Category Archives: Teen Spirit

Tiffany and Co Recruit Elle Fanning and Lupita Nyongo For Reshaping Campaign

Written by. Chalise Macklin

Tiffany and Co is known for providing men with that special, little blue box and bringing joy to many women’s lives. But their signature jewelry and legacy is in jeopardy. The company is experiencing falling profits and stock prices, according to a business report from Business of Fashion. The jeweler is on a mission to turn things around and has enlisted some A-list celebrities to help do so.

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Former American Vogue creative director, Grace Coddington, joined the jewelry house as a creative partner to help with rebranding. Coddington has signed teen star Elle Fanning and Lupita Nyong’o on to represent the timeless brand along with models Natalie Westling and Christy Turlington. A historic moment for the company because this marks the first time celebrities have starred in a campaign. Each lady showcases a piece of the brand’s new “Tiffany T” collection. Nyong’o posted a preview of her ad, which will be released nationwide in September.

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The reshaped concept is titled “Legendary Style.” Upcoming campaigns will feature women in the studio instead of their iconic ads that are black and white and feature women wearing their jewelry on New York streets. A re-launch of the company’s affordable “Love” collection by designer Reed Krakoff with the slogan “#lovenotlike” will also be released soon.

Tiffany and Co are hoping to attract a younger buyer, particularly millennials. The company also intends to introduce it to new consumers and get skeptics to reconsider.

 

 

Apple’s New Patent May Upset You

Written by. Chalise Maklin

Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour, Rihanna’s Anti World tour, or Beyoncé’s Lemonade tour may have been your last time enjoying a concert and capturing all your favorite moments on your phone. Your concert experience could change in the near future.

Apple was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that would stop people from using their smartphone or tablet cameras to snap images, record video and audio under certain conditions. Many performers do not like to have their shows recorded. And Apple may honor their wishes.

concertMany movie producers, artists, comedians, and musicians argue that people record their shows, movies, etc. and sell it for profit. Others argue that the videos and pictures will be uploaded to social media sites and could hurt ticket sales.

The new patent will likely make event organizers happy, but not consumers. Apple plans to create a form of technology that will send infrared signals at cameras while people try to take a picture or video in areas that forbids video recording and picture taken. The signal will be designed to disable any photography and recording capabilities for as long as the signal is on.

apple_patentAlthough many may feel this is a violation of their rights or freedom of expression, there may be some safety advantages. This technology could help national security and banks because people will have fewer ways to record video that could be a security risk, blueprints, and information that could land in the wrong hands. Apple’s technology would ostensibly prevent some of that.

Whether or not Apple will actually make the technology available is unclear. Apple did not comment on the patent approval. Despite the fact that in the future your phone may be restricted at concerts and movies, you can still enjoy events because now you will be more in the moment and can enjoy the show and the people you attended it with better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Get Down Coming to Netflix This Summer

Written by. Chalise Macklin

You now have a chance to find out why your parents felt growing up in the 70’s was so cool. Netflix has announced a new show, The Get Down, which chronicles the lives of some teenage friends during the mid-1970s in the Bronx.

The Get Down is described as a coming-of-age story set during a time when New York City was near bankruptcy. A trailer for the show does not include much dialogue, but you get a sense of adventure, drama, disco and hip hop, and friendship.

gd gd1The project is under the direction of Baz Luhtmann (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo+Juliet) and Nas has signed on as an executive producer and created music for the series. The Queensbridge rapper is not the only hip hop artist working on the show, DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa also collaborated. The show is highly anticipated and has a solid cast including: Jimmy Smiths, Shamiek Moore (Dope), Jaden Smith, and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad).

The show creators hope to add to Netflix’s winning streak of hit shows such as: Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards. Netflix is trying something new with this series by airing the first half starting August 12th and the second half of the season scheduled to be released sometime in 2017.

Dead Of Summer: New Summer Drama

Written by. Chalise Macklin

The books have been tossed to the side and summer fun is underway. Now that you have more time to indulge in watching television, there is a new show, Dead of Summer, premiering tomorrow (June 28th )that may have you binge watching. Television critics describe the Freeform (formerly ABC Family) show as a supernatural drama that has a similar format as Pretty Little Liars.

Dead of SummerDead of Summer is set in the 1980’s at Midwestern summer camp. The camp seems to be your typical adventurous camp site, but there is something mysterious going on beneath the surface. What is supposed to be a summer of fun will turn into a summer of horror.

summerThe show is a reunion for Once Upon A Time creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz with writer Ian B. Goldberg. Once Upon A Time stars reunite as well. Elizabeth Lail , and Elizabeth Mitchell as Deb, the former camper who reopens Stillwater after it has been mysterious closed for years. They are set to headline the show.

elizabethsThe camp workers will have to deal with more than just the needs of the campers; they will have to deal with an outpouring of evil that surfaces once ancient mythology reawakens. Along with the horror, there are steamy romances and camp activities to keep your attention too.

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The new series also stars Ronnie Rubinstein, Amber Coney Eli Goree, Zachary Gordon, Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty), and Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Williams.

The creators wrote season one with the intent to keep the audience guessing with characters and events that no one can see coming. You will have to tune in each week to see if they accomplished their goal.

 

Zachary S. Williams Lands Role On Greenleaf

Written by. Chalise Macklin

Long gone are the days of OWN struggling to find its footing as a network. Things started off slow five years ago, but now the network is thriving with several hit shows and rising stars thanks to an overhaul of content and its partnership with Tyler Perry to create scripted programming. The Have and Have Nots is one the most successful shows on the network. Its new season premiered last night, but its new show, Greenleaf, is gaining a lot of buzz. The two-night premiere continues tonight, but is already receiving rave reviews and described as “fresh.”

greenleaf 3Oprah Winfrey (Mavis McCready) and Lynn Whitfield (Lady Mae Greenleaf) star in the series. The drama is based on the Greenleaf family life and the secrets their Memphis megachurch is built on.

greenleaf2Several other veteran actors such as Keith David (Bishop James Greenleaf) and Gregory Alan Williams (Robert Mac McCready) help comprise the cast as well as some newcomers.

davidwilliamsZachary S. Williams is one of the newbie actors who has snagged the opportunity most actors dream of.

“I’m really excited it was a memorable experience. “I’m looking forward to seeing the results, said Williams.

zswWilliams is a talented musician, singer and actor. He landed the sought after role after playing the piano during his audition.

“I got an email from my agent about the audition. I read the script at first I was not sure, but the fact that the character played the piano sold me,” Zachary said.

His character is a troubled teen from a dysfunctional family who gains support from Mavis, Winfrey’s character as he plays piano in her bar.

oprah“Mavis does something really special for him. Their relationship has a lot of unspoken dialogue. They understand each other, Williams said.

He started playing the piano at age four and was classically trained for many years. Zachary got his start acting by booking various print jobs and commercials such as Disney, Busch Gardens and Universal’s World of Harry Potter. He also co-hosts a TV mini-series “Ray Rookies;” a show designed to engage youth fans of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. But none of his previous work compares to his new role.

“It feels really great. I’m still shocked. It is mind blowing. How many 16 year olds get to say they worked with Oprah Winfrey,” said Zachary.

The special relationship between Williams and Winfrey was not introduced last night, but it is not all the audience should tune in for. There is a lot more drama and must see moments as the complexity of the characters are revealed.

“There are definitely layers and the story of Greenleaf is told very authentic. People will definitely be able to relate. The writing is directed so the audience can connect with characters,” Williams said.

castHe also stated the diversity of the cast will garner an audience of varying ages.

“People will find someone on the show to relate to. The cast ranges from people in their teens to people in their sixties.” Zachary said.

His character will likely resonate young people; not because of his age but the complexity of his role.

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“My character comes from a trouble home and so does a lot of young people. By watching my character I want them to see there is hope and inspiration. They need to know they have options.” said Zachary.

Williams says he has learned a lot from his time on the set of Greenleaf.

“I was able to learn and grow in an environment that was comfortable,” said Zachary.

As he pursues his acting career, he still plans to attend college later. And he plans to use the advice given to him by Oprah to double major in musical theater and TV production.

“She told me to never give up and always go for what you want.” Williams said.

One of Zacahry’s future goals is to work with community organizations that provide children with opportunities to showcase their talents and interest them in the arts.

 

American Girl New Collection

Written by. Chalise Macklin

For the last 30 years, American Girl dolls have been a staple in little girl’s rooms. The company gained its popularity for providing unique dolls with diverse backgrounds, personalities, and well thought-out accessories that all girls can enjoy. Now Addy, Kaya, Kirsten, Samantha, Nellie, Molly, and the other original dolls are welcoming Wellie Wishers collection.

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The new line of dolls can be personalized by skin tone, eye color and hair.

wwagThe President of American Girl, Katy Dickson said the decision to create a new line came from the overwhelming requests for a line of dolls for younger girls who may not be ready for their flagship doll line. She ensures the new dolls will still convey the valuable life lessons about what it means to be a good person.

“Wellie Wishers is the answer to that call, and we’re proud to continue partnering with parents to support their daughters’ development at all ages and stages,” said Dickson.

All the new characters are all wearing rubber wellie boots and love playing outside. Their storylines are focused on outdoor settings and their little playhouse. The new character’s storyline also emphasize understanding others by standing in their shoes or “wellies.”

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In the past, American Girl dolls have focused more on the individual doll’s distinctive storylines, but the Wellie Wishers depict the relationship between five friends and how they navigate through lessons in empathy and compassion.

Over 29 million American Girl dolls have been sold and they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Check out the new collection below:

Willa – She is an animal lover.

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Ashlyn –She is a princess-in-training and party-planner extraordinaire.

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Kendall –She is creative and always inventing and she is known to patch up friendly mix-ups.

kendallEmerson – She loves the spotlight and telling jokes to her friends and singing.

emersonCamille – She loves the ocean and the listening ear for her friends.

camilleThe Wellie Wishers line goes on sale June 23. For more information go to http://www.americangirl.com.