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  • Degrassi Breakdown: "Just Can't Get Enough"

    Posted on 10/09/2009 by Mary

    SPOILERS IN HERE. AVERT YER EYES IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE PREMIERE YET!

    So what did you guys think of the season premiere? I thought Jamie Johnston did an amazing job; it looked like it must have been an exhausting shoot for him. Anyway, let's take it all apart...

    1) Dude, what is Peter doing wrong that all his girlfriends keep moving to other continents? I could feel his heart cracking when Mia pulled that "Don't get mad BUT...." < /p>

    2) Would you feel jealous or threatened if you walked in on your best friend bonding with the new kid, like when Alli walked in on Clare and Jenna doing pedicures?

    3) Jenna seems like trouble on a few levels BUT, hear me out: I was thinking about how maybe she's just doing her best? Because it's hard to be the new girl.... you've got to make all new friends, and everyone's already got history with each other, and if you want to date anyone it's almost impossible not to step on SOMEONE's toes. Have you ever been the new kid, and did you have any trouble with it?

    4) Do you trust Jenna? Do you think her "I'm not half as pretty as you, Alli!" type stuff is genuine or manipulative?

    5) Hey. Holly J's priority is this taco. Got it?

    6) Also, Holly J has lots of sides, you can't just pick the one you like. Has anyone ever tried to "change" the parts of your personality they didn't like, and how did it go down?

  • 10 Celebs You Didn't Know HALO Everyday

    Posted on 05/12/1915 by TeenNickBlogger

    Inspiration to Help and Lead Others can come from many places. Maybe you witnessed a random act of kindness on the street and decide to pay it forward, or maybe you're inspired by the story of another teen just like you, or maybe, like many of us, your celebrity heroes use their global presence to open your eyes to important causes and issues. When they're not singing, dancing, acting or making us laugh, here are 10 celebs who spread the HALO Effect all the time.

    TAYLOR SWIFT

    Celeb HALO

    Our girl Taylor is involved in several charities and causes, including public education funding for art and music, children's literacy and natural disaster relief. She donated the proceeds from her 1989 hit single "Welcome to New York" to NYC public schools and in 2012, funded the building of a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. She makes frequent visits to children's hospitals to play her songs for fans and even wrote and performed a song called "Ronan" in memory of a four-year-old boy who died of neuroblastoma in 2012. We're barely scraping the surface of all the good Taylor does, so it's no wonder she was recognized as the most charitable celebrity of 2014 by the Do Something Awards!

    Sources: New York Times, ABC News, New York Times

    EMMA WATSON

    Celeb HALO

    Emma Watson became a HALO hero last year when she launched the United Nations #HeForShe campaign during an address at UN Headquarters. Her kick-butt campaign promotes feminism and calls for both men and women to fight together, in solidarity, for gender equality. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma has become a global spokesperson for feminism today. She has inspired women and men alike to not only gain a deeper understanding of what feminism is, but also to promote it fearlessly and wholeheartedly.

    Sources:UN Women

    BEYONC�

    Celeb HALO

    Queen Bey's philanthropic initiative #BeyGOOD is a campaign that supports several causes. The movement has helped put people back to work, helped restock clothing donation centers, provided counseling, housing, food, and medical assistance to homeless, promoted Autism awareness and impacted global empowerment of women and girls. NBeyD. She is #Flawless.

    Sources: #BEYGood

    JUSTIN BIEBER

    Celeb HALO

    In 2013, Justin became the first recording artist ever to grant 200 wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation to children with life-threatening medical conditions. He is also a big supporter of Pencils of Promise, an organization that helps build quality schools and develop sustainable education programs for children all over the world.

    Sources: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pencils of Promise

    CHRIS PRATT

    Celeb HALO

    At the end of last year, funnyman Chris Pratt gave a touching speech at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies event. While honoring the organization which funds research to help solve premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality, he spoke about his own son, Jack, who was born prematurely.

    Sources: NBC Today

    MINDY KALING

    Celeb HALO

    We love Mindy Kaling for many reasons, one of them being her involvement with Rosie's Theater Kids. The non-profit, which was started by actress Rosie O'Donnell, promotes performance and arts education. In 2014, Mindy auctioned off a The Mindy Project script to raise money for the organization.

    Sources: Celebs Gone Good

    DEMI LOVATO

    Celeb HALO

    Demi is an advocate for several causes, but most recently and notably she has been vocal about LGBTQ rights as well as mental health and body positivity. The songstress is a spokesperson for NYC Pride Week, the face of the Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, and in 2014, embarked on a Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour, in which she talked about her personal experiences with bipolar and eating disorders.

    Sources: NYC Pride, Human Rights Campaign YouTube

    TYLER OAKLEY

    Celeb HALO

    YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley is a long-time supporter of The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing crisis and suicide prevention for the LGBTQ youth community. By mobilizing fans and supporters to chip in and donate, Tyler raised over half a million dollars for The Trevor Project. Tyler, you are a shining light and joy to us all.

    Sources: The Trevor Project

    MILEY CYRUS

    Celeb HALO

    For some time now, Miley has been an advocate for homeless youth. She is a supporter of My Friend's Place, an organization that helps homeless youth build self-sustainable lives, and even used her VMA speech for Video of the Year to promote the program. Most recently, Miley launched The Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps confront injustices faced by homeless, LGBTQ and other vulnerable youth communities.

    Sources: My Friend's Place, Miley Cyrus Facebook

    ONE DIRECTION

    Celeb HALO

    The boys tend to bring joy to the world with their sweet songs and even sweeter smiles, but they're also heavily involved in a few very important causes. Not only are they ambassadors to Rays of Sunshine, but in 2014, the band donated �600,000 to Stand Up to Cancer by giving portions of their ticket sales revenue from the "Where We Are" tour. In 2013, they raised over �2 million for Red Nose Day (a campaign launched by Comic Relief, which incorporates humor to help people living difficult and impoverished lives) thanks to their single "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)."

    Sources: One Direction Family, Comic Relief


    As if these celebs don't inspire us already, their dedication to Helping and Leading Others makes us love them even more. We challenge YOU to learn more about one of the organizations above and share which one you've chosen in the comments!

    All photo credit: Getty Images

  • Give Back This Thanksgiving!

    Posted on 11/25/1913 by baileyb2112

    'Tis The Season To Give Back!

    'Tis the season to give back! With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the holiday season not far behind, it's the perfect time to remember all the things you are thankful for, and to consider helping those who are less fortunate. Plus, while you're in the holiday spirit, why not remember the spirit of the HALO Awards too?? Keep the HALO Effect going all year round!

    Let your HALO shine by donating, volunteering, or simply brightening someone's day this holiday season. Start small: help your mom prepare a fantastic turkey dinner on Thanksgiving day, give your grandmother a call to let her know you're thinking of her, or give out holiday cards to all of your friends to tell them how much they mean to you. But if you're looking to make a bit of a bigger impact, here are some organizations that could really use your help this holiday:

    The Salvation Army
    Ever noticed the men and women who bundle up and stand out in the cold around Christmas time, ringing bells and holding red buckets full of donations? These people are dedicated volunteers for the Salvation Army, a charitable organization that has been helping those who are poor or homeless for many years. But you don't have to ring a bell to help them out! Consider cleaning out your closet and donating any clothes you don't wear anymore to someone who really needs them. The Salvation Army can make sure your donations find a good home. Even Austin Mahone, our favorite new heartthrob, is getting involved�he'll be headlining Salvation Army's "Rock the Red Kettle" concert this year!

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    This national youth organization has chapters all over the United States that provide after-school programs for countless boys and girls. These programs focus on education, leadership, the arts, sports, and more. You can get involved by volunteering at a club in your area, or even starting a club of your own! Check out their website to find the program nearest you and lend a helping hand.

    The YMCA
    The YMCA is one of America's oldest non-profit organizations, with millions of beneficiaries and numerous community centers all over the world. They offer programs for kids and adults alike that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility with a strong focus on community. If you're interested in being involved, you can donate to the Y, volunteer at a center, or even join a YMCA community near you! It's a great way to give back!

    This year, while you're enjoying the wonderful days of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers, holiday decorating and those first few glimpses of snow, keep these organizations in mind and consider making someone else's holiday season a little more special.