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Pieces of Belmar: A Film to Inspire Gratitude for the Holidays

Imagine if this holiday season, you didn’t have your home—the place where you string up lights and decorations, pull out the tree ornaments, and enjoy delicious family dinners—to return to. Imagine if this year you spent the holidays in a motel after your family’s house was destroyed in a hurricane. In Zach Morrison’s short film, Pieces of Belmar, this picture is a reality for one family. The short film follows a young woman named Alyssa whose family has lost their home to Hurricane Sandy, the storm that ripped through New Jersey in 2012. As she journeys through her Jersey Shore town, Alyssa learns that home can hold a different meaning after tragedy strikes. Pieces of Belmar reminds us that we often forget how lucky we are to have our family, friends, and a place to come home to for the holidays. We take the little things for granted: having a Christmas tree, hanging ornaments every year, and keeping our belongings secured. Sometimes it’s only when you lose these things that you realize how much they …

Music Crush; NF an Authentic New Rapper To Love

When you find good music you share it. That is exactly what I did when I started listening to Nate Feuerstein. The Michigan native rapper/singer who goes by the title NF, is a must listen. Here’s why! It was about three in the afternoon and my morning coffee was starting to wear off. Instead of pouring another cup I headed straight for Pandora.com to re-motivate my brain to stay awake. After a few familiar hits, NF’s smooth vocals started playing up in his hit single “Wake Up” which was followed by some pretty edgy lines. Okay, you have my attention. I stopped everything I was doing immediately because I had to know who this was. Thanks Google and YouTube for your collective information on my new favorite artist. Rarely will you find YHM buzzing about upcoming rappers, but there was such a positive and thought-provoking aesthetic to NF’s music that I knew we had to share. He effortlessly transitions from rapping to singing in his songs like “All I Have” and “Face It.” Currently signed to …

Vinyl Revival: Return of the Record Player

When was the last time you bought a CD? After the advent of streaming programs like Spotify.com or Pandora.com, can you even remember the last time you downloaded an album? It’s no secret CD sales have been steadily declining, even long before people started downloading or streaming music, and it doesn’t look like things are going to get any better for the compact disc industry. Digital ownership has quickly become the norm for music lovers. However, there’s one market slowly (very slowly) creeping back with rising sales. And it’s nothing new to consider. Much like your parents and their parents before them, if one wanted to own high quality music, you got a record player and you got some records for it. While still much of a niche market, and likely to continue to be one for the time being, there is something not only retro or vintage about vinyls, but also very special about listening to music from one. Nowadays, listening to music isn’t much of an experience; you don’t even have to buy …

The BuzzBug; All Access to the Celeb Lifestyle

Social media has us glued to our smart phones for fashion inspiration, commenting ‘lol’ on every hilarious yet meaningful meme, and of course the big one – the complete authority to stalk learn more about our favorite stars. Our generation is in awe of the celebrity lifestyle from what they ate for breakfast to the amazing New Year’s Eve Dubai getaway with pals, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and more buzz worthy celebs. Ricki Berger, Seventeen magazine’s Photo Researcher & Production Coordinator, has launched a fierce product that will give you the all-access pass you need to stay up-to-date on your favorite stars’ moves. The BuzzBug is an effortless site for being in-the-know because of the brilliant and pop culture driven woman behind it. We caught up with Berger to get all the deets. YHM: Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process for The BuzzBug? Ricki Berger: I created this website because I work at Seventeen magazine and I do a lot of celebrity photo research. So I thought to myself from …

The Girl Who Made It: The Rise of Tori Kelly

If you watched the 9th season of American Idol, you might have missed Tori Kelly. Eliminated before the show went to air, 16-year-old Kelly sang her heart out for the judges of American Idol, failing to impress Simon Cowell (shocking), while leaving a good impression on the other three to get her into the next round. Not too shabby for a girl who had already been on a record label at 12. In the 5 years since then, Kelly’s arguably become bigger and better than any singing competition show would have made her. She accomplished all of this with her one true desire: making real music the way she wanted. Her cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ About You” got her massive attention from the public, and she would go on to gain over a million YouTube subscribers, as well as the attention of the record label Capitol Records. It would not be wrong to say Kelly is now more than ready to make her mark on music, but in reality, the 22-year-old has been doing this …