extensions but that's all me!
And then I had it for so long, I was like, 'wait, if I don't ever change... if I don't do it now, while I'm still young, if I wait 'til I'm older I might be too scared to change!' I was curious what my hair was like un-dreadlocked, so I decided to cut it. And I cut it myself! One by one, which was awkward, but fun! And then I was left with all of my natural hair, very short. And since then, I'm just growing it out to see what that's like to do!
...More than anything, I love the lower maintenance of this hair. Because the dreadlocks are awesome, but I would be kind of finicky and I always wanted them to look really good, so I would put a lot of maintenance into them and be like "oh, I'm so tired now!"
That's awesome that your mom dreaded your hair from a really young age... so you never had pressure to relax it?
Yeah, I actually don't know what that would be like! I think I would probably freak out like, "What are you doing? Why is this happening?"
Because my understanding is that it's a painful and expensive process, but that women go through it because it's just the norm -- in America especially.
Yeah... because a lot of people feel like when they have natural hair, that they look weird. Since it's not part of the beauty aesthetic of North America, it just makes them stick out. And I think a lot of people don't like to stick out, they like to just blend in.
[My friends who do relax their hair], they're like "it's a hassle..." but then still, they're afraid to NOT do it. It's like their comfort.
Which then becomes a cycle, because people aren't used to seeing unprocessed hair... so then it becomes 'not the norm.'
Exactly. Which makes me so sad! Because actually, when I was considering cutting my hair, I was spending a lot of time watching TV and looking at different ads, because I need to know as an actor what I can do with my hair. And I wanted to see if anyone already has natural hair -- especially short hair. And I was so disappointed! Not only actors but like singers, dancers, everyone processes their hair -- even if it was short it was still processed.
I even went even more in depth because at first I was only watching people of African descent's hair. But then I started watching everybody and I was like 'Oh my God, even Caucasian girls -- if they have curly hair, it's straightened.' Like Nina Dobrev, her hair is so curly and so beautiful, but it's constantly straightened on Vampire Diaries. I realized just in general, curly hair is straightened on everyone.
It really disappointed me that all media were promoting to get rid of your curl, and if you did have a curl for it to be super, super controlled.
Have you ever gotten any pushback from agents or casting people -- has anyone encouraged you to do anything different with it?
No, not really. I've been really lucky and people just haven't commented.
I haven't seen any Internet comments because I try to refrain -- I think I'd go crazy. I would have expected more bad comments [back when I had] the dreadlocks, because I know people have negative associations with it.
I think some of the comments were just coming from people who don't understand African hair. They were just saying things like "why doesn't her hair look like Beyoncé's?" and stuff like that.
No way! That's so funny... that makes me totally happy that I can help the dialogue start, for them to realize that it's because this is my hair, and that's her fake hair -- that she loves! But that it's not real hair. That makes me really happy that I'm able to challenge people's perception of what black people's hair is, and for them to actually even realize... this happened actually with a friend of mine a few months ago. I was talking to her about my hair and she realized, 'so you mean black people, they can never have straight hair naturally?' And I was like 'No!' And I realized so many people don't know that it's always processed when it's straight, unless they're mixed with other backgrounds, obviously.
And so I love that I can make awareness about that -- that yes, this is how most black people's hair looks. It's all different [from person to person], the textures. But it's not dead straight.
- Posted on 09/21/2010 by Mary
You can get your iTunes Season Pass for the upcoming season of Degrassi now, if you are the kind of person who is super on top of their game and finishes papers before they're even due and stuff like that.
More importantly, there's also a sneak peek there to check out. Click on this guy right here to check it all out.
- Posted on 09/20/2010 by Mary
Oak Reed is a high school senior in Mona Shores, Michigan. He's transgender -- like Adam from Degrassi, he was born biologically female.
But his classmates accept that he's a guy; in fact, he's even popular enough to have won Homecoming King at his school -- in a landslide. Think about how awesome that is, that the students at his school accept him and showed their overwhelming support for him. It warms my heart; I'm actually a little choked up just typing this.
But... here comes the bad news. The school administration invalidated his election because he is enrolled, on paper, as a female. Here's a news story about it; it says the school had been accommodating him as a male student in multiple ways -- letting him wear the male band uniform, the male graduation cap and gown. Teachers called him Oak and used male pronouns for him.
But when he posted a "vote for me for homecoming king" message on facebook, and the senior class went ahead and did so, the administration stepped in to invalidate their votes.
As Oak points out, it's not just him that they've disenfranchised. "It's the senior class that votes for their representative. What they did was taking away the voice of the senior class," he says.
Now there's a support page for him on facebook called "Oak Is My King," and students are planning to wear "Oak Is My King" T-shirts on October 1. Sadly, it's too late to get him his title back -- the homecoming dance already happened. But at least the support will mean something to him.
- Posted on 09/20/2010 by Mary
What's your favorite wash of jeans?
And how particular are you about it? (I, for one, hate jeans shopping because I'm sort of a spaz about getting the exact shade I want, without any of that buffed out contouring thing they do... just a personal preference. And then, having to find the right fit on top of that... life is really hard.)
This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab
- Posted on 09/10/2010 by Mary
We asked to see your back to school outfits... here's a couple!
ParTimeLvr says: "u cant see my whole outfit... but i wore a blue tank top, a blue striped knee length sweater and ripped jeans."
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about... those drapey long sweaters. Something about those looks so snuggly... like wearing a security blanket. But a clean security blanket, without holes, that's actually cute.
And check out Hello Deary's adorable skirt... "I picked it because it's super colorful, comfy, & cuteeee. Once I saw it, I was in love. lol, jk. But I lovedddd the skirt!"
Cute but comfy seems to be a theme with school gear, dunnit? 'Cause who wants a tight waistband digging into your guts after lunch, I guess. And waking up early is bad enough as it is.
What's your personal strategy for managing the task of staying comfy but still looking cute? Do you have a favorite item of clothing that's comfy without being pajamas-y?
This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab