Category Archives: One-on-One with Steve Adubato

CNN’s Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne on Her Work in Nepal

CNN’s Hero of the Year and New Jersey’s own Maggie Doyne sat down with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss her work with the children of Nepal.

Maggie Doyne, founder and CEO of the BlinkNow organization, says that when she was 18, she decided to take some time to travel and find herself. She set out to figure out exactly what it was she wanted to do. “Fast forward 20,000 miles and I ended in Northeastern India during the civil war that was happening in Nepal.”

Then, she traveled to Nepal, where she saw many orphan children. She had the idea to create a home that she would want to live in if she were in that position. So, she started a children’s home and is now the mom to 50 kids.

“We have to start somewhere. I am just a normal girl that grew up in New Jersey.” She encourages us to not think that we cannot make a difference. We may not be able to make a big difference right away, but we can make a small one now.

When she found out that she was chosen to be CNN’s Hero of the Year for 2015, the Mendham native could not believe it. “It’s surreal,” she states. How will it impact the future of her organization? “It’ll share our story and get more people to realize that education is the path.”

BlinkNow is an organization that serves an ever-growing, ever-inspiring community in Surkhet, Nepal. Their mission is all about the children and women of Kopila Valley.

To learn more about BlinkNow, head over to their website.

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Newark’s Christina Jackson on “Outsiders” and “Boardwalk Empire”

Newark resident and rising star Christina Jackson sat down with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss her new television series on WGN, “Outsiders,” her role on the hit HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire,” and why she chooses call Brick City her home.

Jackson says there was not one particular moment when she knew she wanted to act. Still, she says that she “can’t remember wanting to do anything before acting came into my life.” Her parents supported her in pursuing anything she wanted to try, and acting was no exception.

While in the seventh grade at Rafael Hernandez in North Newark, a teacher named Ms. Bland changed everything. Jackson recalls standing in the school’s hallway and seeing the Ms. Bland approach her. The teacher looked at her and said, “Hey kid, do you want to join the drama club?”

Jackson joined the drama club and was cast as Frenchie in Grease. “I did not know any of my lines, I was terrible,” she recalls. “After that, I said I will never forget a line like that again.” A few months later, she was cast as Annie.

Jackson thanks Ms. Bland for helping her find her place. She couldn’t play basketball and was not interested karate, so joining the drama club enabled her to think that acting was a possibility for her.

Jackson currently lives in Newark, a fact that she is proud of. “There is a shift that is happening Newark.” She recalls seeing places that crimes once took place, where cafes and coffee shops now stand.  “There is change happening and I want that to include the residents who have been here.”

Check out Christina Jackson as Maybelle White on “Boardwalk Empire” on HBO, and be sure to watch “Outsiders” Tuesday nights, 9/8 Central on WGN.