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- Posted on 11/19/2013 by Rachel1016
Wait, didn't summer just end?
Okay okay, maybe we've been delighting in pumpkin spice lattes, burying ourselves in layers, and indulging other fall cliches for a minute now, but that doesn't diminish our disbelief (and sadness) that the Degrassi Fall Finale is just around the corner!
In this sneak peek, Drew shows off his presidential skills by organizing a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families. He's so excited to show Bianca all of his hard work when she returns for the holiday, but he finds out that, well, she's been keeping secrets. Will Drianca's fate be tested this week?
Check out the first look of "Spiderwebs" below! Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and don't forget Degrassi Fall Finale premieres this Thursday at 9PM ET!
- Posted on 11/18/2013 by Rachel1016
Last night, you joined us for 2013 HALO Awards to honor four amazing teens who Help And Lead Others in their community (and if you didn't, you can relive the evening right now with our GIF highlights)! During the live show, we watched celebrities flip the script and present their idols, our honorees, with the accolades they so deeply deserve.
But even if you were there for all of the on-stage action, there's a chance you might have missed the Orange Carpet antics before the show. And since we're your loyal stewards of all things behind-the-scenes, we got a few of our HALO celebs, like Austin Mahone, Darren Criss, and the Degrassi cast, to serve major face in our Orange Carpet GIF booth. Check out our faves below!
Jessica Tyler, Lyle Lettau, & Mindy Shankar
Jennette McCurdy & Kevin Jonas
Thank you for sharing this feel-good night with us! If you missed the live airing of the show, be sure to check out a special TeenNick encore Monday at 9pm ET!
- Posted on 11/15/2013 by Rachel1016
Did you catch last night's episode of Degrassi? The dramacrobatics were in full force, and it's time to break down every last detail! In the wise words of Space Jam, y'all ready for this?! (But really, if you haven't caught up, watch the full episode of "Black or White" online [LINK] first before we spoil it for you!)
BEEF WITH THE PREZ
Drew was none to pleased when Winston aired a very edited version of an interview he conducted on DegrassiTV. In what turned out to be a televised lambaste, Winston accused Drew of being a non-starter president with no platform who was elected based on his looks. Ouch.
Suffice it to say, Drew was miffed. He decided to use executive power to nip Winston's condemnatory bud by firing him from Degrassi TV. But soon thereafter, both Imogen and Becky insisted that if Winston was ousted, they would quit DTV in solidarity. The situation quickly escalated into a full-on "Occupy Degrassi" movement wherein Drew was labeled a fascist who should be impeached.
To make matters worse, when Drew tried to take control of the situation, he found out that Winston's unforgiving tirade was inspired by personal grievances. Winston revealed that it was "guys like Drew" who have picked on "guys like Winston" his entire life. The conversation quickly went from heated to violent, and the next thing we knew, Winston was on the ground.
Unsurprisingly, Drew began to worry that everyone (read: Bianca, his fianc�) would start to think he was same the screw-up he's always been. After seeking a little encouragement from Dallas, Drew was able to reconcile with Winston and the rest of DegrassiTV. He even proposed a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families instead of his original carnival idea. Winston was receptive, admitted that he may have misjudged Drew, and all things were copacetic once again.
FOOL FOR LIFE
For a drama class assignment, Mr. Townsend chose roles for each of students that he thought reflected their personality. Tristan hoped he would get exercise his acting chops with one of Shakespeare's great dramatic roles, like Hamlet or Macbeth. Much to his disappointment, though, he was left with Bottom, a comedic character from A Midsummer Night's Dream who turns into a Donkey. And to add insult to injury, when Mr. Townsend said, "I'm counting on you to deliver a flamboyant performance," Tristan felt he was being pigeonholed (and more to the point, stereotyped).
Determined to prove himself as more than just a colorful jokester, Tristan used a healthy dose of creative freedom to re-interpret the role and perform the monologue very seriously (I mean, he was talking to a skull. How more serious can you get?). Unfortunately, Mr. Townsend wasn't too keen on Tristan's dramatic choices, and warned him that if he didn't stay true the comedic nature of the role, he would fail the assignment.
Then, as Tristan was starting to feel like one big blergh, Zoe surprised all of us and actually had some words of wisdom for him! (And yes, we realize she does have a lot of experience in the field, but her helping someone out is always an unexpected occasion!) She told Tristan that even if he wanted to prove he could be a leading man, choosing to perform the piece different than the way it was written, merely proved he could do nothing. Touch�.
Tristan ultimately decided to embrace the comedic role, to willingly (and literally LOL) make an ass of himself. Unsurprisingly, he killed it on stage. Zoe even she invited him to join a sketch comedy troupe she was starting. But *lodges wrench into premature celebration*when Tristan agreed, he deliberately dishonored his allegiance to Maya. Zoe said she could keep a secret, but yeah... we all know where this one's headed.
IT WAS JUST ONCE
Clare was so excited for Eli's visit home from school, she planned romantic a night for them to watch a movie under the stars. But as Eli sat next to her, aloof and struggling to stay awake, it was clear that their night wasn't going as smoothly or as romantically as Clare had hoped it would. Eli seemed distracted, preoccupied even, and when he stepped away to take a phone call from New York, Clare found a pack of cigarettes in his coat pocket.
Clare was ready to confront Eli about the smokes, speculating that they had something to do with his being distant, but it turned out Eli had a secret much bigger than a newly-formed nicotine habit. As she stood there in her kitchen, she slowly pieced together the truth. Eli cheated.
Well, Degrassi fans, it's safe to say that this episode introduced new matters that could change Degrassi forever. What were your reactions? Let us know in the comments!
- Posted on 11/14/2013 by Rachel1016
Zachary Kerr is a female to male transgender. Born as one of three identical female triplets, Zach grew up knowing that what he felt on the inside didn't reflect what was on the outside. After years of grappling with his gender identity, Zach decided to undergo a transitional journey to become male. It was a journey rife with challenges and obstacles, but ultimately happiness, and inspired him to become a leading advocate for the transgender community. Zach gave us some exclusive insight into his involvement with the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and other LGBT organizations, as well as all of the deets on his giveback experience with Josh Hutcherson!
According to Zach, the Gay Straight Alliance caters to LGBT questioning youth, but is available or everybody. "Many GSA chapters have discussions to talk about what it's like to be LGBT not only in your own community, but in the US, world, and different areas of life." Zach explained that there are also GSA chapters that are activism based. For example, they partake in movements like Day of Silence, where participants take a vow of silence for the day in solidarity against LGBT bullying. When we asked him to describe the organization in a nutshell he said, "It's a rainbow! It comes in different varieties of shapes, colors, and awesomeness based on where you are."
In addition to his involvement with GSA, Zach works as an LGBT educator for the Greater Boston chapter of Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG for short. Zach brings his knowledge to various settings informing students, teachers, corporations, church groups, hospitals, and social workers about ways in which they can support LGBT youth. When speaking with these different groups of people, Zach uses his own personal story to give insight into the transgender community: "Growing up being transgender youth, being born biologically female but always feeling male, I use my story to give a face to the issue and make them see why it is important. This is a real thing that kids and people go through that affects them for their whole lives."
TeenNick fans might remember Degrassi's Adam Torres, who was transgender. Adam's story resonated with fans, either helping them with their own transition or opening their eyes to the life of a transgender. When we asked Zach if he knew of Adam's story and to what extent he could relate, he said this: "When I first saw Adam's character, it was awesome to see kids like myself represented. One of the biggest things I identified with Adam's story was when Adam's mom called him his female name, stopped herself, and corrected herself. My mom did that, too. Things are different, but there were a lot of similarities."
When we asked Zach what kind of advice he might have for questioning youth, he gave an answer wise beyond his years: "My biggest piece of advice would be to tell teens that if they're coming out, their friends are still their friends. [Your sexuality] isn't the defining thing that made them be your friend. It wasn't a deciding factor then and it doesn't have to be now."
Zach met actor/LGBT ally Josh Hutcherson as a part of his HALO giveback, and it was an experience he remembers fondly: "I can't explain it without smiling how amazing it was meeting Josh, just getting to meet someone who identifies as a straight ally who is pretty much as passionate as I am. I never met someone who is not LGBT be so passionate about the community. I'm sitting in my dorm room smiling right now. He just wants to see our community do good, and he just kicked it up a level."
Zach is currently a freshman at Wheelock College, pursuing a degree in social work with the hopes of one day becoming a therapist for transgender youth. "I'd like to be able to say, 'I know exactly how you feel.'"
Don't miss Zach and the rest of the outstanding honorees at the 2013 HALO Awards on Nick@Nite this Sunday, November 17th at 8pm ET!
- Posted on 11/11/2013 by Cristine Prosperi
Photo Credit: Cristine Prosperi's Instagram / @crisprosperi..
If I can buy one higher priced item this year, what would you recommend I should get? Purse? Jeans? Shoes?
This is such a great question. I love my purses so I would definitely recommend spoiling yourself with a great bag! Bags can last you for years and, if you pick the right one, never go out of style.
I recommend a neutral color (black, nudes) when it comes to an expensive bag. That way you can wear it with any type of outfit. Also, if you pick the right bag, you can literally wear it all the time. So why not splurge on something you'll use everyday?!
- Posted on 11/08/2013 by Rachel1016
The drama of last week's Degrassi pretty much pummeled us with the force of a freight train. Drew was on the outs with Dallas over his wayward behavior, Maya felt the wrath of the internet when her controversial music video went viral, and Alli found out that Leo's violent behavior returned. This week's episode picked up the pieces, but it conjured up an entire spectrum of feels: good, bad, and confused. Check out our recap below, but if you haven't seen the episode yet, watch it online first!
DO PEOPLE CHANGE?
When Leo physically struck Alli last week, she said she never wanted to see him again. When Jenna and Clare commented on the cake job that, obviously, was an attempt to cover up her bruises, Alli deflected and said she had been up all night studying. Even though she did tell them that she and Leo got into a fight, she withheld, um, a few crucial details. Leo made several phone calls and delivered a half dozen apology balloons, but at this point, Alli actually seemed to be holding her ground. After all, she had to focus on her SATs.
But when she came upon a question during her exam that asked, "Do people change?" she thought twice about her decision to write Leo off forever. In that moment, she found some part of her that did believe Leo was capable of changing. And ultimately, she forgave him under the condition that he would get therapy.
Now, we'd be surprised (and perhaps a little concerned) if this decision didn't faze you. Though every case of relationship abuse is different, domestic violence tends to follow a generally prescribed path: if it happens once, it will happen again. And again. You've even seen it played out in the Degrassi of yore (remember Rick and Terri? Or Fiona and Bobby?). Even though Alli is convinced that she and Leo have something "special," something that's worth fighting for, we'd be remiss not to assume that their issues are far from resolved. And we hope you all watch and absorb Alli's plot line with caution, too. It remains to be seen exactly what will happen, but my goodness, how many times has this story been told? And how many times has it ended in tragedy?
ONE REASON TO STAY
Last week, Dallas started to act with questionable judgement by skipping school, drinking, and hooking up with girls. His behavior came somewhat out of the blue, and Drew's concern for him caused a rift in their relationship. Like all of us, Drew was confused about what inspired Dallas' delinquent behavior, and after their confrontation last week, he didn't have the chance to reconcile.
Dallas packed up his room and essentially went MIA for a while before Drew sought answers from Dallas' hockey teammates. (BTW, what's up, Luke Baker? So nice of you to show your face! You're lookin' great!) Turns out, Dallas was let go from the team to make way for new talent.
After a slew of missed phone calls left Drew more worried than ever, Dallas finally showed up to class. And he made about half way through his presentation before tossing his drunken cookies. Blech, at least he made it to the trash can?
Drew and Dallas were finally able to real-talk, and it became clear that Dallas was struggling to accept the fact that his dreams of making it to the NHL had been all but crushed. When Dallas revealed that he was considering leaving Degrassi, Drew said something that really hit home: "I already lost one brother this year. I can't lose another." In the end, Dallas moved back in and promised to quit the drinking. (However, he maintained that he couldn't do anything about the ladies loving him. Because, obviously.)
Things turned from bad to worse in the Maya FaceRange scandal when a random dude tried to grope her in the music room. Fortunately, Miles entered swiftly (if somewhat gangly) and punched the guy before he could lay another finger on her. Miles then apologized for joining the forces of shame, for calling her slut, and even admitted that his own behavior more deserved a humiliating FaceRange page. Aw, Miles. Good job. HOWEVER, Maya very astutely pointed out an undeniable truth: The difference in the way promiscuity is perceived between guys and girls is that, "They'd probably build you a statue." Uh huh.
Maya had had enough and she was on the hunt for whomever started the infamous page. With Miles' help and a little recon in the rubber room hallway (which, BTW, I guess that's just like the punk rock hallway?), Maya found out who the culprit was. Dun dun dun... ZOE RIVAS, Y'ALL.
And cue the breaking loose of all H-E double hockey sticks.
When Maya confronted Zoe about starting the page, the altercation turned into a full-on brawl wherein clumps of hair were yanked and clothes were mercilessly ripped. The girls landed in Principal Simpson's office and were given a week of detention, but Maya thought Zoe deserved to have criminal charges pressed against her.
Zoe, of course, put her acting skills to work and feigned remorse, which naturally left Maya even more upset. So much so, that she decided to write and perform a kiss-off tune dedicated to Zoe in which she, erm, basically threatened Zoe's life. And then Maya was suspended.
But by the end of the episode, it appeared that suspension was actually treating her pretty well. Miles came to her window that night, told her how awesome and talented and beautiful she was, and they finally kissed.
/*/*`\**`*/`\*\`/`*\*\/ <-- Fireworks.
Alright, it's your turn, Degrassi fans! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments! And watch the video below to see what's happening next week!
- Posted on 11/05/2013 by Rachel1016
All press is good press, right?
Everyone's been giving Maya a hard time since her racy music video went viral last week. But wait, who's this guy who might actually stand out in the sea of bullies? Oh, nevermind, he's only after an easy hookup.
Good thing a certain someone busts in to give the gross perp a fistful! (Literally.)
Check out the first look of "Barely Breathing" below! Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and don't forget an all-new Degrassi premieres this Thursday at 9PM ET!
- Posted on 11/04/2013 by Cristine Prosperi
Photo Credit: Cristine Prosperi's Instagram / @crisprosperi. .
EDITOR'S NOTE: As much as we love dressing to the nines from time to time, most days we swear by the saying, "comfort is king." If you're the kind of gal whose wardrobe consists of a few quality, casual-chic staples, this week's Q&A with Cristine Prosperi goes out to you!
QUESTION: If I mostly wear jeans and tees, how can I spice up my wardrobe but still be comfortable?
I'm all about being comfortable and stylish! I often wear jeans and tees. The key is how you accessorize an outfit. For a jeans and t-shirt look, I always throw in some chunky jewelry and a fun bag to tie it all together. Even a scarf can do wonders to an outfit! Turn the look from day to night by throwing a blazer overtop and cute little booties.
- Posted on 11/01/2013 by Rachel1016
Nevermind the fact that you're still recovering from last night's Halloween sugar high, we're still trying to get over what happened on Degrassi! It was an eventful episode to say the least, and we're sure you've got lots to say. Check out our recap of ''Who Do You Think You Are'' below, but if you haven't seen the episode, watch it online first!
STRIP ME BARE, I DON'T WANT YOU TO
Maya performed a new song in class and everyone really seemed to like it, especiallllly Miles. He finally made the move to ask her out after class, but Zoe wasn't exactly as cool with it all as she might have insisted. I mean, we were never convinced that Zoe was over the Miles drama anyway, but this episode it became increasingly clear that she was out for revenge.
Zoe offered to shoot a music video for Maya's song, but had one condition: she would get to direct the video. The song was all about finding someone who can look beneath surface, see the real Maya, but Zoe chose to take the video concept in a decidedly more literal direction. Yep, she got Maya to strip herself bare in front of the camera.
Not only was Miles upset when he saw the video (he flat-out called it porn), but someone started a pretty nasty FaceRange page with racy Photoshopped images of Maya. She started getting attention for her video, but the kind that had nothing to do with music. In fact, other students at Degrassi began to ostracize her, calling her a 'slut' and 'whore' to the point where she was shamed in front of her entire class.
Despite Maya's questionable decision to give Zoe creative control, the concept of publicly making a person (usually a girl) feel guilty or inferior for appearing promiscuous is a very real thing. And it's exactly what Maya's classmates did by making her out to be, well, a disgraceful tramp. The issue itself certainly isn't black or white, but it's really important to understand what's at play here. Like Maya's mom said, it was bullying.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
Apparently, Dallas has been skipping school. Like, royally skipping school to drink and hook up with girls. Drew was worried about Dallas' behavior and decided to try and scare him by paying one of Dallas' lady friends to pretend she was pregnant. Only problem was, Dallas and said lady friend never had sex. Oops!
Drew's attempted "intervention" of sorts escalated into a full-on confrontation between the two best friends. in which Dallas told Drew he couldn't tell him "how to live his life" and that he wasn't exactly an exemplar of moral behavior. Ouch. The only thing is... wasn't it just last week that Dallas was Mr. Upright And Principled about those darn (although fake) steroid pills!? Can we take a moment to acknowledge that? Shakin' my head.
SECOND CHANCE, FIRST MISTAKE
While Alli stressed about the upcoming SATs, she worried even more about her future with Leo. Leo was less than pleased to hear that Alli's dream was to attend MIT ("I thought I was your dream!") after he made the leap across the pond to Canada for her. Alli would do her darnedest to have the best of both worlds, but things didn't quite turn out as she hoped.
Unfortunately, Leo's temper returned. They got in a heated argument about their uncertain future and, in one of the most shocking and alarming moments so far this season, Leo hit Alli. Again. She ran away and exclaimed "I never want to see you again," but we can only hope to goodness Alli keeps her word. What were your reactions to this moment? Do you think Alli is finally going to walk away from Leo's continued abuse?
We've given our two cents, now it's your turn. There's much to discuss about this episode, so sound off in the comments!
- Posted on 10/28/2013 by Cristine Prosperi
EDITOR'S NOTE: Come one come all, Degrassi fashion fans! Cristine Prosperi might be the resident quirky and artistic Imogen Moreno on set, but off set she is a bonafide style maven. Armed and ready to share her fashion knowledge with all of you, we are so excited to announce Cristine as our newest guest fashion blogger! Over the next few weeks, Cristine will pop in periodically to chat all things sartorial and answer your hard-pressed style questions. That's right, how did we get so lucky?
Fall is one of my favorite seasons! However, not all people love the cold... so here's an easy and stylish solutio: LAYERING. Throwing on layers is the best way to be prepared for any weather condition! The key to nailing fall fashion is to experiment with different pieces in your closet. Layering different items not only keeps you warm but makes your outfit look chic and put together.
The layers I went with:
Denim button up
Classic knit sweater
My go-to fall look: