- 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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
- Posted on 01/18/2014 by Dixie Laite
Monday – no school! Can we get a woohoo?
Days off are precious and few, and we should probably use the time wisely. You know, get to all those things we've been meaning to do, get going on some of those New Year's Resolutions. Maybe go for a long run, organize the closet, start that ginormous novel.
Aw, who are we kidding? We're not going to do any of those things. Let's just go to the kitchen, make some popcorn, maybe some hot cocoa, and then plop down on the couch and settle in for the all-day I Have a Crush: Big Time Rush Marathon!
All those best-laid plans and New Year's rezzies…we'll get around to all that. Really. But for now, let's just wallow in the dreamy boyness that is Big Time Rush with back to back to back episodes ALL. DAY. LONG.
Face it, life can be stressful, and we work hard. So, this Monday, January 20th, let's stand up for our right to sit down and stay in and chill out with the boys (you know, our future husbands, Logan, James, Kendall and Carlos.)
- Posted on 01/16/2014 by ChrisMcPherson
Did you hear the good news? Your favorite Victorious and iCarly stars are coming back for a one-hour Sam & Cat episode, 'The Great Tuna Jump #ReunionSpecial!' It's always a HUGE deal when Jade, Robbie and Freddie cross paths, but guess what? This actually isn't the first time these characters from iCarly and Victorious have had a run-in.
In the iCarly special, 'iParty with VICTORiOUS,' Carly and Tori expose their two-timing boyfriend at a sick party. But more importantly, Tori and the gang joined Carly and friends for a spectacular mashup of 'Leave it All to Me' and 'Make It Shine!' (FYI, these tunes are the respective THEME SONGS for iCarly and Victorious!) Here at TeenNick, we thought it only appropriate to take a look back at this awesome moment in preparation for their reunion on Nickelodeon this weekend! Get ready for your daily dose of *mind blown*
Don't forget to tune in to the Sam & Cat special, 'The Great Tuna Jump #ReunionSpecial,' this Saturday at 8pm on Nickelodeon!
And just in case you're thirsty for some more throwback goodness, we compiled a few of Robbie's, Jade's and Freddie's wackiest looks!
Looks like these two were having a wild time on the set of a 1970s game show.
We always knew Jade had a temper, but she really scared us as this evil witch.
It was supposed to be a fun Halloween for Freddie. But then Nevel got involved. Cool costume, though!
- Posted on 01/16/2014 by Rachel1016
Do we have any Doug fans in the house?!
It's been more than two decades since our favorite ten-haired cartoon boy moved to Bluffington, began dutifully writing about adventures with his multicolored friends, and won the hearts of many kids who, like him, were just trying to make it through the day.
In honor of this classic Nick show, we gathered a few of our favorite moments (in no particular order) to share with all of you, the '90s-loving inter webbery. But whether you're reliving childhood memz or hearing the name "Quailman" for the first time, we're pretty sure you're gonna love taking a look back at the sometimes shy, always caring, and awesomely normal Doug Funnie.
You remember it well, because it was so obnoxious. Roger tortured Doug every day at school, and that maniacal cackle will haunt our dreams. Forever.
All together now: AWWWW!!!! Remember Doug and Patti's almost kind of first date? Well, Patti never really made it clear whether it was a real date. She asked Doug out, paid for her own movie ticket (even though Doug tried to buy it for her), and then came so close to kissing Doug, only to shut the door in his face!
Of COURSE the first episode makes our list! We learned a lot from this episode, including just how imaginative Doug is, how mean Roger can be, and how Skeeter is actually short for Mosquito (a "family name")! But perhaps most importantly, we see the budding relationship between Doug and Patti begin.
Doing what siblings do best, Doug ignores Judy's request to have him dress up and pretend to be a butler. Instead, he plays out a weird super agent fantasy game where he receives emergency calls on a sponge, dons a creepy thin mustache, and entices us all to leap onto (possibly explosive) lasagna!
Although Doug might pretend he's brave and heroic, � la Quailman, his superhero agent alter ego, here he does something awesome and courageous in real (well, cartoon) life. After being dared by Roger to humiliate Connie's new haircut, Doug refuses to do it and stands up to him. Patti kisses him for being so sweet and Roger gets punched in the gut by Connie! Note to boys: don't ever mess with a girl's bad haircut!
We pick this moment for a few reasons: 1) Because of the sweet song Doug writes for Patti 2) Because nobody in the town of Bluffington knows how to carry a tune (but we won't hold it against them) and 3) Because Doug's imagined music video just screams quintessential '90s style!
Roger teased Doug about his old basketball sneakers and convinced him that they were throwing off his game. But when a famous basketball player from one of Doug's daydreams gave him a little encouragement, he realized that his old sneakers have a lot of character.
It's the end of an era as Doug graduates from the 6th grade, and we're suckers for bittersweet endings. Goodbye, elementary school, and goodbye, freaky boiler room guy! Sidenote: Why is the boiler room guy's shirt off? What happened to his eye? Also, what kind of school is heated by manually fueled coal furnaces?
Almost twenty years ago, Doug wrote a song about bangin' on a trashcan and thinking big. We haven't been able to get the diddy out of our heads ever since, and we're all about spreading the earworm!
Doug was once a magician for a hot second, but his handcuffing trick completely failed with Patti (...or did he fail?! You sly dog, Doug). After dropping the key into a vent, Doug had the brilliant idea of unlocking the handcuffs with suntan lotion. It didn't prove to be the most effective method, but, hey, at least he moisturized!
What are some of your favorite Doug memories? Share them with us in the comments!
- Posted on 01/10/2014 by Rachel1016
It's hard to believe that exactly ten years ago Drake Parker and Josh Nichols became the hi-jinxing step-brothers whose sticky situations brought us (and their scheming sister, Megan) a whole lot of joy. And to celebrate ten years of breathless laughter, we gathered a few memorable clips from the show. Get ready to relive all of the unforgettable buffoonery! We hope you enjoy!
HUG ME, BROTHA!
In the pilot episode, Drake and Josh find out, for the first time, that they'll become live-in step brothers. Josh is thrilled, Drake is…not.
After being approached by two snazzy salesmen, the boys get a job selling "Gary Coleman Grills" (RIP, good sir). Looking back, the dual-action MP3 player / grilling devices sounded so high-tech…
CHECK OUT MY iBOT
Speaking of obsolete electronics, Josh uses the money from his movie theater job to buy the latest and greatest in portable music players: the original iBot!
PERUVIAN PUFF PEPPERS
When Drake and Josh get their hands on Megan's rare Peruvian peppers, she comes in water-guns blazing.
EYE DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT
The boys have to help Helen administer her eye drops after she gets surgery. And it's all fun and dancing until things, well… go down the drain.
Drake and Josh house sit for Mrs. Hayfer, which seems like a pretty sweet gig! …Until they meet her ferocious Rottweiler, Tiberius.
MINDY LOVES JOSH
Cupid hits Mindy with an arrow, so Drake hits Josh with a slingshot.
I RAN OVER OPRAH!
My friends, the day that will live in infamy.
ROLL WITH IT
Drake and Josh get a job at a sushi factory, and they think it'll be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.
PING THE PONG
And finally, the best way to procrastinate for a test? Challenge your brother to an epic game of table tennis. Live long and ping pong, you guys!
What are some of your favorite Drake & Josh memories? Let us know in the comments!
- Posted on 01/09/2014 by Rachel1016
Get ready to feel the power of the HALO Effect!
In November, we asked you to help us spread the HALO do-gooding spirit by nominating inspiring teens whose service Help And Lead Others. As our promise to keep the HALO Effect going all year long, we're highlighting the amazing work of one of these nominees each month. And with the new year, we congratulate our first outstanding honoree. Meet Brette Machiorlette, the founder of Reading Aces!
We caught up with Brette to learn more about her organization and how she's making literacy an achievable goal for at-risk youth. Not only are her words inspiring, but her story reminds us of the exceptional power of reading, teamwork, and compassion. Read her full bio here, and check out our exclusive Q&A below!
Congratulations on your HALO Effect honors! Tell us about your organization, Reading Aces. How did you come up with the idea? And how did you choose the name for it?
I initially began Reading Aces as an IB [International Baccalaureate Program] high school requirement in Houston. As sophomores, we are required to complete a "Personal Project" which can basically be about anything you want to learn or achieve. For my project, I created Reading Aces. An ace describes a master, or champion. In tennis, an "ace" is a winning serve that is untouched by the opponent. It signifies hard work and success — entities we hoped to instill in our elementary participants.
Early education is fundamental to children's success, and unfortunately, many do not grow up in supportive environments or have access to early literacy tools. Whether young or old, seeing children deprived of the access to learning and reading was deeply unsettling. These collective experiences motivated me to grow and expand Reading Aces.
How do the after-school reading sessions work? Do volunteers work with kids in groups? Or is it more of a one-on-one program?
Every week, our volunteers bring giant bags of children's books to our partner sites. Volunteers are paired with 1-3 children and after agreeing upon a book, the small groups settle down and read orally. Volunteers and participants take turns reading aloud, while groups with younger readers are asked to sound out simple, "sight words."
We encourage our volunteers to frequently ask questions to ensure attentiveness and engagement. Ideally, each site hopes to achieve a one-to-one reader-to-volunteer ratio. The beauty of Reading Aces is in its simplicity. Limited training is needed and the magic of an engaging picture book takes both the volunteers and children to far away places.
What do you find most rewarding about mentoring young students?
There is nothing more rewarding than working with children. Their smiles are infectious and their stories are priceless. Our volunteers foster positive relationships that inspire and motivate these children to always do their best. What most do not realize is the lasting impact these children make on the volunteers.
As a HALO Effect honoree, your organization will receive $5,000. How will you use this reward to benefit your efforts?
Through t-shirt sales and generous donations, we have been able to finance books and snacks; however, the $5,000 donation would dramatically impact our potential expansion channels. Without marketing dollars, it is very hard to solicit new sites and expand our reach. I would also love more money for books, so that we can more frequently give our participants books to enhance their home libraries. In addition, with take-home books to read, we can help prevent the infamous "summer-slide."
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a charitable organization of his or her own?
The key to any successful organization is teamwork. Reading Aces would be nothing without the support of volunteers, sponsors, and friends. Do not be afraid to ask for help. With collaboration, camaraderie, and a common purpose driving a group's efforts, the impossible can be achieved. Take advantage of any opportunity to promote your organization, whether that be through social media, school announcements, or conversations among peers and adults. The more people that know your goal means that more people are likely to support it and help it thrive. An African adage perfectly sums it up: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Do you know any truly inspiring teens who are making an impact like Brette? Nominate them here!
- Posted on 01/09/2014 by Rachel1016
Growing up with a younger brother who struggled with dyslexia, Brette recognized from a young age that literacy is not something to be taken for granted. Knowing just how important literacy is for success, it broke her heart to know that others in her community often lacked the resources and support to make reading a part of their lives.
In 2009, Brette became more involved in addressing her community's need to improve literacy and created Reading Aces, an afterschool reading program for Houston's at-risk elementary school students. Working with her connections across the Houston tennis community, she arranged for her first sessions to take place with the kids attending a free tennis clinic offered by the Tennis Association. Brette and ten of her friends gathered books and read to the clinic participants (approximately ten 10-12 year old students) on a weekly basis. Recognizing the difference she and her team of volunteers could make, she knew she needed to expand this important effort.
What started off as 10 teens reading to a small group of kids at one location is now a program with over 80 teen volunteers that operate across nine locations throughout the city of Houston serving hundreds of underprivileged kids. These kids often joined Reading Aces thinking reading was not for them- they didn't have regular access to books or the support of a parent at home to read to them and encourage them. Now, so many of these young children not only have a new found enthusiasm for reading, but they have greatly improved their literacy and comprehension skills, giving them a greater chance for success both as students and in life.
Since Brette's first year of college, Reading Aces has opened two new Houston sites and has expanded to their first Austin location. The non-profit group Books Between Kids has partnered up with Reading Aces and has donated over 300 books. Due to this generous donation, Reading Aces was able to award these books to its participants at the end of the year. Reading Aces has also secured a strategic corporate sponsor called Cram Crew, an academic test-prep service, allowing access to new volunteers. This sponsorship has positioned Reading Aces to expand nationwide.
Check out our exclusive interview with Brette here!
- Posted on 01/01/2014 by Dixie Laite
For the New Year we resolve to not make any resolutions! But we are always looking for ways to try new things have fun, and be our best-est selves. So here are our New Year's suggestions for cool things you might want to try in 2014:
1. Start a blog. It can be about your life, your favorite band, your favorite outfits, movies you love, movies you hate, kung fu, tofu, turtles, anything. It's a great way to express yourself, connect with people who share your obsessions, hone your writing skills, and it's free!
2. Get a new 'do. One great thing about trying out new things with your hair is that it's never permanent. (Not even getting a permanent is permanent!) So experiment -- cut bangs, grow out bangs, try braids, topknots, pigtails, or go really short! Spray a rinse-out color in your hair to have pink streaks on Thursday and purple streaks on Friday. Try an Afro, try a pixie cut, imitate Rihanna, imitate Marge Simpson, it doesn't matter. Hair has this magic way of growing back no matter what you do, so why not go for it!
3. Learn a new language. Let's face it, it's just fun to say stuff in another language, and it's great exercise for your brain. Try downloading a free app, reading fashion magazines in your new language, getting a pen pal in your new tongue, or practice by watching foreign TV and films with English subtitles. Or, if you're really up a challenge, try the third most-used language is in the US: sign language! It' gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Talk to the hand."
4. Read a book that might rock your world. Ask friends and family what books have had a profound impact on their lives. Look up recommendations online. Check out the titles that resonate with you, whether they're non-fiction, science-fiction or self-help-y tomes!
5. Begin a gratitude journal. Get a nice little notebook and every day write down 5 things for which you're grateful. Some days it can be hard to some up with 5, but then you can always say Degrassi or pumpkin pie if you get stuck. This one thing can really help your outlook and give you perspective when you could really use some.
6. And how about writing thank you notes, for no particular reason? Wouldn't you love to get a random thank you card from a friend, relative, teacher, classmate or baby-sitting charge telling you how much they appreciate the things you do? Let people know how much you like who they are and what they do. (And don't be surprised if you get some thank you cards in return.)
7. Take up a new sport. Come on, this is a no-brainer! Sports make you healthier, happier, fitter, finer, and you can get all kinds of cool extras like comradery, discipline, flexibility, team spirit, new shoes and cute uniforms. It can be soccer, fencing, karate, basketball, hockey, whatev. If you pick one you really don't like, just pick another.
8. Be a friend to some four-legged and feathered friends. There are so many animal shelters that need volunteers just like you to walk and play with the dogs and cats waiting for homes. There are farm sanctuaries, bird and wildlife rescues who need helping hands and loving hearts.
9. Volunteer. Of course humans need help too. Why not give some of your time and awesomeness to seniors in a home, to kids who could use some help after-school, or to patients in hospitals who could use some cheering up? You'll be surprised at how much serving others ends up serving you.
10. Wear something totally out of character. Usually a Goth dressed head-to-toe in black? Break out a floral dress one day. Minimalist tomboy your style? Wear something super girly, maybe even some frills and flounces. The main thing is to break out of your shell every once in awhile. You might end up expanding your notion of who you think you are.
Try all these ideas, some, or none of them. The main thing is, do something new in the New Year!
- Posted on 12/31/2013 by Cristine Prosperi
Photo Credit: Cristine Prosperi's Instagram / @crisprosperi..
I hate going from volleyball practice to a friend's house while looking like a slob, but I don't always have time to completely change outfits. Do you have any suggestions for cute transition outfits?
I always have this problem, but with going out after the gym! My suggestion? LEGGINGS. Leggings are fashion's gift to the world. You can go from home, to work out, to the mall and back again with them on. They look clean cut and are comfortable to top it off!
Coming from practice? Pack a cute sweater to change into after and tie your hair back in a neat pony. Spritz a little perfume on and you're ready to go! But ladies, remember…when wearing leggings, always (and I'm talking ALWAYS) wear a longer shirt to cover that booty!
- Posted on 12/31/2013 by Rachel1016
Can you believe how much has already gone down during this season of Degrassi? Our resident Canadian drama kings and queens brought us a half-season chock full of jaw-dropping break-ups, heart-wrenching make-ups, and a few (a few) belly-aching laughs.
We wracked our brains for the season's most memorable moments, so while you wait for a new chapter this January, take a look back at all of the crazy things that have happened so far!
So long, 2013! THX 4 THE MMRS!