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Teens Wanna Know and Foto Nota Back to School Meet and Greet

On Saturday, August 3rd, social media influencers actors, and musicians came together with fans at Burbank Town Center for unique meet and greet opportunity.

Sponsored by TWK, Burbank Town Center, and social media photo kiosk company Fotonota USA, fans got autographs and pictures with their favorite stars and immediately received two free color prints from the Fotonota kiosk.

Refreshments and snacks, including food from Porto’s, was provided. And both celebrities and fans participated in giveaways to take home fantastic merchandise from Justice, Lanoosh, Yoobi, Petite n Pretty, Goodie Two Sleeves and more!

Meet and Greeters: who attended: Gavin Magnus, Ava Kolker, Lexy Kolker, Coco Quinn, Symonne Harrison, Sarah Dorothy Little, Gabriella Martinez, Brianni Walker, Gem Sisters, Corrine Joy, Bryson Robinson, Madelyn Miranda.

In addition to our official Meet and Greeters above, these other guests walked the red carpet include Rachelle Henry, Grayson Kilpatrick, Cloe Wilder, Jake Getman, Ashley Keefe, Lindsey Keefe, Marcie Robledo, Tiffany Dion, Presley Reese, Ethan Paisley, Amber Lourdes, Madi Filipowicz, Prymrr, Kayden Swan, Brandin Stennis, David Miranda, Brooklyn Robinson, Hashtag Zoe (Zoe Nazarian), Alyssa Reynoso, Journey Christine, Mariana MaLyn, Dorian Giordano, Joely Live, Brent Anthony, Norton Leufven, Kaitlyn Landeros, Alexa Tapia, Mila Nabours, Kendall Monroe, Pooja Kylasa, Abhishek Kylasa and more.

Music provided by DJ Evan Kozin.

4 Tips to Help You Keep Your Jewelry for a Lifetime

Receiving jewelry can be a great gift, whether it’s for a birthday, graduation, or some other occasion. Rings, necklaces, and other items should be cared for to ensure that they last a lifetime. Knowing about your jewelry item will empower you to make the right decisions to keep it clean and in good shape to last a lifetime or more.

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Know Where to Store It

You need to know where and how to store your jewelry properly. Jewelry boxes can be a great starting point as long as you have enough room. If there are too many chains, they can become knotted very easily. Higher-end jewelry should be stored in a safe so that it’s kept safe from the possibility of theft. Then, when you want to wear it, you can remove it from the safe for a particular occasion.

When to Wear It

Jewelry should be worn based on the occasion, not all the time. It might be necessary to remove jewelry based on what activity you’re involved in. If you’re going swimming, no jewelry should be worn because it can slip from your fingers or tarnish due to the chlorine. If you’re working with heavy machinery or near moving parts, rings should be removed so that they don’t get crushed, potentially causing damage to your finger at the same time. Necklaces tend to get caught in moving parts, too, especially if they’re longer.

How to Clean It

You should be cleaning your jewelry on a regular basis so that sediment doesn’t get in and around the stones. Silver can tarnish, too, leaving dark marks on the jewelry that make it less attractive. Not all jewelry can be cleaned the same way, especially if you have an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. You have to look at what is and isn’t advised to go into the machine.

How to Protect It

Some jewelry can be extremely valuable, so it’s a good idea to find out how you can effectively protect it. Rings and other jewelry should be taken to jewelers periodically to be inspected. If there’s a loose diamond, for example, it can be addressed before you lose the stone.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to look at having your valuable jewelry covered under an insurance policy. If you’re still living at home, find out if your parents can add your pieces to their homeowners policy. If you’re on your own, look into your own policies. There may be a warranty that comes with new jewelry, too, allowing you to register it on the company’s website.

By learning more about the jewelry that you have, you can be sure to take care of it properly. It will allow you to keep your jewelry looking great for many years to come.

Jewelry isn’t the only valuable thing to protect — your car needs protection, too. Click here for tips on how to protect your car, yourself, and others following an accident.

4 Trendy Ways for Teen Girls to Look Their Sunday Best (Without Sacrificing Style)

When you’re headed to church on Sunday, the outfit that you choose to wear ultimately reflects your personal taste and style. It’s important to look nice so you can feel confident because there are just too many things that can bring you down. If you want to look stylish on Sundays, here are a few things to incorporate into your wardrobe.

Platform Sandals

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Platform sandals were most commonly thought of in regards to the ‘90s, but they have officially made a comeback! They are favored for their feminine style that can be dressed up or down, so they’re good for pretty much any situation. The shoes add a bit of height and pair well with culottes or a summer dress without appearing too casual. There are many styles of platform styles to choose from, which often include thick straps and neutral color shades. Platform sandals also look great with a pair of capri pants. They’re also comfortable, easy to slip on and off, and don’t make you walk differently, so they’re all around pretty great.

Maxi Dresses

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Maxi dresses continue to be one of the top trends to wear during the warmer months of the year because they’re fashionable and comfortable. The maxi dress is a great fallback when you need something elegant and yet simple. The length of the dress creates a semi-formal look that can be enhanced with a wide-brimmed hat or a pair of wedges. At night, it can even be dressed up with a leather jacket. Ultimately, they are a good, no fuss outfit that can be used at pretty much any time of the year.

Puffed Shoulders

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Puffed shoulders used to be seen as kind of tacky, or from the not-so-distant past of your mom or aunt’s closet, but the ‘80s are back in a big way! So long as they’re not too big, they add a touch of glamour and drama to blouses and dresses. The puffed shoulders trend is a nod to the ’80s, as well as the Victorian era. They work well with blue jeans and are upscale enough to make you look appropriate when heading to church or brunch on Sunday. 

Leopard Print

Leopard print has recently been seen on the runway and continues to be in style for its exotic design that is regal and bold. Consider incorporating a leopard print garment into your outfit to add extra flair that is daring and feminine. A leopard print pencil skirt or a leopard print fur coat will make a statement when you want to turn heads with a timeless piece that can stay in your wardrobe for many decades. The print is known to instantly elevate any outfit with the increased visual appeal that it offers. Just don’t overdo it, because leopard print everything can be a little bit overwhelming.

Embracing the latest trends will allow you to put together unforgettable outfits each Sunday as you spend time with family members and friends. By looking your absolute best, you can show off a contemporary style that is both chic and glamorous.

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34th Annual Imagen Awards Nominations – List of Nominees

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The Imagen Foundation has just released its list of nominees for the 34th annual awards show which honors Latino diversity in Hollywood. There are 93 nominations in 18 categories from informational programming and on-air advertising to outstanding individual performances, and primetime programming in film and television. The 34th Annual Imagen Awards will be presented Saturday, August 10th, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

For more information regarding The Imagen Awards please visit www.imagen.org

The Theatrical Motion Pictures Nominees are:

Best Feature Film

  • ¡He Matado a mi Marido! (HM Movie)
  • Instant Family (Paramount Pictures)
  • Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)
  • Pain and Glory (El Deseo/Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Director

  • Sean Anders, Instant Family (Paramount Pictures)
  • Pedro Almodovar, Pain and Glory (El Deseo/Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Reinaldo Marcus Green, Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)

Best Actor – Feature Film

  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory (El Deseo/Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Joe Camareno, Tin Holiday (Celtino Entertainment Group (CEG))
  • Andy Garcia, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal Pictures)
  • Anthony Ramos, Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)

Best Actress – Feature Film

  • Jasmine Cephas Jones, Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)
  • Jennifer Lopez, Second Act (STX Entertainment)
  • Isabela Moner, Instant Family (Paramount Pictures)
  • Rosa Salazar, Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century Fox)

The Television Nominees are:

Best Primetime Program – Drama

  • How To Get Away With Murder (ABC; ABC Studios)
  • Magnum P.I. (CBS; CBS Television Studios, Universal Television, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Davis Entertainment, 101st Street Productions)
  • Manifest (NBC; Jeff Rake Productions and Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television)
  • Pose (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
  • Queen of the South (USA Network; Fox 21 Television Studios and UCP)
  • Shades of Blue (NBC; Universal Television in association with Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions)

Best Primetime Program – Comedy

  • Abby’s (NBC; Universal Television in Association with Waila Inc., Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC; Universal Television in association with Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW; CBS Television Studios)
  • On My Block (Netflix)
  • One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)
  • Superstore (NBC; Universal Television in association with Spitzer Holding Company, and The District)

Best Primetime Program – Specials, Movies & Limited Series

  • Emilio & Gloria Estefan: Library of Congress Gershwin for Popular Song (PBS; WETA, Bounce, the Library of Congress, Latino Public Broadcasting)
  • Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All (Netflix; Triage Entertainment)
  • Icebox (HBO; HBO Films in association with Gracie Films and Endeavor Content)

Best Actor – Television

  • Gabriel Chavarria, The Purge (USA Network; Blumhouse Television and UCP (Universal Content Production))
  • Jason Genao, On My Block (Netflix)
  • Jay Hernandez, Magnum P.I. (CBS; CBS Television Studios, Universal Television, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Davis Entertainment, 101st Street Productions)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ducktales (Disney Channel; Disney Television Animation)
  • JD Pardo, Mayans M.C. (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
  • Jon Seda, Chicago P.D. (NBC; Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television)
  • Diego Tinoco, On My Block (Netflix)

Best Actress – Television

  • Alice Braga, Queen of the South (USA Network; Fox 21 Television Studios and UCP)
  • America Ferrera, Superstore (NBC; Universal Television in association with Spitzer Holding Company, and The District)
  • Diane Guerrero, Doom Patrol (DC Streaming Network; Warner Bros.)
  • Lela Loren, Power (STARZ; End of Episode, Inc., Atmosphere Entertainment MM, LLC, G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. and CBS Television Studios in association with Starz Originals)
  • Justina Machado, One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)
  • Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin (CW; CBS Television Studios)
  • Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)

Best Supporting Actor – Television

  • Ser Anzoategui, Vida (STARZ; Big Beach and Chingona Productions in association with Starz Originals)
  • Angel Bismark Curiel, Pose (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
  • Omar Leyva, Icebox (HBO; HBO Films in association with Gracie Films and Endeavor Content)
  • Julio Macias, On My Block (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)
  • Hemky Madera, Queen of the South (USA Network; Fox 21 Television Studios and UCP)
  • Danny Pino, Mayans M.C. (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
  • Wilmer Valderrama, NCIS (CBS; CBS Television Studios)

Best Supporting Actress – Television

  • Carla Baratta, Mayans M.C. (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)
  • Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC; Universal Television in association with Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment)
  • Melissa Fumero, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC; Universal Television in association with Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment)
  • Isabella Gomez, One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)
  • Natalie Morales, Room 104 (HBO; HBO Entertainment in association with Duplass Brothers Productions)
  • Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)
  • Genesis Rodriguez, Icebox (HBO; HBO Films in association with Gracie Films and Endeavor Content)

Best Young Actor – Television

  • Anthony Gonzalez, Icebox (HBO; HBO Films in association with Gracie Films and Endeavor Content)
  • Elias Janssen, Jane the Virgin (CW; CBS Television Studios)
  • Jenna Ortega, Elena of Avalor (Disney Junior   Disney Television Animation)
  • Jenna Ortega, Stuck in the Middle (Disney Channel; It’s a Laugh Production)
  • Marcel Ruiz, One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)

Best Variety or Reality Show

  • Hip-Hop Houdini (Fuse; 7Beyond)
  • Last Week Tonight (HBO; HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television)
  • Mexican Dynasties (Bravo; Shed Media and Campanario Entertainment)
  • Mira Quien Baila: All Stars (Univision; Endemol Shine Boomdog, Univision Studios)
  • Pati’s Mexican Table (WETA Washington, DC / American Public Television; Mexican Table, LLC, WETA Washington, DC, FRANK. and Switchblade)
  • World of Dance (NBC; Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance)

Best Children’s Programming

  • Ducktales (Disney Channel; Disney Television Animation)
  • Elena of Avalor (Disney Junior; Disney Television Animation)
  • The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
  • Sesame Street (HBO; Sesame Street Workshop)
  • Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network; Cartoon Network Studios)

Additional Nominees are:  

Best Documentary

  • A Sacred Journey (Higher Ground Entertainment)
  • ●      America ReFramed: Pyne Point (WORLD Channel; American Documentary)
  • Great Performances: John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway (PBS; NGL Studios & Diamante Content Production in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET & Latino Public Broadcasting)
  • Harvest Season (PBS/Independent Lens; Quiet Pictures)
  • The Sentence (HBO; Park Pictures in association with HBO Documentary Films)
  • Wonders of Mexico (PBS; PBS and BBC co-production)

Best Informational Program (Local or National)

  • Breaking Big (PBS; Ozy Media)
  • Pati’s Mexican Table (WETA Washington, DC / American Public Television; Mexican Table, LLC, WETA Washington, DC, FRANK. and Switchblade)
  • Univision 34: Mujeres en el Poder/Women in Power (Univision 34)
  • VICE (HBO; HBO Entertainment in association with Vice and Bill Maher Productions)
  • VICE News Tonight (HBO; HBO Entertainment in association with Vice and Bill Maher Productions)

Best Short-Form Non-Fiction Program

  • Cuban Canvas (Riverfilms)
  • SC Featured – A Dreamer’s Path (ESPN)
  • SC Reportajes: Chicharito – Vidas Paralelas (ESPN)
  • SC Reportajes – Maryland Gonzalez (ESPN)

Best On-Air Advertising

  • Acura “Senses” (Orci)
  • DISH Puerto Rico COPUR Inspiración (RightCut)
  • DishLATINO Ingles Para Todos Campaign (RightCut)
  • Sexism (Orci)

 About The Imagen Awards

The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment. More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found online at www.imagen.org and its social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fresh Summer Makeup Trends 2019

It is getting hot out and all the events are coming your way! Want to switch up your look a bit? Whatever events you need to attend, whether it be numerous summer weddings or holidays at the lake, you need to be prepared! Summer months mean exciting new summer trends. These trends can range anywhere from makeup to clothing and there are endless amounts of options. Keep reading for inspiration!

Makeup Trends You’re Going To See Everywhere This Summer

Lash Extensions

The summer can pack so much heat that even the most waterproof makeup doesn’t stand a chance. In cases like these, mascara isn’t the best option due to how messy it can be. A better option is eyelash extensions from The Lash Professional! Getting eyelash extensions is a luxurious process that can be relaxing and customizable. A great way to spice it up is to have colorful eyelash extensions whether it be green or rainbow colored.

Colorful Eyeshadows

Colorful eyeshadows are the newest trend in the market. Bold makeup is a great form of self-expression and art. This is the trendiest form of makeup for the summer that is both a statement and easy to embrace. It all started on the red carpet where numerous famous celebrities embraced this eye-catching look. This means you will never get bored with the endless array of fun summer colors to choose from.

Glowy Skin

There is no better time than the summer to have a bronzed glowing skin look. Glowy skin has always been a trend for women even beyond those hot summer months. Some would go to great lengths to try to achieve this look from doing face masks to completely changing their diet, glowing skin is the timeless look everyone strives to achieve. Thanks to makeup, glowing skin is now much easier to achieve without drastic changes to your lifestyle. Get the look by using makeup products such as highlighters and bronzers–the top two summer makeup items to have.

Glitter Eyeshadow

A spin on the eyeshadow trend listed above. Glitter eyeshadow is more commonly used for significant events, as opposed to your day-to-day look. Unfortunately, it’s also more time consuming to put on and take off. However, if applied correctly it’s worth the hassle. Glitter eyeshadow can be worn anywhere from festivals and concerts to weddings or Halloween night. It all depends on how bold you choose to be!

Bold Eyeliner

Makeup is the most noticeable way to alter your look. The makeup you wear can impact your view of yourself as well as others perceptions of you. For example, you make a statement when you walk into a room wearing a striking blue eyeliner. It shows that you are fierce, confident, and independent! With that said, it’s important to stick to what you feel comfortable with, but if you’re looking to break out of your comfort zone, this is the perfect way to do so!

Stay True to You

In the end, no matter what summer trends you to try, be confident and be yourself. With a smile on your face and a pep in your step, you’ll rock any look.

TUTORIAL: How to create the perfect updo for prom/formal season (or any time!)

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It’s officially prom season and Tony Odisho has a cute and easy updo tutorial for it. This elegant hairstyle can work well with just about any prom dress, plus it’s insanely easy to create. All you need is: Dry Shampoo, Flexible Hairspray, Strong Hairspray, and an Infrared Curling Iron. Here’s how!

Step 1: On DRY hair, apply dry shampoo, such as Ostia Collection Dry Shampoo. This will help add some texture. Plus the Ostia formula is talc-free, so it leaves zero residue! Then apply Flexible Hairspray. This acts as a heat protectant and it offers a buildable hold that’s perfect for updos.

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Step 2: Using the Ostia Collection Infrared Curling Iron, create soft curls for added texture and volume in the updo.Tease hair at the crown of the head to create even more volume. Lightly brush out hair afterwards.

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Step 3: Pin into a bouffant, leaving plenty of face-framing pieces in front.

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Step 4: Take a piece of hair from the right side and twist it slightly, then pull it across the head, beneath the bouffant. Pin into place.

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Step 5: Repeat the previous step, this time going from left to right.

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This style can be worn to prom as is or with the following steps you can create an updo!

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Step 6: To turn this into an updo, repeat steps 4 & 5 listed, alternating sides piece by piece, each lower than the next (down towards your back).

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Step 8: Finish pinning everything into place, then spray with Ostia Collection Strong Hairspray to hold the style while you dance the night away.

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And that’s it! It’s an easy yet elegant updo, perfect for prom.

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More about Tony Odisho:

Tony Odisho, President and Founder of Tony Odisho, began his career in Rome, Italy, where he studied cosmetology at the prestigious Marelena Academy. Young and ambitious, Odisho immigrated to the United States determined to bring the best beauty practices from Europe. He was promptly hired by L’Oreal Professionnel to work as an educator and color expert. Tony then opened his acclaimed salon and spa, Exsalonce, in Roscoe Village, Chicago.. Tony’s reputation as a master extensionist and businessman landed him an executive position for a major hair extensions brand. In 2009, Tony saw the need for his own line of high end hair extensions. He created Tony Odisho , offering the best quality extensions and everything needed to apply and care for them. Tony Odisho, Beauty for Life. Tony Odisho is still a master stylist and a member of the prestigious Intercoiffure America-Canada.

In Real Life CRAZY AF LIVE performance @Citywalk + Interviews

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In Real Life @inreallife plays new song “Crazy AF” and more at CityWalk Hollywood on 3/23/2019…plus interviews/trivia challenge from two weeks prior at A Place Called Home’s Stars & Strikes event.

Host: Keira Pena
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3 Colorado Art Exhibits for the Artistic Teen

If you’re the artistic type, you already know that creating art is a terrific form of self-expression. Truly great art is more than just an outlet for creative expression, though—it can inspire us to become better versions of ourselves, to reach for the stars instead of staying safely locked within our comfort zones. Here are a few noteworthy Colorado destinations that are currently offering prime examples of this inspiration.

Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art

This museum serves up a perfect blend of classic and progressive techniques, with a bevy of cool exhibits showcasing a diverse lineup, from Georgia O’Keeffe to local tattoo artists. If you have certain preconceived notions of what art is or what it should be, MCA Denver is the perfect place to cast off those prejudices. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own artwork, there are plenty of different wells to draw from here. MCA Denver also offers intensive six-week workshops just for teens—ask Mom and Dad to keep that in mind when your next birthday rolls around.

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Chapungu Sculpture Park

Loveland’s Chapungu Sculpture Park is home to 82 hand-carved stone sculptures that inspires the annual Sculpture in the Park show and sale, which is the largest outdoor juried exhibition in America. Founded in 1970 by Roy Guthrie, the exhibition was formerly known as African Art Promotions. Since its inception, it has amassed an impressive collection of Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture (also known as Shona Sculpture)—a collection that has to be seen in person to be appreciated. The open-air setting serves as the perfect backdrop to the majestic stone sculptures, as if they’ve emerged from the mantle of the earth itself. It’s a winning combination that will inspire you to bring a little bit of nature into your next project.

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Denver Art Museum

Denver’s art mecca goes beyond the traditional boundaries of painting and sculpture, and includes exhibits to interest wannabe fashion designers, storytellers, and more. General admission is free on the first Saturday of every month, so you can take advantage of their offerings even if frequent museum visits aren’t in your family’s budget. Spend the afternoon browsing through the halls and learn how art can be used as an ingredient, rather than the whole recipe.

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Whether you view art as a hobby or a lifelong passion, you should expose yourself to as many varied styles as possible, so you’ll gain a good idea of the theories and concepts you’d most like to explore. And the best news of all? You’re never too young to start.

Keep reading: Teens Can Make Money & Wear Their Own Designs with Redbubble

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Cloe’s video for “Out of Love” Alessia Cara Cover

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@CloeWilder is a 12-year-old from Tampa, Florida who has been described as an “Ethereal, Breathtaking Sad/Pop Songstress.”

While just launching her career, she has already released very high-quality cover videos from Ariana Grande and Halsey which you can see on her Youtube channel (link below). She’s got a great voice, so we were excited to learn she had another video in the works…and we’ve got the exclusive release right here!

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Check out the video for Cloe’s “Out of Love” Alessia Cara cover below, premiering exclusively here on Teens Wanna Know on 2/14/2019. It was beautifully shot in Miami, what do you think?

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‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ Review

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Dragon Ball fans have a reason to get psyched. Its release day for the 20th film in the franchise, Dragon Ball Super Broly! Teens Wanna Know got a sneak peek courtesy of Funimation, so let’s get right the review!

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Spoiler Alert: a few spoilers below..which have been elsewhere revealed in trailers and promos but we’d like to inform you just in case you haven’t seen these.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly opens some time in the past with the citizens of Planet Vegeta, home of the Saiyans, being introduced to their new ruler, Frieza, who’s father is retiring and handing over the reins. After a brief show of force, Frieza and his ships depart, leaving King Vegeta stewing in anger.

Shortly thereafter, we see King Vegeta gloat as he looks over his son Prince Vegeta, floating in a fluid-filled nursing capsule, who represents eventual freedom from Frieza’s enslavement. There is, however, a wrinkle: the king notices a commoner in his own capsule near the prince’s. When he interrogates his staff, he is told that the reason this capsule is secured near the prince’s is because the boy’s latent battle powers are even stronger than Vegeta’s. His name is Broly, son of Colonel Paragus. Upon being informed that this child has the potential to be the legendary Super Saiyan, the King orders him exiled to a faraway, uninhabited planet, ensuring his prince has no competition. Paragus follows to attempt a rescue, and ends up stranded with Broly.

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Meanwhile, we see what life was like for the Saiyans. We see Goku’s origins, and understand why his father sent him away to Earth. This is another instance of the father-son focus the movie has…a very refreshing theme prevalent throughout the film and missing in the currently man-bashing Western media. When Gine asks Bardock why he cares about his son so much, he says “Maybe its because I am constantly fighting, destroying. And I’d actually like to save something for once.” Bardock shows that he can love his son and still retain all his fierce masculinity.

He does the rational thing and sends Goku away in a capsule — just minutes before Frieza displays why he is one of the greatest villians in all the multiverse by obliterating Planet Vegeta in a single act of calculated coldness. The only Saiyan survivors are those who disobeyed Frieza’s orders to return to their planet before he blew it up, and this includes Prince Vegeta and Goku’s brother Raditz.

After many years in isolation, Paragus and Broly are rescued and brought to Frieza. It is revealed Paragus has trained his son to be a fierce warrior. At first his father’s gritty determination seems admirable: what a dad, risking it all to save his precious son and train him to be the best fighter he can be! Soon, however, we see that what lies behind his drive is more an obsession for revenge instead of fatherly devotion — and this makes Broly a more tragic figure rather than an evil one. He is being used by both his father and Frieza.

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The fight scenes are wild. I mean every punch and kick is like armageddon. We’ve seen a lot of environmental destruction before in previous Dragon Ball films, but this is next level. Broly is beast! And yes, as shown in one of the trailers and widely discussed online, fans finally get to see Gogeta on the big screen — the blend of Goku and Vegeta seems their only chance to defeat the seemingly unstoppable Broly — although achieving fusion is hilariously much harder than one would think. Is it enough? Watch the film to find out!

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a fun ride. It does the franchise justice and will please existing fans, and will probably make new ones who never paid much attention to the anime before, but who enjoy crazy fight scenes or superhero films. Go see it and have some fun!

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere today (Jan 16th), including certain IMAX theaters. For locations, check https://www.dragonballsuperofficial.com/