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Asher Angel & Maddie Poppe to perform at T.J. Martell Foundation LA Family Day

Asher Angel from Disney Channel’s Andi Mack & ABC’s American Idol Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe are set to perform at T.J. Martell Foundation Los Angeles Family Day to be held at The Grove for the third consecutive year on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 12p.m. – 4p.m. PT.

In addition to Asher Angel and Maddie Poppe, other top music artists will also perform. Families will enjoy delicious food, a live auction, live musical performances, games, prizes and other activities while raising funds for cancer research. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available now and can be purchased at www.lafamilyday.org.

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Every year, the T.J. Martell Foundation honors outstanding members of the music and medical communities who dedicate their time and efforts in support of cancer research. This year, the LA Family Day honorees include:

  • Dr. Alan Wayne, Director of the Children’s Center For Cancer & Blood Diseases, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
  • Erika Ender, composer, singer, actress, philanthropist and Latin GRAMMY 2018 Song of the Year winner for “Despacito”
  • Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment
  • Steven Vincent, Vice President of Music & Soundtracks for The Disney Channel Worldwide

You can see highlights of LA Family Day event from the last time we were invited to cover it here:

Prior to Family Day, the foundation will host its Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 2 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. The fundraising event will include an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, and live musical performances. CITI® cardmembers have exclusive access to purchase tickets for LA Family Day and Spirit of Excellence Dinner. For complete details on presale and preferred tickets for CITI cardmembers, visit http://citiprivatepass.com.

For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation, LA Family Day featuring Asher Angel & Maddie Poppe and the Spirit of Excellence Dinner visit http://tjmartell.org.

Stay connected with T.J. Martell Foundation at:

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Age of Summer film review – Teen film will have you California dreamin’

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Age of Summer is a beautiful little movie which opens today in select theaters and VOD. Its a coming-of-age tale with a completely different vibe than any recent film…one which will make you feel nostalgic for the 1980’s teen beach scene in California even if you weren’t born yet or lived in Hong Kong all your life.

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The plot revolves around a teenage boy, Minnesota (played by Percy Hynes White), who hits that crucial moment in time when childhood is about to transition to something new — something different and possibly scary — called the teenage years. This involves dealing with bullies, alcohol, and scariest of all for a boy just hitting puberty, GIRLS. It also involves saying goodbye to previously powerful bonds, in order to form new ones.

Age of Summer captures this evolution in the life of a teen boy in a charming, very real way as Minnesota and his best friend Woods (played by Jake Ryan) try out for the junior Life Guard team in Hermosa Beach.

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Seeing the cute girls and the older “cool” boys on the tryout squad is of course intimidating, and Minnesota struggles to figure out where exactly he fits in and what his relationship with Woods means. The drama is amped up by the news of a missing young man as well as Minnesota’s beloved Ripper bike getting stolen. Add some romantic tension, a game-changing round of spin-the-bottle, a spaced-out beach bum guru who dispenses tidbits of sage wisdom (or might just be totally crazy), and you have an interesting slice of life captured here by the filmmakers.

Stealing the show is the hard-driving Life Guard trainer, played by the hilarious Diarmaid Murtagh, who speaks in some sort of hyper-Australian accent full of ludicrous expressions which I swear do not actually exist in the English language, but make perfect sense here somehow.

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The film is gorgeous to look at, and the acting mostly sufficient. What makes the film is just the vibe, man. The colors. The surfing. The drinking of awful piss-warm beer and loving every drop because you are with your bros and a couple of cute chicks.

It will make you sad to see Summer end. Highly recommended.

Watch Age of Summer on demand: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/age-of-summer/id1430575602

Age of Summer is also playing in select cities, check their Facebook at http://facebook.com/ageofsummer page for details.

Distributed by: Freestyle Digital Media (Theatrical & North America), Automatic Entertainment (Foreign Sales)
Directed By: Bill Kiely
Written By: Dave Harris and Bill Kiely
Executive Produced By: Leo Kiely and Ryan Dorff
Produced By: Joseph McKelheer and Bill Kiely

Cast: Percy Hynes White, Peter Stormare, Jake Ryan, Charlotte Sabina, Diarmaid Murtagh, Bryana Alicia Salaz

Run Time: 89 minutes
Rating: Not yet rated

Facebook: http://facebook.com/ageofsummer
Instagram: @ageofsummer

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Best Places to Find The Cheapest Clothes Online for Teens

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We all just love to get our hands on some of the latest fashion items to wear to parties, concerts and other social events. There is only one slight problem: buying lots of new clothes from top teen fashion outlets can start to get very pricey, very quickly — so its better to search for the cheapest clothes online for teens possible.

There are some great online stores where you can find some really fantastic bargains on teen clothes and fashion items. Most of these budget teen outlets understand exactly what you want and can offer you the best prices on their really cool designer threads and accessories.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of some really cool fashion clothing stores, where you can shop till you drop without breaking the bank. 

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1. Mandee

At Mandee you can get some really neat girls’ clothing and fashion accessories. Most of the non-sale items are around the $20.00 mark, making shopping here very attractive. Good quality stuff at some really affordable prices. Shipping within the US is only $7.00, which is a real deal.

2. Kohl’s

Kohl’s has some amazing deals just about always, making it one of the best places to find the cheapest clothes online for teens. And if you become a member of their rewards card, the savings are even better. We are talking tops, shorts, and sometimes even men’s jeans for between 5 and 10 bucks plus cash back. Sweet!

3. Wet Seal

Wet Seal has lots of outlets as well as a great online service. Here you can get a fashion shirt for as little as $4.99, if you look through their sales selections. You can also join their boutique club that allows you to buy outfits and view other peoples outfit selections. They also usually have shipping deals if you order over a certain amount.

4. Forever 21

Forever 21 has a wide selection of budget teen clothing for both boys and girls. Here you can get all kinds of items in the non-sale section for between $19.00 to $25.00, now that is a serious bargain for such nice new clothes and certainly worth a look. They also offer free shipping on orders over $75.00, which is a nice touch.

5.  Aeropostale

Aeropostale is a great online fashion shop with some really fantastic bargains sometimes. Here you can get a fashion shirt for both boys and girls for under $20.00. They also have continual sales, offering as much as 70% off selected items. If you are looking for real budget deals on great looks, this is the place to come.

6. Go Jane

Go Jane has always got some great bargains on high fashion teen clothing. Here you can get a pair of the latest sunglasses for under $5.00, which is most definitely a steal. Lots of other stuff as well, at some very big discounts. Most definitely worth a quick look for girls looking for a deal.

7. DSW

DSW is a great place to buy shoes for both men and women. If you look in the bargain section you will find lots of shoes for less than $25.00, which is certainly a low price for a pair of quality fashion shoes. Their delivery rates are also very reasonable, adding to their overall excellent value for the money.

8. TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx offers low prices on designer goods. If you look in the clearance section you can get lots of high quality fashion clothing for under $15.00. Their shipping rates are also very reasonable, making it a top bargain fashion outlet.

8. H&M

H&M does not always offer the cheapest clothes online for teens. But when they have a sale, its great to take advantage because their clothes is always very hip and stylish. Its why they rule most fashion malls–if you dig you can find some serious bargains that will make you look fantastic. 

When you want to refresh your wardrobe without spending all of your hard-earned moolah, give one of the online stores above a try. If you have any recommendations for other stores which offer the cheapest clothes online, please leave a comment below!

Going back to school? Products and back to school giveaway for a great semester!

It’s going back to school time, yippee! Some of you have been in school for weeks now, while others have started today. Don’t even play that you aren’t excited! Okay, maybe for some of you, not so much, but try to maintain a positive attitude, eh? After all, if you are not having a good time, in a few years you will be DONE, and won’t have to deal with going back to school any more!

One thing every body loves about back to school season is new cool products companies come out with to make your school days more bearable — and possibly even GREAT!

So let’s check out some of the offerings brands have sent us to check out and review for you. And, as with our past product roundups, we have an AMAZING going back to school giveaway package for one lucky winner courtesy of these businesses!

Note: some products feature affiliate links, meaning we will earn a small commission if purchased after clicking the link. 

RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard

You probably grew up with a Razor scooter. Did you know they also made skateboards?

Not only that, they make electric skateboards, like the Cruiser pictured above which is sure to make going back to school a lot more fun. It features a 125-watt geared motor, controlled by a hand-held remote, which ramps up to hit speeds up to 10 mph.

So you don’t end up flying off every time you start up the motor using your thumb on the remote, the board has a “soft-start kick activated technology,” to gradually increase the speed. Stopping is also controlled using the remote, and when the board runs out of juice, it simply becomes like any other skateboard which you propel manually. Recharging takes about 3 to 4 hours, typical for most devices these days.

The RaxorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard can support a rider up to 220 lbs, and is rated to last up to 40 minutes on a single charge. We found it’s good for going a couple of miles distance and close to 30 minutes ride time at higher speeds before it runs out of juice–less than the rated time but plenty for just having some fun around the neighborhood. This includes some hills, which drains the battery more though.

This board is obviously not made for heavy tricks…you will ruin the electronics if you try to ride a rail on it (plus probably fall). Compared to a Meebo, Yuneeq, or Boosted–this is definitely more of a toy board, but the price is right for having a little fun and getting from class to class (on campuses which allow skateboards).

To sum up…its a toy and fun for a while–but the battery could use some improvement. There’s a lot of complaints on Amazon regarding the battery not holding charge and the board quitting working entirely after a month or even less. If you can get it on sale, its worth it, but beware the issues. Maybe Razor will release better replacement batteries at some point to make it a more reliable product.

Peace Frogs Hippie-Inspired T-Shirts and Accessories

Peace Frogs is a socially- and environmentally-conscious apparel brand that’s been around for over 30 years with a long track record of giving back to the community through charitable causes. They make eco-friendly clothing, like T-shirts and hoodies, as well as a selction of jewelry, activewear, totes, playing cards and more.

Peace Frogs is hooking you up with a free hoodie! Well, if you win our going back to school giveaway that is. We have a women’s small to give away, check the pic way down below.

And in the meantime, if you love the outdoors and positive vibes, check out the line at www.peacefrogs.com

GIANTmicrobes Graduation Brain Cell Plush Toy

Need some motivation? Even though the year just started, keep your eye on the prize (graduation) with neurons from  GIANTmicrobes featuring an adorable cap and tassel.

Get one and put it in your locker or hang it from your bookbag to let everyone know you are a smart egg. Or are at least trying to be! : )

GIANTmicrobes makes both large plush dolls, plus smaller keychain models. We are giving a Graduation Brain Cell keychain away in our going back to school giveaway below!

Entrepreneur Twila True has launched RivalGlam, an online shopping portal and product ecosystem where the world’s top social influencers sell their unique beauty and fashion lines, from accessories and peripherals to makeup, skincare and beyond.

Some of the “glammers” who have already released products on the site include:

What’s cool about Rivalglam is that it not only lets you find what you need to polish your going back to school look, but that it helps social media influncers make some money by selling products through a centralized site.

Wengie x Yoobi Back to School Collection (Limited Edition)

Yoobi makes fun school supplies and they have recently released their first curated box collboration with YouTube star Wengie. If you haven’t heard of her, she does pranks, DIY videos, life hacks, and generally fun stuff for her 12 million followers (and counting). She is quite glittery and sparkly–just like the items she chose for her Yoobi box!

The Wengie x Yoobi Back to School Collection features five of her favorite Yoobi back to school items, including Rainbow & Glitter Washi Tape, a Unicorn Binder Zip Case, a Unicorn Pen, a Pink Glitter Liquid Journal, a 6-Pack of Pink Glitter No.2 Pencils, and a bonus sticker sheet.

You can get a box for about $20, and for every box sold, Yoobi will donate five school supply items to a classroom in need — sweet! They have helped over 3.5 million kids so far.

Geomag Pro-L

If you like the original Geomag’s, step up to the Pro-L series, with even stronger magnets to allow you to build more complex models.

Each box includes metal spheres, magnetic bars, plus colored acrylic panels in various shapes which look cool and add strength. The kit we received to sample (and GIVEAWAY!) has 75 pieces, but if you really want to go all out, get the 174 piece version!

We are giving away a free box as part of our going back to school giveaway!

Fenrici Backpacks

Not all backpacks are made the same. I mean, sure, they all could carry your stuff. But this one carries more than books–it carries a potential lifeline for sufferers of childhood rare diseases by donating 5 percent of net proceeds from each bag sold to non-profit Global Genes for research and education.

The backpacks are not only well-meaning, they are well-constructed. Each has 3 big compartments with plenty of inside pockets, plus a laptop sleeve. Deep mesh side pockets with strong elastic openings keep water bottles and phones from slipping out. The straps are wide, and you can buckle the sternum strap to help reduce strain on your back.

ANNNNNND…we are giving you one as part of our going back to school giveaway!


Drynk Beverage Containers from Vaya

There’s nothing worse than taking a swig of a formerly cold beverage only to find its about the temperature of bath water. Also as bad is making hot cocoa to bring with you, and when you finally get where you are going, its disappointingly lukewarm. Bleh!

Drynk beverage container from Vaya solve both problems with one product. The cup keeps your liquids at the temperature you expect for HOURS, thanks to the vaccum insulated stainless steel body. It works really well — we love the sample one we received to review! Its well constructed, and feels great in the hand and on the lips.

Another cool feature is that Drynk comes with two separate lids. One is for sipping, and has a handy magnetic latch so its stays open without flapping back onto your mouth (ouch). The other is for pouring and even includes two cups, which store right on top, so you can share a drink with your BFF while discussing your going back to school outfits.

Compared to the vacuum sealed water bottles on the market which have small openings, this product holds temperatures for slightly less time because the top surface area is the plastic lids and not the vacuum-sealed steel. However, the advantage of having the wide opening is you can remove the lid and literally scoop ice cream in it and still have it cold a few hours later. Ditto with like a bowl of ramen or spaghetti-o’s — a meal in a cup which will stay hot for hours!

myCharge myFlipShade iPhone Holder and Privacy Screen & Shield Protector

You know how hard it can be to read your phone screen when out in the bright sun. Solve this with myFlipShade, a pop-up shield which attaches to the back of your phone with adhesiveand lays flat until you need it. In addition, you can drop the side flaps to keep nosy people from reading what you are doing. The whole thing acts as a shield against rain as well, and can be used even if you have your phone in a case in most instances.

If you use your phone a lot in the sun…get this product!

Once Upon a Book Club – Young Adult

When we were young, we used to lobe it when mom or dad would read us a book, especially at bed time. As we got older and HAD to read for school, it became less fun. Once Upon a Book Club helps make reading fun again by making reading interactive and engaging.

Each box includes 3-5 special gifts to open throughout the book that actually brings the book to life! As you can see from the ic above, certain pages require you to open certain items to uncover surprises…and the fun isn’t over once the book is done. There are live social media discussions with the author and other book clubbers to keep the story going!

What’s in the box?

  • Newly released contemporary, general or historical fiction book (choose either adult or young adult)
  • 3-5 individually wrapped gifts with page numbers from the book, not meant to be opened until you reach the given page – bringing the book to life! These gifts are so well chosen that you will get chills upon opening!
  • A 5×7 quote print featuring a quote from the selected book
  • Discussion questions (featured both on Facebook and Instagram) and read-a-long dates for live discussions and gift openings with fellow Book Club members!
  • Q&A with the authors on social media

You can see for yourself if you win our giveaway, because a box is included!

OKAY, IT’S TIME TO EXPLAIN THE GIVEAWAY RULES!

  1. Follow us on Instagram
  2. Like our giveaway post (it looks like the pic above)
  3. Mention a friend who you think needs some Back to School motivation in the comments.
  4. For each friend mentioned, you get one entry into our drawing. The more you enter the more chances you could be chosen as our winner!
  5. We will ship anywhere in the U.S.A., no international entries please!
  6. We will choose one winner from all entries received and announce MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018!

 

Fuse presents exclusive Billie Eilish “From Sound Check to Stage Performance” at House of Blues

Music media company Fuse has just released content all Billie Eilish fans will love: an exclusive behind the scenes peek of Billie getting ready to perform at Chicago’s House of Blues.

Image: Fuse.tv

The video, just over 11 minutes long, starts with Billie’s arrival to the venue, sharing some hugs with fans, chilling backstage, and getting prepped through rehearsal/soundcheck, and sharing her thoughts. Its an intimate look at one of tdoay’s mosty popular teen artists.

Check out out below!

YouTube Sensation LaurDIY to Launch Fall 2018 Series of Personally Designed Crafting, Fashion & Lifestyle Collections at Michaels Art & Craft Supply Stores THIS WEEK

Following the popularity of licensed sleepwear and tech accessories and to answer the high consumer demand for more LaurDIY products, YouTube sensation and leading social media influencer LaurDIY (Lauren Riihimaki) will roll out five other fun, exciting collections over the next three months, inspiring her 8+ million YouTube subscribers and 18+ million overall social media fans to embrace their own creativity!

Credit: @LaurDIY Instagram

Fashion Crafting

In late August, LaurDIY’s fashion crafting line will revolutionize fashion crafting and let you transform ordinary apparel into unique fashion pieces.  With four themes – Galaxy Gurl, Sweetie Pie, Unicorn Whimsy, Vintage Rebel – each has its own color scheme, graphics, phrases and holographic effects, and include such supplies as bright fabric paints with glitter and fuzzy pattern finishes, brushes and sponges, peel-and-stick stencils, iron-on holographic sheets, glitter letters, patches and a denim distress kit.

Jewelry Kits

In August, LaurDIY’s free-spirited, colorful aesthetic comes to jewelry kits.  Along with Mini DIY Kits, with materials for one project, there are nine full-size kits – Cording, Galaxy, Gemstone, Natural Festival, Neon Festival, Pet Jewelry, Stretch, Sweetie Pie and Wire – allowing you to create necklaces and bracelets from beads, charms, tassels, pom-poms and other items.  Separately available are various bead mixes, hemp cord mixes, colored stretch cords, charm packs and charm bracelet jewelry bases, as well as jewelry storage packs and tools.  From $4.99 to $24.99, exclusively at Michaels, Joann Fabric and Crafts and Walmart Canada in August and Pat Catan’s, Walmart.com/jet.com, Ardene in September.

About LaurDIY

With over 8 million YouTube subscribers and 18+ million total fans and followers, Lauren Riihimaki (a.k.a., LaurDIY) is a YouTube sensation and popular vlogger focused on DIY crafting across fashion, lifestyle and fitness.  In addition, she hosts a Facebook Watch series, “Served By LaurDIY,” offering short videos on easy-to-make snacks.  She is also known for her original satiric music videos “DIY Queen” (#1 on iTunes) and “My Side” (a parody that amassed more than 24 million views, featuring fellow YouTuber and bf, Alex Wassabi).  In 2017 her DIY chops earned her a Streamy Award in the Lifestyle category. Follow on YouTubeTwitterInstagramFacebookTumblr and snapchat (laurdiy).

“MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES” ADVANCE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE; WORLD PREMIERE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 13 IN LOS ANGELES

Who’s ready for My Academia:Two Heroes on the big screen?? Get your tickets…details and official trailer below!

WHAT:     The highly anticipated release of “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” is just a month away and starting today fans across North America can now purchase advance tickets via the official movie website to screenings in more than 500 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Buzz about this first feature film from the award-winning My Hero Academia franchise has anime enthusiasts clamoring across social media for the latest news and information about the movie. “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” will have a five-day theatrical run, September 25, 26, 27, 29 and October 2, 2018, and will screen in both English dub (September 25, 27, 29) and Japanese with English subtitles (September 26, October 2).

To celebrate the opening of the film, Funimation Films will host the English dub red carpet world premiere on Thursday, September 13, at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Calif. Special guests at the premiere will include English cast and crew, studio executives, industry personalities, other celebrity guests and prominent My Hero Academia cosplayers.

Movie Synopsis

Our favorite young hero-in training is in for a wild ride when villains threaten the artificial moving city, I-Island. Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, the world’s leading exhibition of Quirk abilities and hero item innovations! Amid the excitement, sponsors, and pros from all over, Deku meets Melissa, a girl who is Quirkless just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo’s top-of-the-line security system gets hacked by villains, and a sinister plan is set in motion. It’s a serious threat to hero society, and one man holds the key to it all—the symbol of peace, All Might.

WHEN:     In Theaters – September 25, 26, 27, 29 and October 2, 2018

Advance Tickets Available Starting Today – August 24, 2018 at funimationfilms.com/myheroacademia

English Dub Red Carpet World Premiere – September 13, 2018

WHERE:   500+ theaters across the U.S. and Canada

 See theater locator for more details

About Funimation Films
Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Funimation, acquires and distributes both anime and live action movies from prominent international filmmakers that appeal to the interests and passion of all types of fans throughout North America. The division was launched in December 2014 following the box office success of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.” Its debut release, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’,” was an instant blockbuster and became the #9 highest-grossing anime movie of all time in North America.  Funimation Films has gone on to release numerous films including “Shin Godzilla” and the award-winning, critically acclaimed “Your Name.” Funimation, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, is a fully integrated, next-generation entertainment studio based in the Dallas/Fort Worth. For more information on Funimation Films, visit funimationfilms.com.

Rising teen star Kolten Kirschke releases “Let Me Know” – Exclusive Interview!

Kolten Kirschke is a talented 13-year old singer/songwriter and actor who has been performing and filming professionally for the majority of his life in New York and Los Angeles. Known for his covers on Youtube, his new single “Let Me Know” drops TODAY!

Its available NOW on all major music outlets. You can check it out on Spotify here=> KOLTEN KIRSCHKE “Let Me Know”

Kolten took some time from his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions about releasing his very first single, what the creation process was like, and a few “getting to know you” facts. Scroll down to read our Q&A!

Hi Kolten, nice to e-meet you! You are releasing a brand new track today
and we are excited to find out about it…but first, tell us a little about yourself.

Really I’m just your ordinary teenager that loves playing soccer and gaming- especially
streaming live on Twitch! I’ve trained as a singer, actor, and dancer most of my life; and it’s
become a huge part of who I am and something I work on everyday.

Great! Now, let’s get into the big news. Your new track is called “Let Me
Know.” What’s it about?

“Let Me Know” is about having communication in a relationship. It’s always so hard to know
what the other person is thinking or feeling, so communicating is key.

How did the track come about, as far as songwriting, producing, etc.?

I’m blessed with the best team and support system. It started with pen and paper
and evolved into more than I could have expected. It was so great to work with Mary Simmons
(Marygold) and Zak Lloyd in Los Angeles. Mary co-wrote lyrics and topline, and Zak produced
an amazing track. I recorded the song with them in LA, and it was such a fun process.

I am sure there was a lot of work put into it. How does it feel to finally
release it to the world?

It’s really exciting to finally be at a point where I can start releasing original music. Cover songs
are great, but this time it’s my own feelings and story that people will hear.

Walk us through what planning and shooting the music video was like.

Again, it takes a great team to pull a vision together. Director Keith Green worked with me on
developing the storyboard. Once we had a storyboard, we auditioned actors and dancers we
needed for the video. Stylist, K. Makini, covered all wardrobe for us. Then a couple rehearsals
later, it was time to shoot. First Eye Media Group came in and worked their magic. I’m serious — to
watch them film with their cameras, drones, and lighting equipment and then see the video — it
feels like magic! Last comes all the editing. A lot of time and hard work go into these videos.

You’ve got a few Justin Bieber covers on your YouTube channel. How has
he influenced you as an artist?

When I first started music, Justin Bieber was the teen artist we all aspired to be. Most people
don’t see or understand the countless hours in the studio, choreography, rehearsals, and time
away from home that goes into all this. It takes serious work ethic to do all he’s done; I admire
and compare myself to it all at this stage in my life.

Being involved in the arts for some time now, including an appearance in “Future Man” with
Josh Hutcherson and directed by Seth Rogen, what’s been the most memorable moment so far
in your showbiz career?

Some of my most memorable moments haven’t released yet! Two projects will be out in
October. As an actor, the experience is amazing, but waiting to share is hard!

You advocate for a drug-free lifestyle, which we agree with 100 percent. With so many
popular artists displaying drug use in their videos and social media, what do you think is the
best way teens today can keep themselves on track and not fall into drug use?

Social media for so many teens is a way to learn about life. There needs to be more positive
influencers out there showing teens how to chase their dreams without drugs!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

I’m afraid of heights.

Biggest pet peeve?

I don’t think I have one.

Favorite book?

The Eighth Day.

Favorite food?

Steak.

Favorite movie?

Wreck-It Ralph.

Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?

Wearing pants that were to large during a dance competition. Luckily they started falling down
towards the end of the performance. Haha!

What do you have coming up next?

Wish there was more I was allowed to share; I’m still shooting some scenes for a new feature
film coming soon and working on releasing my next song.

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? Its
something we do for the fans!

Leaving LA and headed back to Texas for the new song release! My in the car selfie!

FOLLOW Kolten’s on his socials and check out his website!

https://www.instagram.com/koltenkirschke/
https://twitter.com/koltenkirschke
https://www.facebook.com/koltenkirschke/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMiEGhtt1McBt14cvo3rhsw
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7630700/
https://www.koltenkirschke.com/

Lenay releases debut song and video “La La Land” – Interview!

Fans of MTV’s 10 on Top no doubt remember its bubbly host Lenay, who shared the screen with co-hosts ranging from Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Victoria Justice, and Macklemore. That gig led her to a pretty massive social media following, with 8 million followers and counting. Now she is giving these fans something else to love about her: original music!

Lenay just released her debut track “La La Land.” Its an ode to her new city, having moved here recently after an international upbringing  which started with being born in the Congo, Africa, growing up in Minnesota, and living in Santiago, Chile.

In addition to releasing the song, she debuted the music video yesterday on PerezHilton.com, featuring her boyfriend, uber-popular Youtuber Germán Garmendia and a cameo by Perez Hilton himself.

We got the chance to ask Lenay a few questions, read her answers below–she is awesome! ❤

But first, check out the song, video, and her socials below

Song Link: http://bit.ly/Lenaylalaland
Video debut on Perez Hilton.com: https://bit.ly/2nTWXvM

https://www.instagram.com/lenaychantelle/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Lenayiskindofcool
https://www.lenaychantelle.com/

Hi Lenay, thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Before we get into your new music, tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! Well let’s see … my name is Lenay, I grew up in Minnesota, I just moved to LA this year, I like playing laser tag, and painting plates at those ‘paint your own plate’ shops, which I haven’t done in a while so I should probably do that soon. Then you get to bring it home and eat off your plate with your drawing on it – it’s pretty exciting.

Great. Many people are familiar with you as the host of MTV’s 10 on Top – what led you to start releasing your own music?

I grew up playing classical piano, but started writing songs on guitar before I was on MTV, and always worked on my songs on the side. I’ve had a lot of my songs produced but never really uploaded a lot of them until now!! I think everyone is their own worst critic and I always felt they weren’t ready, now I realize that’s a super common feeling and it’s more important to just upload them before I overthink it lol.

Tell us about your new song “La La Land” and the story behind it.

I just moved to LA this year! I’d been to LA before but somehow this time I saw it differently and wasn’t so blinded by the smoke and mirrors. I think there is beauty in the imperfections and started singing about it, and out popped “La La Land”!

After this track, are your working on a full-length album or EP? 

I thought when I got to LA that I would be releasing and album, but finding out that’s it’s more of a ‘singles’ market, where artists now can release one song at a time and hype people up around one song instead of 10 and it’s so much fun!!

I’m having a blast planning all of my social media headers/photoshoots/videos to all things themed “La La Land”. I’m really getting into what the song is about and giving it the individual attention it deserves. I can’t wait to do that for every song!! I would be very excited to release an album too, but I think a few songs would more likely get lost on it if that happens.

What would you like people to know about your upcoming music?

While I’m in the studio in Nashville or LA working on ‘finding my sound’ and what I like, I’m finding more and more of my new songs (coming soon!!) are mixing reggaeton beats, dark pop, and Post Malone inspired sounds, and it’s sounding SO cool!! Lol, I have no idea how to explain it other than that. Can’t wait for you guys to hear them!

What was the most memorable moment of your 10 on Top stint?

I think living in NYC while I hosted 10 on Top and walking to MTV right in the heart of Times Square was an experience in itself, and then having my own office and being able to pitch my own show ideas to executives (and getting one picked up woohoo!) was also fun.

Everyone I co-hosted with was so nice and it’s fun running into a few of them here and there in LA and they’re like, “weren’t you blonde”? I change my hair color a lot haha. It looks like I share my Instagram with 10 of my twins but it’s just me and my hair color changing habits. Although I wish I had 10 twins. I went on a site to try to find strangers who look like me in the world the other day and no luck so far.

You’ve got quite an international background. What’s been the most rewarding part about having lived in so many different places?

I think hearing different stories and different views on life itself. As well as learning that there are infinite realities that you yourself can live in or tap into even just in your own life. Just knowing that is freeing sometimes. Ok, that went deep and very horribly explained lol.

On an easier note, I love meeting people and then running into them in random places! Like I was in Nashville last week and my friend Sara, who I’ve known since I was 10 in Minnesota and I did my first photoshoot with, was like, “I live here now, let’s hang”. And we did hang, as well as did another photoshoot 🙂

Do you take Spanish classes presently to try to improve your Spanish? Or is it all from the time you lived in Chile?

After I went to Cancun on vacation with my parents when I was little, and got my hair all braided on the beach (lol). I fell in love with the culture and the language. My parents saw that and found an after-school Spanish club for me to join and start learning Spanish. I won a prize the first day and was hooked for life. Haha. But yes, when I was little I wanted to be a Spanish teacher when I grew up, so that’s how I started learning. 🙂

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

I got rabies shots once. I’ve never told that anywhere before haha. I was in Costa Rica and was feeding these wild little cute animals that look like raccoons but cuter. I think they are called Codis or something.

One was trying to bite a chip but accidentally bit my finger, so I had to get rabies shots just in case. There’s a picture of the moment it happened of me feeding them if you scroll down on my Instagram a long ways. (I upload a lot haha). You’ll see the one I mean. Was totally worth the insta-pic.

Biggest pet peeve?

Wet socks

Favorite book?

The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm.” Only book I’ve ever read twice when I was little. Now I like articles in magazines like Psychology Today or Harvard Business Review.

Favorite food?

Coffee

Favorite movie?

Every new movie I see that I love is my ‘new favorite movie’. I think “Ready Player One” was the last one.

Most embarrassing moment you wish you could do over?

One time I met Rebecca Minkoff and I was nervous and I was like, “oh hi! Where are you from do you know where?” and then everybody laughed and she was very polite and nice but like yes I know where I’m from lol. [haha! – Editor]

Craziest fan experience?

One time a fan gifted me at a concert photos of my boyfriend and I printed out, with herself photoshopped in every photo with us. It was adorable and hilarious – I still have them somewhere.

What else do you have coming up next?

New songs!!! And just released my own app!!! Just look up my name, ‘Lenay’, on the App Store and hang out with me on it!

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment to keep it real for the fans?

Lol ok but you asked for it !! (also note from future self: I just took it and almost accidentally airdropped it to the random guy next to me instead of my laptop. which is kind of hilarious and I should anyways)

5 Back-To-School Fashion Tips for Guys

Going back to school can seem like a huge hassle after enjoying a carefree summer where you have likely lived in swim shorts. However, getting back in the school year groove doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In fact, it can be quite exciting to redefine your “clout” after a long spell away from school. Here’s how:

Define Your Style

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This first, but important step doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, you can use simple idea board searches like “street style,” “hipster guy,” or “fall men’s fashion.” The combinations are endless! Save ideas that catch your eye and shop your closet for the pieces you already own or visit your local thrift store for more trendy looks.

The Perfect Backpack

If your clothes are mostly bold prints and full of color, you will want to find a more neutral backpack that goes with all of your outfits. On the flip side, if you mainly dress in neutral colors, then you might want to find a more interesting pattern or color to add some extra swag.

Shoes Matter

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You don’t have to own a million shoes to show your style. Try to find shoes that you can dress up or dress down, like Wallys shoes. Often made from comfortable, stretchy material, these shoes are a great neutral basic to go with athletic or casual outfits. The average pair of Wallys shoes sells for as little as $45 on most shopping sites.

Amp Up the Face

If facial hair is allowed in your dress code, don’t be afraid to try something new this year! Don’t invest in a more complicated trim if you don’t have the money or time to keep up the look. Poorly maintained facial hair could turn an outfit from making you look like a snack to “meh.”

Fresh Haircut

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One of the easiest ways to make a drastic change in your look is getting a new haircut. Nothing speaks louder than a fresh fade with a hard part and some pomade. If your hair is longer, try out a man bun or even braids. Experimenting with hairstyles can be inexpensive and help you stand out.

Regardless of the style choices you make, try to remember what is going to be the easiest to maintain during the school year. With homework, school events, and after-school activities, the last thing you want to do is hassle with your wardrobe.

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