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  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues

    Posted on 02/25/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues


    FAN QUESTION: What are some tips to beating winter skin? I'm always so dry and scaly feeling!

    Winter winds can be harsh on our skin. The cold air dries it out and you can feel like you're braving non-stop skin issues until spring. One of my favourite (and inexpensive) cures is Petroleum jelly. It acts as lip balm, hair flyaway tamer, cuticle moisturizer, and treats wind burn. Not only is it a heavy source of moisture, but it's also instant relief for cracked skin. I wouldn't recommend slathering that on your face, however, as it has an oil base which can clog pores.

    Drinking extra water is also key as hydration plays a big part in your skin. Too cold for water? Drink it hot! It'll double as warmth and comfort. Keeping a humidifier by your bed side at night can also help circulate moisture into the air, which, in turn, leaves your skin hydrated!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret To Simple Hairstyles!

    Posted on 02/20/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Simple Hair

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class


    FAN QUESTION: What is your best go-to hairstyle when you have no time to do something fancy or special to it? Do you have a favourite hair accessory that you cannot live without?

    My life consists of attending many fun events, but a lot of the time I'm not given much notice. With little time to book a hair appointment, I've mastered the art of simple high fashion hair styles that never let me down!

    One of my favourite hairstyles is a pin-straight, slicked-back high pony tail. Sounds way more complicated than it is. Start with brushing your hair out, straightening it much as possible and tie your hair up wherever you desire (I suggest fairly high on your head). Then, using an empty mascara wand, either drench it in hair spray or dip it in gel. Comb back any fly always and stray hairs until it's perfectly sleek! Tip: This sharp look paired with cheek contour/blush is amazing as a look!

    My favourite hair accessory would definitely be my thin jewel studded head band. Its base is elastic, so it works with my hair down, in a ponytail, and over my head like a crown. The added bling jazzes up even the most simple hair style. Tip: Get two and wrap one around your arm twice as a bracelet.

    The best part about personal image and fashion is that it's YOURS! Play around with different styles, bend all of the "rules" and make it your own.


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Power To The People'

    Posted on 02/19/2014 by Rachel1016

    Degrassians! It's safe to say that no hyperbole in the English language could adequately describe the craziness that was last night's episode of Degrassi. Seriously, it was so epic you might as well have called it "The Degroddyesy." (We know. It's so bad, it's good.) If you haven't seen "Power To The People" yet, make sure to watch it online right here before reading our recap!

    ARE YOU PLEASED WITH YOURSELF?
    Degrassi: Power To The People

    Drew enthusiastically began his volunteer position with Mr. Hollingsworth's campaign, but his new girlfriend, Zoe, was beginning to get in the way. She made unannounced appearances while Drew was on the job, talked about doing whatever she could to spend more time with him, and displayed a wee bit too much public affection in front of Mr. H.

    Worried that Zoe's clinginess might put his job in jeopardy, Drew felt like he needed to break it off with Zoe completely. But when he tried to tell her he wouldn't have "time" for a relationship, he didn't make it clear to Zoe their (very brief) romance was officially over. He made a vague statement about how busy he would be with the campaign and she, understandably, didn't realize his words were, well, breakup words.

    Degrassi: Power To The People

    When Zoe showed up at Mr. H's campaign speech, an unknowingly not single Drew, became a little bit... well, confused? Agitated? Perturbed? All of the above? He tried to tell Zoe he did not want to be with her once and for all, and she was completely heartbroken. She reminded him that they slept together, which...

    Degrassi: Power To The People


    And she made it clear how dastardly it was of him to diminish what a HUGE deal sleeping together actually was.

    Degrassi: Power To The People


    Well, Drew got what was coming to him, as Zoe's fierce mother marched into the auditorium like a lioness protecting her baby cub and demanded to know why Drew thought it was acceptable to take her daughter's virginity and then proceed to drop her like a hot potato. Ms. Rivas let it all out in front of the school, and Drew was completely mortified.

    After a brief meeting with Principal Simpson, Drew realized that he didn't think clearly about how his actions might have affected Zoe, and how sex is actually a huge deal, especially when it's someone's first time. Drew walked into school the next day, bouquet in hand, ready to apologize to Zoe, but it was going to take a lot more than flowers to make it up to her.

    Degrassi: Power To The People


    Degrassi: Power To The People


    With a little guidance from his mom, Mrs. Torres, who poignantly explained how selfish and insensitive his actions were, Drew reflected on his behavior. He decided it was time to be a more thoughtful, compassionate guy. Now, let's see if he can really apologize to Zoe.

    DRESS TO PROGRESS
    Degrassi: Power To The People

    Imogen continued her dress code crusade this episode, but when she showed up to school dressed as a nun, it seemed like the movement was a little more spectacle and a little less progress.

    Degrassi: Power To The People


    Imogen was delighted to see other girls getting involved, but several of the freshmen took the protest as an opportunity to dress promiscuously.

    Degrassi: Power To The People

    Principal Simpson, however, was nun too pleased about the Niners chanting "Bra rules are for fools!" throughout the halls. So, he encouraged Imogen to turn her fire into a real opportunity for change, and Imogen took to amending the dress code!

    Degrassi: Power To The People

    As she and Becky began to brainstorm changes, they came to the realization that any dress code could, theoretically, infringe upon people's freedom. They came to the conclusion that dressing appropriately is all about intention: If you're trying to distract guys with a low-cut shirt, you're going to get in trouble. If you forget to wear a bra one day, you deserve a hall pass. Specific rules were out the window, and the new mission of the dress code was to respect the school and respect yourself. Amen, sister friend!

    CHEMISTRY IS SCIENCE
    Degrassi: Power To The People

    Alli asked Jenna to be her lab assistant, but Jenna was more concerned with Alli getting therapy to help her cope with the Leo debacle. Alli was all�

    Degrassi: Power To The People


    And she got annoyed with Jenna for insisting upon something she just wanted to put out of her mind. In Alli's eyes, science was supposed to an escape, and it was frustrating because she couldn't even do it as well as she used to. A few minutes of arguing with Jenna in the hall, and Alli's lab coat was in the trash.

    But guess who fished it out for her?

    Degrassi: Power To The People

    Dallas sympathized with Alli over losing something important to him (he got kicked off the ice hockey team, remember?) and helped her realize that it wasn't like her to give up so easily. He even offered to be her lab assistant, but under one condition: They couldn't talk about anything "personal."

    Iiiiintersting. Does this mean Dallas has personal feelings to not talk about?

    Degrassi: Power To The People

    I mean, he did ask Drew for advice on "unrequited love for a science nerd."


    That's about it for this week, Degrassians! Tell us what you thought about the episode in the comments below!

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class Tips!

    Posted on 02/13/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class


    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    FAN QUESTION: Do you have any solutions for freshening up after gym class? I always just put my hair in a ponytail but it's getting very boring.

    Growing up heavily involved in extracurricular physical activity, I'd often have a workout before school. Having the time to wash your hair isn't always easy, especially when hurrying off to an early morning class! Depending on the occasion, you can:

    1. Create alternate options for your hairstyle: You can try braids, a half up / half down style, or clipping your hair up to create a small poof!

    2. Accessories: Pull your hair back with headbands, clips, cute fashionable hats (if it's not against your school's dress code) or clip in hair extensions to create volume!

    3. Dry shampoo: One of my key products to freshen up my hair when needed, the aerosol spray consists of fine, non-coloured oil-absorbing powders. Spray it in, leave for about 30 seconds, flip your head upside down, shake your hair out by massaging your scalp lightly, brush your hair - et voil�! A quick fix for sweaty hair!

    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Dig Me Out'

    Posted on 02/12/2014 by Rachel1016

    Last night's episode of Degrassi was all about taking things to the next level. Drew and Zoe got closer (much closer), Imogen started a girl-power protest, and Alli began to feel like her old self. If you haven't seen "Dig Me Out" yet, make sure to watch it online right here before reading our recap!

    SO OVER BOYS
    Degrassi: Dig Me Out

    After two painful episodes, Alli finally was able to begin the healing process. She started to get back on her own two feet, both regaining her independence and focusing on her old love, science. But now that Leo's behind her, there was one thought we all couldn't help but think: Maybe, just maybe, she'll finally give Dallas a chance.

    Take this moment, for instance: As Alli was trying to open her locker with one arm in a sling, Dallas stopped in the hall to help her out. She insisted that she had it under control, but let us shamelessly over-analyze her look of longing as he walked away:

    Degrassi: Dig Me Out


    I mean, don't get us wrong, we are thrilled that Alli is "so over boys," and we think it's important for her to embrace her independence and love herself for a while. But you know what they say… one dreamy stare is worth a thousand words. (Yeah, yeah, we know they don't say that.)

    IS THAT A BRA-BLEM?
    Degrassi: Dig Me Out

    While Alli was contemplating her feelings (or lack thereof), Imogen was busy getting dismissed from class for forgetting to wear a bra. According to Madame Jean-Aux, her wardrobe was "distracting" to the other students, which, in translation, means that Luke Baker and a few other boys in the class couldn't be mature enough to not make fun of her unsupported lady parts. Come on, the girl was just running a little late!

    Degrassi: Dig Me Out

    Imogen was humiliated, so she told Simpson that there was no specific language in the dress code about wearing (or not wearing) a particular undergarment. She made an excellent point and, although Simpson referred to "community standards" for appropriate dress, Imogen thought the reasons for her dismissal were unclear, unfair, and sexist.

    Imogen decided to use Degrassi TV to protest the preposterous dress code violation. She told Simpson that he would never have to question whether or not she was wearing a bra again and, man oh man, did she keep her word.

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    A handful of other girls joined the movement by wearing their bras over their shirts, and before we knew it, the halls of Degrassi turned into some sort of amazing feminist tacky day. Imogen's bravery totally deserved a round of applause, but we probably could have guessed that Simpson's reaction was going to be a little less "BRA-VO!" (pun 100% intended) and a little more "I'm taking away your broadcast privileges."

    Degrassi: Dig Me Out

    But Imogen's fight wasn't over! She decided that if she couldn't make her voice heard on-air, she'd do it online. And thus, she made an "Anti-Degrassi Dress Code" FaceRange page. So the battle continues…

    ALL IN

    Degrassi: Dig Me Out

    Hot off the heels of their first official date, Zoe and Drew started getting closer. Serious make-out sessions between class and Zoe getting Drew to ditch his poker game with Connor, Dallas and Clare for a party, would suggest that they were in an offish relationship. Drew insisted they were not.

    Hmm…

    Degrassi: Dig Me Out



    Degrassi: Dig Me Out

    Later on at the party, Miles nearly humiliated Zoe by saying she wasn't invited. So Zoe, trying save face in front of her frenemies, introduced Drew as her boyfriend.

    Degrassi: Dig Me Out



    Drew eventually confessed to Zoe that he didn't want anything serious. And at first she was disappointed, but then she said that they should just keep having fun, and there was no need to label it. Drew liked the sound of that.

    But then they took a big step that neither of them will ever be able to take back: Zoe and Drew went all the way. And when Zoe crashed the rescheduled poker game the next day, it was clear the whole "let's keep it casual" thing was officially chucked out the window. Final bets were placed, and Zoe said…

    Degrassi: Dig Me Out


    When Drew realized that his odds weren't looking so good, he decided to be straight with Zoe. But before he could cut ties, Zoe dropped a bomb on him: Their one time together, was her first time.

    Degrassi: Dig Me Out

    In order to not hurt her feelings, Drew decided they should change their FaceRange status to "In A Relationship." And even though it might have seemed like the noble thing to do, it was pretty clear where Drew's heart was. (Like, somewhere very far away. Maybe Egypt). What do you think? Was he a knight in shining armor? Or making way for an even bigger disaster?


    Until next week, chat all things Degrassi in the comments below!

  • Degrassi Web Of Love: A Comprehensive Relationship Flowchart

    Posted on 02/06/2014 by Rachel1016

    Ever wonder how Jimmy is connected to Declan? Or how Miles is connected to… Fiona? Well Degrassi fans, in honor of Valentine's Day fast approaching, we decided to map out every major couple that's ever existed over thirteen seasons of the show. That's right, we dug deep into the Degrassi relationship archives to show you all of the characters who've done a little dating do-si-do!

    Now, for all you Degrassi purists out there, we couldn't count every single kiss that's ever been shared on the show. (And really, who wants to remember that one time Declan and his sister kissed, anyway?) But you'll know that Miles dated Zoe, who kissed Drew, who broke Katie's heart, who ended up with Jake, who once had a thing with Clare, who's dating Eli, who used to be with Imogen, who was in love with Fiona! Behold.

    Degrassi Web of Love
  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Five Minute Makeup Routine

    Posted on 02/06/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Five Minute Makeup


    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    FAN QUESTION: I'm so lazy in the morning and I rarely have time to put on any makeup. Do you have a good five minute plan that I can follow?

    Although we'd like to look red carpet ready every moment of the day, we simply don't have the time each morning to get that dolled up. I came up with a basic makeup routine to say "I care about my image..and my beauty sleep!"

    1. A light liquid foundation that doubles as extra skin moisturizer to keep skin looking healthy and fresh. Apply it over your entire face with either a sponge, a foundation brush, or even with your own fingers!

    2. A rosy pink creme lipstick. It's neutral but alive, a subtle touch of glam.

    3. Optional: A skin-coloured eye shadow all over the lid (feel free to use shimmer or non shimmer options).

    4. A healthy dose of mascara. On top of completing your makeup look, it will also open your eyes up giving the illusion that you're wide awake!

    5. With a foundation or concealer 2 shades lighter than your skin tone, use your fingers and pat the product under your eyes to highlight and brighten up your look!

    If you have extra time (for a bold touch): Liquid eyeliner on the top lid only, slightly winged out.

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Five Minute Makeup


    Et voila! A little more than a fresh face, but less than your party look!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Better Man'

    Posted on 02/05/2014 by Rachel1016

    Last night, in an all-new Degrassi, we watched the Degrassians begin to pick up the pieces that were left from an epic premiere episode. If you haven't seen "Better Man" yet, make sure to watch it online right here before reading our recap!

    Degrassi: Better Man

    MAKEOVER MONDAY
    Maya really wanted to fit in with Grace and the rest of the students in the Rubber Room, so she asked Tristan to give her a total bad-girl makeover.

    Degrassi: Better Man
    As she walked into class wearing her new look (which was complete with heavy eye-liner, combat boots, and a nose ring), Grace noticed and determined that Maya, y'know, could hang. Grace invited her to skip class with the rest of the Rubber Room kids, and even though BF Miles questioned her need to fit in based on appearance and playing hooky (to be fair, not without calling her a "cute weirdo"), Maya gladly accepted Grace's invitation.

    Degrassi: Better Man

    While Maya and the rest of the crew were hanging out at the picnic tables, Zig straight up pulled out a BB gun. And while we were all, "Ummm, I think we're moving a little too fast? Let's take this slow?" Zig insisted that if Maya really wanted to hang with them, she had to hold on to the gun. Next thing we know, Maya's standing in an empty classroom aiming the gun at a fish tank. �A fish tank! Clearly desperate to be initiated into the Rubber Room crew, Maya pointed the gun at the fish tank, prepared to vandalize the school and kill a bunch of innocent gill-bearing creatures, when…

    Degrassi: Better Man

    …she realized the gun was just a toy. Oh Zig, that was some high caliber humor. (Not.)

    Degrassi: Better Man

    Thankfully, the prank brought Maya to her senses, and she realized that trying to fit in with the kids in the Rubber Room wasn't worth the terrible decisions that would likely ensue. She stood up to Zig and Grace, and insisted that she, and in fact they all, deserved to get out of the Rubber Room and be treated as students, not delinquents.

    Degrassi: Better Man

    In the end, Grace actually respected Maya for having the guts to speak her mind. And we sure do, too.

    Degrassi: Better Man
    YOU MEAN A REAL DATE?
    Still a little wounded by Clare's apparent lack of interest in him, Drew hoped landing a Youth Advisor job on Mr. Hollingsworth's campaign would restore his confidence. (Side note: Is Drew, like, worried that the universe will implode if every single girl doesn't want to scrawl "Mrs. Drew Torres" in her notebook or something?) He was stressed about being ill-prepared for the interview, so Dallas suggested that Drew find someone who gives him all the attention that he needs. Enter Zoe: who conveniently showed up and offered to coach him.

    Degrassi: Better Man

    When they got together, Zoe started giving Drew advice like, "Lean forward. Look deep into their eyes. Command the space." And well, things got a lil' intimate. After one obligatorily long stare into eachother's eyes, boom: Drew kissed Zoe. And before we could say "pump the brakes," Zoe told Drew he could kiss her any time. So he continued.

    Degrassi: Better Man

    When it finally came time for Drew's interview with Hollingsworth, he barely said "hello" before Mr. H discovered a little love bruise on Drew's neck. Apparently one thing led to another with Zoe and, yep, always good to have a potential employer spot a hickey on your neck. But Drew, being the natural born politician that he apparently was, recovered and landed the job.

    Degrassi: Better Man

    Not long after, Drew shared the good news with Zoe and asked her out to celebrate. Somehow, Zoe got Drew to define it as a real date, and it occurred to us that things might be getting serious. But then, he walked by Clare and said "I guess some girls just like sideburns," and three words came to mind: Not. Over. It.

    What do you think? Is Drew using Zoe to stroke his ego? Or should we expect #Zrew coming down the pike?

    Degrassi: Better Man
    JUSTICE AND TRUTH
    At the end of last episode, moments after they got married, Alli was brutally attacked by Leo. To cover up the fact that her new husband had abused her (for the third time), Alli told her parents she was mugged. And as the investigator tried to gather facts about the incident, Alli made it clear to us that she wasn't ready to face the reality of her situation. She couldn't turn Leo in, so she continued to give them false information. Regardless of the fact that this terrible, terrible thing could have been prevented, how confusing and devastating must it have been for Alli to grapple with truly loving someone who so deeply, and unforgivably, hurt her.

    Amidst all of this, Leo made multiple attempts to get in contact with Alli; texts and missed calls started to flood her phone. She finally answered one of his phone calls and told Leo that if he agreed to annul their marriage, she wouldn't go to the cops. Leo, however, vowed that he couldn't and wouldn't live without her. He followed Alli to school, waited for her outside, and stalked her until she finally told both Jenna and Clare the truth about incident.

    Degrassi: Better Man

    They immediately insisted she call the cops.

    Degrassi: Better Man

    As Alli watched the police handcuff and arrest Leo, it was a moment both triumphant and heartbreaking. She had the courage to bring him to justice, to stand up to her abuser, but you could see the hurt in her eyes as she realized, once and for all, the love of her life was a total stranger. Alli's story painfully but poignantly illustrates the truth about domestic violence: it is a very complex, serious, and real issue. Remember, if you or anyone you know is involved in an abusive relationship, you are not alone. There are resources available, and people who want to help.

    Degrassi: Better Man

    Toward the end of the episode, Alli started to get rid of everything in her room that reminded her of Leo, including her engagement ring. Jenna walked in and brought her the annulment papers wrapped in a bow, a belated birthday cupcake, and a much-need reminder that best friends really are the best.


    Alright, Degrassians. You've heard our thoughts, now we want yours! What do you think about what you saw? Will Alli find the strength she needs to recover? Will Drew and Zoe become an official thing? Will Zig and Maya continue to butt heads? Sound off in the comments!

    In the meantime, here's what's happening next week!



  • Degrassi Recap: 'The World I Know'

    Posted on 01/29/2014 by Rachel1016

    Last night, we kicked off Degrassi's winter chapter with an unforgettable premiere episode. If you haven't seen "The World I Know" yet, catch up on the full episode online, then check out recap where we break down everything that happened.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    BUT…I'M EVERYONE'S TYPE
    At the end of last chapter, Clare and Drew briefly shared a kiss (or, as Drew put it, something in between a make-out and a kiss) that may or may not have signaled a few "OH NO THEY DIDN'T!"s around the world. After the smooch, Drew quickly assumed that Clare was deeply in love with him, obviously.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    But as Drew approached Clare to "let her down easy," she didn't quite pick up what he was puttin' down. In fact, she made it clear that the kiss was a terrible mistake, that she's still very much in love with Eli, and that Drew is straight up deluded (no really, she used that word). A little surprised to find Clare not head over-heels-in-love after their lip lock, Drew consulted Dallas, who, in typical Dallas fashion, encouraged Drew to find a rebound girl. Oh, brother. Wonder who that will be? Anyone care to place some bets?

    Anyway, while Drew was nursing his bruised ego, he was simultaneously trying to impress Mr. Hollingsworth (Miles' father), who visited Degrassi to deliver a speech about his campaign for mayor. Luckily, Drew was able to charm Mr. Hollingsworth, and scored an interview for the youth advisor of his campaign. Aw, look at that, Drew might slowly be getting his mojo back.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    NOT THE RUBBER ROOM!
    After being suspended from school for threatening Zoe's life (in a song), Maya had to complete her punishment in the Remedial Room, aka the infamous "Rubber Room." Maya wasn't too excited about it to begin with, but things went downhill when newcomer punk girl, Grace, made it clear she thought Maya was a total "princess" with a chip on her shoulder. Ouch! Yeah, Maya might have some trouble fitting in.

    The students in the Remedial Room got assigned a character interview project, in which they were paired up and instructed to interview each other, as each other. By some stroke of luck, Maya got paired with her former almost-flame (and total bad-boy) Zig, and *PAUSE* things are about to get interesting.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    For the new or rusty Degrassians out there, here's a quick background on Maya and Zig's complicated relationship: In Season 11, Maya had a crush on Zig, but didn't realize her feelings until Zig got back with his then-girlfriend, Tori. Maya eventually moved on with Cam when Zig started to have feelings for Maya again. But when Cam devastatingly took his own life, Zig blamed himself for telling Cam to get out of Maya's life and Maya had serious trouble coping with the loss. When she was finally being able to express her grief, Maya started to have feelings for Zig again, but said she wasn't ready to be in a relationship. Zig told her he would wait for her, and it seemed like they would eventually find their way back to each other. But over the summer, Maya met Miles Hollingsworth III and, you know, #Matlingsworth happened. When Zig came back, though, he made it clear he didn't forget their promise.

    When the two sat down to work on their assignment, Zig started to talk about the Roman legend, Brutus, who famously betrayed his friend Caesar, and who, in this case, we're pretty sure represents Maya's forgotten promise. So, Zig is a little hostile! That much we know! But he took it to the next level when it came time to present their assignment: While impersonating Maya, he made fun of her and pretty much laid out their baggage for everyone in the class to see. Maya quickly fired back, and Zig walked out. Oof.

    So�does this mean a Zaya comeback is in the works? Should we prepare for one of the most epic love triangles of all Degrassi time?!

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    ALLI AND LEO
    Alli was getting ready to celebrate her birthday when she received some bad news from Leo. His transfer credits from France didn't come through, preventing him from obtaining a student visa and ultimately forcing him to the leave the country. Leo, wary of the stress that long distance relationships inevitably cause, insisted that it would be best if they broke up. But Alli, not ready to give up on the man she loves, had a crazy idea: marriage.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    Despite Jenna and Clare's caution against making such a hasty decision, Alli and Leo booked it to City Hall to tie the knot. Moments after they became husband and wife, however, Alli and Leo got into an argument about her not telling her parents. Leo became convinced that Alli was ashamed of him and his temper escalated to new, devastating heights.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    As they argued in the car, Leo struck Alli multiple times in the head to the point where she fell out of the passenger seat and was left bruised and bleeding on the side of the road.

    Alli returned home to a surprise birthday party that Jenna, Clare and her parents threw for her. As she walked in the door, severely injured, they rushed to her with utter shock and concern, and when they asked what happened, Alli lied and claimed she was mugged.

    Over the past two chapters, we've watched Alli continue to go back to Leo despite his previous outbursts. Now, the consequences of her choices have reached a truly devastating conclusion. Alli has a long road ahead of her, for sure, but her story is a powerful reminder that relationship abuse is a very serious issue. Abuse is never justified, and it's important to remember that we do have the power to make our own choices. If you or anyone you know is in an abusive relationship, know that you are not alone -- go to loveisrespect.org for help, or call 1.866.331.9474 at any time.



  • Catch Up On Season 13 Of Degrassi!

    Posted on 01/22/2014 by Rachel1016

    We're gearing up for all-new episodes of Degrassi on Tuesday, January 28th at 9pm ET, and if there's one thing we know about this show, a lot can happen in a short period of time. As much as we wish our real lives didn't get in the way of Degrassi, it can be difficult to, y'know, keep up with everything!

    So, before we sit down for a fresh batch of drama, let's take a look at all of the major events that precede this brand new chapter. And while you're catching up on episodes from the summer and fall (check them out right HERE!), here's a breakdown of everything you need to know about Degrassi Season 13 so far!

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    RIP ADAM TORRES
    At the end of last summer, we said goodbye to Degrassi favorite, Adam Torres. Adam passed away from injuries sustained in a fatal car crash, which happened because he was texting and driving.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    Not long before the accident, Adam kissed Imogen and felt guilty because he (technically) cheated on his girlfriend, Becky Baker. It was a heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, unforgettable episode, but we cherish those memories of Adam's infectious spirit and take away one valuable lesson: No matter what, it can wait.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    THE END OF DRIANCA
    After getting engaged in Season 12, Bianca returned from University with a change of heart toward Drew. Right before Thanksgiving, she called off both the engagement and the relationship in a breakup that Winston affectionately (or not-so-affectionately) termed a "Turkey Dump."

    Since committing to Bianca, it seemed as though Drew had mended his previously questionable ways with women, but we have to wonder if his new single status will find him returning to bad-boy behavior.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    ECLARE SCARE
    While away at New York University, Eli cheated on Clare with Leonor, a girl he met in one of this film classes. *Yes, cue the collective weeping of every Degrassi fan EVER* Clare was unsurprisingly heartbroken, and essentially (but unofficially) broke up with Eli when he returned home for Thanksgiving.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    Even though the future of their relationship was unclear, it didn't take long for Clare to ignore her own judgment and kiss Drew (yes, that Drew). And of course, almost immediately after her moment of weakness, Eli gave Clare a heartfelt apology. The good news: Eli and Clare made up. But the bad news: Clare might have to face being the unfaithful one now.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    THE MAYA AND MILES SITUATION
    Ah, the hookup we waited for since the first minute of the season premiere. Literally! As Maya walked into Degrassi and got caught off-guard by Miles' dreamy stare, she downright pummeled that trifold. And in that moment, we knew #Mayales was imminent.

    They had quite the journey to ship-dom, though, having gone through periods of time when they were either involved with someone else (Miles and Zoe dated for a hot sec), had to honor allegiances to friends (Maya's BFF Tristan had a thing for Miles for a hot sec), remembered old flames (Maya and Zig have history), or just generally butting heads (sexual tension).

    But these two finally got together. After Maya got suspended for singing a kiss-off song about her nemesis Zoe, Miles sneaked over to her window and… they kissed! Now we want to see them continue strong through the upcoming winter chapter!

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    ZOE'S ANTICS
    Even though Zoe Rivas was a Degrassi newcomer at the beginning this season, the TV-star-turned-mean-girl wasted no time making quite the first impression among her peers. From laying claim over Miles and being caught in an EPIC feud with Maya, to blackmailing Drew into being her date to the dance, Zoe is pretty much the nucleus of Degrassi drama. She's relentless, she's bold, and she's only just getting started! But will she be able to find her place at Degrassi this season? Or will she just continue to leave a trail of embers in her wake…

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    ALLI AND LEO'S COMPLICATED LOVE
    Alli met her Parisian boyfriend, Leo during Degrassi's summer trip to France. Their love story was the stuff of fairy tales until… well, it wasn't. Despite being a total smooth operator and making Alli fall for him deeply, Leo's jealousy had a tendency to turn violent.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    During a heated conversation about some texts from Dallas, Leo grabbed Alli's arm with enough force to bruise her. After the altercation, Alli left Paris and Leo behind, but he traveled to Degrassi to try to apologize and win her back. He somehow proved to be the charmer she remembered from France, and Alli forgave him for getting physical with her.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    But before long, it happened again. And this time he slapped her. In a move that surprised everyone, she forgave him again under the condition that he would go to therapy. It remains to be seen whether or not Leo has really changed this time. Will Alli finally see his true colors? Will there be any chance of Dallas coming into the picture? Or will her story play out tragically like many before her?


    We have so many predictions for this upcoming action-packed chapter, but we want to hear from you! What do you all think will happen? Sound off in the comments! And don't forget, all new episodes return Tuesday, January 28th at 9pm ET