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July 2009
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1. Kristinia DeBarge
2. Get Ready for College
3. music2download
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Here's another exciting edition of the Double Dutch newsletter!

This month we profile a new artist on the rise, Kristinia DeBarge. She is definitely on her way to becoming the music industry's next pop princess. Speaking of music, we've also prepared a list of the hottest cd releases, so get your iPod ready!

You or someone that you know is on their way to college. Two future college freshmen share how they're preparing for college. Maybe it will help to make your experience less stressful or let you know you're not alone.

As always, have fun and enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

Kristinia DeBarge
by Jen Threat

Don't Say "Goodbye" to Kristinia!

Say "hello" to new singer, Kristinia DeBarge. She's getting a lot of buzz with her girl anthem-themed song, "Goodbye," from her newly released cd, "Exposed" (Island/DefJam).  Kristinia has already been a guest on television programs like "The Wendy Williams Show" and "106 and Park."  Even more exciting, she will be on tour with Britney Spears!

At 19, Kristinia has already worked with music legend, Babyface. He introduced her to Antonio "L.A." Reid, chairman & ceo, of Island/Def Jam Music Group.
Let's just say that music is in her blood. Kristinia is the daughter of James DeBarge from the 80s group DeBarge. The group also included some of her aunts and uncles. Her father knows the challenges of the music industry.  He was careful to make sure she was serious and she has proven that she is! She is inspired by her family's musical talent, but is making her own path. Other artists like Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and the Supremes have also shaped her music.

In her new cd, Exposed, she shares personal songs about love, breaking up and having the courage to move forward after these life challenges. Kristinia is on her way to becoming the next pop princess!

Learn more about Kristinia on her MySpace page:
Kristinia DeBarge MySpace page 

Get Ready for College!

Everyone celebrates high school graduation and it may make you feel fully grown. Now, off to college! The summer is here and now the real work begins. It's time to complete job applications and financial aid forms, select a roommate, purchase books and work.  Of course, the main priority of college is education, but a college girl has to have some extra cash to occasionally hang out with friends and go to parties.

We asked two future college freshman to share what they're doing over the summer to prepare for college:

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Morgan Lynzi Bolah, 18
College: California State University of Fullerton
Major: Communications

I've been busy with a summer school program at college, which sounds like a drag, but was an amazing experience! I suggest that college freshmen take advantage of any new student programs available at your college. These programs are a great way to become familiar with where everything is so you don't look like a mess when the first day rolls around. For what's left of summer, I plan to get some reading in, learn to sew, and do little things I've never had time for in the past.

During the fall, I plan to really go full-force by social networking! College is often said to be the "best years of your life" so I plan to fully embrace the experience!  Also, I plan to get a head start in my major by interning and taking lower division courses in Communications.

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Lavonnah Williams, 18

College: Lakeland Community College
Major: Business Management

During high school I always dreamed of starting my own business, but had no clue as to what career field to pursue. I've  had diverse aspirations; from becoming a big star in Hollywood to being a computer technician. During my junior year, I began taking classes at Auburn Career Center, a technical career school for cosmetology in Cleveland, OH.  After completing those classes, I knew cosmetology was the career for me! 

I also knew I wanted to attend a four-year college for business management. I will attend Cleveland State University (CSU) in the fall and have the option of taking classes at Lakeland Community College. It's 15 minutes away, so I can stay close to home. Some say this is abnormal for my age, but I'm very family-oriented.  I'm able to save on tuition at Lakeland, stay close to family and benefit from attending a major university.

This summer I am taking the first steps towards owning and managing a successful salon. I will take the state board and managing license exams for cosmetology. Currently, I'm working at a hair salon and as an Avon representative. I've been really saving money for school, but I'll also have financial aid.  I am very excited to start school in the fall and can't wait to get a jump-start on my career!

For more ways to get prepared for college, read the article, "Plan for College Now" from a past Double Dutch newsletter.

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Plan for College Now
Here's a list of hot cd releases for August:
  • 4th
    • K-Jon, "I Get Around" (Universal Republic)
  • 18th
    • Sean Paul "Imperial Blaze" (Atlantic)
  • 25th
    • LeToya (Luckett) "Lady Love" (Capital Records)
  • 31st
    • Whitney Houston "I Look to You" (Arista)
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