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Harry Styles Re-Introduces Himself in Debut Album


Yes, it’s true. The Harry Styles finally took his swing at releasing his own music. Did he hit it out of the park? YES, HE DID! It was only a matter of time for Harry to drop his own music, but we all knew this was coming. Since his days in One Direction, die hard fans knew Harry was scheming away during his flights with his brown journal that was basically glued to his hand. It made a cameo in almost every paparazzi photo that had fans wondering, “What is in that journal of yours?”

Well, I think it’s safe to assume that they were lyrics to his debut self-titled album which released last Friday, May 12th. That’s when the heavens opened and all former/current Directioners went off in the Twittersphere, expressing their love of the album. And, they’re right! They have an absolute valid point to type in all caps because we agree. 
A few weeks prior to the release of his album, we were already familiar with “Sign of the Times” and “Sweet Creature.” This isn’t the 2011 upbeat Up All Night sound. In these two songs alone, you can already hear the huge influence Harry had on Made in the A.M. whose tracks were very folk sounding versus pop. OK, I digress. This isn’t about One Direction. We’re focusing on Harry.

First-time listeners of Harry most likely had to second guess who they were listening to. The fact that we’re clearly focused on one solid voice allows you to realize how well he fits this genre of rock n’ roll and pop-rock. In several tracks, we get a hint of The Struts to Weezer. The fluidity of his voice is nothing new but for those finally taking the image of Harry being a pop-infused boy band member, it could understandably be a shocker.
The absolute favorite track of ours is “Woman,” which gives you that “Benny and The Jets” vibe, followed by “Carolina.” The 10-track album inevitably had people searching for that one “Taylor Swift song” which some speculate is “Two Ghosts.” With lyrics such as “Same lips red, same eyes blue. Same white shirt, couple more tattoos,” I kind of want to make the assumption, too. But, we’ll let you be the judge of that.

Harry, we are in your favor. You have undoubtedly showed us that you are able to handle this solo career. This is a whole new chapter for you and we’re here for it.
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Medalion Rahimi Joins ShondaLand in ‘Still Star Crossed’


Getting to work in ShondaLand with the wonderful Shonda Rhimes is an absolute honor, wouldn’t you agree? She undoubtedly has given us a reason to stay home all Thursday night to watch her three mega hit shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. In 2016, she also brought us The Catch, and later this May, we can look forward to Still Star Crossed. While we wait to hit the DVR record button, we got to chat with one of the leading stars of this new show, Medalion Rahimi.

You may recognize Rahimi’s face in the latest film,
Before I Fall, which is based on the 2010 novel by Lauren Oliver. Essentially, Before I Fall is the teenage version of Groundhog Day, but this time Bill Murray isn’t involved and there aren’t any comedic shenanigans. Rahimi portrays the character Elody—a fun, carefree teenager who is best friends with leading protagonist, Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch). We won’t spill any spoilers here, but if you haven’t checked out the movie yet, don’t you want to know how the cycle eventually ends? Until then, keep reading to get to know Rahimi a little better.
Cliché: I feel as if 2017 will be a huge year for you. For our readers who are just learning about you, how did you begin your career as an actress?
Medalion Rahimi: I’ve always been drawn to performing and the arts, but it wasn’t until high school that I really started to consider acting as a profession. We had an incredible drama teacher, and he encouraged us to pursue what made us happy. I got my BA from UCLA’s School of Theater, and I started auditioning for non-union projects that I found on online breakdown services. Eventually, I met a casting director on an audition who offered to set me up with an agent. The agent met with me and sent me out on an audition. She said that if I booked the job, she would take me on. And I booked it!
How did the role of Elody in Before I Fall come about for you?
I actually had originally auditioned for the role of Ally, played by the lovely Cynthy Wu. I sent in a self-tape while I was visiting Berlin. When I got back, I met with Ry (the director), and after a few minutes of just talking, she offered me the role of Elody.
What was it that drew you to this role? How different or similar are you to Elody?
I definitely see a lot of myself in her. She sort of acts as the hype man of the group as well as the mediator, and I feel I play those roles with my friends. Plus, we both love to dance! Elody is fun-loving; she’s unapologetic and she cares deeply for her friends. She has this incredible energy and sees the glass as half full. She comes from a broken home with an alcoholic mother, so having a rich backstory made this character more interesting to play.
Did you feel pressure bringing a well-known book to life knowing you have critics out there comparing the movie to the book?
Of course. I want to do right by the book fans, but I think the film brings something different to the story. We always made a conscious effort to stay as true to the book as possible.

Women are special. Women are survivors. We need to lift each other up, and we have to be there for each other.

I love how the main cast consists of primarily women, which is what we need more of. For girls in high school (or younger) watching this movie, what do you think would be a takeaway after watching the movie?
The film touches on so many relevant issues that I think will resonate a lot with our young adult audience. When it comes to bullying, it’s important to not be complacent because that can cause as much harm as engaging. I also hope that this film lets girls around the world know that they are not alone. Women are special. Women are survivors. We need to lift each other up, and we have to be there for each other. Although life can be tough and seem dim, there is so much magic and beauty to find in the world and in one another.
If you had to live a day over and over again, what would you want to happen in that day you’d have to repeat?
A picnic in the park or by the beach surrounded by my family and friends with yummy food, music, art supplies…and my dog, Yoda.
Congrats on your role in the new Shonda Rhimes show, Still Star Crossed. Can you tell us about your character?
I play Princess Isabella of Verona, Prince Escalus’s sister. She’s strong-willed, intelligent, and opinionated. Isabella plays the right-hand woman to her brother, although some may say she’s more fit to rule…
You’ve been in ShondaLand for a while since your appearance on The Catch. Now that you’re a series regular in Still Star Crossed, what is it like to work with the genius Shonda Rhimes? Were you familiar with her work beforehand?
Before my recurring role on The Catch, I was already watching some Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Shonda Rhimes is a great producer, and it is truly an honor to work with such an inspiring woman.
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Medalion Rahimi Joins ShondaLand in ‘Still Star Crossed’. Photographed by Lionel Deluy

Mother’s Day: Our Favorite Celebrity Moms


Let’s be honest: every day should be Mother’s Day. Mothers should be celebrated for all that they do. However, with no disrespect to my mom at all (sorry in advance, Ma!), there are just some families I wish I could be adopted into. I can’t be the only one; I see all the fans out there who comment “MOM” on a photo or tweet to their favorite celeb. I think it’s safe to assume that there are just some lives we want to be part of even if it’s 100% not possible.
While we obviously can’t plop ourselves into a family of our choice, at least we could look from afar (or at least from our couches) to see how everyday celebrity moms are spending time with their kids. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we rounded up a few of our favorite celebrity moms!


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There doesn’t even need to be an explanation for this. If only we could see what Blue Ivy sees every single day. What we would do to be in her shoes…

Take Your First Steps Getting to Know Two Feet


Chet Faker, Flume, Two Feet. If you’re not familiar with the last name, it’s OK. Not a lot of people are, but you’ll soon remember his name. Check out his recently released EP First Steps (available to stream via SoundCloud) to experience the mix of EDM, jazz, and R&B all in one. The song we can’t get out of our head is ironically “Go Fuck Yourself,” which we would never ask you to literally do. Head bob, sway—do whatever your body naturally tells you to do and take in all of the two minutes and nine seconds. Then hop to the next track, which you’ll vibe out to just as much. Keep reading to learn more about who is Two Feet as he tells us about his start in music, performing on stage at SXSW and with JAIN, and his goals for the future!

Cliché: For those who don’t know about you yet, how did you get into the music industry and what motivated you to create Two Feet?
Two Feet: I’ve always been a musician (mainly guitar), and have played in bands since I was a kid. I never really intended to “get into the music industry” with the Two Feet project; it was just kind of spur of the moment when I put the songs up on Soundcloud and it just took off from there.
You probably get asked this often, but what’s the story behind Two Feet? Why did you choose that name versus any other title?
The name “Two Feet” came spontaneously as well. I tried not to be too serious with the name because artists sometimes overcomplicate their stage name. I was drunk and just staring at my two feet so I went with it.
How did you go about deciding what type of music you wanted to create?
It’s really just a reflection/combination of what I really enjoy and like creating. I come from a jazz/blues background but also love pop music, so it’s a combination of different influences.
Huge congrats on your debut EP. Being that it was your first EP to put together, what was the biggest takeaway from this experience?
Thank you! I guess the biggest takeaway so far is that music can throw you into a whirlwind. A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined everything that is going on right now. I still have a long way to go; but being on tour, signing with a label, having fans all over the world…it’s a bit overwhelming!
Is there a track that sticks out more than the rest? (Maybe it took longer than others, more difficult to create, etc.)
The track that seems to resonate with most people is “Go Fuck Yourself.” The response has been crazy from fans and even other artists I really respect. Friends have sent me a Snapchat of Miguel blasting it in his car and Martin Garrix called it out as one of his favorite tracks last week. Pretty crazy.

A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined everything that is going on right now.

You recently just came back from SXSW. What was that experience like? What did you learn from being in that atmosphere?
SXSW was absolute madness. My band-mate Hufford (who is a wizard on the synths) and I had only played one live show before SXSW, so to have four shows in five days was pretty nuts. SXSW is its own beast with makeshift stages/tech setups, but it was a great experience to go through and I feel that we’ve come out better performers because of it.
Your first ever gig performing as Two Feet was just earlier this month, and now, from performing at SXSW and with JAIN. How do you feel being on stage and putting your music out there to a different audience each night?
It’s all still so new, but every show we get more comfortable. And it’s always amazing to see when the audience knows the music and is into the set; it’s a different feeling connecting in person versus “online traction.” Seeing JAIN do her thing every night is really inspiring as well. She’s an incredible artist and live performer.
Your career is moving pretty fast. What do you hope to accomplish hopefully by the end of the year?
I’m really looking forward to playing more live shows. This summer we will be hitting our first ever festivals and have some great plans for the fall. As you’ve said, everything is moving pretty fast so I’d just like to keep progressing and moving forward as time goes on.

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Take Your First Steps Getting to Know Two Feet: Photographed by Tonje Thilesen

5 Artists You Must See at Coachella


Brace yourselves, Coachella-spam is coming. You know what I mean, where it just so happens all your social feeds will have some kind of mention of the famous annual Indio Coachella Music Festival. Weekend one is fast approaching and excuse me while I mention, this is my first year attending! Whether you’re heading to the festival or heading back home for couch-chella, here are five artists at Coachella you (and I) need to see:


  1. Hans Zimmer

    I don’t even think I need an explanation for this. At first, it’s an odd name to even see on the lineup. I can’t even imagine what his set will be like. I’m assuming a whole lot of people in the crowd going, “I KNOW THIS MOVIE!” It’s a nice unconventional addition to the lineup, that’s for sure.

  2. Kendrick Lamar

    With his recently released tracks, you KNOW Kendrick is about to put on one hell of a show as he always does. This will be my first time seeing him perform live but from what I see on television and via YouTube, I can’t wait. Here’s to hoping he’ll drop even more new music. 
  3. Lorde

    Lorde’s been hiding for quite some time. Her album Heroine dropped in 2013 and since then, we’ve only heard a few tracks here and there such as “Yellow Flicker Beat” in Hunger Games. New year, new music for Lorde. With her new songs “Green Light” and “Liability” out now, I’m prepared to cry IRL.

  4. Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga’s performance during the Super Bowl was pretty epic, to say the least. It was a whole 15-20 minutes (however long it was) of pure singing and medleys with JUST HER. No one else came to join her and I was content. Now I  just need to witness this live.

  5. Majid Jordan

    This is more for me to make a mental note but also a way for me to get Majid Jordan’s name out there for everyone to know about. The last few months, I’ve been obsessed with the duo that make up Majid Jordan who give off a JMSN meets The Weeknd vibe.

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5 Artists You Must See at Coachella. Photo Credit: Official Coachella Website

‘Power Rangers’ Will Bring You Back To Your Childhood


Brace yourselves, ladies and gents…more so, brace yourselves ‘90s kids. The Power Rangers movie finally released and trust me when I say I had no shame singing the theme song along with the other ten or so adults in the audience who brought their kid, nephew, niece, etc. with them. Before we dive into this review, if it wasn’t obvious already, please know this will most definitely have spoilers!

The movie opens up with the basic premise of the movie: Zordon and Rita Repulsa are going against one another with the sole purpose of obtaining the Zeo Crystal. Obviously, one is protecting it for good, Zordon, played by Bryan Cranston, and one wants to destroy life on Earth, Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks. Cue to present day where we’re introduced to Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery) who ends up in  Saturday detention AKA the modern day
Breakfast Club. From there he meets Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler) and Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott).
We’re not done yet.
Jason and Billy become unlikely friends who travel to a restricted area where it just so happens all the other soon-to-be Power Rangers seemed to be (Zack Taylor played by Ludi Lin and Trini Kwan played by Becky G). How convenient! After Billy discovers the power coins for the five to redeem, police chase them down which leads to a quick car chase and eventually a horrific crash that should have killed them. But didn’t. Instead, they woke up perfectly fine in their respective homes with superhuman abilities. Sounding like Spiderman, much?
On the other side of things, Rita has managed to be brought back to Earth and slowly works her way to regaining power in order to possess the Zeo Crystal. I can dive into the entire movie but if you’re a fan of the original series, you already know how the ending happens. The Rangers fight Goldar and Rita’s putties, Goldar dies only to be morphed into a huge Goldar, cue the Megazord, end credits.
BUT WAIT! The credits are interrupted by a single shot of a green jacket with a teacher announcing the name, “Tommy Oliver.” Cue my fangirl screaming because I was a huge fan of Jason David Frank!
Power Rangers was a mix comedy, corniness, action, and nostalgia. I won’t give it a hard time for being really cheesy since this is truly geared towards kids plus the original Power Rangers movie was just as corny once you watch it 20 years later. Each character in this reboot brought a different side of the legendary characters we all grew up with. For example, 2017 Billy is on the Autistic Spectrum; 1993 Trini was free-spirited and 2017 Trini is a bad ass LGBTQ-identified ranger; and 1993 Kimberly Hart was the bubbly cheerleader whereas 2017 Kimberly could care less about school spirit. Plus, an obvious difference was the huge diversity of the cast! It was a beautiful thing to see.
The hands down clear favorite characters for me were Billy and Alpha. Once you watch it, you’ll see why. Their comedic timing and just the fact…These two have always been my favorite. So innocent. So helpful!
With the a pretty obvious hint that there will eventually be a sequel, I honestly cannot wait for it. Tommy’s character arc was one of the best things to see, in my opinion!

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‘Power Rangers’ Will Bring You Back To Your Childhood. Photo Credit: Power Rangers Official Website

Let’s Talk About Music with Cheat Codes


Everyone is always looking for the biggest life hack or cheat code in life, am I right? It’s so much easier to do something when it’s laid out for you and just that…EASY. That’s the mindset of the group Cheat Codes who have undoubtedly created some of your favorite tracks hitting the radio now (i.e. “Let Me Hold You”, “Sex”). Don’t lie, you’ve found yourself bumping your head without even checking to see who’s to thank for all the catchy music blasting through your speakers. No need to look any further to know more details about Cheat Codes. Check out our interview with the trio below to learn about who they are, what their biggest life hack is, and their goals for 2017.

Cliché: For our readers who don’t know who you are, how did you three meet and eventually form Cheat Codes?
Cheat Codes: We all met in Los Angeles and used to be involved in different music projects! Matt used to be in a rock band, Trevor did Singer-Songwriter Acoustic stuff and Kevi used to rap. So when we started the project we wanted to do something that was flexible enough to kind of jump around stylistically.

What’s something you’ve learned now that you’re in the music industry that you can share with someone who wants to follow your footsteps?
We learned everything not to do, basically haha. One of those being, DON’T TAKE ANYTHING TOO SERIOUSLY. The whole point of making music your job is to have fun, so when it gets too serious and starts feeling like a stressful grind, somethings wrong. We’re just having a blast every day so we don’t get tired of working constantly. It keeps the stamina up! Our earlier previous projects really taught us to be self-reliant, and just do the most you can, with the resources you have. If you make that your mantra and repeat it every day, you’ll become aware of the abundance of resources at your disposal.

With a three-piece group you get different likes and dislikes. How do you guys go about agreeing on what songs/sounds go well together, when a track is finished, etc.?
We just paper scissors rock and the winner gets to pick. Just kidding. Yes, the 3 of us are different in lots of aspects but luckily for us we are all pretty relaxed and similar when it comes to agreeing on the songs and sounds for Cheat Codes and when you are making songs from scratch it’s really easy to make little changes until all 3 of us are happy. Producing software these days is really helpful. The main question we’re asking ourselves is which ideas are the best and then we cut the fat from there.

There are so many debates with EDM music and some think it’s not “real” music. What’s your take on it?
Haha this is an interesting question… I think music is evolving, technology is at the forefront of it, and Electronic Dance music is embracing that. Music is just vibrations, so saying something isn’t “real” music is kind of closed minded. Didn’t people say Elvis was the devil’s music when it came out? haha

How did the signing with 300 Entertainment come about? What does this new journey mean for you as a band?
The biggest reason we signed with 300 is because they let us operate our business exactly how we want to. We weren’t too fond of signing into a major label system and putting out music the same way as everyone else. We like flexibility and the ability to take risks. 300 gives us that!

When was the moment you realized Cheat Codes was gaining momentum and eventually a huge fanbase?
There’s been a lot of crazy moments in 2016, I think one of the first one’s was playing Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware. We had a super early time slot, one of the first of the day and weren’t expecting many people to come out, and we walked out on stage to a sea of people, and they were all singing along, so that was an amazing experience.

Based off of your Twitter and Instagram posts, you guys seem to be having a blast pretty much all the time. What do you do when you’re not on the road or creating music?
Honestly, we’re workaholics…. We all feel like we have a lot more to accomplish before we can take a real break; so we try to incorporate as much fun as possible into our work. When we’re just chilling, we’re usually on Netflix or Hulu watching Forensic Files.

Since you guys go by Cheat Codes… What’s your biggest life hack you’ve learned in life?
Make everything as easy as possible. A lot of people pursue a goal thinking it will be a lot of hard work, we go into everything thinking it’s so easy that it’s impossible for us to fail. I think that gives us an edge.

What is the group’s biggest goal for 2017?
We have a lot of goals for 2017! We want to put out our first E.P., start a clothing line, create new custom visuals for our live show and headline our own tour by the end of the year!

Listen here
to check out their new song No Promises (feat. Demi Lovato).
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Let’s Talk About Music with Cheat Codes. Photo Credit: Ellie Stills

‘Beauty and The Beast’ Review: Experience The Live Action Magic


Do yourself a favor and be a guest to the Beauty and The Beast movie to experience the magic. (That sounds like a typical Disney line, but whatever.) Or, maybe wait a few weeks until the parking lots aren’t packed. This past weekend, my money contributed to the $174.8 million dollars that has now made Beauty and The Beast a box office hit, according to Deadline. After months of huge anticipation built from fans all over the world, it’s not hard to see why this animated to live-action adaptation was so popular.

Fair warning: The below contains spoilers!


The legendary Emma Watson stars as the classic main character, Belle, opposite of Dan Stevens, the Beast. The movie follows the same exact storyline as the animated flick with a few modifications here and there such as the semi-controversial difference of Josh Gad’s character, LeFou, being portrayed as a gay man. Was it really that shocking? No. Was his character hilarious? Uh, yes! Another huge difference that we witnessed in the 2017 film versus 1991 version was the fact audience members got to see more of a background story for both Belle and Beast.

It’s almost a thing with Disney movies that either one parent is missing or both are missing. To switch things up a bit and learn more about Belle’s upbringing, Beast along with the audience discovers Belle’s mother passed away in Paris due to the plague. On the other hand, Beast’s mother passed away due to her own personal illness which lead him to be brought up by his father who taught the Beast to become the man he was before meeting Belle; stingy and unsympathetic. I, for one, thought this was a fantastic feature to add considering viewers don’t necessarily ever learn about a Disney main character’s back stories.

The other huge wow factor to the movie is the undeniably impressive set design and wardrobe. Major thumbs up to that team who paved the way to bring our beloved classical film to life. Lastly, we can’t forget the musical numbers! “Be Our Guest” had to be the best one out of all which seems like a very obvious choice to make but the effects made to bring that scene to life did not fall short. If my five-year-old self had a chance to watch this, I know she would want to be Belle and sit in that room while an impossible performance was occurring right in front of me. It looked real. It 
felt real. Granted, this would only happen if objects can really talk…
On the downside, the only minor upset I could possibly imagine would be the strong focus on Gaston’s storyline right when I wanted to see more chemistry built between Beast and Belle. It just seemed as soon as the two main characters grew a stronger bond, we were dragged to witness Gaston live his life while Belle is missing. Not that Luke Evans didn’t do a phenomenal job portraying the narcissistic Gaston, but it somewhat felt very Gaston focused more than Belle, at times.

Despite that,
Beauty and The Beast left me jaw-dropped, dancing in my seat, and clapping in the end knowing Bill Condon successfully brought a classic feature with a huge following to the big screen. This isn’t an easy thing to do especially with having the pressure from critics around the world depending on Belle to be depicted similar to the ‘91 film. But the way I see it, not everything will always be the same. If we wanted the same thing, we could have just remastered Beauty and The Beast and called it a day.

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Echo Kellum Talks ‘Arrow,’ Crossovers, and More


With a name like Echo, it’s no question why it clings to your memory with a resounding effect. Luckily for actor Echo Kellum, you won’t have to ask for his name twice. Kellum stars in The CW’s hit superhero show Arrow and also may be best known as Tommy from FOX’s former show Ben and Kate. He’s come a long way from portraying a lead character’s best friend to now a superhero known as Mr. Terrific. Check out our interview below as Echo Kellum talks ‘Arrow,’ Crossovers, and more. Kellum, you have not failed anything. 

Cliché: When you were younger, did you know the entertainment industry is where you wanted to be?
Echo Kellum: Well, I started my career as an actor. I started acting in church plays when I was younger and then school plays. When I was 13, I was fortunate enough to join a theater troupe that did live theater and professional shows. We got paid doing shows throughout Chicago and we performed for thousands of kids. That was kind of where I got my start. Some of my heroes that I look up to, that influenced me to get into acting, are Jim Carrey and Will Smith. Then, as I got older, I started doing stand-up and just really delved into comedy with improv and sketch. I always knew comedic acting was where my heart was, so I moved out to LA and really started getting into the comedy scene, and tried to figure out where I wanted to go with my career. I was fortunate enough to start booking commercials and then television shows.

If you could tell your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
It would be to keep your head up and that no matter what obstacles life throws at you, know that everything is going to be okay. And know that you will get to do what you love one day.

Season 5 of
Arrow has so many things happening. Before you started shooting, what were you anticipating the most this season?
Really coming into the fold as a part of Team Arrow in the vigilante sense was the most exciting part for me and it’s been a whirlwind journey.

What is the dynamic like having huge superhero shows in the same vicinity when you do crossovers?
The dynamic’s really interesting and I think it adds a lot of different energy, a lot of positive energy, that comes with it because I grew up loving these heroes and these characters and seeing the actors that really bring them to life. I love the energy and spirit they bring when we get to crossover and it’s really nice to get to work with different people that you admire.

It’s a given that if you were in
The Flash, Curtis would hit it off with Cisco. Who do you think would be Curtis’ confidant in Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow?
I think Curtis would confide in Supergirl. I feel like she’s a nerd and they would have some connection with that. On Legends, I feel like him and Ray Palmer would have a deep connection because of their love of science and technology. Curtis would probably just want to fanboy over how he shrinks into The Atom. I think they would really have a lot of fun science and technological banter back and forth.

If you could have any DC superhero guest star on your show that hasn’t been on yet, who would it be?
Batman! I love Batman. I would love for Batman to show up on one episode.

and the DC TV Universe has a MASSIVE following now. Have you felt pressure of perfecting Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific’s character?
There’s definitely pressure there, but I think the fans are so awesome, passionate, and willing to go on the journey with you, so they really help in that aspect.

The fandom has a huge liking to Curtis, but what do YOU love most about him?
I love his resilience. You know, that he can take a punch, get up, and keep going. I think that’s a huge thing for people to know: when you get knocked down, get up, and keep persevering. Life will be okay and you will make it through whatever struggles you’re dealing with.

Steering away from television and into music… I also hear you’re working on a hip-hop album! Can you tell us anything about that?
The one thing I can say is that my brother was a rapper from Chicago in this group called LEP, so I’m kind of making an album as an homage to him. I hope for it to be completed by the summer of 2017, but it’s something I’m definitely taking my time with. I have a really busy schedule, so it’s something I’m trying to work on here and there, and put some time into. I’m not really expecting anything from it, but it’s a labor of love because it’s something I’ve always been really passionate about and I’m really doing it for my brother because he passed away.

What do you hope to accomplish in the new year?
Definitely that album; that’s one of my biggest goals. The second goal is my screenplay; I would love to shoot this feature that I’m working on right now about something that happened in my life. And I would love to get picked up for another season of Arrow. That would be great!
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The Rich & The Famous: Dorothy Wang and the “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”


Reality television is a dangerous thing because it can become so addicting to watch. It’s no wonder there’s new ones popping up almost every season. One show we cannot peel our eyes away from is E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. If it’s not obvious just by the title, the show follows six individuals who live the lifestyle of the rich & the famous. Oh, and they all happen to live in one of the hottest zip codes: 90210.

Dorothy Wang, daughter of real estate billionaire Roger Wang, is one of the members of the cast who is not only someone you should watch on screen, but off screen as well. With the title of an entrepreneur under her belt, Wang is surely making a name for herself in luxury brands. Here, we learn more about what sets this reality show apart from others, how she deals with cyber bullies, and what are her plans for this year. You can catch Wang on E!’s upcoming season of Famously Single this summer. 

Cliché: Since season four of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills recently wrapped up, looking back, which episode or moment has been the most memorable for you?

Dorothy Wang: The most memorable moment in season four would be Brendan and Morgan’s wedding. It was such a special moment to be a part of. I’ve been friends with Brendan and Morgan for a long time and have been there since the beginning of their relationship. It was such an incredible experience to watch them solidify their love.

With so many reality shows, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with everything! For our readers who may not be watching your show just yet, what sets your show apart from any other reality show?

What sets our show apart from others is that we are real friends. You can tell when we interact with each other that there is a lot of history and love. Sometimes there is tension since we’ve known each other for years. We don’t fake anything or have contrived story lines. What you see is what you get. It’s important for us be ourselves. It’s important to have a reality TV show where we aren’t beating each other up and being mischievous to one another.

With reality TV, cameras are on you 24/7. How was your transition from getting used to no cameras in your life to having cameras everywhere? Were you nervous at first?

When it came time to actually film, I did get a little nervous. I reflected on my life and thought, “Am I really going to do this? Am I really going to put myself out there for the world to see?” The world judges people and you have to be ready for it. It is hard when you get the initial criticism. People wanted to hate us, but I think in the end we’ve gotten a lot more love, which makes everything easier.

How did you go about dealing with negative and bashful comments since we live in a world where literally anyone could voice their opinion on social media?

In the beginning, it was hard. I was a normal girl in LA with my friends who accepted me, so when I got all this hate, it was startling. On the other hand, when you put yourself out there on a TV show, everyone feels like they have the right to judge you. They think they have the right to say whatever they think about you because you are a public figure now.

Being that you are in the public eye with a huge following, do you ever think about when sharing your life moments could be too much? Where do you draw the line?

I’ve always been really open and didn’t see a problem with people knowing what goes on in my life. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve placed a greater value on my privacy. Now, I just think that everyone doesn’t need to know every detail that goes on in my life.

You create two of my weaknesses: necklaces and champagne! What motivated you to step foot into this field of developing your own products?

Naturally, I’ve always wanted to create a business and to build a brand. I wanted to do something that was fun and manageable. I love nameplate necklaces and I’ve always wanted one with my name on it. So I wanted to make something affordable, on-trend, and well-made.  I often hear people say, “I want a customized necklace with my name on it.”

What has been the biggest challenge you faced being an entrepreneur that you didn’t expect?

I am a perfectionist and I feel like I notice the things other people wouldn’t see. I would halt production so we can fix it. I’m very specific and the biggest part is being able to give away a little control. So I learned that I need to let other people do their job without overstepping and being too overbearing.

It seems like being an entrepreneur is the way to go. What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow that career path?

You have to be true to yourself, work hard, and continue to stay focused. It’s really important to have an end goal in mind and to be a pusher to get things done. If you are your own boss, you have to be able to motivate yourself and motivate everyone around you.

What are your goals for 2017?

My friends tell me that I’m more fun when I’m relaxed and stress-free, so my goal is to take a step back and to enjoy life more. I want to also focus on a second jewelry line and figure out what future businesses I want to be a part of.

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The Rich & The Famous: Dorothy Wang and the “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”. Photos Courtesy of Brandon Showers

Why You Should Be Watching TV Land’s “Teachers”


New year, new season of TV Land’s Teachers, aka one of the most underrated comedy shows around. I say this time and time again, but people really need to hop on TV Land’s new format. It’s not all reruns of classic shows, ladies and gents!

“Teachers” is a show about six elementary school teachers who are not the ideal or typical teachers you’re used to seeing being portrayed on television. Not unless, you’re watching the movie Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who uses a different method for teaching his kids… No, these teachers are six women who don’t necessarily have their lives together, but they’re working on it!
Watching this show is like watching your actual life on television but someone else is playing your role. You have the main six characters who all take on unique personalities: Cecilia Cannon, the free-spirited teacher (Caitlin Barlow); Chelsea Snap, the absolute narcissist (Katy Colloton); AJ Feldman, the out of control but laid back teacher we all wish we had (Cate Freedman); Caroline Watson, the hopeless romantic who spends literally ALL her time looking for love (Kate Lambert); Mary Louise Bennigan, the conservative teacher who tries her best to go by the book (Katie O’Brien); and Deb Adler, the angry, rebellious teacher you never want to cross (Kathryn Renee Thomas).

Each character embodies an actual and feasible personality that can easily be depicted on screen. For the most part, teachers are always seen as put together, am I right? Looking back at my own personal childhood, I don’t think I’ve ever seen my own teachers snap or show their true self outside of work. “Teachers” shows you otherwise. They’re human. They need to let out some steam. They are not perfect. This TV Land show proves this.

Sure, it may be an exaggerated form of how teachers are behind the scenes but no doubt does it show a glimmer of the truth. We all break down in our own jobs, so who’s to say that this show is outright wrong? “Teachers” is the untold story, or I guess, true life story, of anyone and everyone who love-hate their job. Give it a shot. If you don’t like it, let me know down below what it was that didn’t float your boat. If you did, which character did you relate to the most?
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Why You Should Be Watching TV Land’s ‘Teachers.” Images courtesy of TV Land.

Coast Modern: Your New Reason To Miss Summer


Described as “America’s New Band” on their Facebook Page, Coleman Trapp and Luke Atlas of Coast Modern could also throw in “your new reason to miss summer.” It may be fall already, but that doesn’t mean we have to let go of the summer vibes just yet. The Los Angeles-based duo allows you to reminisce your carefree summer—a pretty cool feat considering they only have about four tracks out now, but it looks like we’re not the only ones wowed by them. Just recently, they were featured on a trending Spotify playlist. Pretty soon you’ll be hearing the name Coast Modern everywhere. Until then, you can thank us for this introduction.
Cliché: For our readers who are hearing the name Coast Modern for the first time, can you tell them a little bit about who you are and what kind of music you create?
Coast Modern: Coast Modern is an amazing outlet for us to share our musings on philosophy and art. We explore concepts and feelings and come out of it with more questions than we had before we started…and we share those questions in the form of songs.
How was music introduced in your life? How did the idea of pursuing a career in music ever cross your mind?
When you’re a child and hear a song, you accept it for what it is. I remember hearing “Yellow Submarine” when I was 7 or 8 years old and imagining a whole world that I thought the song came out of. Looking at music that way is accurate in a sense; music can represent another world. It’s like a sheet draped over a landscape, but we lose track of that as we get older. When you start dabbling with music and picking it apart, you realize that it’s an endless well, and drinking from it is perpetually fulfilling. So a career in music never crossed my mind—I just couldn’t imagine it any other way!
When you two met and collaborated for the first time, how did you go about finding out how you wanted your music to sound?
I don’t think we ever did find out how we wanted our music to sound. Our sound has evolved so much and hopefully it’ll keep evolving. Humans are all so different that they’re like little universes. Collaboration is great because when you work with someone, you blend these worlds and get something wholly unique, that one person wouldn’t achieve on their own. Our sound is the sound of two very strange people making what they want to hear in the moment, and that will keep changing.
I briefly caught you guys playing a gig back in June in San Francisco! You guys seemed to command the stage pretty well. How did you go about getting comfortable performing your music in front of complete strangers?
The best way to get comfortable with something is to take the leap and just start doing it. The worst case scenario for awkward stage experiences is still more fun than not performing at all…so we just go out there and do our thing!

We explore concepts and feelings and come out of it with more questions than we had before we started…and we share those questions in the form of songs.

I’ve read that you have an album in the works. Can you tell us a little bit about how that’s going and what the process has been like?
We’ve been working on an album over the last year, recording songs here and there as inspiration strikes. The process swings between fun and intense. Sitting at the drawing board takes patience, but when a song starts to materialize, that’s when the real fun and excitement comes through and carries the song to 85 percent completion. The most difficult part of the whole process may be the smallest details that listeners won’t even notice, but we focus on them because we want the music to be the best it can be.
For some artists, it takes them a long time to release new music, but for the two of you, it seemed like it happened pretty quickly. How do you guys know when you’re absolutely positive a song is completed?
The only way to know FOR SURE that a song is complete is to release it to the world. Before that, really anything can happen, and changes happen all along the way until we say “Fin.” Then we are left to think about the changes we would make if we could. Art can always be manipulated because it’s so subjective. I know a painter who has a piece that he continues to work on, changing it constantly and sometimes painting over the whole thing with a solid coat. He plans to continue to paint it until the day he dies. It will never be completed, but arguably it always has been.
What are your goals for 2017?
We’re shooting for a couple world tours, a Coast Modern movie, a book deal, hopefully cure Zika, and maybe we project our logo onto the moon? Just spitballing. But in all seriousness, we’re just riding the waves right now and hoping that next year is as good as the last one has been.
Lastly, you already have fan accounts for you like ‘Coast Modern As Dogs’! What would you like to say to the genius behind this account?
“Don’t. Ever. Stop. Memes are the new concerto, and the genius behind CMAD is the Mozart of Coast Modern dog memes, so THANK YOU for existing.” Can you help us deliver the message?
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Coast Modern: Your New Reason To Miss Summer: Photographed by Anna Lee