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  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Wesley!

    Posted on 12/15/2010 by Lisa
    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    It's Day 3 of the Degrassi Boys celebration, time to celebrate...

    ♥Wesley♥!

    Anya described Wesley as "the type of guy that girls love." He's super-sweet, he's not fake, and if you win him at a bachelor auction, he'll save up his allowance till he can afford to rent a limo for your date. He's THAT nice.

    My favorite things about Wesley are that he's a really good friend (I still can't believe he forgave Dave after the taser incident) and he's really funny. Exhibit A: His election-themed rap:

    I love this Wesley quote from when Drew's trying to teach him about girls:

    Drew: "If you wanna impress Anya so she'll bid on you at the bachelor auction you're gonna need one thing."
    Wesley: "A bowtie!"

    What are your favorite Wesley moments, quotes, or election-themed rap lyrics? Post them in the comments. And check out our full Wesley Playlist for more chuckle-worthy and cringe-worthy Wesley videos.

    Oh, Wesley. You are proof that a boy can be awkward and awesome at the same time.

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Peter!

    Posted on 12/14/2010 by Mary

    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Day 2 of our celebration of the spirit of Degrassi Boys brings us....

    ♥Peter♥!

    Though he first came into our lives as the spoiled son-of-a-principal who showed everyone Manny's boobs and was preeetty much responsible for Sean going to jail, Peter has redeemed himself in fits and starts over the years. There was that time he emotionally supported Darcy through the aftermath of her rape, the way he was there for Emma when she struggled with an eating disorder... and of course, what one could argue was his most impressive act of selflessness: standing by Riley and keeping a secret after Riley misunderstood their friendship and tried to kiss him.

    Plus there was that whole thing where he met his little sister and kissed her little baby head:

    Look at him kiss that baby's head! He's such a sweet little baby-head-kisser! It's not fair that Peter kept losing girlfriends to other continents (and meth habits), but it's always nice to see him looking so contented and sage-like behind the counter at the Dot.

    What was your favorite Peter moment, quote, or button-down shirt? Drop it in the comments! And you can also check out our full Peter Playlist with a bounty of Peter-y episodes and clips. Enjoy!

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Spinner!

    Posted on 12/13/2010 by Mary

    'Tis the season! Whatever holiday(s) are on your mind right now, we're adding one to the list: the joyful, boytastic, and utterly non-denominational celebration of Degrassi Manhood that is...

    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Every day for the next 12 days we'll be rhapsodizing about the specimens of Degrassi boyhood who made 2010 shine so brightly.

    Our first Boy of Degrassi is... ♥Spinner♥.

    In his own special, Spinner-y way, he's been an embodiment of what Degrassi is about. Remember when he was a homophobe... but learned to get over it for Marco's sake? The time he battled cancer and won? And all those times he messed up, but sought and found the forgiveness of his friends?

    And of course we mustn't forget his "health food" boners; his hair (and his other hair, and his other other hair); the way he said "She used me for my body"; ... and of course, that time he married Emma (!). What have been your favorite Spinner moments/quotes/storylines? Drop them in the comments... let's have a Spinner party!

    We leave you with this classic Spinner scene -- classic because it involves his charming candidness, an oh-so-Spinner reference to his junkular area, and a demonstration of that hard-won best buds forever bromance with Jimmy that always touched our hearts.

    Also, the part where he flexes those guns doesn't suck.

    Enjoy more Spinner-vision in our 12 Boys of Degrassi: Spinner playlist... chock full of Spinner moments and full episodes from the highlights of his tenure.

    Keep calm though, because excitement makes him fart.

  • Meet the winner of the How Do You HALO Sweeps!

    Posted on 12/10/2010 by Mary

    Degrassi in Kenya, photo courtesy of Charlotte Arnold
    Degrassi working with Free the Children in Kenya; photo courtesy Charlotte Arnold

    I know the rest of us are bummed we didn't win the sweepstakes, but when you read this interview with Kerri, I don't think you'll be sad that she won.

    Kerri and two friends will be taking a trip with Free the Children, an organization "driven by over 1 million shamelessly idealistic youth" who build schools and other infrastructure in countries that desperately need them. In fact, Free the Children was founded by a 12 year old and his friends back in 1995 -- just the kind of guy who would be showing up on the HALO Awards now.

    The Degrassi cast has gone on Free the Children trips for years... and now Kerri will be joining Degrassi stars on a trip that will change not just their lives, but the lives of children in need. Here's what Kerri has to say about it!

    Congratulations!! What was the tweet was that you won with?
    It said "I HALO by being part of an organization that helps youth with mental health problems."

    Can you tell us a little about that organization?
    It's called Youth Speaking Out, and they run as part of a group called Parent Support Network in Rhode Island. My boyfriend was actually in it since he was 8, and then when we started dating he was like, "I'd really like you to come with me." I was like, "OK Sure, I'll see what it's all about." I wish that they were more well known because they really do a lot of helpful stuff.

    They used to only meet once a month because they didn't have enough money, but they just went back to being once a week, so we go every Thursday.

    A lot of [the kids there] are from group homes. Or they used to be in group homes, and now they're sharing their experiences and try to help [the others] deal with the situations they're in. So they include people [like me] who aren't from that... I listen to the kids, to hear what it's like, [and I offer] the perspective of someone who's not in a group home.

    And you're studying to be a medical assistant, so you can help people for a living?
    Yeah. It's funny, when I went to my first week of classes they asked me where I saw myself with my degree in five years, and I told them I'd really like to be in another country helping less fortunate people with my medical degree. And now I'm going somewhere!

    Have you been a Degrassi fan for a long time?
    Uh, yeah. Since I was in like 7th grade. I've never stopped watching it.

    Who are your favorite characters?
    I always liked JT, but then I was so upset when he died, I was crying. And then I told myself every time they came up with new characters, "I'm never going to like anybody as much as I liked him. He was just the best character."

    And then this season came out and now Eli's on it. I like him. [laughs] And so does everybody else. And I really like Jessica Tyler, she has such a good singing voice.

    And don't you get to bring two friends? Who are you going to take?
    Yup, I'm going to take my boyfriend and my friend Kathy, because she always talks about how she's always wanted to be in Africa. And she's like "I'll never get to go, it costs so much money." [Since Africa's on the list of places we could end up going,] I called her and was like "You're coming with me."

    It's so crazy, I never win anything! When they called me I said, "Is this a joke?" I can't win tickets off the radio, but I can win something as big and life-changing as this!

  • HALO! It's on, TONIGHT!

    Posted on 12/10/2010 by Chairman Nick Cannon

    Chairman Nick Finally! The day we've been waiting for, the day I've been working towards all year... The 2010 TeenNick HALO Awards air tonight at 8pm et! Make sure you're here for the live tweeting event, too -- because if there's anything the HALO Awards are about, it's community. The whole wide world-sized community. So come on, let's all talk about it. Get inspired! Get connected! Get your HALO on!

    See you tonight on your TV screens,
    Chairman Nick

    PS: Don't forget -- we'll announce the winner of the How Do You HALO Sweepstakes during the show tonight! Find out who's going to get their HALO on with the stars of Degrassi!

  • My holiday mood = Mrs. Clausy.

    Posted on 12/08/2010 by Lisa

    That's according to the "What's Your Holiday Mood?" quiz, and I think it's pretty accurate. I don't usually do much holiday decorating, but this year, I got a sparkly blue Christmas tree, and decorated it with handmade ornaments. It's tacky and adorable, and I think Mrs. Claus would be proud.

    How are the holidays treating you so far? Are you feeling extra-generous and loving -- or not so much?

  • Live Tweet the HALOs with us!

    Posted on 12/07/2010 by Mary

    Friday night -- a scant 72 hours from now -- three exciting things are going down:

    1) The HALO Awards are on at 8p et!

    2) The winner of the How Do You HALO sweepstakes will be announced during the show!

    And 3) Lisa and I will be here live tweeting the episode, and we'd love for you to join us!

    Just stop by the site Friday night at showtime (8p et), and we'll be live chatting via Twitter with y'all. Like a gigantor twitter party. A heart party! A party in our hearts. And our computers. And our computers' hearts.

    Be there, or be the sad sack who missed the heart party!

  • Feelin' Optimistic?

    Posted on 12/06/2010 by Lisa

    If so, it's the perfect time to take our new quiz: "How Optimistic Are You?"

    I just took it and got:


    p.s. If you're not feeling all that optimistic at the moment, feel free to come back and take the quiz again after you watch the HALO Awards on Friday. I have a theory that they'll put everyone who sees them in a more optimistic mood.

  • Redemption Song

    Posted on 12/05/2010 by Mary

    2010 TeenNick HALO Awards honoree Lauren Huichan with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

    HALO Honoree Lauren got a raw deal growing up. Being in an abusive home was bad enough, but being removed from that house by the courts didn't solve her problems. She bounced in and out of 22 foster placements over the next couple of years. It sounds like an unbearable lonely and frustrating experience.

    It would be so easy, in Lauren's position, to become self-destructive... and it sounds like Lauren definitely went through a period of that. And it would be enough of an amazing story just to know that she found the strength to reject hopelessness, to pick herself up and create a better life for herself. That would be incredibly inspirational... but Lauren's heart and strength are even bigger than that. She's turning around and helping other kids and teens who are in the same situation she got through, showing them by example -- tirelessly -- that their futures can be beautiful.

    You can see even in this short little video that Lauren has a totally nurturing heart... she looks like she gives some of the world's best hugs. I'm so psyched to learn more about her story, and to see her get the recognition she deserves, this Friday on the HALO Awards.

  • Freeing Slaves -- in 2010

    Posted on 12/04/2010 by Mary

    2010 TeenNick HALO Awards honoree Joshua Hall with Ashton Kutcher

    In Ghana, children as young as three years old are sometimes sold into slavery by their desperate parents. We might think of slavery as something from our history books, but there are actually more slaves today than at any time in human history -- 27 million by some calculations, according to the Clinton Global Initiative.

    Next Friday on the TeenNick HALO Awards, you'll meet honoree Joshua Hall. He traveled to Ghana as part of Journey for Change, and became close friends with a former child slave named Donald. Since then he's become a powerful advocate on behalf of child slaves, even speaking at the United Nations.

    To Joshua, it's natural to try to help wherever it's needed, even if that means traveling to the other side of the world. I'm so excited that the winner of the How Do You HALO Sweepstakes will get a taste of that kind of perspective-changing travel, too...

    Man, next week is going to rule.