Category Archives: Rising Stars

Hip New Jersey sits with the state’s up-and-comers before they hit the mainstream. We’ll find out what motivates them on their journey to the top!

Above Art Studios

Above Art Studios

Happy #MancrushMonday #HipNJ! Today we have not one, but two #mcm’s: Wilford Charles and Dontae Muse, owners of Above Art Studios in New Brunswick.

The studio has four resident artists, but rotates between the artwork of other artists. Some of the artwork is local, while others come from different states. Some pieces even come from other countries like Australia.

Above Art Studios’ focus on “art and all of the above” is clear: the studio features poetry, comedy, and music, as well as pop art and fine urban art. Once a month, the studio holds a poetry night. Every month and a half, a mini-concert series called “The Listening Room” takes place. Even more events to be found on their website, with electronic flyers posted for a “Painted Poetry Slam,” “Paint & Sip Thursdays” and a “Fall Student Exhibition”. By hosting these ongoing events, Wilford and Dontae are encouraging all aspects of art to be shared and appreciated. The studio is great for not only the art community, but for the general community it is a part of.

Dontae brought a work of art to #HipNJ’S studio that he commissioned for Mother’s Day. It is a gorgeous piece of Dontae and his mother by a resident artist.

To join Dontae and Wilford for a poetry, music, and art-filled night, visit aboveartstudios.com.

alessa caridi

Alessa Caridi Works Out With Us

Today is a very special #WomanCrushWednesday #HipNJ! We’re celebrating #WorkoutWednesday with our woman crush Alessa Caridi!

Alessa Caridi is the founder and owner of JōbuFit, a company that brings fitness to the workplace in a practical way. Alessa was inspired by her time spent in Japan, where “stretching, strengthening, and awakening” are a part of their every day routine. Alessa joined us in the studio to teach #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino workouts that can be applied at work, any time of the day.

Lisa and Alessa demonstrated a few leg workouts that are performed sitting down. The exercises they performed, though simple, work on the quads and abs. Some of the workouts are only eight minutes long, so they can easily become a part of our daily lives.

JōbuFit’s exercises are perfect for those who work office jobs. In fact, doing simple workouts in the office can increase workplace productivity. The workouts that JōbuFit teach are helpful for those who find they don’t have time to go to the gym because they are busy at work.

Because of their simplicity and convenience, JōbuFit’s workouts allow for people to invest in their health in the long-run, while still being able to get their work done.

For more information, visit JōbuFit.com!

“Hollywood East” Opens at Montclair State

Montclair University held a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 26th in celebration of their brand new, state of the art multimedia School of Communications and Media building. MSU alumni, University board members, state legislators, staff, and students alike all got to tour the impressive new building post-ceremony.

According to Montclair State University’s President, Susan A. Cole, ‘impressive’ could possibly be an understatement as it may be “the most technologically advanced media and production facility of any university in North America and…is, in fact, more advanced than many professional facilities.”

The facility will provide students a wealth of opportunity for education and growth within the industry they’ve chosen to study, and as special guest New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg expressed, there is hope for students to utilize the new facility as they “go out and change the world.”

The building was made possible through a strategic partnership between MSU and Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions Americas. Some of the tools and resources include 4K and HD studios and control rooms, multimedia labs, and an advanced studio production center.

The building has been dubbed “Hollywood East” and it’s sure to make a great difference in the education of students at MSU!