charlie belle is the coolest (+ youngest) band you need to know

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They may not even be old enough to vote, but the members of Charlie Belle already have a combined 30 years of music experience between them. Comprised of sister and brother team Jendayi and Gyasi Bonds and Zoe Czarnecki, the Texas-based group has already performed at large-scale festivals like Austin City Limits and has achieved national recognition for their vibrant and original alt-pop music. The title track of their upcoming debut EP, "Get to Know," shows off the teens' fresh approach to indie tunes, with easygoing yet innovative vibes similar to those of the Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes.

To put it simply, these are some of the raddest kids around.

At just 16-years-old, the head of the trio, Jendayi, is already becoming one of the coolest girls in the music biz, recently named Austin's "It Girl" by the Austin Chronicle and previously interviewed by the one and only Amy Poehler for her girl-powered online series, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. The singer and guitar player's clear, honey-sweet voice gives her the presence of a much older chanteuse, and her songwriting skills reflect that of an industry expert. So make no mistake about it—the only thing that Jendayi's age affects is her ability to land gigs (which she books herself) at venues with an age minimum that the band simply doesn't reach. Charlie Belle's average age may be around 14-and-a-half, but it's not just a group of kids—it's a group of professional musicians.

Jendayi's brother Gyasi began drum lessons when he was just four years old, and started creating his signature energetic rhythms when he and sister formed the group in 2008. Fourteen-year-old bassist Czarnecki rounded out the group in 2012, setting the band up to book countless shows in the past two years. Their music gives off a definitive youthful vibe, but their mastery of their instruments and original, catchy songwriting skills show that Charlie Belle's maturity is most definitely not defined by their age. 

As they gear up to lauch their EP on January 13, Charlie Belle is poised for success, so "get to know" them now. Watch the video for "Get To Know" below, and keep an eye out for upcoming tour dates.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.