I was so excited when Wilford Charles and Dontae Muse, owners of Above Art Studios in New Brunswick, stopped by the #HipNJ studio to discuss their work. The studio has four resident artists, but also features artwork from all around the world. Above Art Studios includes poetry, comedy and music. What more could you ask for!? Dontae brought a beautiful work of art to the studio that he commissioned for Mother’s Day. It is […]

CareOne held their 4th Annual 5K Race Against Cancer, and I was so excited to go! CareOne is a great friend of #HipNJ, and they do some really important work. The race was held to raise money for not only the Cancer Fund, but also for those who have been stricken by the tragedies of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Both causes are so important to me, and really added to the impact […]

I absolutely hate working out. So, while I was pumped that Alessa Caridi would be visiting the #HipNJ studio, I was also a little nervous. To my surprise, she made it so much fun. Alessa Caridi is the founder and owner of JōbuFit, a company that brings fitness to the workplace in a practical way. She showed me workouts that can be done any time of the day. JōbuFit’s exercises are […]

Michael Schwartz, founder of Hometown Heroes, visited the #HipNJ studio to talk about his Garden State charity. Michael and I go way back to days before #HipNJ. Long Shot Productions filmed his event videos, which you can view two of below! Hometown Heroes provides help to those struggling with domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness, and more. They are doing spectacular things, and it was a pleasure to speak with Michael and […]

The W. Cary Edwards Education Foundation‘s 7th annual Touchdown on Education took place at MetLife Stadium, and I was there for it all. I got to interview some exceptional people for #HipNJ, and we posted it all to our Facebook. Check out some highlights below! It was a special day for an incredibly important cause. To learn more, click here.

I immediately formed a bond with media entrepreneur Lavene Gass, who visited the #HipNJ studio to discuss her secrets to success. A friend introduced Gass to vision boards, which I love. I keep one in my office, and Carla, the protagonist of my novel, Ten Years Later, uses one too! Vision boards are an amazing tool, but Gass reminds us that just because you make one doesn’t mean everything automatically […]

Sportscaster Seth Everett joined me in the #HipNJ studio to discuss his background and experience in the sports world, which holds a special place in my heart. Everett has an impressive background, which led to him working for MLB, Sirius, ESPN and FOX Sports. Now, he is with NBC Sports Radio. I work in- season as a producer for the New York Giants Radio Network, so it was nice to speak with someone else in the industry. Sports With Friends is the […]

Nykki Ross of Body By Nykki joined me in the #HipNJ studio to discuss all things fitness and nutrition. Nykki’s father, Master Phil Ross, is not only the area’s most decorated and accomplished martial artist and fitness instructor, but also a great friend to #HipNJ. He has been in the Long Shot family for years, with the production of his Kettle Bell Library. So, it was only natural to have Nykki stop by and discuss her accomplishments. I […]

I was so excited when Kim Cassar, Vice President of Bayonne‘s Beetology, joined me in the #HipNJ studio. We are both Montclair State University alum, and I always love to meet inspiring people from a school I love so much. While developing this functional craft beet beverage, Cassar traveled the world to find beets of the highest quality. She even worked with locals in Turkey and Spain, where she formulated […]

What a fabulous time I had at BooksNJ, one of the state’s largest celebrations of reading and writing! In addition to conducting Facebook Live interviews with various Garden State authors and literary leaders for HipNewJersey.com, I also served as a panelist in the festival’s Labeling Fiction tent. The coolest part about speaking to over a dozen authors from all different genres and walks of life is discovering how much we actually have in common. […]