- Posted on 11/05/2013 by Rachel1016
2011 Halo honoree Emily-Anne Rigal has no patience for bullies. After being put-down as a young girl, Emily decided enough was enough. In 2010, Emily-Anne founded and created WeStopHate.org, a teen-run website that tackles bullying through the viral power of social media videos. If you haven't heard of WeStopHate.org, let us enlighten you: the non-profit movement has grown to unimaginable heights. We caught up with the superstar HALO-er herself, and here's what she had to say!
What have you been doing since the HALO awards?
In addition to our social media initiatives, WeStopHate has expanded our program offline, by creating WeStopHate clubs in schools across the country. Any teenager can go to WeStopHate.org/clubs to download information about starting a WeStopHate club in their school!
What has been one of your favorite achievements since joining/starting your organization?
After the HALO Awards, Newsweek ranked me on their 2012 list of the "150 Most Fearless Women in the World" alongside my heroes like Hillary Clinton and Oprah. I was so honored to be included on this list!
October is National Bully Month, what are you doing to help get word out about WeStopHate.org?
WeStopHate received a $50,000 grant from Peace First this month and to celebrate, we were featured on The TODAY Show.
What advice do you give to teens who have been bullied?
We can never underestimate the importance of being open about our experiences. Even though it is difficult to share what you are going through, I feel strongly that having one-on-one conversations with people in your life who you trust is a good way to figure out how you can rise above the bullies.
What advice to you have for teens who bully?
I think it's important for bullies to realize that they are most likely bullying because they are dealing with their own issues and insecurities. I advise bullies to focus their energy on doing something they love (like playing a sport or making YouTube videos) because doing things that make us feel good will stop the bullying cycle.
- 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.
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!
Lady Gaga deserves a round of applause after her video's winning performance on last week's TeenNick Top 10! Her video for "Applause" moved into the #1 spot, while Miley Cyrus wrecked it with "Wrecking Ball" at #2! OK, that's enough of the bad puns...
Want to make sure your favorite videos land a spot on the next countdown? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!
As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! It's the perfect mix to jam out to!
Will Lady Gaga keep her title as queen of the countdown or will another worthy competitor knock her off her thrown? Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, TEENNICK FANS!
As you prepare for an evening of sugary sweetness, allow us to first tempt you with a little ear candy! Halloween might not claim an entire genre of festive tunes (Christmas...always tryna outshine!), but we gathered a few terror-iffic tunes that are sure to have you getting spooky with it!
Thriller - Michael Jackson
The man, the legend, the icon. It just isn't Halloween if you don't get your groove on to some "Thriller."
Thriller/Heads Will Roll - Glee
Your favorite Glee stars revamped Micheal's hit and warped it with Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll" in their 2011 Superbowl special.
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Creepy, crawly, and oh so fun! Nothing like a Stevie Wonder throwback to get you saying "Superstition IS the way."
Disturbia - Rihanna
RiRi never disappoints, and in her hit song "Disturbia" she went for a haunting look that scored her a #1 slot on Billboard's Hot 100 back in 2008. Five years later, it's like the darkness is the still the light.
I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
You probably know and love this tune from the classic film Hocus Pocus, but we're giving the spine-chilling original a little love.
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
She wants your loving, she wants your revenge. But she also shocked you with a dark, hypnotizing song that had an a equally daring music video.
Britney Spears - Toxic
Britney wowed us all in this pop gem. Who knew it would be such a great song for a spooky night?
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.
If you've ever slipped the line, "Who you gonna call?" in a conversation, you have this song to thank.
Classic, fun, and something Mom and Dad can sing along to (unfortunately).
Blow - Kesha
When Ke$ha opened the song with a sinister laugh, "Haha... dance," she was referring to your potential Halloween plans. Dance the haunted night away!
The HALO Awards are upon us, TeenNick humanitarians! The countdown to November has begun, and we're gearing up for the grandiose (but equally good-hearted) event that honors teens who Help And Lead Others. Every year, we bring in a new class of amazing do-gooders to showcase and reward the inspiring work to which they have IMPRESSIVELY dedicated their young lives.
Before we reveal this year's honorees, we're giving you a taste of the kind of work the HALO awards have recognized in the past. And really, one of the best parts about the HALO Awards is seeing how past honorees have continued to work for their respective causes AFTER they've been recognized by TeenNick!
A few weeks ago, we featured the all-star efforts of student environmental advocacy group Team Marine.> This week, we caught up with Leah Stoltz, a 2009 honoree who, after developing a spine condition called scoliosis, founded a support group for young girls called Curvy Girls. The year she was honored, Leah got to meet JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (and totally told him to start making music again! THANK YOU, GIRL!). Since then, she's been marching full speed ahead to make Curvy Girls bigger and better than ever, and trust us, this girl's passion will give you chills. Check out our interview below!
How is your health and scoliosis?
I am great! Honestly, I forget that I have a fused spine a lot of the time; it's so second nature to me. My brother still makes jokes about my hardware in my back and my parents still worry too much, but I wouldn't go back in time and trade my curvy back for a straight one for a billion dollars!
What have you been doing since the HALO awards?
When the HALO awards filmed me I was a senior in high school on Long Island, New York. How time has flown! Presently, I'm a senior at American University in Washington, DC. I'm getting my Business Administration degree with a specialization in Sports & Entertainment Business and I'm hoping, this time next year, to have a job!
What has been one of your favorite achievements since starting Curvy Girls?
Oh there's just no way I can only give you one! My three top favorite moments have been each time we expanded to another country � first to Canada, then Brazil, and then Australia! What an amazing feeling it has been to know that our message is spreading across not only the nation, but also the world.
Could you tell us about your new book Straight Talk With Curvy Girls and why you decided to start writing?
Straight Talk with the Curvy Girls is a compilation of the original (pre-HALO) 9 Curvy Girls and their moms' stories, medical information, fashion advice, and complete guidance from diagnosis through post-treatment. It needed to be written for two reasons. One: we needed to tell our stories because every girl I have ever spoken to, no matter where in the world they are from, says the same things�"I feel so alone. I thought I was the only one going through this." So even if there isn't a group in their town, by reading our stories they won't feel so alone. And two: we have set out to advocate changing the standard of care for adolescent scoliosis.
Sometimes adults may forget that we're kids/pre-teens who need to be spoken to and spoken to in a way we can understand. They need to know that we are not just a body, but an emotional mind that sometimes guides our decisions. When professionals, like doctors and orthotists, are sensitive to that, there will be much better treatment compliance.
You have attended the HALO awards since 2009! What was your favorite memory of the HALO awards?
I absolutely love getting to meet the honorees and reunite with everyone from the past years! We all get to reminisce about our time in their shoes as well as hopefully inspire them with how much the HALO effect really can aid their movement. It's also been wonderful to create this network of people from our generation who are really changing the world. We're friends on Facebook and are always there to cheer each other on or lend a hand. For example, this summer, Allyson [Ahlstrom] was on tour with her Threads for Teens truck and I got to volunteer with her on her DC stop. I loved meeting her and getting to know what she does, but having the opportunity to really be a part of her project was so special.
When Leah isn't advocating for Curvy Girls, she enjoys biking around DC with her friends, listening to music, and watching a Nickelodeon favorite, Legend of Korra. Stay tuned for some more AWESOME updates on HALO honorees, and look out for the 2013 HALO Awards coming to you in November!
HAPPY (ALMOST) HALLOWEEN from TeenNick!
The magical night of scary movies, candy apples and jack-o-lanterns is upon us. It's a night when we all remember that you are never too old to go trick-or-treating. While stuffing our faces with free candy is always incredible on its own, one of the best parts of Halloween has to be the COSTUMES!
Whether you've had your outfit planned for weeks or you're still trying to find that perfect costume at the last minute, who better to give you some spooky ideas than the ultimate teenage witch herself, Sabrina!
This high school sorceress certainly had plenty of memorable outfits over the years, whether she was dressed for Halloween or not. Sabrina embraced the '90s in every aspect of her style, as did her high school and college friends. But it wasn't always the best decision. Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Can you tell whether these iconic looks from Sabrina the Teenage Witch are costumes or just hilariously bad '90s fashion?
Let's start with an easy one. While Sabrina's reasons for dressing like a Pepto Bismol-pink can-can dancer are unclear, this feathery and sparkly getup definitely isn't something we would have seen in the '90s. It's a costume!
This next look from Sabrina's later years is a little more unfortunate. While Morgan is wearing the same lovely pink Sabrina donned in the can-can costume, we have bad news: this one is no costume. These girls were just sporting traditionally bad '90s (or early 2000s) fashion...
While Sabrina's shirt may appear to be covered in weird bats or spiders of some kind, this one doesn't have anything to do with Halloween. Just an outfit for school in the '90s!
No ambiguity here: Sabrina and her friends are definitely dressed for Halloween. Smile and get in the spirit, guys!
Did Sabrina and Jenny plan their Halloween costumes together this year?? Unfortunately not. Both girls simply fell victim to bad '90s fashion, and somehow ended up wearing the same strange combination of suede top and patterned pants. Sigh...
Aahhh, here we go. Sabrina finally embraced the witch inside! We think this magically appropriate costume is perfect for Halloween.
Yep, you guessed it...none of these cast members are in costumes. The bright colors, sheer fabrics and animal print are all wonderful parts of bad '90s fashion...and we can't get enough of it.
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:
Last week's Degrassi left questions unanswered and fates undecided. Tristan supplied Miles with what looked like steroid pills, Imogen grappled with the guilt she felt over her last moments with Adam, and Clare began to worry that her forgetfulness was a symptom of her cancer returning. Let's talk about what happened this week and, as always, watch the episode online first if you haven't seen it!
CAN'T STOP, WONT STOP
When Tristan handed Miles a bag of pills last episode, we were almost certain the story line would follow a clear trajectory: Miles would start to grow questionable facial hair and become an addict, Tristan would become the resident Degrassi drug dealer and turn into a hardened criminal... You know how it goes. But fool us twice Degrassi, those pills were FAKE!
So the good news was that Tristan was in the clear legally (and in life as a human), but the bad news was that he still lied to Miles and a few of the other guys on the team. And it was a situation he was none too keen to face considering his full-on campaign for Miles' best-friendship. Despite the fact that Miles actually made starter on his own merit, he was upset that Tristan not only duped him into thinking that he was taking the real thing, but that he had mislead a handful of guys on the team, as well.
So, to get back in Miles' good (albeit troubled) graces, Tristan had to come up with a plan: He gave the other teammates a "flush capsule" in order to pass their next drug test, making the fact that they would actually pass anyway not suspicious. You know, because they never actually took any drugs.
I'M COMING CLEAN
Remember when Clare sort of panicked about her future and made up an entire story about Zoe to get published by a national magazine? And then found out her cancer might have returned? Well, we fairly quickly we found out that Clare's cancer did not return and did not spread to her brain, but the reason for her unusual forgetfulness was a post-cancer condition called "chemo brain." And it was that very forgetfulness that led Clare to fabricate the story about Zoe. This episode, Clare grappled with her own guilt over those lies had to figure out how to get herself out of the mess.
When Clare's editor Meredith told her she loved her article, she decided the truth would have to wait. And even though Meredith ensured Clare she would be fact-checking every detail with Zoe herself (RUH ROH), she continued to dig herself deeper. Zoe was unsurprisingly none too pleased about the lies that Clare wrote, and when Clare sought a little mercy, Zoe said, "Cancer didn't make you lie, Clare. You did that all by yourself." Who knew Zoe had some words of wisdom in her? But also, didn't Zoe just lie to Clare about everything in the first place? Ugh.
Just before Clare went so far as to suggest that Alli impersonate Zoe and confirm the story, she decided to fess up. At first, Meredith gave her a look so cold it was positively arctic�like, you would not want to be on the receiving end of that reproval� but then Clare explained her situation, and Meredith was actually very understanding. She even got a second chance. Pheeeee-ew.
DON'T MENTION IT
After Imogen reluctantly agreed to give Becky a role on Degrassi TV, Becky brought up questions about the night Adam died, and how she suspected people were "covering up" what happened. Imogen, knowing full well what happened, couldn't bring herself to say that she kissed her dead ex-boyfriend.
When Imogen confided in Drew about the situation, he had some interesting words of advice. He asked Imogen, "If you were Becky, what would she want to hear?" She had to decide whether or not coming clean would be merely for her own guilt's sake. So, when Imogen finally opened up to Becky, she decided to focus on nothing more than how much Adam loved her. And even though we would ordinarily say that full honestly is the way to go, it seemed to work. Imogen said exactly what Becky needed to hear without hurting her. Then, they shared a hug that could seriously buoy a sinking heart and it was the BEST.
We could go on and on, but now it's your turn. Let us know what you thought of "Everything You've Done" in the comments below. Go nuts!
And, dare we forget, here's the music from last night's episode:
"Run Run" by The Black Cadillacs
"Holograms" by Founds
Listen to all of the songs from Season 13 here!
We decided to ask the stars of Degrassi to put together playlists of their musical favorites, and to give us an idea of the kind of music that means something to them. For the next few weeks we're going to be sharing with you the songs that represent, in their own musical taste, highest highs, lowest lows, and everything in between.
To get you revved for an all-new episode of Degrassi TONIGHT, we're kicking off the series with two playlists of songs that get you pumped up courtesy of Aislinn Paul (a.k.a Clare Edwards) and Eric Osborne (a.k.a Miles Hollingsworth III)! Whether it be prepping for a workout, a big sports game, going out with friends, or just looking for a little pick-me-up, Aislinn and Eric take it away with their stellar choices.
Check out their individual selections here, and then listen to the songs on our Spotify Degrassi Cast Pump-Up Mix below!
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Dancing On My Own - Robyn
Bad - Michael Jackson
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Drive My Car - The Beatles
I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Suburbs- Arcade Fire
Testarossa Autodrive- Kavinsky
We Are From Venice- The Bloody Beatroots
Digital Versicolour- Glass Candy
Instant Crush- Daft Punk
Cecilia- Simon and Garfunkel